500 GUEST SHABBAT CELEBRATION
Friday, 24th February 2017 Sign up to be a guest is now open.
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There are approximately 500 souls in our UJC family.
That's a pretty big mishpacha. Without some effort it isn't
possible to know one another as well as we should. So...
On Friday night February 24, 2017, we hope that every single
UJC member will either host a Shabbat dinner for other UJC members
in their home or attend one of these dinners. The aim is for
us all to spend a joyous, haimish Shabbat evening meeting new
people and turning acquaintances into friends.
Volunteer to host a 500 Guests Shabbat
(Many thanks to those who have already volunteered.)
Be part of this major effort to strengthen the
person-to-person connections between us and so strengthen our
precious kahal as a whole.
Commemorate a simcha or honor the memory of a loved one
by sponsoring a set of Mishkan HaNefesh, the new
Progressive High Holy Day prayerbook.
It was exciting and inspiring to use our new
Mishkan HaNefesh machzorim at last year's High
Holy Day Services. Even though the machzorim are now in
use, sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Please consider sponsoring a set or multiple
sets of Mishkan HaNefesh. A special bookplate has
been designed that allows sponsors to make a personal dedication
in honor or in memory of a loved one. In addition, your
sponsorship will support the programs of The UJC and helps
establish a fitting tribute to our friend and devoted member
The UJC is proud to announce that it is one of
the recipients of a matching grant from the Jewish Funders Network
called "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for
Intermarried Couples and their Families," in Honor of 2015
Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas.
We are so pleased to be able to continue this vital engagement
work here in Hong Kong.
Todah rabbah to Josephine Pichanick Mogelof who led the grant
application process, to all our generous matching grant donors,
and to everyone who has contributed to making The UJC worthy of
Please click on the infographic for more information.
THE UJC NEEDS YOU!
VOLUNTEER TO BE A UJC GREETER
The UJC is establishing a Greeter Corps, a group of volunteers to
welcome and assist both members and visitors at services and other
events. Our aim is to make sure that newcomers and veterans alike
feel the warmth of The UJC whenever they come to shul. Being part
of Greeter Corps is a great way to fulfill the mitzvah of Hachnasat
Orchim, of hospitality and welcoming.
If you have the right stuff -- if you love the UJC and want to share
that love with others, then email The
UJC office to volunteer. Once we have a pool of volunteers,
we will schedule a brief training session. Watch Shabbat Shalom
Welcoming the stranger is greater than receiving the Divine
Presence. Talmud, Shabbat 127a
There will be no Shorashim on Sunday, 5th February as we are on
Chinese New Year Break. Classes will resume on 12th February.
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]