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
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THE BOOKHERS - UJC BOOK GROUP

 

The UJC’s Book Group, The Bookhers is for anyone who likes to read and discuss Jewish books — fiction, memoir, biography — it will be up to the group to select. And of course, we’ll have a nosh too.

The next meeting of the UJC Bookhers will be on Wednesday, 7th May at 7:30pm in the Rabbi’s flat.

We’ll be discussing The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century by David Laskin.

A century and a half ago, a Torah scribe and his wife raised six children in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire. Bound by their customs and ancient faith, the pious couple expected their sons and daughter to carry family traditions into future generations. But the social and political crises of our time decreed otherwise. In tracing the roots of this family — his own family — Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors: revolutionaries and entrepreneurs, scholars and farmers, tycoons and truck drivers. The Family is a deeply personal, dramatic, and emotional account of people caught in a cataclysmic time in world history.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, The Family was described as “A fantastic book...a great, big-hearted book about how time and place modifies family, whatever or wherever its roots.”

The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century is available as both a conventional and e-book.

Please RSVP to the UJC office by Tuesday, 6th May.


 

SEEK MY FACE - NEW SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS AT THE UJC

L'AYEIN: EXPLOYING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF PRAYER


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 for awe.

Next L'ayein Shabbat to be announced. Watch the calendar.







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.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 17th April at 7:30pm in the UJC Sanctuary. If you are interested in Chavraya, please register with the UJC office.

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 BOOK 5774


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 Book.

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.

The next Check-In session is scheduled on Sunday, 27th April at 10:00am in the UJC Sanctuary. Please click here to download the Reading Schedule and all the Check-In Dates.





SHORASHIM





Shorashim will meet as usual this Sunday, 27th April at 9:30am in the UJC Sanctuary.




Have you registered for the new school year yet?

Please send in your 2013/2014 Registration forms NOW.


Click here to download our 2013/2014 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]


UJC HK Entry

CURRENT EVENTS

MONTHLY CALENDAR
Want to know WHAT'S HAPPENING at the UJC and When? Click here and stay up to date with all of the latest scheduling!...


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
The next meeting is scheduled on Saturday, 24th May.

Click here for more details.



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