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Pat Roth, Archivist
Bernard Levinson Jewish Archives
2550 Pali Highway
Honolulu, HI 96817
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SYNAGOGUES IN HAWAII May [2004]

[link no longer available]: "The first mention of Jews in connection with the islands which ultimately became the 50th U.S. state was in 1798, when a sailor on the whaler Neptune recorded in the ship's log that the Hawaiian king had come aboard and brought "a Jew cook with him." It is believed that Jewish traders from Britain and Germany arrived in the islands in the 1840s. They were later joined by Jews from California at the end of the 19th century. However, it was not until 1901 that the Hebrew Benevolent Society and a cemetery were established. In 1938 the Honolulu Jewish community was formed, and this was followed in 1951 by the consecration of a Reform synagogue." [October 2000]

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