You must have your tickets to be admitted to High Holy Days
services. Tickets will be sent soon, but only to those who have
paid their membership dues for the year. Dues invoices were
sent in July. 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 Rosh HaShanah Dinner
We are again organising a UJC Rosh HaShanah dinner after the
service on Wednesday, 24th September, to be held at JCC Coffee
Shop. If you are interested in joining us, YOU MUST send/fax
(2523-3961) the Rosh
Hashanah Dinner Booking Form
to the UJC office before
Wednesday, 17th September.
MY FACE - NEW SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS AT THE UJC
L'AYEIN: EXPLOYING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER
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
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
Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting. If you are interested
in Chavraya, please register with the
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
The United Jewish Congregation's "One Congregation,
One Book" Project will return after the High Holy Days
Once again, our goal is to get as many UJC members as possible to
read the same significant Jewish book during the programmatic year.
Please join us as we read Abraham Joshua Heschel's
spiritual masterpiece: God in Search of Man.
Shorashim registration packets for 2014/2015 have been emailed
to parents. If you did not receive the forms, if you would like
a hard copy, or if you have any questions, please contact the
UJC office. Please try to return the completed forms to the
office NOW. Receiving your registration materials
helps us organize classes, teachers and materials, and hlps us better
prepare for this coming year. Forms received after 18th August will
incur a late charge.
Also, if you know any families who might be interested in Shorashim,
please have them contact The
UJC office or pass their name along to me and I will reach out
to them. We would love to welcome even more families to the Shorashim
The first day of Shorashim will be 14th September.
Have you registered for the new school year yet?
Please send in your 2014/2015 Registration forms before 18th August.
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]