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

Click on this link to read the UJC Mission Statement




GOOD NEWS FOR THE UJC

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.








LECTURES BY DR. DAN BEN-CANAAN

The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong
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 This History"
Sunday, 29th May 29 at 10:30am
UJC Sanctuary


"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 Culture Association.

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 academic writing.

To reserve your seat at the lecture(s), please contact:
UJC Lecture - Nancy at nancy@ujc.org.hk
JHS Lecture - Susan at jcclib@jcc.org.hk

 


 


SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE



Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis
Scholar-in-Residence
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 Road Central)

6:30pm - "Lilith: Adam's Demonic Ex in Tradition and Popular Culture"

Venue: The Globe (Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central)

For all events, please RSVP to the UJC office by Thursday, 2nd June.





 

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.




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 for details.

Welcoming the stranger is greater than receiving the Divine Presence.
Talmud, Shabbat 127a



 


Shorashim


Shorashim meets as usual this Sunday, 29th May at 9:30am in The UJC Sanctuary.



Have you registered for the new school year yet?

Please send in your registration form now.

Click here to download our 2015/2016 registration packet.

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


 



This is the UJC of Hong Kong's Tree of Life
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UJC HK - Tree of Life


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.
Click here for more details.



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