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Name Plates For New Kauai Jewish Community Prayer Books

2018 April 16
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by Jeff

Donate Kauai Jewish prayer books

Congratulations to the Jewish Community of Kauai!  We now have three wonderful new sets of prayer books:

  • Mishkan Hanefesh, a double volume for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  • Mishkan T’filah, a Shabbat Siddur.
  • The Open Door, a modern Haggadah for Pesach.

These are all richly informative and very beautiful books which we are sure you will enjoy throughout the years.

Now is the perfect opportunity for you to participate directly: Payment may be made online via credit card.

Name Plates For New Kauai Jewish Community Prayer Books

1. Make a donation to have an inscribed bookplate placed in the book(s) of your choice.

You might celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, a marriage, a birth, an anniversary, a friendship, virtually  any milestone that moves you.  You may also acknowledge a death or yartzeit, or commemorate another occasion in your life. Perhaps there are community events or world movements that inspire you; these, too, could be honored.

Please make a donation in multiples of Chai – $18, $36, $54, $72, etc. Also, indicate in which of the books you would like your bookplate: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or Shabbat.

2. Please contact Elyse at with the bookplate information, and we will gladly and gratefully help you to fulfill your request. Payment may be made online via credit card.

Thank you.

Our 2018 Passover Seder was GREAT!

2018 April 16
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by Carol Pescaia

Sara Silverman did an excellent job with our beautiful new Haggadah, The Open Door. We had a lovely mix of visitors and locals, Sandy Jenning’s food was delicious, and our liberation was relevant and ever-new.

Thank you for coming, join us next year if you can, and enjoy the photos!

Shalom — Carol and Jeff










Passover on Kauai 2018

2018 March 19
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by Jeff

Passover on Kauai

Online reservations have ended. If you would still like to attend, please contact Carol at to check on last minute availability. Mahalo

We’re celebrating Passover with our brand new haggadot, The Open Door! The Jewish Community of Kauai extends an invitation to members and visitors for our annual Passover Seder, led by Sara Silverman. Traditional Seder plates, foods and kosher wine will accompany the Seder. Catering provided by JCK’s Sandy Jennings, Fresh from the Garden.

For already paid members of JCK, the community is generously subsidizing $25 per person towards the cost of the Seder meal, as we did last year. That is reflected in the $55 per person cost this year. We look forward to sharing this year’s Seder with all of you!

Kauai Passover Seder 2018

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.
When: Friday March 30, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm (doors open), 6:00 pm (Seder begins).

The festive meal includes:

  • Matzoh ball soup (chicken or vegetarian)
  • Gefilte fish
  • Tradition Seder Plate
  • Entrée choice of:
    • Beef brisket
    • Salmon with dill caper sauce
    • Moroccan lemon chicken
    • Vegetarian stuffed portabello mushroom
  • Accompaniments including baby green salad, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes
  • Festive dessert
  • Water, juice, Passover wine, coffee and tea will be available. Please feel free to bring your choice of wine or other beverage.

Cost for members who have paid annual membership

  • Adults $55
  • Children (up to 12 years old) $35

Cost for non members

  • Adults $80
  • Children (up to 12 years old) $50


Online reservations have ended. If you would still like to attend, please contact Carol at to check on last minute availability. Mahalo

Monroe Richman z”l Memorial Service

2018 January 5
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by Jeff



Monroe Richman z”l Memorial Service

With great sadness we recently shared the news that long time and very active JCK member Monroe Richman passed away, on the mainland on December 12, 2017.

Monroe and his beloved wife Esther have been an integral part of our community for decades, both having a great love for JCK.

This marks the passing of a legend. We will all miss Monroe very much.

Memorial on January 13, 2018

There will be a memorial service and a paddle-out/scattering of ashes for Monroe on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. It will take place at Waiohai Beach. Please spread the word – all are invited to attend.

Tomorrow 6pm | Kauai Hanukkah Party Reminder

2017 December 14
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by Jeff

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Kauai Hanukkah Party | December 15 at 6PM

Don’t miss one of our favorite events. It’s JCK’s traditional Kauai Hanukkah party that takes place on Friday , December 15 from 6pm to 8pm.

We will commence with an abbreviated Shabbat service, led by Marty Kahn.

Enjoy homemade latkes, plus help us make delicious jelly donuts (sufganiyot) at the party again this year! We’ll also have menorahs, dreidels, and crafts.

Please bring your menorah and candles to take part in our annual community lighting. A limited number of candles will be available.

There is no charge to attend for for paid JCK members. For non-members a $10 donation for a single person and $20 or more donation for a family is requested.

JCK is providing latkes, donuts and drinks.

Please bring a dish to share, based on the following:

  • A-K pupus
  • L-P dessert (we actually suggest salads instead of desserts)
  • R-Z main dish

Where: St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Hardy Street, Lihue. Map.

When: Friday, December 15, 2017. 

Time: 6:00 pm.


Don Schoenfeld z”l

2017 December 6
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by Jeff

Don Schoenfeld

Don Schoenfeld z”l

It is with great sadness that we share the news that long time JCK member Don Schoenfeld passed away last night.

Don and his beloved wife of 74 years, Trudy, supported and cherished each other and have been an inspiration to the Jewish Community of Kauai for decades.

We will all miss Don dearly.

Interment will take place in California at Mt. Sinai Hollywood Hills on Friday. The family has requested that any donations in Don’s name be made to Kauai Hospice or another charity of choice.