JCC Newsletter – Vayakhel

The below photo shows the 1955 JCJ Purim Party. Dapper suits and evening gowns…on a Tuesday night. It might only be 67 years ago but it feels like light years away from the modern iteration of the JCJ. Let’s reclaim some of that faded glory on Wednesday night, March 16th at our Purim bash to remember with a Japanese Klezmer band we’ll never forget. Black tie very much optional. Dancing shoes mandatory.

There is no cost to attend but sponsorship opportunities abound.


Family Shabbat/Friday Night Dinner in-person at the JCC
Friday, February 25th
Services: 6:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
Dinner reservations closed but services open to all

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

Kabbalat 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 


Purim Bash – Live Klezmer music and more!
Wednesday, March 16th
Megillah Reading: 7:00pm
Party: 8:00pm

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. We will recite a psalm in times of distress at Kabbalat Shabbat.

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.

Thank you to longtime board member Eyal Agmoni for sharing this wonderful ‘fish out of water’ video about a Japanese family living in Tel Aviv.

Shabbat Parshat Vayakhel
Candle Lighting: 5:14pm
Havdala: 6:11pm