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November 15, 2009

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November 15, 2009

The Jewish Congregation of Maui consistently offers a wide range of opportunities to connect to Torah, holidays, Judaism, Hebrew, culture, language, religion, community and spirituality. Rabbi Glickman and his wife and family are true gifts to the local and worldwide community. What a pleasure to know that when I visit Maui I can participate on a personal letter. The weekly e-mail is worth reading, too. SO many benefits to so many people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

made it easy for my family and myself to connect to our roots, inspired us to get closer to Torah

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

something for people at many levels of interest and participation - non-judgmental, open, accepting and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sponsor more community participation events, support the Rabbi and his family better, support all the projects of the organization

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

The Jewish Congregation of Maui offers a multitude of opportunities to explore the Jewish faith and/or reconnect with your cultural identity. This organization, more than any other I've ever been associated with, has helped make me a more conscientious and fulfilled person. Being part of the Jewish community of Maui is not reliant on social stature, appearance or any other outward factor. If you are a positive person, willing to contribute to the betterment of the collective energy of the whole, you will find your niche and flourish within the community of Maui Jews. Congregation Rabbi David Glickman is a human being who will be the first to point out his own flaws, and it is precisely for this reason that he is a special leader and teacher worth getting to know.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

10 mil. would allow Maui Jews to become even more inclusive in the island community. From enhancing cultural tollerance to providing real social services, an initial Jewish push would turn into a tasty, Maui wave that whole community can ride!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

I have been involved with the JCM since 1984. We use to meet at each others houses and our torah was moved to different locations. I called it "Have torah will travel." The JCM has grown to where we are able to help many people in all situations. Having a building and a full time rabbi has put a huge strain on us financially. We are a community with a great heart, and great love for humanity. The most satisfying experience for me has occurred many times in the years since I have been on Maui. Many are the times when we help a fellow Jew and the family while visiting the island who has an emergency, usually life trhreatening health type, and our small, caring community mobilizes to help the family by providing assistance with their needs - spiritual, social, and financial. We are small; we are not too wealthy, but we give from the heart.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many areas of my life where I am able to understand that to give is far better than receive.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

figure a way to get more people involved with less apathy in the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people, their life's experiences, and their devotion to the community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, respectful, caring, and giving who really want the JCM to flourish nd grow so it can touch the lives of the whole community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

breath easier and do what we intended for the JcM from the start. A sanctuary of Jewishness in the middle of the Pacific ocean.

Ways to make it better...

we were able to concentrate on the spiritual aspects of life rather than be hassled by meeting financial obligations to provide the services we give to the community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Apathy by the Jews on the island who do not recognize and see what we do for them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The heart of this organization is the rabbi who gives his all to make our synagogue work on a shoestring budget, and instills in the community a strong Jewish presence.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

This congregation is one of the friendliest communities. They are very accommodating to all visitors to the island. Their shabbat services are great, and the high holiday services top all other congregations that I have ever been part of. Tashlich services at the beach are awesome. It sure beats going to a river or creek on the mainland. If you are ever in Maui, you need to check it out! You won't be sorry.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending various services at the congregation.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 14, 2009

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November 14, 2009

i have been the welcome recipient of the weekly drash and sense of community offered by the Congregation for the past several years. it has been uplifting and a connection to Maui and the islands, combining my religious and love of nature into one. it has caused me to think, contribute, expand my beliefs and experiences in an attempt to bring that sense to my life here in California.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that i think, share ideas, and interrelate with society. it makes me think and look forward to my weekly contacts with the group.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is open to all, makes all welcome, encourages the participants think and become involved, simply by example.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide even greater experiences to the whole community. it seems to struggle hard to get everything done with only volunteers,and the current budget seems to barely cover operating expenses, notwithstanding expansion of existing programs by volunteers

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 11, 2009

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November 11, 2009

JCM has helped my learn to read hebrew, understand to a greater degree the Tanach, helped me in every way possible. The people are friendly, personable, helpful and it is a good place to visit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Education/Dancing/Fundraising events...ect

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am not the right person to ask this; and if you are honest, then only the board and the members of the congregation can truthfully answer this one.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Rabbi and the congregational children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change Maui; They are not fools with money, it would have a very large impact, from education, to helping the needy.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to learn and less time trying to make a living! LOL

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Typical problems with getting enough growth to make a good impact on this life for everyone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

I am just converting to Judaism and JCM is the first congregation I have been a part of. I love it! As I am trying to figure out where I fit in all of this, I have a lot of people that are willing to share their thoughts and views to help me out. I adore the Rabbi and his family. He has an interesting balance to find for our community and he is amazingly successful at it without compromising integrity. I feel very safe here and am grateful they are here on Maui.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

education, worship oppotunities, community, and friendship.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The current office staff are the Rabbi and myself, so I think they are great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 9, 2009

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November 9, 2009

My experience with the congregation has been overwhelmingly wonderful. It really helps to serve the comunity and bring people closer together. Rabbi Glickman and Jody have been very supportive and very personable. It is a wonderful place to have here on the islands as we are so separated from the mainland. With the friendships I have made it really has made me feel like part of a community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with people to make some beautiful images.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were so kind and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do anything!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 8, 2009

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November 8, 2009

My experience has been very positive. Rabbi Glickman is a knowledgeable and inspiring steward. The members are very welcoming, supporting, taking interest in newcomers and Maui visitors, genuinely, with open heart. Beit Shalom offers a wonderful warm foothold of Judaism on the Hawaiian soil, a Jewish "island" within the tropical paradise island, where not only locals but also visitors can keep their connection with the tradition, have a home away from home. I, personally, not only attended the Shabbat services, but also was "hooked" into participating with Israeli Dancing, Torah learning sessions, Hebrew lessons and Passover celebrations. I found it time and again, meaningfully, spiritually enriching to be able to connect with my faith during vacation time. My guess is, it is not only me, but many Jews may find less time during their busy "mainland" lives for their Judaism and spirituality. Because of Jewish Congregation of Maui, I am looking forward to my vacations not only for recharging the batteries needed in the hustle and bustle of everyday worries and commitments but also for a spiritual replenishment.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create educational and outreach programs that would bring at least some of the thousands of currently non-involved Maui Jews into the traditional fold.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 7, 2009

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November 7, 2009

My involvement has been since it's inception. I am a better person fot it. This congregation can be supportive in all aspects of life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many aspects of my life

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see a larger facility

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

laughing a lot

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working dedicated people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

service the entire comunity better.

Ways to make it better...

I lost weight

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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