Chanukah is coming up!
Save the date: Saturday, December 24th
Celebrate the 1st night of Chanukah with Kehilat Shanghai: Havdalah, songs, latkes, sufganyot, dreidel games and many others. Children activities will include making your own
Please note that due to Chinese regulations, Kehilat Shanghai events and activities are available only for foreign passport holders and their families.
Thank you for your understanding.
Greetings from Kehilat Shanghai!
We hope that your New Year 5777 is off to a great start! Our community certainly began the year well, and we wanted to share some of the highlights with you. For the second year in a row, we had the pleasure of Rabbi David Wolfman’s spiritual leadership at our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. He led us in prayer and song, and celebrated with us over a festive Rosh Hashanah dinner and a simple breaking of the Yom Kippur fast. We celebrated our first Kehilat Shanghai Bar-Mitzvah at Ohel Moshe, kicked off the new year with a Shabbat dinner organized in conjunction with the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, as well as celebrated Sukkot together!
Most notable were Rabbi Wolfman’s teachings about the concept of ‘Tsim Tsum’ in which one withdraws in order to let others rise up and take the lead, and also the meaning of the Hebrew word ‘Aleinu’ which translates into ‘it is upon all of us.’ For Kehilat Shanghai, he related Tsim Tsum to the founding members who had the vision to start a progressive/liberal/reform Jewish community in Shanghai 6 years ago and bring us to this point, where we have over 100 people at our Rosh Hashanah dinner and a packed synagogue at Ohel Moshe for our morning service. But now it is time for our founders to take a step back and allow other, newer members of the community to contribute their ideas and energy to the growth of our congregation. And that leads us to his teachings about Aleinu…..
It is upon all of US, the members of Kehilat Shanghai, the people who attend our High Holiday services, those who come to our Shabbat dinners, those in our community who enjoy getting together monthly for kibitzing over Scotch and Cigars, as well as those who enjoy drinking wine and watching a Jewish film together.….it is upon US to step up and keep Kehilat Shanghai going and growing.
It is upon all of US, those of us who have young children and want them to have a Jewish upbringing and learn about their heritage, those of us who are here long-term and those of us who call Shanghai home temporarily but want a liberal Jewish community as their ‘home away from home.’
It is upon all of US, who want to be able to celebrate our holidays among others who share similar values, and those who want an inclusive Jewish community in Shanghai for themselves and those who will be here in the future.
IT IS UPON ALL OF US. Wise words but more than just words….they must lead us to act. To step up, to show up, to contribute, whether it is money, time, ideas, energy….it is upon us, and it is up to us!!!
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN KEHILAT SHANGHAI,
IF YOU ARE A MEMBER BUT HAVE NOT YET RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP,
THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT!!! Please email us to renew now!
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET JOINED KEHILAT SHANGHAI, DO IT NOW AND START YOUR NEW YEAR 5777 OFF RIGHT….. PLEASE email us to join us!
IF YOU HAVE IDEAS TO CONTRIBUTE AND/OR SKILLS TO SHARE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY, PLEASE email us AND TELL US MORE! We are especially interested in speaking with anyone who could help us develop programming for young children (Jewish songs, story telling, etc) and anyone who would be willing to help lead Shabbat blessings and songs at our Shabbat dinners.
IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE KEHILAT SHANGHAI DO, AN ACTIVITY, A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION, WHATEVER, ALSO TELL US! PLEASE email us AND LET US KNOW!
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Thank you from the board of Kehilat Shanghai! We hope to see you again soon!
Kehilat Shanghai's Purpose: To ensure that Jewish from all backgrounds feel at home in Shanghai today and for generations to come, and to celebrate Jewish culture and traditions in a progressive spirit.
Our community is comprised of singles, families, interfaith couples, seasoned entrepreneurs, executives, young professionals, teachers, students, artists, and others.
Kehilat Shanghai is affiliated and strongly supported by the WUPJ (World Union of Progressive Judaism) and its regional arms: The UPJ (The Union of Progressive Judaism) in Australia and the UJC (United Jewish Congregation) in Hong Kong.
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