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Mike Splittstoesser z”l

2017 September 10
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by Jeff

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Mike Splittstoesser z”l

It is with profound sadness and deepest condolences that we share with you that Mike Splittstoesser passed away on September 6, 2017, at the age of 49.

Mike is survived by his wife Lisa and daughter Malia, mother-in-law Joan, as well as many other loving relatives and friends. The Splittstoesser’s are long time cherished members of the Jewish Community of Kauai.

May God and our community be a source of comfort to Lisa’s family in their time of grief.

A Celebration of Life took place on Tuesday September 12, 2017 at Lihue Lutheran Church.

Donations in Mike’s Honor

Lisa has asked that any donations in Mike’s honor be sent to the Hyperberic Treatment Center at the University of Hawaii. Account 12088204. Mailing address: UH Foundation, PO Box 11270, Honolulu, HI 96828. Checks should be made out to UH Foundation.

Donations can also be made online at

Please feel free to pass on this email to others. Thank you.

Please Volunteer | “Unlikely Liberators” at Kauai Veterans’ Center

2017 September 10
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by Jeff


Please Volunteer | “Unlikely Liberators”

As you now know, Lisa Splitstoesser’s husband, Mike, died unexpectedly Tuesday night. It has been a great shock and sadness to all of us who know and love this family.

Lisa was in charge of finding volunteers for the “Unlikely Liberators” exhibit at the Kauai Veterans Center. Mike and Lisa both played an integral part in getting this exhibit set up and running. To honor them, we are asking that as many of you as possible sign up for one or more shifts at the exhibit. It runs until 9/27 —- every day but Sundays. There are many slots yet to be filled. Sign up here or read below:

By volunteering, we Jews also honor those brave, righteous Japanese soldiers (mostly from Hawaii) who freed the 5000 Jews on a death march and who also liberated Dachau and many of it’s sub camps.  Visiting the exhibit is a very emotional experience. You will feel a deep bond with Kauai’s Japanese community.

There are three types of volunteers: registrars, docents and security. And there are two shifts per day:  10 – 1 and 1 – 4. Each job is quite easy. Below is a description of each:

Registrar: Sits at the front desk and asks people to sign in. That’s it!

Docent: Familiarizes themselves with the history of the Japanese liberators and gives visitors to the exhibit a short overview of what they are going to see in the four “bays”. (We’ll send you a “cheat sheet”.)

Security: Just walks around the bays making sure nobody defaces anything. Pretty unlikely that anyone would.

About “Unlikely Liberators”

“Unlikely Liberators” is the remarkable story of the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion and the liberation of the Dachau death march.

The Kauai Veterans’ Center is sponsoring an exhibit by the Nisei Veteran’s Legacy. The exhibit will run from September 5 through 27. The exhibit was curated by military historian Eric Saul and documents the encounters between Dachau prisoners and Nisei soldiers of the 522nd Field Artillery Batallion. The 522nd was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit made up primarily of Americans of Japanese descent. The 442nd was the most decorated unit in World War II.

How to participate:

We’re using to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Unlikely Liberators!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Please use this link to go to our invitation page on
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 3. Sign up! Choose your spots – will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

If you have any questions or know of others who would be interested in volunteering, please contact me, Micki Evslin, at

Many thanks for your time!

Watch Eric Saul talking about the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion in the YouTube videos below:

Annual Contributions Due | Give Aloha Matching Donations

2017 August 30
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by Jeff


Shalom members and friends,

We have almost arrived at the end of year 5777. It’s been a great year for our community and as 5778 nears, we again look forward to seeing all of you at our events. We are most excited about the upcoming High Holidays with returning guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel.

The High Holidays remind us that it’s time for our membership donations. We do not charge for High Holiday attendance; your membership is your ticket.

Your contributions at work.

Your annual contribution allow us to do many things that would otherwise not be possible:

  • Hire, transport and house our guest rabbi.
  • Make a generous annual donation to St. Michael and All Angels Church and thank them for allowing us the use of their chapel, parish hall and other facilities.
  • Subsidize the community Seder (100+ people this year) since the amount we charge does not cover the actual cost.
  • Provide many onegs throughout the year.
  • Offer a wonderful break-the-fast meal at the end of Yom Kippur, an Oneg on Rosh Hashanah and one for Shabbat Shuvah.
  • Host the annual Chanukah celebration.

Suggested annual amount.

The annual contribution is $360 for a family, and $180 for an individual. This is payable annually via check or monthly via PayPal as well as at Foodland (see below). As always, if you would like to be a member and support the community, we will gladly accept whatever you feel comfortable giving. If you can afford to give more, your generosity will be greatly appreciated and used wisely. For an additional contribution, we will affix a book plate in honor of whomever you designate in any one of our prayer books (donation of $64 per book).

Each and every one of us matters in Klal Yisrael – the shared sense of community and destiny among all Jews. Your contribution to JCK is the reason we exist here on Kaua`i. Without your participation and financial support, there would be no Jewish Community of Kaua`i. Without “you,” there is no “us.”

Foodland Give Aloha matching donation program.

Through the end of September you can contribute up to $249 of your annual donation via Foodland’s program. Click here to see our Give Aloha program details for more information.

If you have questions or comments, please let us know.


Give Aloha at Foodland Benefits Kauai Jewish Community

2017 August 25
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by Jeff

Give Aloha

From September 1 through September 30 here’s a great chance to pay up to $249 of your annual contribution now due. And to help our community even more, Foodland will match part of your donation!

The Jewish Community of Kauai is again participating in Foodland’s Annual Give Aloha Community Matching Gifts Program. This program honors the legacy of Foodland founder Maurice J. “Sully” Sullivan in giving back to the community. Matching funds are provided via The Western Union Foundation and Foodland. The total matching gift to all organizations combined is $300,000.

How to Contribute to JCK

  • From September 1 through 30, 2017, you can make donations of up to a $249 per person to benefit the Jewish Community of Kauai. You may make your annual membership payment this way as well. You must use your own Maika`i Card to make a donation as donations will otherwise not be matched.
  • $249 does not comprise the total annual contribution suggested for 2016-17 ($360 for a family, $180 for a single person). You can send the remainder as a check to JCK directly or pay via PayPal on our website. Our mailing address is: Jewish Community of Kauai, P. O. Box 3749, Lihue, HI 96766.
  • At checkout, please provide your Maika`i Card and advise the cashier that you would like to make a donation to JCK. If you do not already have a Maika`i Card, you may obtain one.
  • Our registration code is 78502. See our banner in the Waipouli Foodland. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. The amount donated to JCK will appear on your receipt. Any donation must be made payable to Foodland.
  • Important note. Your name will not be provided to JCK. Please contact us directly to advise us of your gift or membership so that we can acknowledge you.

Are These Contributions Tax Deductible?

Yes, contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Save your receipt for tax purposes since it will be the only record you will have of your donation.

For more details, visit the Give Aloha website.

Kauai Jews Welcome Returning Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

2017 August 25
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by Jeff

Rabbi Aryeh Azriel

Kauai Jews and the Jewish Community of Kauai will again welcome guest Rabbi Aryeh Azriel for High Holidays 2017. Aryeh brings broad experience and incredible warmth as he and his wife Elyce join us from Omaha.

Rabbi Aryeh was selected in 2016 by the JCK board after a comprehensive search and the interviews of seven potential candidates by board members Carol Pescaia, Marty Kahn and Jeff Tucker. We are lucky indeed to welcome him back to lead this year’s services.

Rabbi Aryeh is currently a Scholar in Residence at Countryside Community Church where he will be offering a Jewish understanding of Hebrew Scriptures. He has also accepted a position of adjunct lecturer, at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, in the religion department.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Aryeh served as Senior Rabbi at Omaha’s Temple Israel from 1988-2016. His many remarkable Jewish experiences also include:

  • Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha. Rabbi Aryeh has been a focal visionary of this globally unique project that will locate a synagogue, church and mosque together on one campus with a common desire to foster mutual understanding, respect and friendship.
  • Doctor of Divinity from Hebrew Union College, 2008.
  • Recipient of the Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award in 1993.
  • 1997 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Living the Dream Award, recognizing his continuing work on building cooperation with projects such as the Mitzvah Garden, Black/Jewish Dialogue and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Human Relations Award from the Omaha Education Association.
  • Associate Rabbi at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, until 1988.
  • Received his ordination and Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 1983 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.
  • Counselor at OSRUI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, in 1973.

Articles about Rabbi Aryeh:

Reminder | Please Join Us For Shabbat Saturday August 26

2017 August 24
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by Jeff

JCK shabbat

Services and Torah reading will be led by our own Rabbinical student Rob Kvidt who will be joined by JCK’s recent Bar Mitzvah Isaac Dubey.

The Jewish Community of Kauai will be sponsoring a sumptuous Mediterranean Oneg Shabbat following the service.  It is being catered by Sandy Jennings of Fresh from the Garden. A contribution of $25 per person for non dues-paying attendees is requested to help defray costs, and is sincerely appreciated.

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

When: Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Time: 10:00 am.

For more information please contact us.

As a reminder, JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs throughout the year. Please take part, as many levels of help and cost are available.