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Monday & Thursday 10:00-10:30 (zoom)
Weekday Morning Prayer
NOT ON TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY OR FRIDAY

Wednesday, 27 April, 19:30
Yom HaShoah 2022
L’accord sur les spoliations des Juifs au Luxembourg, un bilan, un an après

Thursday, 28 April
Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day

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

Torah Weekly Portion
Acharei Mot II
II אַחֲרֵי מוֹת
After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron]
Leviticus 18:1–30
Summary
Moses condemns the sexual practices of some neighboring peoples. Certain forms of sexual relations are prohibited. (18:1-30)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/acharei-mot-ii
Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:6-19 [historic: I Samuel 20:18-42], Machar Chodesh

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Friday, 15 April – Friday, 22 April
Pessach – Passover
Zoom morning services on 17-22 April: 10:00-10:40

Thursday, 21 April, 19:00
Seventh Day Pesach In Solidarity
With Ukrainian Jewish Community

Friday, 22 April, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat
End of Pessach: 21:30

Torah Weekly Portion
Acharei Mot I
I אַחֲרֵי מוֹת
After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron]
Leviticus 16:1–17:16
Summary
The duties that the head kohein must perform on Yom Kippur are delineated and the ceremony of the scapegoat is outlined. (16:1-28)
Moses instructs Aaron about the Yom Kippur laws for fasting and atonement. (16:29-34)
Warnings are issued against the offering of sacrifices outside the Sanctuary and the consumption of blood. (17:1-16)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/acharei-mot-i
Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:1-14

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Friday, 15 April – Friday, 22 April
Pessach – Passover
Khametz consumption deadline: 11:18 AM
Zoom morning services on 17-22 April: 10:00-10:40

Friday, 15 April, 19:00-23:00
Kabbalat Shabbat followed by Pessach community seder at 19:45 (sharp)

Torah Weekly Portion
Yom Rishon shel Pesach
יוֹם רִאשׁוֹן שֶׁל פֶּסַח
1st Day of Passover
Exodus 12:37-42, 13:3-10 
Summary
We read that a “mixed multitude” of people fled Egypt with the Israelites. With no time to wait, they took the cakes from their oven before they had time to rise. By God’s mighty hand, our ancestors fled the house of bondage and were brought to “a land flowing with milk and honey.” As a reminder of God’s redemption, we are instructed to eat only unleavened bread during Passover. Furthermore, the text tells us to explain to our children, “It is because of what God did for me when I went free from Egypt.” The Hebrew word for explain, v’higgadta, has the same root as Haggadah, the book from which we read on Passover. In doing so, each year we fulfill the sacred obligation to tell this story to our children. It is this story, more than any other that is central to Judaism. God redeemed us from slavery and we therefore know the heart of the stranger.  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/yom-rishon-shel-pesach
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:1-15 [historic: Joshua 5:2-6:1]; Song of Songs is read

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Friday, 8 April, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat 

Saturday, 9 April, around 18:00
Sistanagila Concert – Nuits de la culture d’Esch

Torah Weekly Portion
M’tzora
מְצֹרָע
A Leper
Leviticus 14:1-15:33
Summary
Priestly rituals to cure tzaraat (a skin condition) when it afflicts humans are described. (14:1-32)
Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzaraat are presented. (14:33-57)
The parashah denotes male impurities resulting from a penile discharge or seminal emission. (15:1-18)
The parashah concludes with accounts of female impurities caused by a discharge of blood. (15:19-33)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/mtzora
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24

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Friday, 1 April
NO SERVICE. PAS D’OFFICE.
Our next service will be on 8 April. Notre prochain office sera le 8 avril.

Torah Weekly Portion
Tazria
תַזְרִיעַ
Bearing Seed
Leviticus 12:1−13:59
Summary God describes the rituals of purification for a woman after childbirth. (12:1-8)
God sets forth the methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of skin diseases, including tzara-at (a leprous affection), as well as those for purifying clothing. (13:1-59)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/tazria
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-25 [historic: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18]

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Friday, 25 March

Dialogue Perspectives (DP) conference

https://www.dialogueperspectives.org/

17:00-19:00
Welcome Note and Introduction by Rabbi Alexander Grodensky.
Meeting & Discussion with Eleanor Sharpston (Former Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union)

19:00-20:30 
Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Alexander Grodensky

Torah Weekly Portion
Sh’mini
שְׁמִינִי
The Eighth [Day]
Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Summary
Aaron and his sons follow Moses’ instructions and offer sacrifices so that God will forgive the people. (9:1-24)
Two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, offer “alien fire” to God. God punishes these two priests by killing them immediately. (10:1-3)
God forbids Moses, Aaron, and his surviving sons from mourning but commands the rest of the people to do so. Priests are told not to drink alcohol before entering the sacred Tabernacle and are further instructed about making sacrifices. (10:4-20)
Laws are given to distinguish between pure and impure animals, birds, fish, and insects. (11:1-47)  

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

Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:22-36 [historic: Ezekiel 36:16-38]

Purim Celebration

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Dear members,
You are warmly invited to our various Purim activities this year:

Wednesday, 16 March, 20:30
Beginning of Purim – online multilingual reading of the Megillah – please volunteer to read a part of the Megillah in your mother tongue (please contact us by email to volunteer).

Friday, 18 March, 19:00-22:30
Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Alexander Grodensky followed by Purim community potluck dinner: bring a vegetarian dish to share!

Saturday, 19 March, 10.30-12-30
Talmud Torah – Purim Special. Registration required.


Chers ami/e/s,
Vous êtes tous/toutes invité/e/s à nos activités de Pourim cette année :

Mercredi, 16 mars, 20h30
Lecture plurilingue en ligne de la Megillah (Zoom) – faites-nous signe pour lire un passage de la Mégillah dans votre langue maternelle (merci de nous contacter par e-mail pour vous porter volontaire).

Vendredi, 18 mars, 19h00-22h30
Office de Kabbalat Shabbat avec notre rabbin suivi d’un dîner de partage communautaire : amenez un plat végétarien à partager !

Samedi, 19 mars, 10h30-12h30
Talmud Torah spécial Pourim. Inscription nécessaire.

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MPORTANT: RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE
Dear Members,
In light of the recent events, we are urging you to donate to the WUPJ Ukraine Crisis Fund and support the Ukrainian Jews. Any help would be much appreciated.


Other ways to help Ukraine in Luxembourg

Friday, 11 March, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 13 March, 10:30-11:15
Talmud Torah (Anastasia, zoom)

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayikra
וַיִּקְרָא
[God] Called Out
Levicitus 1:1−5:26
Summary
God instructs Moses on the five different kinds of sacrifices that were to be offered in the sanctuary:
1. The olah or “burnt offering” was a voluntary sacrifice that had a high degree of sanctity and was regarded as the “standard” offering. The entire animal, except for its hide, was burned on the altar. (1:1-17)
2. The minchah or “meal offering” was a sacrifice made of flour, oil, salt, and frankincense that was partly burned on the altar and partly given to the priests to eat. (2:1-16)
3. The zevach sh’lamim or “sacrifice of well-being” was a voluntary animal offering from one’s herd, sometimes brought to fulfill a vow. (3:1-17)
4. The chatat or “sin offering” was an obligatory sacrifice that was offered to expiate unintentional sins. This offering differs from the others in the special treatment of the blood of the animal. (4:1-5:13)
5. The asham or “penalty offering” was an obligatory sacrifice of a ram that was required chiefly of one who had misappropriated property. (5:1-26)  

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

Haftarah: Esther 7:1-10; 8:15-17 [historic: I Samuel 15:2-34]

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UKRAINE SOLIDARITY SHABBAT – SHABBAT SOLIDAIRE AVEC L’UKRAINE

Dear friends,

As Ukrainians continue to face a Russian aggression on an unprecedented scale in recent European history, I invite you all to a special Solidarity with Ukraine Shabbat, in our synagogue in Esch, on Zoom and Facebook this Friday. I do hope to see many of you there, even if you are not regular Friday night shul goers. We owe it to our Jewish and non-Jewish friends in Ukraine to show that we stand united behind them in this grave hour. I also encourage you to donate to the World Union of Progressive Judaism Special Fund for Ukraine (more info below).


I count on you this coming Friday.

Shavua tov,
David

Chers amis,

Alors que les Ukrainiens continuent de faire face à une agression russe d’une ampleur sans précédent dans l’histoire européenne récente, je vous invite tous à un Shabbat spécial de solidarité avec l’Ukraine, vendredi prochain dans notre synagogue d’Esch, sur Zoom et Facebook. J’espère vous y voir nombreux, même si vous n’êtes pas des fidèles du vendredi soir. Nous devons à nos amis juifs et non juifs d’Ukraine de montrer que nous sommes unis derrière eux en ces moments difficiles. Je vous encourage également à faire un don au Fonds spécial de l’Union mondiale du judaïsme progressiste pour l’Ukraine (plus d’informations ci-dessous).

Je compte sur vous vendredi prochain.

Shavua tov,
David


IMPORTANT: RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

Dear Members,

In light of the recent events, we are urging you to donate to the WUPJ Ukraine Crisis Fund and support the Ukrainian Jews. Any help would be much appreciated.


Update from Rabbi Alexander Dukhovny regarding the situation in Ukraine: 


Friday, 4 March, 19:00-20:30
Solidarity Shabbat with Ukraine
Shabbat solidaire avec l’Ukraine

Sunday, 6 March, 10:30-11:15
Talmud Torah (Anastasia, zoom)

Torah Weekly Portion
P’kudei
פְקוּדֵי
[The] Records [of the Tabernacle]
Exodus 38:21-40:38
Summary
A statistical summary of the materials used for the Tabernacle and an account of producing the priestly vestments are recorded. Moses blesses the Israelites for the work they did. (38:21-39:42)
Upon God’s instruction, Moses sets up the Mishkan and the priests are anointed and consecrated. (40:1-33)
A description is given of a cloud that covers the Mishkan by day and a fire that burns by night, indicating God’s Presence therein. (40:33-38)  

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

Haftarah: I Kings 7:40-50 [historic: I Kings: 7:51-8:21]

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Friday, 25 February, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 27 February, 10:30-12:30
Talmud Torah (Anastasia)

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayak’heil
וַיַּקְהֵל
[Moses] Assembled
Exodus 35:1–38:20
Summary
Moses teaches the rules of Shabbat. (35:1-3)
Moses asks the Israelites for a donation of gifts and those who are skilled help build the Mishkan [Tabernacle] under the direction of Bezalel and Oholiab. (35:4-38:20)  

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/vayakheil
Haftarah: II Kings 12:5-16 [historic: II Kings 12:1-17]