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Lily got her Hebrew name “Lilach” at Temple Emanu-El in Beverly Hills, California, and her Japanese name “So-me” at the same service.So-me was one of our first Japanese relatives to come to Honolulu around 1890.
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No one really knows how it passed from the estate of King David Kalakaua to the temple, but we call it the “Kalakaua Torah” and it reminds us that Hawaii’s Jews are a respected part of the local community.
As the saying goes, “we are as local as everyone else, only more so.” Jewish events in Hawaii always include family, friends, and neighbors.
We share our lifecycle ceremonies with everyone, as they share theirs with us.
There is no specific Jewish neighborhood: Jews live all over the island.