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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.