UJC Make A Miracle Mitzvah Day
This Sunday, 8th December at JCC Garden Room
Doors open at 8:30am
A Last Minute Oppunity
Logan Elementary School in the Philippines was devastated
by Typhoon Haiyan. HKIS has undertaken an effort to provide
900 backpacks to the school. Thanks to the generosity of Howard
Krotman and Access Asia-Pacific Ltd., The UJC will be able
to support this effort by providing 80 backpacks to the HKIS
drive. We would like to include a pencil, eraser, and notebook
with each backpack. This is where we need your help.
Please donate new pencils, erasers, and spiral-type
notebooks by placing them in the bin outside the UJC Sanctuary
before or after services on Friday, 6th December and Saturday,
7th December or by bringing them with you to Mitzvah Day on
Sunday, 8th December. All donations will be shipped
to Logan Elementary School by HKIS. Even if you are not able
to volunteer at Mitzvah Day, we welcome your donations.
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!!
The first Check-In session is scheduled on Tuesday, 10th
December at 8:15pm in the UJC Sanctuary. Please click
here to download the Reading Schedule and all the
There will be no regular Shorashim this week as Sunday
is UJC Make a Miracle Mitzvah Day. Thanks to everyone who signed
up to help give back to Hong Kong. We’ll be having a lot
of fun while doing good.
Looking ahead, Shorashim will not meet on 15th, 22nd, and 29th
December as we will be on Winter Break. Shorashim will resume
on Sunday, 5th January.
Have you registered for the new school year yet?
Please send in your 2013/2014 Registration forms NOW.
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]