Let’s help create miracles here in Hong Kong!
Sunday, 8th December 2013
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM — Mitzvah Day Breakfast and
Kick-off at the JCC
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM — Volunteer at one of a variety
Work with children, Environmental Projects, Assist Charities
Thanks everyone who signed up for the UJC Make A Miracle
Mitzvah Day! See you all on Sunday, 8th December at 8:30am
at the JCC Garden Room.
MY FACE - NEW SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS AT THE UJC
L'AYEIN: EXPLOYING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER
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
Next L'ayein Shabbat to be announced. Watch the
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.
First meeting will be determined. If you are interested in Chavraya,
please register with the
UJC office. We will then set a first meeting date that
works for everyone.
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.
WALKING THE PATH OF THE JUST - ONE CONGREGATION/ONE
A community reading of Rabbi Moshe Hayyim
Luzzatto’s classic ethical work Mesillat Yesharim
(The Path of the Just)
Register with the
UJC office as a participant in One Congregation/One
Get yourself a copy of Mesillat Yesharim (Click
here to see the information on the various editions).
This is not a book we simply read. This is a book that draws us
into its world and shapes us. Let’s walk this path together. Don't miss it!! Register NOW!!
More details here.
Also, please click
here to download the Reading Schedule and Check-In
There is a long-standing UJC tradition of serving an American-style
Thanksgiving dinner on the Shabbat following Thanksgiving. But
this year we have an unusual situation with Thanksgiving coinciding
with Hanukkah — an event that won’t happen again until
2070, 2165, or 79811, depending on who’s doing the math
— resulting in “Thanksgivukkah.”
The UJC will have a Thanksgivukkah Shabbat Dinner
following Shabbanukkah services on Friday, 29th November.
Dinner will feature turkey and dressing, latkes, cranberry applesauce,
and sufganiyot with cinnamon ice cream. Please join us for this
very rare celebration!
Cost: HK$185 (Adult), HK$95 (Children's portion), HK$75 (Kid's
meal). Please RSVP to the
UJC office by Thursday, 28th November.
UJC HANUKKAH CELEBRATIONS
Join the UJC in celebrating Hanukkah — Festival
Friday, 29th November
6:30pm: “Shabbanukkah” Service in
the UJC Sanctuary (please note early start)
— Bring your own Hanukkah menorah and 4 candles for our
— Shorashim classes Gan and Kitah Alef will participate
in the service.
— Birthday Blessing and a Sweet Treat for kids born in November
7:30pm: UJC “Thanksgivukkah” Shabbat
Dinner at the JCC
— Highlights of the menu include: Turkey with dressing,
Latkes, Cranberry Applesauce, Sufganyot and more!
Shabbat Dinner cost: HK$185 (Adult), HK$80 (Children 5-12). Please
RSVP to the UJC
office by Thursday, 28th November.
Sunday, 1st December
FAMILY HANUKKAH PARTY
When: 10:00 AM — 12:00 Noon
Where: UJC Sanctuary
Cost: Free admission for Shorashim students, HK$100 each for Non-Shorashim
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]