THIS WEEK AT THE UJC

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THE UNITED JEWISH CONGREGATION OF HONG KONG
WELCOMING ALL WHO SEEK A PROGRESSIVE VISION OF JEWISH LIFE
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UJC SHABBATON - THE SHABBOS PROJECT AT THE UJC

In conjunction with "The Shabbos Project," a community initiative to enhance the celebration of Shabbat, come join us for the UJC Shabbaton on 24th-25th October.

Plan on spending all of Shabbat with your UJC mishpacha. On Friday night, 24th October at 7:00pm, we will begin with our regular Shabbat service followed by a vegetarian/dairy potluck in the UJC Sanctuary.

Join us the following Saturday morning, 25th October at 10:00am for an informal Shabbat service (do not dress up!), followed by a Kiddush in the UJC Sanctuary. After the Kiddush, join us for: Tradition and Innovation: Shabbat in Progressive Judaism. What is and is not "work" in a Progressive understanding of Shabbat? How do we balance community values with the personal autonomy we cherish in shaping our Shabbat observance? How can we each honor the key components of Shabbat-Holiness (Kedusha), Rest (Menucha), and Joy (Oneg)? These are some of the issues we will discuss as we enjoy a peaceful Shabbat afternoon together.

And when Shabbat ends, we urge you to attend the community Havdalah Concert taking place at the JCC at 7:30pm.

Please RSVP to the UJC office by Thursday, 23rd October and let us know what you are going to bring to the Pot luck dinner.



 

 

SEEK MY FACE - NEW SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS AT THE UJC

L'AYEIN: EXPLOYING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF PRAYER


Our liturgy is a language of awe, yet we often feel alienated from it. Prayer can seem like the problem rather than the solution. Through this program we will work to connect the heart with the words we recite. At various times during the programmatic year, we will pause during Shabbat evening services to delve into (l’ayein) a particular aspect of the liturgy. Through the advice of our teachers and by sifting our own experience we will learn how the liturgy can work for us as a means of transcendence, as a vehicle for awe.

Next L'ayein Shabbat to be announced. Watch the calendar.







CHAVRAYA: THE UJC SPIRITUALITY CIRCLE

An association dedicated to deepening the life of the spirit. Participants in this chavraya, this gathering of spiritual colleagues, will provide support and guidance for one another in the critical work of caring for the soul. Our aim will be to create a quiet space in this noisy world for prayer, contemplation, and the cultivation of essential middot. Our work will be informed by the program of spiritual development outlined by Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapira in his book B’nai Machshava Tova, available in a translation entitled Conscious Community. (See details below)

This is a group for those willing to make an extra investment in their spiritual life and who are looking for the companionship of fellow seekers.

Meeting dates: Thursdays, October 30, December 11, January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 18
When: 7:30pm
Where: UJC Sanctuary

If you are interested in Chavraya, please register with the UJC office.

You will also need to obtain a copy of Conscious Community (Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, trans. Andrea Cohen-Kiener, Kindle or print edition). Or try this downloadable translation by Yaacov Dovid Shulman.






ONE CONGREGATION, ONE BOOK

GOD IN SEARCH OF MAN

You are invited to join the UJC's community reading of Abraham Joshua Heschel's theological masterpiece, God In Search of Man. Heschel called this work "A Philosophy of Judaism," but reading it is not merely an intellectual exercise. Heschel offers us a glimpse of the inner life of the pious modern Jew. He shows us that one need not be a fundamentalist in order to feel the presence of the Living God. Be part of the community of learners who will spend this coming year in the presence of one of our greatest modern teachers.

Becoming part of this important project is simple. All you need to do is:

1. Register with the UJC office as a participant in One Congregation/One Book.

2. Get yourself a copy of God In Search of Man. The book is available in print and as an ebook (iBooks and Kindle). Click here to order the book through Amazon.

3. SIGN UP for one of the following orientation sessions:
• Sunday, 26th October at 10:15am in the UJC Sanctuary
• Wednesday, 29th October at 12:30pm in Alan Schiffman's office (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central)


4. Begin your reading on or before 2nd November. Read a short section every day. Our aim will be to conclude our reading on Shavuot. We will publish a suggested reading schedule in the coming weeks.

5. Over the course of the programmatic year, come to check-in sessions to ask questions and delve deeper into the text. The schedule of these sessions will be announced after the last orientation session.

6. At any time during the year, set up a time to come and talk with me about God In Search of Man.

This is not a book we simply read. This is a book that we study and savor. This is not a book about Jewish Theology. Reading it is, in itself, a spiritual experience.



GET YOUR COPY TODAY!

Register with the UJC office as a participant in One Congregation/One Book NOW! More detials here.






SHORASHIM





Shorashim will meet as usual this Sunday, 26th October at 9:30am in the UJC Sanctuary.





Have you registered for the new school year yet?

Please send in your 2014/2015 Registration forms before 18th August.

Click here to download our 2014/2015 registration packet.

If you have any questions, please contact Rabbi Martha or the UJC office.














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UJC HK - Tree of Life


THE UJC

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.

CONGREGATIONAL PROFILE

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.

HISTORY

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]


UJC HK Entry

CURRENT EVENTS

MONTHLY CALENDAR
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Jewish Beer Drinking Association (JBDA)


Out next meeting is schedule on Thursday, 6th November. Click here for more details.


Rosh Chodesh Group Returns!!
Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting.

Each month, a group of (mainly) women gather together to celebrate the beginning of the new moon - Rosh Chodesh. Click here for more details.


Havdalah Pajama Party
Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting.

Click here for more details.



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