In conjunction with "The
Shabbos Project," a community initiative to enhance
the celebration of Shabbat, come join us for the UJC Shabbaton
on 24th-25th October.
Plan on spending all of Shabbat with your UJC mishpacha. On
Friday night, 24th October at 7:00pm, we will
begin with our regular Shabbat service followed by a vegetarian/dairy
potluck in the UJC Sanctuary.
Join us the following Saturday morning, 25th October
at 10:00am for an informal Shabbat service (do not
dress up!), followed by a Kiddush in the UJC Sanctuary. After
the Kiddush, join us for: Tradition and Innovation:
Shabbat in Progressive Judaism. What is and is not
"work" in a Progressive understanding of Shabbat?
How do we balance community values with the personal autonomy
we cherish in shaping our Shabbat observance? How can we each
honor the key components of Shabbat-Holiness (Kedusha),
Rest (Menucha), and Joy (Oneg)? These are
some of the issues we will discuss as we enjoy a peaceful Shabbat
And when Shabbat ends, we urge you to attend the community Havdalah
Concert taking place at the JCC at 7:30pm.
Please RSVP to the
UJC office by Thursday, 23rd
October and let us know what you are going to bring to the Pot
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
Meeting dates: Thursdays, October 30, December 11, 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.
UP for one of the following orientation sessions: • Sunday, 26th October at 10:15am in the UJC Sanctuary
• Wednesday, 29th October at 12:30pm in Alan Schiffman's office
(Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 42/F, Edinburgh Tower,
The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central)
4. Begin your reading on or before 2nd November. Read a short section
every day. Our aim will be to conclude our reading on Shavuot. We
will publish a suggested reading schedule in the coming weeks.
5. Over the course of the programmatic year, come to check-in sessions
to ask questions and delve deeper into the text. The schedule of
these sessions will be announced after the last orientation session.
6. At any time during the year, set up a time to come and talk with
me about God In Search of Man.
This is not a book we simply read. This is a book that we study
and savor. This is not a book about Jewish Theology. Reading it
is, in itself, a spiritual experience.
GET YOUR COPY TODAY!
Register with the
UJC office as a participant in One Congregation/One Book
NOW! More detials here.
Shorashim will meet as usual this Sunday, 26th October at
9:30am in the UJC Sanctuary.
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]