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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!

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Friday, 24 September, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat – 5th Day of Sukkot

Sunday, 26 September, 16:00-19:00 (zoom)
Sukkot Celebration
Anticipation of Simchat Torah
Community Potluck Dinner BBQ

Please register by 23 September and tell us whether you want a vegetarian or meat option. The BBQ will be for free. Bring a salad to share.

There will also be activities for kids including crafts, decorating the sukkah, and shaking the lulav and Etrog.
Merci de vous enregistrer d’ici le 23 septembre en nous signalant si vous souhaitez une option végétarienne ou viande. Le BBQ sera gratuit. Apportez une salade à partager.

Il y aura aussi des activités pour enfants, bricolage, décoration de la souccah, nous secouerons le lulav et l’Etrog.

Torah Weekly Portion
Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot
Intermediate Days of Sukkot
Exodus 33:12–34:26 
Summary
On the Shabbat during Sukkot, we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God’s face, God tells Moses, “I will make My goodness pass before you…” Perhaps we experience the divine presence through the goodness we create in the world. The Torah then sets forth the thirteen attributes of God, among them that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. By emulating these very attributes, we create the goodness which allows us to know God.

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/chol-hamo-eid-sukkot
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:7, The Book of Ecclesiates is read

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Dear friends,

Yom Kippur starts Wednesday evening. We remind you that only those who have registered to the High Holidays will be admitted to our services. You will need to prove your CovidCheck status if you come in person. If you join on Zoom and you are not a member, please register as well. Only members in good standing and those that have registered will be admitted. Make sure your real name is visible when you join the Zoom room, for security reasons.

There will be activities for children during Yom Kippur. A separate email will be sent out to families, but if you’d like to know more or are not on our Talmud Torah list please contact Anastasia Badder (anastasia [dot] badder [at] uni [dot] lu).

Entry to the synagogue will be from the garden side only. At the end of Yom Kippur on Thursday we will end the fast together with cakes and dry fruits. Feel free to bring something to share for the traditional Anbeiss.

Gmar hatimah tovah !
Chers amis,

Yom Kippour débute mercredi soir. Nous vous rappelons que seulement les personnes préenregistrées seront admises à nos offices. Vous devrez amener votre certificat CovidCheck si vous participez en présentiel. Si vous nous rejoignez sur Zoom et que vous n’êtes pas membre chez nous vous devez également vous enregistrer. Seuls les membres à jour de leur cotisation et les personnes inscrites à l’avance seront admis. Assurez-vous d’utiliser votre vrai nom quand vous rejoignez notre session Zoom, pour des raisons de sécurité.

Il y aura des activités pour enfants pendant le jour de Kippour. Un courriel sera envoyé aux familles à ce sujet. Si vous n’êtes pas sur notre liste de distribution du Talmud Torah ou si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à contacter Anastasia Badder (anastasia [point] badder [arobas] uni [point] lu).

L’entrée à la synagogue se fera uniquement via le jardin. A la fin de Kippour jeudi soir nous romprons le jeûne ensemble avec des gâteaux et fruits secs. Amenez des mets à partager pour le traditionnel Anbeiss.

Gmar hatimah tovah !

Wednesday, 15 September, 19:00-21:00 (zoom)
Yom Kippur Evening Service (Kol Nidrei), led by Student Rabbi Marine de Moliner together with Cantor Aviv Weinberg & Pianist Assaf Fleischmann

Fast begins at 19:30

Thursday, 16 September, 10:00-20:35 (zoom)
Yom Kippur Day Services, led by Student Rabbi Marine de Moliner together with Cantor Aviv Weinberg & Pianist Assaf Fleischmann

10:00-12:30 Shacharit
12:30-14:00 Mussaf
14:00-15:30 Study Session
15:30-17:30 Break
17:30-19:00 Minha
19:00-19:00 Yizkor
19:00-20:35 Neila
End of fast and Anbeiss at 20:35

Friday, 17 September – NO SERVICE


Online Mahzor here

Torah Weekly Portion
Haazinu
Listen
Deuteronomy 32:1–52
Summary
Moses sings his last song, a love poem to God and a chastisement of the people, who are not worthy of Adonai. (32:1–6)
The poem recounts the blessings that God has bestowed on the Israelites, the wicked deeds they have committed, and the punishments that God then inflicted upon them. (32:7–43)
God tells Moses to begin his ascent of Mount Nebo, from where he will see the Land of Israel from a distance but will not be allowed to enter it. (32:45–52)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/haazinu
Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1-51

Registration for Talmud Torah 2021-2022

Talmud Torah will meet on alternating Sundays in the synagogue and on Zoom. This year, we are pleased to offer French and English-language classes.  

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please, fill in the online form below by 19 September 2021.  

Even if your child has been already participating in Talmud Torah and would like to continue, you have to re-register for the upcoming school year.

If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to get in touch with Rabbi Alexander or Anastasia Badder (anastasia.badder [at] uni [dot] lu).

Please, note that Rabbi Alexander will be on semi-sabbatical until 3 April 2022. That means he will answer emails once a week on Thursdays and lead services on one Shabbat a month.

We look forward to an exciting year of Talmud Torah! 


Le Talmud Torah se réunira en alternance le dimanche à la synagogue et sur Zoom. Cette année, nous avons le plaisir d’offrir des cours de français et d’anglais. 

Si vous souhaitez inscrire votre enfant, merci de remplir le formulaire en ligne ci-dessous avant le 19 septembre 2021

Même si votre enfant a déjà participé au Talmud Torah et souhaite continuer, vous devez vous réinscrire pour la prochaine année scolaire. 

Si vous avez des questions ou souhaitez avoir plus d’informations, n’hésitez pas à contacter le rabbin Alexander ou Anastasia Badder (anastasia.badder [arobase] uni [point] lu). 

Veuillez noter que le rabbin Alexander sera en semi-sabbatique jusqu’au 3 avril 2022. Cela signifie qu’il répondra aux e-mails une fois par semaine le jeudi et dirigera les offices un Shabbat par mois. 

Nous vous attendons avec impatience pour une nouvelle année passionnante de Talmud Torah !