Guest Cantorial Soloist - Scholar-in-Residence - Shavuot Artist-in-Residence - JBDA - Bookhers - Havdalah PJ Party - OOMF - Shabbat B'yachad - Young Professionals Events - Empty Nesters

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April 27-29, 2018


Ayal will 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 camp counselor.

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 UJC welcome.

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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.

Friday, 20th April 2018
8:00 AM -
"50 Years in Israel: A Personal Story"
Venue: Starbucks Coffee (Shop M2, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central)
Cost: HK$120 per person for Continental breakfast

7:00 PM -
"Lesson and Legacies: Israel's War of Independence"
Paul will speak at Shabbat services and the discussion will continue at Shabbat dinner.
Special Israeli dinner menu.
Venue: UJC Sanctuary
Shabbat Dinner Cost: HK$200 (Adult), HK$70 (Children up to 12)

Saturday, 21st April 2018
9:30 AM -
"Borders and Boundaries: Jerusalem in the 21st Century"
Bagel breakfast will be served.
Venue: Rabbi's apartment (Apt. 3C, One Robinson Place)

7:30 PM -
"The Toughest Neighborhood in the World"
Dessert will be served.
Venue: Rabbi's apartment (Apt. 3C, One Robinson Place)

Sunday, 22nd April 2018
10:30 AM -
"Winners and Losers in the Start-up Nation: Racing Capitalism and Those Left Behind"
Venue: UJC Sanctuary

Paul Liptz has been on the Tel Aviv University faculty for 37 years, teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Middle East and African History and the International School. He also taught graduate students at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem for 25 years and has served on the staff of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He has traveled the world extensively, lecturing and conducting workshops in over 20 countries. Paul was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and came as a volunteer to Israel one day before the Six Day War began. He decided to stay and made Israel his home.

For all events, please RSVP to The UJC office by Wednesday, 18th April.

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

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May 18-21, 2018


Minna Bromberg is a "voicefinder" -- a rabbi, songwriter, and singer who uses the tools of singing and songwriting to help people to bring more of their inherent wholeness to the world. She believes that every voice deserves to be heard and that every one of us has songs that need to be sung. Minna was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Boston and received her certification as a teacher of Jewish Meditation by Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley. She earned a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and is an accomplished singer and songwriter. She currently lives in Jerusalem where she teaches voice to emerging leaders and coordinates the Year-in-Israel Program for Hebrew College rabbinical students.

Rabbi Minna will be co-leading Shabbat and Shavuot services and presenting special programs. A full schedule of events is coming soon, but mark your calendars now.

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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.

The UJC Bookhers will meet on Wednesday, 9th May at 7:30pm in the Rabbi's flat. We'll be discussing The Ruined House by Ruby Namdar.

The winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel's highest literary award, Ruby Namdar's The Ruined House follows Andrew P. Cohen, a professor of comparative culture at New York University, who is at the zenith of his life. Admired by his students and published in prestigious literary magazines, he is about to receive a coveted promotion-the crowning achievement of an enviable career. A man of elevated taste, education, and culture, he is a model of urbanity and success. But the manicured surface of his world begins to crack when strange and inexplicable visions involving an ancient religious ritual take hold of his mind and upend his seemingly serene existence.

To help us plan, please RSVP to the UJC office by Tuesday, 8th May.

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Havdalah Pajama Party is coming up!

Israel is turning 70 this month so let's celebrate!

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, 28th April
When: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: UJC Sanctuary

Please RSVP to the UJC office by Friday, 27th April.

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April Showers Bring May OOMF

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, 26th April at 7:30pm in the Rabbi's flat. Please RSVP by emailing us at

Signed and Sealed on this day


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

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at 6:15pm in the UJC Sanctuary
followed by a Potluck Shabbat Dinner

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

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.

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 the UJC office.

APJ Young Professional Weekend in Seoul 15-18 June 2018

Come and join a wonderful Jewish weekend in Seoul and meet young Jews from Korea and across Asia!

The programme will include Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner with Hakehillah, a new Jewish group in Seoul, touring the markets, palaces & sites of old Seoul, Havdalah picnic - a great way to see the city and socialise and learn with other Jews from the region.

More info: message Rabbi Nathan at or Anna at




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.

Stay tuned for the details of our next meeting.








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