We are very excited that, from this year forward,
High Holy Day services will be held in the UJC Sanctuary.There will be no services at Olympic House.
We made this significant change to our High Holy Day arrangements
because we believe that the spirituality and beauty of the
Days of Awe will be greatly enhanced by the familiar and holy
environment of our Synagogue home. Twice in the last few years,
circumstances forced us to shift our services from Olympic
House to the UJC Sanctuary. Despite the difficulty of making
such abrupt changes to our plans, these services turned out
to be among the most moving and haimish that any of us can
remember. These experiences made it clear that we should be
home for the High Holy Days.
The ExCo, the Ritual Committee, our security volunteers,
our clergy, and our able administrators have put a great deal
of thought and effort into our plans for this change. Still,
as with any new endeavor, there are bound to be a few snags.
We ask for your patience and help in making this year's High
Holy Days a memorable and deeply spiritual experience for
Commemorate a simcha or honor the memory of a loved one
by sponsoring a set of Mishkan HaNefesh, the new
Progressive High Holy Day prayerbook.
It was exciting and inspiring to use our new
Mishkan HaNefesh machzorim at last year's High
Holy Day Services. Even though the machzorim are now in
use, sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Please consider sponsoring a set or multiple
sets of Mishkan HaNefesh. A special bookplate has
been designed that allows sponsors to make a personal dedication
in honor or in memory of a loved one. In addition, your
sponsorship will support the programs of The UJC and helps
establish a fitting tribute to our friend and devoted member
The UJC is proud to announce that it is one of
the recipients of a matching grant from the Jewish Funders Network
called "Avenues to Jewish Engagement for
Intermarried Couples and their Families," in Honor of 2015
Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas.
We are so pleased to be able to continue this vital engagement
work here in Hong Kong.
Todah rabbah to Josephine Pichanick Mogelof who led the grant
application process, to all our generous matching grant donors,
and to everyone who has contributed to making The UJC worthy of
Please click on the infographic for more information.
THE UJC NEEDS YOU!
VOLUNTEER TO BE A UJC GREETER
The UJC is establishing a Greeter Corps, a group of volunteers to
welcome and assist both members and visitors at services and other
events. Our aim is to make sure that newcomers and veterans alike
feel the warmth of The UJC whenever they come to shul. Being part
of Greeter Corps is a great way to fulfill the mitzvah of Hachnasat
Orchim, of hospitality and welcoming.
If you have the right stuff -- if you love the UJC and want to share
that love with others, then email The
UJC office to volunteer. Once we have a pool of volunteers,
we will schedule a brief training session. Watch Shabbat Shalom
Welcoming the stranger is greater than receiving the Divine
Presence. Talmud, Shabbat 127a
will meet as usual on Sunday, 25th September 2016 at 9:30am in the
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]