JCC Newsletter – Pekudei

Once upon a time, the JCC held parties so raucous that people were literally led away in handcuffs. This is not hyperbole. In the 1950s during a ‘Monte Carlo Night’, the good people of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department raided our center and arrested two board members on suspicion of illegal gambling.

We are all about breaking records and making our forebears proud so consider yourself cordially invited to our Purim bash on Wednesday night, March 16th. See how many board members will spend the night in jail this year! We hope zero but time will tell. Even if the party gets a little out of hand, people can dance all the way to the Tokyo Detention House with the musical stylings of CICALA MVTA still ringing in their ears.

There is no cost to attend but sponsorship opportunities are still available. Reservation information below under the Events section.


Shabbat Parshat Pekudei
Sayonara Kiddush sponsored by the Tischler, Yeskel and Scheer Families (JCJ Tech forever!) in honor of Lauren and Steven Rose who are moving to London
Suntory Premium Malts sponsored by the Suntory Premium Rose Family
Saturday, March 5th
Services: 10:00am
Kiddush: 12:00pm

Family Shabbat/Friday Night Dinner in-person at the JCC
11th Anniversary of 3.11 東北地方太平洋沖地震
Friday, March 11th
Services: 6:30pm
Dinner with reservation: 7:30pm

Shabbat Parshat Tzav
Kiddush Available for Sponsorship
Saturday, March 19th
Services: 10:00am
Kiddush: 12:00pm

Kabbalat Shabbat/Friday Night Dinner in-person at the JCC
Friday, March 25th
Services: 6:30pm
Dinner with reservation: 7:30pm

Shabbat HaChodesh/Rosh Chodesh Nissan https://nissan.com/ / Parshat Tazria = Three Torah Take-out
Kiddush Available for Sponsorship
Saturday, April 2nd
Services: 10:00am
Kiddush: 12:00pm


Purim Bash – Live Klezmer music and more!
Wednesday, March 16th
Megillah Reading: 7:00pm
Party: 8:00pm
Bailing out board members: 11:00pm
Reservations and more information: https://jccjapan.jp/purim-2022/

Lehrhaus Lecture Series presented by Jack Halpern
The Adventures of a 12-Language Polyglot — the joys and pains of learning a new language –
Jack Halpern serves as the Founder of the CJK Dictionary Institute and Director of the Japan Yiddish Club
Date: TBD

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


Our community stands in solidarity with those suffering in Ukraine. Our Purim Matanot l’Evyonim Tzedaka campaign is partnering with World Jewish Relief to support those enduring the hardships of war. Please reply to this email or email kyokojcc@gmail.com with the amount of your donation, and it will be added as a chit to your JCC bill or donate directly to the organization in USD.

Mazal Tov to the Kelly Family on Greg’s receiving a suspended sentence. A corollary Mazal Tov to Ben Dooley on his excellent article(s) covering the case. 

Mazal Tov to our community for being featured in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s upcoming ‘Evening of Inspiration’ on Monday, April 4th 10am JST. Apparently, the larger Jewish World/Die Yiddishe Velt has taken an interest in us. As part of the evening’s (our morning’s) program, my rabbinical school will screen a video in which our president David Semaya and I share pre-recorded reflections on what makes being Jewish in Japan such a special experience with the backdrop of Tokyo behind us.

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 Pekudei
Candle Lighting: 5:20pm
Havdala: 6:17pm