JCC Newsletter – Beshalach

This week’s parsha is one of the most dramatic ones in the Torah – the parting of the Red Sea. It’s a great one to explore so sharing a few interesting links to appeal to a variety of levels, including questions and reflections worthy of a good dinner debate. Enjoy!

Hebcal – full text for study 
My Jewish Learning – includes questions for reflection and discussion
ReformJudaism.org – includes versions for tots, tweens and teens
Bimbam – digital storytelling, good for young children 
Jewish Homeschool Blog – site full of printables and activities for the family

In-person services will resume after Rabbi Andrew returns and depending on the state of the pandemic.


Lehrhaus Lecture Series presented by Jerry Rosenberg – TONIGHT!
The History of Jews in Japan
When did Jews first come to Japan? Who started the JCJ? When were the most Jews living in Japan? These and other often asked questions will be answered in this presentation. Long-time member and former JCJ president Jerry Rosenberg will share his years of knowledge and give you a new insight into the history of our community.
Date: Thursday, January 13
Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Zoom
Meeting ID: 81297421327
Passcode: 18

Lehrhaus Lecture Series presented by Jack Halpern
The Adventures of a 12-Language Polyglot — the joys and pains of learning a new language —
by Jack Halpern, head The CJK Dictionary Institute and director the Japan Yiddish Club
New date pending

Purim Bash – live Klezmer music and more!
Save the date: March 16, 2022 at the JCJ

If you have an idea for an event or a topic you would like to share with others, please reach out to Events chair Sherry Greenfield at sherry@greenfield.net

Sunday School start delayed
The start of Sunday school is delayed to January 23. Please keep a watch for announcements if any other updates. You can always check the JCJ Online Calendar for the latest schedule.

Yiddish Club with Jack Halpern
Started meeting monthly in person at the JCJ. Please contact Jack at jack@cjki.org if you are interested to join. All levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Much more than just language, the club enjoys exploring Yiddish culture as well.
Shabbat dinner bentos for takeout and other Jewish goodies such as bagels, taboule, babaganoush and mandelbrot cookies are available for order from our website. Details here
Shabbat dinner bento https://jccjapan.jp/shabbat-dinner-sign-up/
Jewish goodies https://jccjapan.jp/goodies-order/

Rabbi Andrew, Tali and Asher will be back soon. Fingers crossed for a smooth reentry and quarantine.

Shabbat Parshat Beshalach
Candle Lighting: 4:31 pm
Havdala: 5:32pm