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November 7, 2009

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November 7, 2009

I love the people, the place, the atmosphere. It is friendly, warm, and accepting. Some people attending don't know anything, while others know a lot, but everyone feels comfortable at their own level because of the guidance of the rabbi. The synagogue also serves as a place for people to socially interact and meet other Jews. It's overall a wonderful place to be.

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

I've witnessed the community pull together to help others in need. People have gone out of their way to be kind and supportive of other Jews who were in need of some kind of support whether from illness, a death in the family, or financial crisis.

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

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

The people. I've made some lasting friendships and have met very interesting people.

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

super!

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

make such a positive impact on the Jewish community of Maui. As a result of that, the wider community would benefit as well. Social services could expand, more youth programs could be created, opportunities for social and religious activities. . .

Ways to make it better...

The organization didn't have to struggle so much with making ends meet. If we didn't have to worry about covering costs for the many events, classes, and services offered.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

In 1980, one could count the Jews of Maui on one's hands. Those of us who were parents or expected to be parents, wondered how our kids would have any idea of what it means to be a Jew. Today we have our Rabbi, our Beit Shalom (one of only two synagogues in the State of Hawaii), our cemetery and the opportunity to live as Jews from cradle to grave. The population of Maui has more than tripled since 1980 when most native to Maui, if they thought of Jews at all, pictured a people who only existed in the Old Testament of their Christian Bible. Today, most know us as a vital part of the immigration tapestry of our state. Like the Chinese, Japanese, Phillipino and others who (mostly) came before us, we are the people of Maui. On a small and relatively isolated island, the Maui community prospers by unity. Although JCOM was founded to serve the Jews of Maui, and continues in this role, I am proud that our organization can today serve the Maui community as well as our membership. JCOM faces daunting challenges. We have faced them before, we will face further challenges in the future. We no longer face them alone, however.

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

community and social service.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

Fund a Community Center focused on cultural enrichment, a K-12 school based on Jewish ethical principles, a retirement residence and a substance abuse treatment facility. All of these address long-term unmet needs of the Maui community as a whole.

Ways to make it better...

all would leave their cultural and social prejudices at home.

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

long term financial stability.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

I had never been to a synagogue before, just when I was a child, and we were there for a relatives wedding, etc. The first time we came,it felt like we belonged. Rabbi Glickman and his wife are such wonderful and welcoming people. I had always looked at being Jewish as an ethnicity, like being part French, or Italian. Because of Rabbi David, my son and I, are learning about our religion.

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

So many ways. I've learned about the history of Judaism from the books in the library. It's made me proud of our Jewish heritage. The Rabbi is a great role model for young people, and a great teacher.

Ways to make it better...

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

Can not think of one. They already do so much with the little they have.

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

How they make everyone feel like they belong,everyone is helpful and kind. I couldn't imagine Maui without them.

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

Great

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

Do so much, They could build a larger synagogue. The Congregation already provides help to the Jewish and general population of Maui, but with more money, they could do so much more, and could devote more time to education and not worry about fund-raising

Ways to make it better...

When I first went to go, I drove by it, because I wasn't looking for a house. It's very cozy, but I wonder if other people have done the same thing. There are too many churches on this Island, with big signs, But they wouldn't let Rabbi David put one up.

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

Lack of funds

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

If I had the means, I would make a large donation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

The Jewish Congregation of Maui welcomes all Jews from all walks of religious life from non observant to orthodox. The Rabbi is the most amazing person I have ever met in my life. The community is warm and has an atmosphere of one large family. They care for one another and help each other out in times of need. It is truly a humbling experience to take part in any activities with this congregation.

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

Shabbat Services, Holiday Services, Holiday gatherings, jewish community get togethers.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue it the way it is.

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

Everything about it. The people the Rabbi, the spirituality.

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

Warm, welcoming, helpful, incredible.

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

Create such an amazing place for all jews on the island of maui. It could greatly help the community and better the lives of countless people.

Ways to make it better...

They had more money to be able to do many of the great things they have planned but need funding for.

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

Funding and more volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 6, 2009

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November 6, 2009

I was raised in a synagogue on the mainland... My Babbie and Zaddie were very religious… and most of my favorite memories about growing up… would be all nights we spent at their house after services... other favorite memories about the way I grew up was when we would ditch Hebrew School with the Cantor to eat ice cream... now many many years later I realize I learned more sitting and eating ice cream with the Cantor than I did sitting in class... I tell this story because when I look and listen to the Rabbi at The Jewish Congregation of Maui I see the same love, caring, patience and knowledge to teach that I had with the Cantor I grew up with... This incredible congregation in the middle of the Pacific, has a bond stronger than you can imagine... different people from Professionals to people living in their car... it does not matter... they are all welcomed and then invited to stay longer... It is my hope that when my children are grown they will have similar memories of growing up in the Jewish faith... I think attending and being a part of The Jewish Congregation of Maui they have a very good start... Shaloha from Maui

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

The staff and volunteers are wonderful. Very welcoming and caring... truly a great group of people!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

Aug. 14 2008, I moved to Maui and did not know a soul. The Jewish Congregation of Maui was very warm and welcoming. It was easy to become envolved with volunteering to help with the activities and events. Rabbi David Glickman is an amazing man. He puts his whole heart into teaching and helping the congregation grow. The times have been difficult this year; Rabbi's determination and perservance have been encouraging. He is committed. The Board of Directors have pressed through and looked at every possibility for growth and endurance. I feel blessed to be part of a congregation that loves the Jewish people, their community and Israel. JCM is an inspiration!

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

The the many times I have been involved as a member, volunteer and now the volunteer coordinator. I also help as the event coordinator.

Ways to make it better...

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

Donate money so they could continure to grow and serve the Jewish Community of Maui. I would donate money to expand and update the kitchen. The kitchen needs to be expanded, with storage area and preparation counters, sinks - everything! It is too small!

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

Their love, endurance, committment, and perservance. They inspire the higher qualities in me.

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

Because of the beauty in this congregation, I volunteered to be the Volunteer Coordinator and help be sure the events are successful. I am responsible to build the volunteer pool to ensure the successful events.

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

Expand the physical facilities and expand the Kitchen facilities. The Kitchen is inadequate for the size of the community it serves. Be able to hire staff to have the office run smoothly. We need a social hall for all the events.

Ways to make it better...

I am inspired by them as they are.

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

Funding! They need more funding to grow and serve the Jewish community. Having more staff in the office. They need larger offices, equipment and supplies.

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

The Rabbi and Board of Directors are very committed to JCM and serve unselfishly through hard times and difficult circumstances. I applaud them for the example that they set in leading JCM.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 3, 2009

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November 3, 2009

The Jewish Congregation of Maui is a soulful, vital organization, providing Jewish learning and a sense of roots for those living on Maui as well as providing a base for international travelers who visit to Maui during the year and especially during Jewish holidays. JCM is flexible in its religious practice, accommodating different Jewish perspectives. All parts of the community are acknowledged: the Rabbi is knowledgeable, there is folk dancing and there is even a support group for those having difficulty. Come visit.

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

learning in group, studying with Rabbi Glickman and deepening my experience of Judaism.

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

build a community center for Shabbat dinners, music and cultural events and a residence for elderly who miss a Jewish context and/or for elderly parents of visitors who could have health support while being with children and grandchildren on vacation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 31, 2009

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October 31, 2009

A gem of a jewish congregation. One of the few I have ever encountered where a traditional rabbi welcomes all comers and encourages them to worship "as their heart dictates".

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

On multiple occasions

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

The warmth anbd commitment of the rabbi

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

My husband and I found this treasure by chance after a cruise. The Rabbi and members were warm and welcoming. Friday it's Reform, Saturday Conservative and the Rabbi is ordained Orthodox and is Shomer Shabbos so all feel accepted. I have been to Chanukah celebrations up in the town of Makawa where many non Jews come to enjoy the food and singing. Not only is this the Jewish presence on Maui but it is also involved with the local community. I especially appreciate that each week I hear all the news and a drash by the Rabbi via email.This full service congregation needs all the help it can get to continue the many vital and enjoyable programs it provides - from ritual to folk dancing. At least once a year I visit to "restore my soul."

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

arranging for burial plot in Hawaii and memorial plaques for my husband and self, Rabbinical consultation, fellowship of members at services and other events

Ways to make it better...

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

Enable full time support in the office

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

The Rabbi and his wife, services and emails

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

warm, compassionate, of good humor and extremely helpful as well as knowledeable

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

expand services to the west of the island and upcountry with additional staff

Ways to make it better...

I could attend more often

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

Lack of sufficient funding

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

Compared to many synagogues I have been a member of (6) this is the best and I proud to be an associate member. If I could afford it I'd be there every week!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

When planning my move to Maui, I thought it impossible that I would find a Jewish community. My brother, with whom I was talking with on the phone at the time, said simply, "mauijews.org." I suppose he was also on the internet while talking with me. I thought it's worth a shot when I get there. The Jewish community that I found on Maui was one of the most inclusive, positive, and inspirational I have ever been a part of. They are a true island of people on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. My time spent in the community and with the synagogue has been some of the happiest times in my life. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I found myself moving away from the community I love to a place full of Jews, but not full of soul. I now lament my situation on a daily basis and I eagerly plan my return to the warmest Jewish community I've had the pleasure of belonging to. My wish to others is for them to be able to feel what I felt. I can only call it a true Jewaiian experience. With times like these, Jews everywhere need a community like this and, simply, the Jewish Community of Maui needs Jews everywhere. With my hopeful return to the community, I can only aspire to provide the welcome, the aloha spirit, and the warm Jewish soul with others visiting that tight-knit community on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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

Throw a life preserver to Maui's Jewish Community and her steadfast supporters. It could provide a stable platform to allow outreach to the needful Maui Jews as well as support the Jewish communities on neighboring islands.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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