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Learn more about Jewish life in Hawaii. This list may help you find the perfect challah, a Jewish themed book club or other information. If you have something that may be of interest for this page please send an email to web.jcshi@gmail.com.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

 

Hawaii Jewish "Meet Up"

Hawaii is full of diversity and community, but there hasn't been a great way to bring together the Jewish Community outside of religious services. Hawaii Jewish "Meet Up" is a new effort to create community among Hawaii Jews of all affiliations, to serve as a place for Jews in Hawaii to meet and commune despite temple affiliation, religiosity, age, or location.

If you are interested in joining other Jewish people in a variety of social activities (including things like arts clubs, hiking groups, neighborhood meetups, and more), please contact us to sign up or volunteer to lead a meetup. Events will be virtual at first and eventually move to in-person.

For questions contact JewishMeetupHawaii@gmail.com 

 

JCS COMMUNITY MAPPING REPORT

By JCS Vice President Robert Nehmad.
Jewish Community Services and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation have determined that a Needs Assessment Study needs to be performed to get a clear understanding of the current needs and priorities of our members. This is particularly important since our demographics have changed and the world population is adjusting to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jewish Community Services organization has volunteered to undertake a Community Mapping exercise to develop preliminary data to be used by a consultant as the basis for their study. 

To read the full report please click here: JCS COMMUNITY MAPPING REPORT

ARTS and CULTURE

Hawaii Jewish Film Festival

Tradition is a lifeline in Judaism. HJFF continues our tradition of presenting excellence in Jewish cinema, sharing Jewish life, culture, history and art with the greater Honolulu Community. We show world-class current films include dramas, documentaries, comedies, and animation. 

Along with these exceptional movies, the audience’s experience will be enhanced by expert speakers who provide background information on several films. 

HJFF honors the memory of Kirk Cashmere, a civil rights lawyer, influential in the passage of some of Hawaii’s most courageous and compassionate laws. Kirk was also a film aficionado, who envisioned bringing top-caliber films with Jewish content to our island home.

Please contact us through our website for information or film submissions at: honolulujewishfilmfest.org  or www.shaloha.com

FOOD and BEVERAGE

Aloha Lani - Kosher Restaurant

Aloha Lani - Hawaii's only Kosher Restaurant - Israeli and American Cuisine

Click here for more information

Chabad of Hawaii - Ground Floor 2241 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu HI 96826

Call or email for hours, reservations and orders.

Email: alohalanikosher@gmail.com Phone: (808) 799-2533

 

Oahu Kosher

Oahu Kosher provides fresh, made to order food to your home or hotel anywhere on Oahu Sunday through Friday.

We deliver to all neighboring Hawaiian Islands fresh kosher meals via refrigerated cargo. 

Oahu Kosher is under the supervision of Orthodox Chef Yudi Weinbaum, serving Kosher to all of Hawaii since 2006.

We specialize in Glatt Kosher catering ranging from parties, weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and all your other needs.

We make fresh challah every Friday by advance order.

We import from Los Angles once a month kosher beef, chicken, as well as other requests rugelach, or babka etc. 

Office Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10am – 4:00pm (Hawaii Standard Time) Ph: (808) 888-4949 Email: info@oahukosher.com

 

Tamura’s Fine Wines and Liquors – Offering Kosher wines

3496 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu 96816 Ph: (808) 735-7100 www.tamurasfinewines.com          

 

Whole Foods Market at Kahala Mall – Offering Kosher wines

4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu 96816 Ph: (808) 738-0820 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

 

Safeway - S. Beretania St – Offering packaged Kosher and Jewish style food

1234 S. Beretania St, Honolulu 96814 Ph: (808) 535-1780 https://local.safeway.com/safeway/hi/honolulu/1234-s-beretania-st.html

 

Maui Kosher Farm – A Kosher Farm on Maui dedicated to creating a Kosher Farm Oasis

Rabbi Mendel & Chani Zirkind

Maui Kosher Farm P.O. Box 1545 Wailuku, HI (917) 440-2632 www.mauikosherfarm.com

 

HELP HOTLINE

Aloha United Way  2-1-1

2-1-1 is a confidential, toll-free help hotline for anyone in Hawaii in need of help. With 2-1-1, you can easily find information and referrals on everything from crisis intervention and counseling to job training, educational programs and child care.

ONLINE DATABASE - Visit www.auw211.org

Specialists search a database of over 4,000 government and nonprofit services and programs to find the answers you need, from basic needs (food, shelter, clothing), childcare, elderly care, disability services and more!.

HOURS OF OPERATION Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (808) 543-2262  Fax: (808) 599-7712  Email: info211@auw.org

The service is confidential, toll-free, statewide and multilingual assistance is available.

MAILING ADDRESS

Aloha United Way 2-1-1, Att: 2-1-1 Program Assistant

200 N. Vineyard Blvd. Suite 700 Honolulu, HI 96817

JUDAICA PRODUCT SHOPPING

Chai Boutique - Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood Honolulu

An all volunteer non-profit Judaica store supporting the School of Jewish Studies at Temple Emanu-El Honolulu.

A large variety of Judaica products including many Hawaii local themed items. Online ordering from https://www.hawaiijudaica.com/

JEWISH EDUCATION

School of Jewish Studies at Temple Emanu-El

Shaloha and welcome to the School of Jewish Studies! Our PreK-12th grade youth program promotes an education that will inspire our children to become committed Jewish adults. Our educational process includes classroom time, holiday programming, speakers, family activities, adult education and more. Parents are encouraged to become involved and participate in our religious school groups, both through classroom family activities and our religious school Parent Hui.

Kinder-7th grade classes are conducted on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM as well as Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 PM (grades 5+); the schedule for students in our Pre-K and 8th-12th grades varies. Registration takes place during late summer.

 

School of Jewish Studies Spring 2021 Calendar - Please click through on the RED links for more information.

 

The School of Jewish Studies at Temple Emanu-el has posted their current youth class calendars. Spring 2021 schedules are attached for Nevatim (PreK), Kinder-8th grades (pre b'nei mitzvah), Kadima Hebrew (5th grade), Kesher (8th-10th post b'nei mitzvah) and Confirmation (11th&12th grades) classes. Classes will continue to be virtual.  If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Garcia or Stephanie De Mello at the temple main office at 808 595-7521. Our schedules and more information can also be found on the Temple Emanu-el website at www.shaloha.com and the Temple Emanu-el Honolulu Facebook page.     ​

Contact: Rachel Garcia, Temple Emanuel Religious Education Director   

Email: sjs@shaloha.com Phone: (808) 595-7521

 

Jewish Summer Programs for Children

For information on Jewish summer programsContact your local congregation

RESOURCES FOR JEWISH PARENTS

Hawaii Jewish Parents

This group is for parents who live in Hawaii, to share information, ideas, resources, and support for each other. You can post questions about being Jewish in Hawaii that other parents might be able to serve as a resource for you, share stories of things related to children or parenting in Hawaii, or ideas for things related to Jewish upbringing, holidays, education, books, or anything else!
Anyone who self defines as Jewish or has children who are Jewish or interested in Judaism are welcome to join.

Search Facebook for “Hawaii Jewish Parents” or use this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/649992648935111/?ref=share

 

Alexander Ben Abraham Singer Scholarship

Application Date Extended to May 25th 2021

The purpose of the scholarship is to subsidize Jewish children to experience a Jewish camp over the summer. Preference will be given to applicants going to a camp on the mainland, in Israel or another overseas location. Application Requirements: Applicants must be between the ages of 12 to 18 and/or not yet a high school graduate. Priority will be given to first time Singer Scholarship applicants. Applications must be received by May 25th. Please use this link to download the application form.

 

The Michael & Anita Siegel One Happy Camper Fund

JFNA is delighted to announce that, thanks to the generosity of The Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Fund, limited $1,000 incentive grants are available. Any Jewish child who would like to have a first-time experience at a Jewish overnight camp and who lives in a community that is part of JFNA’s Network of Independent Communities is eligible to apply.

To apply online for the One Happy Camper grant, click here. For a printed application, click here and follow the instructions on the application. These grants are first come, first served. Families must apply by Friday, March 12, 2021 to be considered. Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 2, 2021, if they have been awarded one of these grants. This is an incredible opportunity and we hope you will spread the word in your community.

To learn more about the One Happy Camper first-time incentive scholarship initiative of the Foundation for Jewish Camp or explore the numerous Jewish camp possibilities for children, click here.

If you have questions regarding the One Happy Camper grant application process for Network communities, please contact Edward Finkel, JFNA Network Regional Director, at (212) 284-6530 or by e-mail at edward.finkel@jfna.org.
 

WELCOME SERVICES

Jewish Welcome Wagon

Sandra Armstrong 

Please call (808) 263-1130 for information on Jewish life in Hawaii. We serve as a contact for new arrivals to the Hawaiian Jewish Community and welcome inquiries from the mainland for an explanation of Jewish life here.

JEWISH BURIAL SERVICES & CEMETERIES

Abraham’s Garden

Jewish Cemetery located in Hawaiian Memorial Park in Kaneohe on Oahu. 

For inquiries please contact Donald Armstrong, Sole Owner & Manager of Abraham's Garden LLC: Email: darmstrongpers@aol.com or Phone: (808) 294-3082 (cell) or (808) 263-1130 (home).

Chevra Kadisha Kavod

The Chevra Kadisha Kavod is able to perform the taharah ritual in the Oahu Jewish community and provide an opportunity for all interested members of Oahu Jewish community to perform the mitzvah of taharah. Act as a resource for the Oahu Jewish community for education about the rituals and traditions related to dying, death, and funerals.

Chevra Kadisha Kavod is available to individuals, schools, congregational committees and other community groups. Chevra Kadisha Kavod is a volunteer organization working in consultation with the Reform, Conservative, Military, and Unaffiliated communities of Oahu

For more information contact: Alice Wahl Lachman Email: alachman@hawaii.edu Phone: 808-941-7062

Kauai Jewish Memorial Garden

The Kauai Jewish Cemetary is officially called "Kauai Jewish Memorial Garden" with over 150 plots avaialble for Jewish burial open to all Jews. It is operated by an independent non-profit and can provide a full service including Chevra Kadisha.

For more information contact: Rabbi Michoel Goldman Email: info@kjmg.org

ADULT EDUCATION - JEWISH PERSPECTIVES

 

JOURNEY OF THE SOUL

A fresh look at life, death and the rest—in peace

Who hasn’t wondered what happens when we die? We know what happens to the body. But what happens to the soul at birth and again at death?

Is there really a “better” place after this one?

- Do our loved ones continue to connect with us?

- Can I relate to an afterlife if I’m not spiritual?

At once practical and powerful, reflective and relatable, Journey of the Soul teaches a Jewish perspective on life that begins before birth and lasts well after a person’s passing.

It’s a journey we all take, and it’s yours to explore this winter.

Click here to learn more.

This course is brought to you by the Kauai Jewish Center, in partnership with The Jewish Learning Institute - the world's leading adult Jewish education organization - and the Kauai Jewish Memorial Garden.

Course is being offered by in-person at the Center (evening) and online (Zoom) in the a.m.
(So, if you're on the mainland you can join us virtually.)
Students manuals will be delivered to all students before the course begins.

 

Early Bird Discount available until January 20 - 10% off.