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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 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

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...

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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

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