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Review for The Jewish Congregation of Maui, Kihei, HI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community and social service.

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?


Role:  Board Member & Serve.