This Week in Our Community

Sunday, 28 November – Sunday, 5 December, 20:00
Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Friday, 3 December, 19:00-20:00
Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, 3 December, 20:00
Hanukkah Potluck Dinner
We will prepare latkes/fried fish and ask you to bring a salad and/or dessert to share. Please let us know by 1 December whether you will attend. Costs for members: €10, non-members: €20. Your place will be confirmed upon reception of your transfer. CovidCheck will apply. For children aged 6-12 please make sure you provide a test result.

Saturday, 4 December, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service followed by Rabbi’s Shiur: 13:00 – 15:00

Torah Weekly Portion
Mikeitz
מִקֵּץ
After [Two Years]
Genesis 41:1−44:17
Summary
Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s two dreams and predicts seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. (41:1-32)
Pharaoh places Joseph in charge of food collection and distribution. (41:37-49)
Joseph marries Asenath, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. (41:50-52)
When Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food during the famine, Joseph accuses them of spying. He holds Simeon hostage while the rest of the brothers return to Canaan to retrieve Benjamin for him. (42:3-42:38)
The brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin and for more food. Joseph continues the test, this time falsely accusing Benjamin of stealing and declaring that Benjamin must remain his slave. (43:1-44:17)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/mikeitz

Haftarah: Zechariah 4:1-7

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Friday, 26 November, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 28 November
Luxembourg City Synagogue
Hanukkah Party for Families (Registration CLOSED)

KIDS OF AGE 6 AND ABOVE (NOT 12) NEED AN OFFICIAL COVID TEST RESULT.
RAPID SELF TESTS NO LONGER ACCEPTED.

Sunday, 28 November, 20:00
Kabbalat Shabbat
Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayeishev
וַיֵּשֶׁב
[Jacob] Settled
Genesis 37:1−40:23
Summary
Jacob is shown to favor his son Joseph, whom the other brothers resent. Joseph has dreams of grandeur. (Genesis 37:1-11)
After Joseph’s brothers had gone to tend the flocks in Shechem, Jacob sends Joseph to report on them. The brothers decide against murdering Joseph but instead sell him into slavery. After he is shown Joseph’s coat of many colors, which had been dipped in the blood of a kid, Jacob is led to believe that Joseph has been killed by a beast. (Genesis 37:12-35)
Tamar successively marries two of Judah’s sons, each of whom dies. Judah does not permit her levirate marriage to his youngest son. She deceives Judah into impregnating her. (Genesis 38:1-30)
God is with Joseph in Egypt until the wife of his master, Potiphar, accuses him of rape, whereupon Joseph is imprisoned. (Genesis 39:1-40:23)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/vayeishev

Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8

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Friday, 19 November, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayishlach
וַיִּשְׁלַח
[Jacob] Sent
Genesis 32:4−36:43
Summary
Jacob prepares to meet Esau. He wrestles with a “man,” who changes Jacob’s name to Israel. (32:4-33)
Jacob and Esau meet and part peacefully, each going his separate way. (33:1-17)
Dinah is raped by Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite, who was chief of the country. Jacob’s sons Simeon and Levi take revenge by murdering all the males of Shechem, and Jacob’s other sons join them in plundering the city. (34:1-31)
Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin and is buried in Ephrah, which is present-day Bethlehem. (35:16-21)
Isaac dies and is buried in Hebron. Jacob’s and Esau’s progeny are listed. (35:22-36:43)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/vayishlach
Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-12:12

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Friday, 12 November, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayeitzei
וַיֵּצֵא
And [Jacob] Left
Genesis 28:10−32:3
Summary Jacob dreams of angels going up and down a ladder. God blesses him. Jacob names the place Bethel. (28:10-22)
Jacob works seven years in order to marry Rachel, but Laban tricks Jacob into marrying Leah, Rachel’s older sister. (29:16-25)
Jacob marries Rachel but only after having to commit himself to seven more years of working for Laban. (29:26-30)
Leah, Rachel, and their maidservants, Bilhah and Zilpah, give birth to eleven sons and one daughter. (29:31-30:24)
Jacob and his family leave Laban’s household with great wealth. (31:1-32:3)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/vayeitzei
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13-14:10

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Friday, 5 November, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, 6 November, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service
Bat Mitzvah of Emilia Rozas
followed by Rabbi’s Shiur: 13:00-15:00

Torah Weekly Portion
Tol’dot
תּוֹלְדֹת
The Generations [of Isaac]
Genesis 25:19−28:9
Summary
Rebekah has twins, Esau and Jacob. (25:19-26)
Esau gives Jacob his birthright in exchange for some stew. (25:27-34)
King Abimelech is led to think that Rebekah is Isaac’s sister and later finds out that she is really his wife. (26:1-16)
Isaac plans to bless Esau, his firstborn. Rebekah and Jacob deceive Isaac so that Jacob receives the blessing. (27:1-29)
Esau threatens to kill Jacob, who then flees to Haran. (27:30-45)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/toldot
Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7

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Friday, 29 October, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Chayei Sarah
חַיֵּי שָׂרָה
The Life of Sarah
Genesis 23:1−25:18
Summary

Abraham purchases the cave of Machpelah in order to bury his wife Sarah. (23:1-20)
Abraham sends his servant to find a bride for Isaac. (24:1-9)
Rebekah shows her kindness by offering to draw water for the servant’s camels at the well. (24:15-20)
The servant meets Rebekah’s family and then takes Rebekah to Isaac, who marries her. (24:23-67)
Abraham takes another wife, named Keturah. At the age of one hundred and seventy-five years, Abraham dies, and Isaac and Ishmael bury him in the cave of Machpelah. (25:1-11)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/chayei-sarah
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31

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Friday, 22 October, 14:30-18:30 
Meetings with Rabbi Alexander
Please, email the Rabbi to book an appointment.

Friday, 22 October, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Alexander

Saturday, 23 October, 10:30-12:30
Talmud Torah
Group 1 with Anastasia & Group 2 with Rabbi Alexander

Saturday, 23 October, 17:00-18:30
Shabbat Afternoon Service with Rabbi Alexander followed by a reception on the occasion of welcoming Moritz Schneider-Grodensky into our community. RSVP (Rabbi’s email) until Wednesday, 20 October if you would like to stay for the reception.

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayeira
I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]
Genesis 18:1–22:24
Summary
Abraham welcomes three visitors, who announce that Sarah will soon have a son. (18:1-15)
Abraham argues with God about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. (18:16-33)
Lot’s home is attacked by the people of Sodom. Lot and his two daughters escape as the cities are being destroyed. Lot’s wife is turned into a pillar of salt. (19:1-29)
Lot impregnates his daughters, and they bear children who become the founders of the nations Moab and Ammon. (19:30-38)
Abimelech, king of Gerar, takes Sarah as his wife after Abraham claims that she is his sister. (20:1-18)
Isaac is born, circumcised, and weaned. Hagar and her son, Ishmael, are sent away; an angel saves their lives. (21:1-21)
God tests Abraham, instructing him to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Moriah. (22:1-19)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/vayeira
Haftarah: II Kings 4:1-37

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Friday, 15 October, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat
Potluck dinner
Bring a vegetarian dish/salad to share. Please register by 13 October (via email) so that we could estimate the number of people coming.

Dîner de partage  
Apporter un plat végétarien à partager. Merci de vous enregistrer d’ici le 13 octobre (par courriel) pour que nous sachions combien de personnes viennent.

Torah Weekly Portion
Lech L’cha – Go Forth
Genesis 12:1−17:27
Summary
Abram, Sarai, and Lot go to Canaan. (12:1-9)
Famine takes them to Egypt, where Abram identifies Sarai as his sister in order to save his life. (12:10-20)
Abram and Lot separate. Lot is taken captive, and Abram rescues him. (13:1-14:24)
Abram has a son, Ishmael, with his Egyptian maidservant, Hagar. (16:1-16)
God establishes a covenant with Abram. The sign of this covenant is circumcision on the eighth day following a male baby’s birth. (17:1-27)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/lech-lcha

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16

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Friday, 8 October, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Noach – Noah
Genesis 6:9-11:32 
Summary
God decides to cause a flood that will destroy the world, sparing only Noah’s family and the animals that Noah gathers together on the ark. (6:9-8:22)
Life starts over again after the Flood. The Noahide Commandments are listed, and God uses a rainbow to make a symbol of the first covenant. (9:1-17)
People start to build a city and the Tower of Babel. God scatters the people and gives them different languages to speak. (11:1-9)
The ten generations from Noah to Abram are listed. (11:10-29:2)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/noach
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5

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Dear members,
Following our Sukkot celebrations, we head straight into Simchat Torah!

Due to the pandemic we have decided not to organise services in our synagogue this year, but to join other communities in their celebrations. For English services, we can recommend Finchley Reform Synagogue in London (both Monday evening and Tuesday morning) – sign up under the following link.

There will be NO service next Friday 1 October. On Saturday we join the European Union of Progressive Judaism for a Pan-European Shabbat morning service (see below).

We would also like to remind you that you can still register your children for our Talmud Torah programme, which is free for members.

See you back on Zoom on 8 October.
Chag sameach!


Chers membres,
Après nos célébrations de Souccot, nous entrons direct dans Simchat Torah!

À cause de la pandémie nous avons décidé de ne pas organiser d’offices en présentiel cette année et d’encourager nos membres à rejoindre d’autres communautés en ligne. Pour des offices en français, nous pouvons p.ex. recommander les offices de Judaïsme en mouvement (Copernic) sous le lien suivant lundi soir et mardi matin.

Par ailleurs, il n’y aura PAS d’office vendredi prochain. Nous participerons samedi matin à l’office paneuropéen de l’Union européenne du judaïsme libéral (voir ci-dessous).

Nous vous rappelons qu’il est toujours temps d’inscrire vos enfants à notre programme de Talmud Torah dont les cours sont gratuits pour nos membres.

On se revoit sur Zoom le vendredi 8 octobre.

Chag sameach!