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 this recognition.
Please click on the infographic for more information.
BY DR. DAN BEN-CANAAN
The United Jewish Congregation of
and The Jewish Historical Society of Hong Kong
are pleased to welcome
Dr. Dan Ben-Canaan
to Hong Kong for two lectures
"A General Introduction
to the History of the Jews of Harbin, and the Effort to Preserve
Sunday, 29th May 29 at 10:30am
"Engineering History - The Reconstruction
of the Harbin Old Synagogue: A Case Study in Interpreting
and Engineering a Past"
Sunday, 29th May 29 at 7:00pm
JCC King David Room
Dr. Dan Ben-Canaan is perhaps the world's
foremost authority on the history of the Jews of Harbin. In
2009, while at the Heilongjiang University of Western Studies,
he authored a book entitled "The Jewish People and Their
Place in History - The Jews of China and Harbin".
Along with his wife, Dr. Ben-Canaan established the Harbin
Jewish Culture Association in late 2014. The Sino-Israel Research
and Study Center is now under the umbrella of the Harbin Jewish
After 14 years of lecturing at Heilongjiang University, Dr.
Ben-Canaan moved to Northeast Forestry University, one of
China's top science institutions, where he teaches postgraduates,
PhD candidates and faculty the methodologies of research and
Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis
June 5-8, 2016
Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis is the Rabbi of Congregation
Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas and teaches at the University
of North Texas. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of
Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism and the soon to be published
Sefer HaBahir: Selections from the Book of Brilliance.
Join us for this exploration of the fascinating world of Jewish
Folklore, Magic, and Myth.
Sunday, 5th June 2016 5:30pm - "Is there
a Jewish Mythology?: Moses as the Jewish Prometheus" Venue: JCC King David Room
Monday, 6th June 2016 8:00am - "Asher Yatzar
- Demons in the Toilet?"
Breakfast Chavurah Venue: Starbucks Coffee (Shop M2, Baskerville House, 13
Duddell Street, Central)
Cost: HK$100 per person for Continental breakfast.
Tuesday, 7th June 2016 7:30pm - "Angels &
Demons in Jewish Tradition"
This lecture is co-sponsored by the JCC and the UJC.
Light refreshments will be served. Venue: JCC King David Room
Wednesday, 8th June 2016 12:30pm - "A Taste
of Sefer HaBahir - The Classic Text of the Early Kabbalah"
Lunch and Learn (feel free to bring a bag lunch) Venue: Alan Schiffman's office (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher
& Flom, 42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's
6:30pm - "Lilith: Adam's
Demonic Ex in Tradition and Popular Culture" Venue: The Globe (Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street,
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
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
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
meets as usual this Sunday, 29th May at 9:30am in The UJC Sanctuary.
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]