ADULT EDUCATION

One Congregation One Book - Questions of Belief - Introduction to Judaism - Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

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, 29, 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, 28, 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


ONE CONGREGATION, ONE BOOK 5777


One Congregation/One Book HAS BEGUN!

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.

Here are the Reading and Check-In schedules: (Click here to download the full schedule). Please register with the UJC office.

Check-in Dates

November 20 — Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
November 23 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
January 8 — Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
January 11 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
February 12 — Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
February 15 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
March 5 — Sunday at 10:30pm in the UJC Sanctuary
March 8 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
April 2 — Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
April 5 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
May 7 — Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
May 10 — Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)

Suggested Reading Schedule

(Reference is both to page numbers in The David Story and to chapters of the relevant Biblical books.)

October 30-November 5: Introduction pp. ix-xxv
November 6-12: pp. 3-15 (I Sam. 1-2)
November 13-19: pp. 16-26 (I Sam. 3-4)
November 20-26: pp. 27-35 (I Sam. 5-6)
November 27-December 3: pp. 36-45 (I Sam. 7-8)
December 4-10: pp. 46-59 (I Sam. 9-10)
December 11-17: pp. 60-69 (I Sam.11-12)
December 18-24: pp. 70-86 (I Sam. 13-14)
December 25-31: pp. 87-100 (I Sam. 15-16)
January 1-7: pp. 101-117 (I Sam. 17-18)
January 8-14: pp. 118-130 (I Sam. 19-20)
January 15-21: pp. 131-140 (I Sam. 21-22)
January 22-28: pp. 141-151 (I Sam. 23-24)
January 29-February 4: pp. 152-167 (I Sam. 25-26)
February 5-11: pp. 168-178 (I Sam. 27-28)
February 12-18: pp. 179-192 (I Sam. 29-31)
February 19-25: Catch up week
February 26-March 4: pp. 195-207 (II Sam. 1-2)
March 5-11: pp. 208-219 (II Sam. 3-4)
March 12-18: pp. 220-230 (II Sam. 5-6)
March 19-25: pp. 231-239 (II Sam. 7-8)
March 26-April 1: pp. 240-248 (II Sam. 9-10)
April 2-8: pp. 249-264 (II Sam. 11-12)
April 9-15: pp. 265-282 (II Sam. 13-14)
April 16-22: pp. 283-295 (II Sam. 15-16)
April 23-29: pp. 296-310 (II Sam. 17-18)
April 30-May 6: pp. 311-328 (II Sam. 19-20)
May 7-13: pp. 329-344 (II Sam. 21-22)
May 14-20: pp. 345-359 (II Sam. 23-24)
May 21-27: pp. 363 (I Kings 1-2)
May 28-30: Catch up days
May 30: One Congregation/One Book Siyyum at Tikkun Leyl Shavuot at 8:30pm on May 30, 2017.


 







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QUESTIONS OF BELIEF



(No e-book available, many used copies on the market. Click here to order the book through Amazon.)
(Available in print and e-book editions. Click here to order the book through Amazon.)


Class has begun!!

In 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. Part I of Questions of Belief will begin with an exploration of the platforms of Reform / Progressive Judaism and then will move into some of the key issues of Jewish Theology (see the schedule below).

As we grapple with all these questions of belief, we will work through both traditional views and the insights of contemporary Jewish theology. Throughout this portion of the course, we will be using Gillman's masterful Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew. Reading assignments are also listed below. Part II of Questions of Belief will be a mini course on Jewish views of the afterlife. For this 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. (See the schedule below).

Here are the Reading Assignments and Check-In schedules: (Click here to download the full schedule). Please register with the UJC office.

Schedule of Topics and Reading Assignments

Questions of Belief Part I
November 27 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- Platforms of Reform Judaism
---- (Readings: Materials to be supplied)

November 30 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
-- Platforms of Reform Judaism (Repeated)
---- (Readings: Materials to be supplied)
December 11 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- How Do We Understand Revelation: The Authority of Torah
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapters 1-2)

December 14 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
-- How Do We Understand Revelation: The Authority of Torah (Repeated)
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapters 1-2)

January 22 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- The Nature of God: What Can We Know? Part I
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapters 3-4)

January 25 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
-- The Nature of God: What Can We Know? Part I (Repeated)
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapters 3-4)

February 26 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- The Nature of God: What Can We Know? Part II
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapters 5-6)

March 26 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- The Nature of God: What Can We Know? Part III
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapter 7)

March 29 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
-- God The Creator: Opening Our Hearts Without Closing Our Minds
April 23 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- Good God/Suffering World - The Problem of Theodicy
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapter 8)

April 26 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower)
-- Good God/Suffering World-The Problem of Theodicy (Repeated)
---- (Readings: Sacred Fragments, Chapter 8)


Questions of Belief Part II
Life after life: A mini course on Jewish views of the afterlife

May 21 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- Background and the Biblical Understanding of Death
---- (Readings: The Death of Death, Chapters 1-3)

May 24 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
-- Background and the Biblical Understanding of Death (Repeated)
---- (Readings: The Death of Death, Chapters 1-3)

June 4 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- Developing Views of the Afterlife: From the Rabbis to Maimonides
---- (Readings: The Death of Death. Chapters 4-6)

June 7 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
-- Developing Views of the Afterlife: From the Rabbis to Maimonides (Repeated)
---- (Readings: The Death of Death, Chapters 4-6)

June 18 - Sunday at 10:30am in the UJC Sanctuary
-- Mystical Teachings, Modern Skepticism and Making Sense of It All
---- (Readings: The Death of Death, Chapters 7-10)

June 21 - Wednesday at 12:30pm at Alan Schiffman's office (42/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark)
-- Mystical Teachings, Modern Skepticism and Making Sense of It All (Repeated)
---- (Readings: The Death of Death, Chapters 7-10)

 





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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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