ADULT EDUCATION

One Congregation One Book - Questions of Belief - Introduction to Judaism - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class - Hebrew-in-a-day Marathon

The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong (UJC) was founded in 1988 "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

"Talmud Torah Ki Neged Kulam: The study of Torah is equal to all of the commandments for it leads to all of them!"

Please find below a listing of course offerings:





For a listing of all current UJC functions, classes and services, please bookmark our continuously updated Weekly Events page or our Shabbat Shalom page.

 


 

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM





















Introduction to Judaism Cycle I - The Jewish Year
A course for those new to Jewish life and a great refresher for those who want to study the basics at a sophisticated level.

Dates:
Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, January 3, 10, February 7
at 7:00PM, in the UJC Sanctuary


**Participants should obtain the following books:
"The Jewish Holidays A Guide and Commentaryewish Living" by Michael Strassfeld,
"Jewish Living" by Mark Washofsky, and
"These Are The Words"
by Arthur Green

(The books are available at Amazon.com.)





















Introduction to Judaism Cycle II - The Jewish Life Cycle
This is the continuation of the Introduction to Judaism series. A course for those new to Jewish life and a great refresher for those who want to study the basics at a sophisticated level.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 14, 21, March 7, 14, May 9
at 7:00PM, in the UJC Sanctuary


**Participants should obtain the following books:
"Jewish Living" by Mark Washofsky, and
"These Are The Words"
by Arthur Green

(The books are available at Amazon.com.)




   
Course Fee (for all classes) :
UJC Members - No Charge
Non-UJC Members - HK$150 per session

To Register or for more information, please contact Nancy or Charlene at The UJC office.





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UJC ACADEMY OF ADULT LEARNING 5777


Exciting new adult education opportunities are coming for 5777, 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 5776


One Congregation/One Book will return in October. We will be reading The David Story, Robert Alter's beautiful translation and commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel. Join us as we dive deeply into the Bible's gripping chronicle of the rise and reign of King David. While our focus will be the Biblical narrative, we will also explore the image of David in later Jewish tradition and in popular culture. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book. Click here to order the book through Amazon.

QUESTIONS OF BELIEF


In a year-long series called Questions of Belief, we will use the topical format of last year's successful Jewish Questions/Jewish Answers to delve into Jewish theology. Our focus will be on the big questions: What can we say about God? Why do the righteous suffer? Do we have free-will? What is the authority of Torah? - and many more. The course will include a multi-session exploration of Jewish beliefs about the afterlife. As we grapple with all these questions of belief, we will work through both traditional views and the insights of contemporary Jewish theology. Throughout the year, we will be guided by the work of Prof. Neil Gillman, one of our greatest modern theologians. We will be using Gillman's masterful Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. (No e-book available, many used copies on the market. Click here to order the book through Amazon.) For the life after death portion of our studies, the essential book is Gillman's The Death of Death. This book remains one of the most important theological studies of our time. (Available in print and e-book editions. Click here to order the book through Amazon.) You might also find it useful to own a copy of Louis Jacob's A Jewish Theology. (Click here to order the book through Amazon.)

Enjoy the summer. Everyone deserves some dumb fun. But order the books you will need for the fall now and don't miss the opportunity to do some learning during the dog days. Watch Shabbat Shalom for details of our exciting adult education offerings for the 2016/2017 UJC year.








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HEBREW-IN-A-DAY MARATHON WITH RABBI MARTHA





Date: Sunday, 4th September 2016
When: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Where: at the JCC

Ever wanted to learn to read Hebrew, but not sure you have the time? Did you ever learn to read Hebrew — or begin to learn it — and now feel you’re really rusty?

The Hebrew-in-a-Day Marathon is the perfect way to kick-start your Hebrew!

No previous experience needed! By the end of the day you will have learned the Hebrew Alef Bet and vowels, be able to read 180 important Hebrew words, and be able to sound out many more.

The fee for the class is HK$325 per person. It will cover materials, breakfast, snacks, and lunch on 4th September. Questions? Please email Rabbi Martha. Interested in taking part? Please sign up at the UJC office.





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ADULT B'NAI MITZVAH CLASS


Did you not have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration?
Would you like to learn to lead parts of the service and chant Torah?
If so, an Adult B'nai Mitzvah class is for you!


The Rabbis and Cantor have received several requests for a class that would prepare participants to lead services and chant Torah, and that would culminate in the celebration of a group B'nai Mitzvah celebration in Spring, 2017.

To assess interest and determine the best approach for the class, we have scheduled an organizational meeting on Wednesday, 15th June at 6:30pm in The UJC Sanctuary. Please email the UJC office to let us know you are coming. If you can't attend the meeting but are interested in the class, please email rabbimartha@ujc.org.hk.

 

 






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For a listing of all current UJC functions, classes and services, please bookmark our continuously updated Shabbat Shalom page.





 









 



 


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