The first mention of Jews in connection with Hawaii was in 1798, when a sailor on the whaling ship Neptune recorded in the ships log that the Hawaiian king had come aboard and brought a "Jew cook" with him!

Jewish merchants began arriving in Hawaii between 1850-1900 and established themselves as suppliers to the sugar plantations, as well as owners of coffee plantations.

After World War I the Jewish Welfare Board sent Alexander and Jennie Linczer to establish a JWB Center in their home.

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UPLINK: Uniting Peer Learning, Integrating New Knowledge (UPLINK) provides an after-school program for middle-school aged children in support of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)‚Äč federal grant.

The activity-based program aims to proactively prevent students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from engaging in risky behaviors during the after-school hours, including teen pregnancy, remediation and dropping out.

In 1947, the Jewish Welfare Board sent Rabbi Emanuel Kumin to Hawaii to serve as its director.

The Honolulu Jewish Community also hired him to serve the congregation on a part-time basis.A temple Sisterhood was organized, and a religious school was begun.The 1950-51 Board adopted the Temple Emanu-El name and purchased a large residence on Oahu Ave, near the University of Hawaii, and consecrated it as the Temple's first home.During World War II, the JCC continued as the focal point of the Jewish community with religious services conducted by military chaplains stationed in Hawaii.In 1942 the Honolulu Jewish Community established a Hebrew Burial Society consecrating a section of the Oahu Cemetery in Nuuanu for use as a Jewish cemetery.After school programs provide a safe venue for students between the end of the school day and the availability of their family and/or caregivers.