Thanks to the Ohel Leah Trust, we are renovating the balcony
in the Sanctuary to make it more usable. While the construction
work should not impact Shabbat services or Shorashim, there
will be some visible construction. We ask for your patience
for the next several months while the work is on-going, and
we look forward to having more room and better seating in
Ayal Ben Or
April 27-29, 2018
lead services with Rabbi Zamek on Friday, 27th April
at 7:00pm and will be working with Rabbi Martha at
Shorashim on Sunday, 29th April. In addition, Ayal
will join Havdalah Pajama Party and spend some time
with UJC teens and Young Professionals.
Ayal grew up in the Israeli Reform movement. He and
his family are longtime members of Kehilat Kol Haneshama
and he was active in the Noar Telem Youth Movement
both as a member and later as an advisor and summer
Ayal is a graduate of the Jerusalem Music School where
he studied voice and saxophone. At Kol Haneshama he
served as a service leader for Shabbat and High Holy
Days and tutored B’nai Mitzvah. Ayal is also
a certified Israeli Sign Language translator and has
extensive experience working with special needs children.
He is currently living in rural Nepal on a Tevel b"Tzedek
Fellowship working in the areas of youth leadership,
pre-school programming, and community development.
Please make sure to join us for services on Friday,
27th April. Shorashim parents, don’t miss kinnus
on 29th April. Let’s all extend Ayal a warm
Social historian Paul Liptz will guide us
through the State of Israel's history and explain how
that history shapes Israel today and impacts the future.
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
Shorashim meets as usual this Sunday, 22nd April at 9:30am in
The UJC Sanctuary. UJC Scholar-in-Residence Paul Liptz will
be speaking at kinnus on " My Israel" in honor of
Israel @ 70 so please be prompt.
Looking ahead, next Sunday, 29th April, Guest Cantorial Soloist
Ayal Ben Or will be joining us at kinnus.
Save-the-date - This year we will have a Special Shabbat Service
to honor our Shorashim students, teachers, madrichim, and UJC
Youth on Friday, 1st June. Shorashim students will participate
in the service so mark your calendar now. More details to follow.
If you haven't yet send your completed registration forms to
The UJC office yet, please do so now.
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]
The United Jewish Congregation
(UJC) of Hong Kong, a dynamic, 160-family Progressive Congregation,
is seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic Cantor or Cantorial Soloist/Programming
Associate ("Hazzan") to join our community.