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The Jewish Congregation of Maui
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

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have helped move furniture, set up the chairs for services, worked at various fundraisers, Whenever and whereever possible I offer my services.