JCC Newsletter – Nitzavim and Erev Rosh Hashana

Our beloved High Holidays Chazzan, holiest of the holy and sweetest of the sweet, Yoni Roth has not only arrived on Japanese soil but is already comfortably ensconced with his son Yoav in the newly remodeled guestroom of your JCC. Combine their dulcet tones with the musical stylings of the JCJ’s own Aaron Kleiman blowing shofar for the community and our world-class Ba’al Korehs Todd Walzer and David Tropp chanting the Torah and we’ve got a formidable line-up slated for Rosh Hashana.

In short, High Holidays at the JCC will not only be a nice service for a Jewish Community in Japan but arguably, and with all humility, one of the best the world over. The only way to enhance the sanctity of such a long-awaited return to our sanctuary on the High Holidays is with your presence. We cannot wait to see you there.


Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, September 25th
Services: 6:30pm
Dinner with Reservation: 7:30pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Monday, September 26th
Morning Service: 9:00am
Lunch with Reservation: 1:00pm
Tashlich on at Arisugawa Park (across from National Azabu Supermarket): Meet at the Bridge over the Pond by the front entrance: 4:00pm
Evening Service: 6:30pm
Dinner with Reservation: 7:30pm

Rosh Hashanah Day 2
Tuesday, September 27th
Morning Service: 9:00am
Lunch with Reservation: 1:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat
Friday, September 30th
Services: 6:00pm
Dinner with Reservation: 7:00pm

Shabbat Shuva/Parshat Vayelech
Kiddush sponsored by the Dooley family (Maureen and Parker Dooley, sons Benjamin and Joshua) in memory of Maureen’s brother Michael Joseph Contract and parents Louis and Diane Selib Contract
Saturday, October 1st
Services: 10:00am
Kiddush: 12:00pm

Erev Yom Kippur
Tuesday, October 4th
Before-the-fast dinner with reservation: 3:45pm
Kol Nidre: 5:00pm

Yom Kippur
Wednesday, October 5th
Services: 9:00am
Yizkor: 11:30am
Mincha and Neilah: 4:00pm
Break-the-fast cakes, soft drinks, coffee and tea (all invited): 6:15pm
Break-the-fast meal with reservation: 6:30pm


Stay tuned for Sukkot and Simchat Torah happenings still in the works.

Holocaust Survivor and Educator Hedy Bohm
Saturday, October 29th
8:00pm on Zoom

Jewish Jazz Night Live with Selim Benba
Saturday, November 12th
7:00pm at the JCJ

Speaker Series: Ambassador Rahm Emanuel
Thursday, November 16th
7:00pm at the JCJ

If you have an idea for an event or a topic you would like to share with others, please visit our website. https://jccjapan.jp/event-committee-inquiry/


Thank you to everyone who reserved seats and meals during the next few weeks. Your contributions help ensure the Jewish community will continue to thrive in Japan for many years to come.

“This is the House. The House of the Lord. We wish the best for you.” So sang Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach quoting the Psalmist. Our sanctuary is never more open than on the High Holidays. A portion of seats has been reserved for anyone wishing to attend our services.

While the return to weekly Kabbalat Shabbat services is off to an exciting start, as Friday September 23rd coincides with the Japanese holiday 秋分の日/Autumnal Equinox Day, our building will be closed and services postponed. We look forward to seeing everyone just two nights later on Erev Rosh Hashana September 25th at 6:30pm.

Yiddish Club with Jack Halpern: Meetings have started 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 Parshat Nitzavim
Candle Lighting: 5:19pm
Havdala: 6:14pm