Scholar-in-Residence - JBDA - Bookhers - Havdalah PJ Party - OOMF - Shabbat B'yachad - Young Professionals Events - Empty Nesters - APJ Teen Leadership Retreat

For a listing of current functions, classes and services, please bookmark this page, our Weekly Schedule page or our Calendar.


We Welcome

Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman
UJC Scholars-in-Residence
October 27-29, 2017

Co-Authors of Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza

Friday, 27th October 2017
8:00am - "Coffee Talk” with Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole

An informal opportunity to meet our scholars and learn about their work and background
Venue: Starbucks Coffee (Shop M2, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central)
Cost: HK$120 per person for Continental breakfast

7:00pm - " Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza – Part 1"
Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole will speak at services and the discussion will continue at Shabbat Dinner. The beginning of our exploration of the cultural riches of the Cairo Geniza.
Venue: UJC Sanctuary
Shabbat Dinner Cost: HK$200 (Adult), HK$70 (Children up to 12)

Saturday, 28th October 2017
9:30am - "The World to Come Is the Word to Come: The Place of Poetry in Jewish Life"

An engaging study session with Peter Cole on the role of Hebrew poetry in shaping Jewish identity.
Bagel breakfast provided.
Venue: Rabbi's apartment (Apt. 3C, One Robinson Place)

7:30pm - "Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City"
A presentation by Adina Hoffman on three architects who shaped modern Jerusalem – a fascinating new view of a city we thought we knew.
Venue: Rabbi's apartment (Apt. 3C, One Robinson Place)

Sunday, 29th October 2017
10:30am - "Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza – Part 2"

Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole deepen our understanding of the vibrant Jewish world revealed by the Cairo Geniza manuscripts.
Venue: UJC Sanctuary

For all events, please RSVP to the UJC office by Wednesday, 25th October.

(This program is made possible by the generous support of the Salata Family)


Usually meets one Thursday night a month... very causal ...a nice way to visit all the new and "in" places in Hong Kong and to meet and greet old friends and make new ones... wine drinkers more than welcome!

The Jewish Beer Drinking Association convenes! (And it's NOT for Beer Drinkers only).

Meet up with us on:

When: 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM
Where: The Globe Bar and Café (Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central)

The Globe has a wonderful selection of imported beer and also offers ciders, wine and cocktails for those who prefer other forms of refreshment.

Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting.

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The UJC’s Book Group, The Bookhers is for anyone who likes to read and discuss Jewish books — fiction, memoir, biography — it will be up to the group to select. And of course, we’ll have a nosh too.

There Bookhers are reading

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City by UJC Scholar-in-Residence Adina Hoffman.

A remarkable view of one of the world's most beloved and troubled cities, Adina Hoffman's Till We Have Built Jerusalem is a gripping and intimate journey into the very different lives of three architects who helped shape modern Jerusalem: celebrated Berlin architect Erich Mendelsohn, a refugee from Hitler's Germany who must reckon with a complex new Middle Eastern reality; Austen St. Barbe Harrison, Palestine's chief government architect from 1922 to 1937; and a possibly Greek, possibly Arab architect named Spyro Houris, whose once grand, though now forgotten buildings are a ghostly testimony to the cultural fluidity that has historically characterized Jerusalem at its best.

Join us at Adina Hoffman's talk on Till We Have Built Jerusalem on Saturday, 28th October at 7:30pm in the rabbi's flat. Click here to see Scholars-in-Residence Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole's full schedule of events.

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Havdalah Pajama Party is coming up!

We'll be learning about Havdalah.

This program is for our "older twos" and 3 or 4 year old members and their parents.

Come in your PJ's to sing and dance, make a craft, and say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to the new week.

Date: Saturday, 21st October 2017
When: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: UJC Sanctuary

Please RSVP to the UJC office by Friday, 20th October.

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OOMF is the UJC affinity group for lovers of nerd culture in all its myriad forms.

Come prepared to share what you are reading, watching, or are otherwise obsessed with for “The Transference” — the pooling of geek knowledge that will occur at every gathering of OOMF.

Take your rightful place as an Overlord on Thursday, 19th October at 7:30pm in the Rabbi's flat. Please RSVP by emailing us at the UJC office.

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(OOMF is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Zamek/Bergadine Family)

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at 6:15pm in the UJC Sanctuary

Everyone is welcome! Join us for Shabbat B’yachad (Shabbat Together), the UJC’s Early Family Friendly Shabbat service.

We will get in a Shabbat mood with a ruach song session with Cantor Melissa and then welcome Shabbat with a service from the new Mishkan T'filah for Youth.

Please join us to welcome Shabbat with song, laughter, and good friends!

Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting.

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Our UJC YoPros brings together UJC young professional members and friends for social gatherings, Shabbat celebrations and social justice activities. Recent events include: a bowling night, a junk boat cruise, Shabbat dinner, a Hanukkah cocktail party, and a trip to Yangon with the UHC Singapore. For more information, contact Cantor Melissa.




Kick off the New Year with the Empty Nesters

Have your children all left the “nest”? Then join The UJC Empty Nesters as we get together for good food, schmoozing, and catching up with friends as the new year begins.

What: A potluck dinner, all foods are welcome but please let us know what you will be bringing. Plan a dish that will feed 8 people or so.

Date and Time: Saturday, 18th November from 6:30pm onwards

Hosts: Elisa and Joe Chan at their Mid-Levels home

RSVP: Please RSVP to the UJC office by Tuesday, 14th November for the address and to tell us what you’ll bring.




Join us for our:

Asia Progressive Judaism Teen Leadership Retreat in Tokyo
17th-19th November

This Shabbaton is designed specifically for high school students (grades 9-12) who are active in congregational life. We will be discussing identity - the unique feelings associated with growing up as a Jewish teen in Asia. Your teen will be able to forge relationships with teens from all across Asia and will have the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat and tour the bustling metropolis of Tokyo.

Please save the date and have your teen join us for this exciting opportunity. Details have been emailed to parents but if you did not receive them or have any questions, please contact Rabbi Martha. There is still time to register. Please let Rabbi Martha know as soon as possible if your teen would like to take part.










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