JCC Newsletter – Tazria/HaChodesh/Rosh Chodesh Nissan

The Presidency. No, not of the United States but the JCC. In our nearly 70-year history, just over a minyan of men have held the title and borne the responsibility of leading our august institution. In the beginning were gentlemen from Harbin and Shanghai of Russian extraction. More recently, the Americans have held court. But tying the two groups together was an interesting fellow, a giant of a man really, named Ernie Salomon z”l whose 12th yahrzeit we commemorate this Shabbat. In his honor, those who have assumed the mantle of JCC President are sponsoring a Presidents Kiddush as well as sharing thoughts on Ernie’s memory and what it takes to lead the JCC.

Serendipity would have it that this week is also one of the only Shabbatot where we take three Sifrei Torah from the ark. We very much hope to see you there.


Shabbat HaChodesh/Rosh Chodesh Nissan/Parshat Tazria = Three Torah Take-out
Presidents Kiddush in commemoration of Ernie Salomon’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 – 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


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


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.

Mazal Tov to our community for being featured in Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s upcoming ‘Evening of Inspiration’ THIS Monday, April 4th at 9am JST. 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: the rebuilding of the playground at Wakabaryo Orphanage which was founded by our past president Ernie Salomon 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 Tazria/HaChodesh/Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Candle Lighting: 5:44pm
Havdala: 6:42pm