JCC Newsletter – Shabbat Passover First Days

The tables are set. The kitchen has been turned over. The chametz has been sold. We are in the home stretch of a nearly yearlong process. It began with Dan Turk helping to arrange our Passover order from Streit’s in the middle of a pandemic and supply chain crunch. Several weeks after passing through the Panama Canal, Arie picked everything up at the port where he and Kyoko-san massaged a little Customs paperwork snafu by the manufacturer. This being Japan, fax saved the day. Reservations were made, many past the deadline as is JCC tradition and the kitchen staff have been working nonstop ever since.

We cannot believe how fortunate we are that for the first time since 2019, we are able to celebrate both Passover seders together as a community. Whether you will sing the Ma Nishtana with us in person or at home, we wish you only the sweetest Chag Kasher v’Sameach/Happy Passover to all.


Passover Seder – First Night
Friday, April 15th

Passover – Day One
Saturday, April 16th
Services: 10:00am

Passover Seder – Second Night
Saturday, April 16th

Passover – Day Eight with Yizkor
Saturday, April 23rd
Services: 10:00am


Yom HaShoah Commemoration with Beit Shalom Choir
Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00pm
Location: JCC Sanctuary

NPO Kokoro Yom HaShoah Commemoration led by Fumiko-san
Streamed Live on Zoom
Event Page and Sign-up

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: Early June

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


Got three and a half minutes? Check out the YCT Rabbinical School video about our community and myself. If nothing else, it will help show your friends and family how we do Jewish in Japan. Thank you to everyone who already contributed. If you watch the video and feel so inclined, there is no late fee to donate.

We will be hosting a large youth group from the LDS Church on Sunday, April 24th at 2:30pm. If you can assist with the event, please reply to this e-mail. There is a discussion around purchasing Maruichi Bagels for the event but they are not yet kosher certified. Also, I apologize for bringing up bagels in the Passover newsletter.

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.

Passover First Days
Candle Lighting Day 1: 5:56pm
Candle Lighting Day 2: 6:54pm
Havdala: 6:55pm