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
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
UJC ACADEMY OF ADULT LEARNING 5776
Exciting new adult education opportunities are coming for 5776,
but you don't have to wait that long. Study over the summer. (That's
what the cool kids are doing.)
One Congregation/One Book will return in
October. We will be reading Simon Schama's The Story
of the Jews: Finding the Words-100BC-1492AD. Get yourself
a copy (available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book) and dive
into this fascinating exploration of Jewish history. Click
here to order the book through Amazon.
In a year-long series called Jewish Questions/Jewish
Answers we will examine how our tradition can help us navigate
the most difficult ethical issues of our time. Our texts for this
class will mainly be responsa,
answers to real-life questions posed to prominent Rabbinic authorities.
You can't study ahead for this class, but have a look at this article
by Rabbi Mark Washofsky, chair of the Responsa Committee of the
Central Conference of American Rabbis, for a taste of the kind of
literature we will be working with next year. Click
here to look at the article.
We will also have a Biblical Hebrew class
in the coming year. Join us to learn some fundamentals of the grammar
and vocabulary of the TaNaKH. This class will begin in the winter.
Yes, that is a long time to wait. Why not get the textbook we will
be using now? The book is called The First Hebrew Primer:
The Adult Beginner's Path to Biblical Hebrew (Third Edition).
It is available from Amazon
and from the publisher.
Study a bit from the First Hebrew Primer this summer. The
book is designed to be used for self-instruction. Nothing says "summer
vacation" like Hebrew verb forms.
Enjoy the summer. Everyone deserves some dumb fun. Don't, however,
miss the opportunity to do some learning during the dog days. And
watch Shabbat Shalom for details of our exciting adult education
offerings for the 2015-6 UJC year.Stay tuned for the information
of the new program.
Registration packets for next year have been sent via email. If
you have not yet received your packet, please contact the
If you know any families who might be interested in becoming part
of Shorashim, please feel free to put them in touch with Rabbi
Martha or pass on their names and we will reach out to them.
We would love to welcome new families to Shorashim!
Save the Date - Shorashim resumes on Sunday, September 6!
Best wishes to everyone for safe travels and a wonderful summer!
have your tickets to be admitted to High Holy Days services. Tickets
have been sent, but only to those who have paid their membership
dues for the year. Dues invoices were sent in July via email.
If you have not already paid your dues, please make arrangements
to do so as soon as possible. If you have not received your dues
invoice or have misplaced it, please contact the
visitors and non-members
As in previous years, the UJC welcomes visitors to its High Holy
Days services. At the same time, we ask for a contribution to
help meet the many expenses involved. The suggested donation is
HK$1,800 per person to attend our services. High Holy Days tickets
may be obtained in advanced by contacting the
Join the UJC Rosh Hashanah Dinner on Sunday,
13th September at the JCC Coffee Shop after services. Bus service
will be provided. If you are interested in joining us, YOU MUST
RSVP before Monday, 7th September. Price: Adult (HK$390), Children
(12 & under, HK$195), Children's Meal (HK$120).
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]