JCC Newsletter – Shmini

Before we get to Passover, let’s take a moment to appreciate just how amazing Purim was at the JCC. Instead of charging admission fees, we trusted that the community would step up in terms of donating to World Jewish Relief’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal instead and did you ever. We are currently holding at over 150,000 JPY raised which means much more to the people enduring war than it does our bottom line. Again (and for the last time I promise) thank you to Sherry Greenfield, Jack Halpern, Todd Walzer, Arie, Tal, Kyoko-san, Ozawa-san, Izaki-san and of course our sponsors the Greenfield, Halpern, Bleiweis, Greenberg, Andreu and Rose Families. Couldn’t make it? Watch the hourlong performance by the inimitable Jinta-la-Mvta klezmer band here.

Passover begins Friday night, April 15th. For the first time since 2019, we will host two in-person Seders at the JCC. Please visit our JCC Passover page for more details including Passover groceries and chametz sale.


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/Parshat Tazria = Three Torah Take-out
Presidents Kiddush in commemoration of Ernie Solomon’s 12th Yahrzeit. Sponsored by the Semaya, Rosenfeld, Turk and Rosenberg Families.
Saturday, April 2nd
Services: 10:00am
Kiddush: 12:00pm

Passover Seder – First Night
Friday, April 15th

Passover Seder – Second Night
Saturday, April 16th


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: May-Early June (we’re getting slightly more specific!)

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


Mazal Tov to our community for being featured in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s upcoming ‘Evening of Inspiration’ on Monday, April 4th 9am JST (Note new time). Reservations begin at $36.

Habitat for Humanity Japan’s Charity Gala will be held on Wednesday, April 13th 7:00pm at Happo-en. Please join JCC members and Habitat Board Members Cecilia Melin and Liu Gao Epstein for a lovely evening supporting an important cause: rebuilding the playground at Wakabaryo Orphanage which was founded by our past president Ernie Solomon z”l.

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 Shmini
Candle Lighting: 5:38pm
Havdala: 6:36pm