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Reminder | JCK Kauai Hanukkah Party This Sunday

2018 November 28
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by Jeff

hanukkah on hawaii

Don’t miss one of our favorite events. It’s JCK’s traditional Kauai Hanukkah party that takes place on Sunday, December 2 from 530pm to 730pm.

Enjoy homemade latkes, plus help us make delicious jelly donuts (sufganiyot) at the party again this year! Our community will be providing the latkes, donuts and drinks.

Take part in our annual community lighting. We’ll be lighting the menorah for the first night of the holiday, so please bring your menorah, candles and dreidels!”  A limited number of candles will be available.

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

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

  • A-K salads
  • L-P dessert
  • R-Z main dish

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

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Time: 5:30 pm.

For more information: Please call 808-651-7041.


Please Join us for the Bat Mitzvah of Julia Barzilai 12/29/18

2018 November 11
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by Jeff

The family of Julia Barzilai extends an invitation for Jewish Community of Kauai congregation members to attend her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, December 29, 2018, 5:00 pm at the Kauai Harbor House in Kekaha.

Please RSVP by November 18 to or call 651-7041, as the family is preparing for a catered dinner.

#ShowUpForShabbat | Friday 6pm

2018 November 7
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by Jeff

kauai solidarity shabbat

Join Us For a Solidarity Shabbat this Friday, November 9, at 6pm.

In a unique Shabbat service, we will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, also referred to as the, “Night of Broken Glass” (November 9-10, 1938). At the same time, we continue honoring the lives lost at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Service will be conducted by student rabbi, Rob Kvidt, and includes a reading from the Torah. Rob will also perform a flute duet with his music teacher, Susan Hironaka, to honor the memories of Jews who lost their lives at Tree of Life Synagogue and during Kristallnacht.

We rarely do an evening service, so you won’t want to miss this special one at which we will be using our new siddur, Mishkan T’filah.

A gourmet vegetarian Shabbat dinner following the service is being created and served by our fabulous caterer Sandy Jennings.

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

When: Friday, November 9, 2018.

Time: 6:00 pm.

Cost for dinner: No charge for paid JCK members. Non-members donation of $35 per person requested. Credit cards accepted on site and on our home page via PayPal link.

Reminder: JCK needs sponsors for other Shabbat Onegs this year. Please take part, as many levels of participation are available.

For more information: Please use our contact form.

candlelight vigil

Many Thanks!

We are grateful to our extended Kauai community for joining us on Sunday, November 4, to commemorate the lives of those killed in Pittsburgh. With over 100 people gathered, we felt the support and love of everyone. Thank you Sally Wilson for spearheading this event.

JCK Supports St. Michael’s “Who Dunnit?” Gala

2018 October 11
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JCK Supports St. Michael’s “Who Dunnit?” Gala
St. Michael's Work Day

Please join JCK in supporting St. Michael’s, our community’s home for many years. We have been blessed to have the use of a very special space for Shabbat, Jewish holidays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. The Community of St. Michael’s has shared their campus with JCK with open arms and aloha.

“Who Dunnit?” St. Michael’s Gala, presenting Murder at Kilohana, written by Wil Welsh and directed by Dottie Bekeart. 

“Step back into the 1920s at the historic Kilohana Estate mansion in Puhi. While a sumptuous dinner is being served, there’s an exciting “Silent Auction” going on.  All of a sudden, an intriguing mystery needs to be solved!”

All of this and more for two great causes: HUGS and St. Michael’s community support initiatives.

Where: Gaylord’s Restaurant, Lihue.

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018.

Time: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Cost: $120 per person. Includes open seating, complimentary gift, dinner, theater, and one complimentary glass of wine during the cocktail hour.

Tickets: Available from Brown Paper Tickets.  Payments at BPT are processed through PayPal.  (A PayPal account is not required).

Catered Shabbat Shuvah With Rabbi Marna on Saturday

2018 September 12
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Kauai Jewish Community  Shabbat Shuvah


Join with fellow Kauai Jews for Shabbat Shuvah Saturday, September 15, at 10 am at St. Michael’s. Services will be followed by a lovely catered luncheon.

The Kauai Jewish Community is very pleased to have Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz leading the 5779 High Holidays.

Shabbat Shuvah

This year again, as part of our observance and High Holiday services, the community will add a Shabbat Shuvah celebration. Shabbat Shuvah is one of the Jewish year’s most special Shabbats. It is sometimes called the Sabbath of Return or Sabbath of Repentance. This Saturday will mark a time for self-reflection, for finding our own highest good, and for casting out all that no longer serves us in the New Year just started. Shabbat Shuvah leads us to the Yom Kippur holiday which begins with Kol Nidre next Tuesday, September 18. See our entire High Holidays schedule of events.

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

Non-members and visitors are most welcome and are asked to make a minimum donation of $50 per person, per service attended including Shabbat Shuvah. You are welcome to pay online or in-person. There is, according to our community’s practice, no charge to attend any of the services for our paid members.

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. Canned and/or non perishable food please.

Catering for the High Holidays is being provided by our caterer Sandy Jennings and Fresh from the Garden.

Photo at Kauai Jewish Community 5779 Rosh Hashanah service.

New Torah for Kauai Jewish Community

2018 September 5
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New Torah | Kauai Jewish Community


The Jewish Community of Kauai is grateful and awed to present to our members a brand new Kosher Torah that is arriving on Kauai this week. We were able to acquire this new Torah through a very generous gift which was provided by the Lovell Family Trust.

This indescribably beautiful Torah was hand-written for us by a scribe in Israel. The unique, hand-made custom Etz Chaim (rollers) were also made in Israel, with inlaid wood from around the world, including koa we sent from Kauai.

How wonderful and amazing is this!

There are so many people to thank for making this happen. They include (in no particular order) Rabbi Aryeh Azriel, Rabbi Bill Kurry ZT”L, Rabbinical confirmant Rob Kvidt, and all of JCK’s board members, including co-presidents Carol Pescaia and Jeff Tucker.

We will be using the new Torah for all of the 5779 High Holidays. There will also be an opportunity for community members to see the Torah up close.

A formal Torah dedication with Rabbi Aryeh Azriel will take place in the near future. At that time we will also acknowledge the many loving hands from across the world, the untold number of processes, and many hundreds of hours that it took to make this Torah a reality for our community.