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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Mishkan Hanefesh, Machzor for the Days of Awe


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 here.



UJC 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.



Shorashim


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!


Click here to download our 2015/2016 registration packet.

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


HIGH HOLY DAYS AT THE UJC 2015 - 5776

Click here for the complete High Holy Days schedule 2015

You must have your tickets to be admitted to High Holy Days services. Tickets have been sent, but only to those who have paid their membership dues for the year. Dues invoices were sent in July via email. If you have not already paid your dues, please make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. If you have not received your dues invoice or have misplaced it, please contact the UJC office.

Welcome visitors and non-members

As in previous years, the UJC welcomes visitors to its High Holy Days services. At the same time, we ask for a contribution to help meet the many expenses involved. The suggested donation is HK$1,800 per person to attend our services. High Holy Days tickets may be obtained in advanced by contacting the UJC office.

If you have any financial constraints, please contact our President, Clayton Carol or Rabbi Stanton Zamek.


Download the schedule of the services for the High Holy Days 2015 here




ROSH HASHANAH DINNER

Join the UJC Rosh Hashanah Dinner on Sunday, 13th September at the JCC Coffee Shop after services. Bus service will be provided. If you are interested in joining us, YOU MUST RSVP before Monday, 7th September. Price: Adult (HK$390), Children (12 & under, HK$195), Children's Meal (HK$120).

Click here for the Rosh Hashanah Dinner booking form.







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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]


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CURRENT EVENTS

MONTHLY CALENDAR
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Jewish Beer Drinking Association (JBDA)


Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting. 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.

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