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Once in a Lifetime | Kauai High Holidays 2018/5779

2018 September 7
by Jeff

Kauai Jewish Community | Mishkon Hanafesh

Join us for our annual Kauai High Holiday services, starting with Erev Rosh Hashanah, this Sunday, September 9 at 7pm. We are grateful to be led in our observance by Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz. This due to Rabbi Aryeh Azriel not being able to come at the last minute. We are very happy to report that his wife Elyce’s health is improving.

Click following links to read more about Rabbi Marna and Rabbi Aryeh. Then read on for the schedule of remaining events.

You won’t want to miss this!  We will be introducing our new Torah for the High Holidays, which could not be more exciting for all of us. It is sacred, beautiful, amazing, historic, and iconic. Our new Torah is unique, one of a kind, and it is ours.


We will also be using our new Machzor, Mishkan Hanafesh, which we used for the first time last year. The High Holidays’ liturgy offers a new experience of Yamin HaNoraim (spiritual growth) that encompasses awe, solace, contemplation, personal and communal worship, and music. It also provides an easily accessible guide for Tshuvah and Chesbon Hanefesh (repentance and self-reflection).

The Machzor incorporates both our rich Jewish past and today’s modern age. It is fully transliterated, has many options for Torah readings, provides background and contextual information, poetry and alternative readings, commentary, multiple theological possibilities, a beautiful interpretation of Hebrew, and engaging artwork and essays.

Visitors and non-members are asked to make a minimum donation of $50 per person, per service attended, or $150 per person for all High Holiday services.  Click here to donate. Donation envelopes will also be available at services.

There is, according to our community’s practice, no charge to attend any of the services for our paid members (click here to join or renew).

Many Thanks. Organizing the 10 Days of Awe for our eclectic Jewish Community of Kauai is always a group effort. We are most grateful to the Executive Board (Laura Barzilai, Elyse Litvack, Carol Pescaia and Jeff Tucker), President Emeritus Marty Kahn, Rabbinic Confirmant Rob Kvidt, and Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz and Rabbi Aryeh Azriel.

Schedule for High Holiday services:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 9 at 7 pm, followed by apples/honey oneg.
  • Rosh Hashanah on Monday, September 10 at 10 am, followed by luncheon and unique ocean Tashlich.
  • Shabbat Shuvah on Saturday, September 15 at 10 am followed by luncheon.
  • Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre on Tuesday, September  18 at 7 pm.
  • Yom Kippur Day on Wednesday, September 19 at 10 am. Adult group discussion with Rabbi Marna reconvenes at 3:45 followed by Yizkor and Neilah and a profuse array of delicious food for our annual break-the-fast celebration.

Services are held at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

In our tradition of tzedakah (charity), and in the spirit of aloha, please bring donations of food and/or money for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. The Kauai food pantry distributes food to about one hundred people each week, is staffed by volunteers, and is supported by donations, including ours. Please donate money, canned and/or non perishable food.

Catering for the High Holidays will be provided by Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden.

Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you.

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