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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!