UJC SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE Professor Ron Wolfson
January 9-14, 2015
Professor Ron Wolfson is the Fingerhut Professor of Education
at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He has also
served as Dean of the Fingerhut School of Education, Founding
Director of the Whizin Center for the Jewish Future, and Vice
President of AJU. Professor Wolfson is a co-founder of Synagogue
2000 (with Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman) and is co-founder and co-President
of Synagogue 3000, an institute whose mission is to catalyze
excellence in synagogue life.
Professor Wolfson is a prolific author in the fields of Jewish
education and synagogue life. His most recent publication is
the influential book Relational Judaism: Using The Power
Of Relationships To Transform The Jewish Community.
Don't miss this opportunity to study with this master teacher.
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UJC HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
"SHABBANUKKAH" Join the UJC in celebrating
Hanukkah - Festival of Lights Friday, 19th December
5:15pm - Children's Activities in the UJC Sanctuary 6:15pm
- "Shabbanukkah" Service in the UJC Sanctuary (note
- Bring your own Hanukkah menorah and 5 candles for our Community
- Shorashim classes Gan and Kitah Alef will participate in the
- Birthday Blessing and a Sweet Treat for kids born between
July to December 7:15pm
- UJC Shabbat Dinner at the JCC (note
Shabbat Dinner Cost: HK$180 (Adult), HK$65 (Children).
Please RSVP to the
UJC office by
Wednesday, 17th December.
Cocktails & canapés
Hanukkah fun for adults
Date: Thursday, 18th December When: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Where: The China Club
(14/F, The Old Bank of China Building, Bank Street, Central)
Cost: HK$350 per person (All proceeds benefit the UJC)
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
Next Sessions: Thursdays, January 29, February 26, March
26, April 30, May 28, June 18
Where: UJC Sanctuary
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
GOD IN SEARCH OF MAN
You are invited to join the UJC's community reading of Abraham
Joshua Heschel's theological masterpiece, God
In Search of Man. Heschel called this work "A
Philosophy of Judaism," but reading it is not merely an intellectual
exercise. Heschel offers us a glimpse of the inner life of the pious
modern Jew. He shows us that one need not be a fundamentalist in
order to feel the presence of the Living God. Be part of the community
of learners who will spend this coming year in the presence of one
of our greatest modern teachers.
Becoming part of this important project is simple. All you need
to do is:
1. Register with the
UJC office as a participant in One Congregation/One Book.
2. Get yourself a copy of God In Search of Man. The book
is available in print and as an ebook (iBooks and Kindle).
Click here to order the book through Amazon.
3. Begin your reading on or before 2nd November. Read a short section
every day. Our aim will be to conclude our reading on Shavuot.
4. Over the course of the programmatic year, come to check-in sessions
to ask questions and delve deeper into the text.
5. At any time during the year, set up a time to come and talk with
Rabbi Z about God In Search of Man.
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]