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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 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

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 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

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

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

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