Six years ago, The UJC joined Progressive congregations from around
the world in adopting Mishkan T'filah as our weekday,
Shabbat, and festival prayer book. We are excited once again to
be part of the world-wide renewal of Progressive worship as we
celebrate the publication of Mishkan HaNefesh, the High
Holiday companion to the beautiful and inspiring Mishkan T'filah.
Further, the introduction of Mishkan HaNefesh will mark
the establishment of the Evan Blanco Memorial Machzor Fund, a
fitting tribute to honor our friend and devoted member.
We are pleased to offer The UJC family the opportunity to be part
of this once in a generation transition to a new machzor and to
help us establish a lasting tribute to Evan Blanco. Please consider
sponsoring a set or multiple sets of Mishkan HaNefesh.
For more information on Mishkan HaNefesh and how you
can sponsor a set in honor or in memory of a loved one click
ACADEMY OF ADULT LEARNING 5776
Exciting new adult education opportunities are coming for 5776,
but you don't have to wait that long. Study over the summer. (That's
what the cool kids are doing.)
One Congregation/One Book will return in
October. We will be reading Simon Schama's The Story
of the Jews: Finding the Words-100BC-1492AD. Get yourself
a copy (available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book) and dive
into this fascinating exploration of Jewish history. Click
here to order the book through Amazon.
In a year-long series called Jewish Questions/Jewish
Answers we will examine how our tradition can help us navigate
the most difficult ethical issues of our time. Our texts for this
class will mainly be responsa,
answers to real-life questions posed to prominent Rabbinic authorities.
You can't study ahead for this class, but have a look at this article
by Rabbi Mark Washofsky, chair of the Responsa Committee of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis, for a taste of the kind of
literature we will be working with next year. Click
here to look at the article.
We will also have a Biblical Hebrew class
in the coming year. Join us to learn some fundamentals of the grammar
and vocabulary of the TaNaKH. This class will begin in the winter.
Yes, that is a long time to wait. Why not get the textbook we will
be using now? The book is called The First Hebrew Primer:
The Adult Beginner's Path to Biblical Hebrew (Third Edition).
It is available from Amazon
and from the publisher.
Study a bit from the First Hebrew Primer this summer. The
book is designed to be used for self-instruction. Nothing says "summer
vacation" like Hebrew verb forms.
Enjoy the summer. Everyone deserves some dumb fun. Don't, however,
miss the opportunity to do some learning during the dog days. And
watch Shabbat Shalom for details of our exciting adult education
offerings for the 2015-6 UJC year.Stay tuned for the information
of the new program.
New 2015/2016 Registration packets for next year have been sent
via email. If you have not yet received your packet, please contact
the UJC office.
If you know any families who might be interested in becoming part
of Shorashim, please feel free to put them in touch with Rabbi
Martha or pass on their names and we will reach out to them.
We would love to welcome new families to Shorashim!
Save the Date - Shorashim resumes on Sunday, September 6!
Best wishes to everyone for safe travels and a wonderful summer!
The United Jewish Congregation of Hong
Kong (UJC) was founded in 1988 by three long term residents of
Hong Kong, Robert Green, Charles Monat
and Robert L. Meyer. Their objective for the
UJC was "to advocate the cause of Reform, Liberal, Conservative,
and other non-Orthodox Jews in Hong Kong" and to encourage their
participation in Jewish life to the fullest. We are a warm, welcoming,
vibrant congregation, with adults and children actively engaged
in all aspects of the community.
The Jewish community in Hong Kong
is extremely diverse, reflecting many traditions from around the
world. While UJC members come mainly from North America, we are
also thoroughly international, including members from the Israel,
Britain, France, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, Canada,
South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China. Although
some congregants have lived in Hong Kong for decades, many are
in Hong Kong for two to five years. Our membership is comprised
mostly of business and professional people, journalists, teachers,
and academics, and includes many families with school-age children,
as well as many young professionals.
The UJC grew rapidly from a few dedicated
people to become a large Jewish congregation in Hong Kong with
about 200 family and single memberships. Since its inception,
the UJC has been affiliated with the World Union for Progressive
Judaism and is now a key congregation in the Union for Progressive
Judaism. [… read more]