ADULT EDUCATION

Intro to Judaism - Chavraya - One Congregation One Book - The Writings

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.

 



UJC ACADEMY OF ADULT LEARNING

Rabbi Zamek’s Classes

















INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM - 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 11, December 2, 9, January 20, February 10, March 10, 17, 24, April 14, 21 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 - 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. New students welcome.

Dates: Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16
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.






NEW SPIRITUALITY PROGRAMS AT THE UJC





ONE CONGREGATION, ONE BOOK 5775




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.

2. Get yourself a copy of God In Search of Man. The book is available in print and as an ebook (iBooks and Kindle). Click here to order the book through Amazon.

3. Begin your reading on or before 9th November. Read a short section every day. Our aim will be to conclude our reading on Shavuot.

4. Over the course of the programmatic year, come to check-in sessions to ask questions and delve deeper into the text.

5. At any time during the year, set up a time to come and talk with Rabbi Z about God In Search of Man.

Here are the Reading and Check-In schedules: (Click here to download the full schedule)

Suggested Reading Schedule
November 9—15: Chapter 1
November 16—22: Chapter 1 continued
November 23—29: Chapter 2—3
November 30—December 6: Chapter 4—5
December 7—13: Chapter 6—7
December 14—20: Chapter 8—9
December 21—27: Chapter 10—11
December 28—January 3: Chapter 12—13
January 4—10: Chapter 14—15
January 11—17: Chapter 16 End Part One
January 18—24: Catch up week
January 25—31: Chapter 17—18
February 1—7: Chapter 19—20
February 8—14: Chapter 21—22
February 15—21: Chapter 23—24
February 22—29: Chapter 25—26
March 1—7: Chapter 27 End Part Two
March 8—14: Catch up week
March 15—21: Chapter 28—29
March 22—28: Chapter 30—31
March 29—April 4: Chapter 32—33
April 5—11: Chapter 34—35
April 12—18: Chapter 36—37
April 19—25: Chapter 38—39
April 26—May 2: Chapter 40—41
May 3—9: Chapter 42—43 End Part Three
May 10—16: Catch up week
May 17—23: Catch up week. Siyyum at Tikkun Leil Shavuot at 8:30pm on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

Check-In Dates
November 16 — Sunday at 10:15am in the UJC Sanctuary
November 26 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
December 17 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
January 18 — Sunday at 10:15am in the UJC Sanctuary (Overview of Part 1)
January 21 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
February 1 — Sunday at 10:15am in the UJC Sanctuary
February 11 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
March 8 — Sunday at 10:15pm in the UJC Sanctuary (Overview of Part 2)
March 11 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
April 19 — Sunday at 10:15am in the UJC Sanctuary
April 22 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)

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.






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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.

Next Sessions: Thursdays, January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 18
When: 7:30pm
Where: 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.




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


WISDOM, SONG, STORY, AND LAMENT: STUDYING THE KETUVIM (THE WRITINGS)

 


We will build on the visit of our Scholar-in-Residence, Prof. Alan Cooper with this course on the Ketuvim, the third division of the Hebrew Bible. The Ketuvim is the most diverse section of the TaNaKH and we will read selections from a number of books (in translation) to get a sense of its breadth. We will study Biblical wisdom literature (Ecclesiastes, Job, and Proverbs), Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, and more. Come and explore the Ketuvim with us, the home of some of the most beautiful and the most provocative texts in the Biblical canon.

Please bring an English translation of the TaNaKH (Either the JPS TaNaKH or The Jewish Study Bible)

Dates: Tuesdays, December 2, 9, January 20, February 10, March 10, 17, 24, April 14, 21, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9
When: 8:15pm
Where: UJC Sanctuary

Please contact the UJC office for details.




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