This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer
NOT on Monday, 8 March
NOT on Tuesday, 9 March


Mittwoch, 10. März, 19:00-20:00 (auf Deutsch, zoom)
Vortragsreihe Jüdische Philosophen
Hermann Cohen
Prof. Micha Brumlik

Friday, 12 March, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat: 19:00-20:30

Saturday, 13 March, 10:30-12:30 (zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service
Blessing of the New Month of Nissan

Torah Weekly Portion
Vayakehel – Pekudey – [Moses] Assembled / [The] Records [of the Tabernacle]
Exodus 35:1–40:38

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)
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/vayakheil-pkudei

Haftarah: I Kings 7:40-51, or I Chronicles 29:9-20 or II Chronicles 4:1-5:1

The Living Witnesses / Les Témoins Vivants

Dear members,

From 10 March to March 15, film «The living witnesses» can be streamed online from Luxembourg territory only. Once the ticket has been paid (7 EUR), one can watch the movie as many times as they want during the period of 72 hours following the purchase.

Synopsis: Three survivors of the Second World War meet three Luxembourg students, either born here or immigrated. With the Holocaust in mind, the six living witnesses discover how crimes against humanity still play a considerable role in the consciousness of contemporary societies.

More information can be found here, click Rent €7.00

Version française :

Chères/chers membres,
Entre le 10 et le 15 mars, le film « Les témoins vivants » peut être visionné sur internet exclusivement à partir du Luxembourg. Une fois qu’on a payé son ticket (7 EUR), on peut regarder le film pendant 72 heures sur internet autant de fois que l’on le souhaite. 

Synopsis : Trois témoins de la Seconde Guerre mondiale rencontrent trois étudiants luxembourgeois nés ici ou immigrés. Avec à l’esprit l’Holocauste, ces six témoins vivants découvrent comment les crimes contre l’humanité jouent encore aujourd’hui un rôle considérable dans la conscience collective.

Voici les informations, cliquez sur Rent €7.00

 

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer (not on Monday, 1 March)

Wednesday, 3 March, 19:00-20:00
How Did the Bible’s Editors Work?
Prof. Idan Dershowitz (Potsdam)

Friday, 5 March, 18:30-20:30
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat – Refugee Shabbat: 19:00-20:30

Torah Weekly Portion
Ki Tisa – When You Take a Census
Exodus 30:11−34:35

Summary
Moses takes a census of the Israelites and collects a half-shekel from each person (30:11-16)
God tells Moses to construct a water basin and to prepare anointing oil and incense for the ordination of the priests. Bezalel and Oholiab, skilled artisans, are assigned to make objects for the priests and the Tabernacle. (30:17-31:11)
The Israelites are instructed to keep Shabbat as a sign of their covenant with God. God gives Moses the two tablets of the Pact. (31:12-18)
The Israelites ask Aaron to build them a Golden Calf. Moses implores God not to destroy the people and then breaks the two tablets of the Pact on which the Ten Commandments are written when he sees the idol. God punishes the Israelites by means of a plague. (32:1-35)
Moses goes up the mountain with a blank set of tablets for another 40 days so that God will again inscribe the Ten Commandments. Other laws, including the edict to observe the Pilgrimage Festivals, are also revealed. (34:1-28)
Moses comes down from the mountain with a radiant face. (34:29-35)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/ki-tisa
Haftarah: I Kings 18:20-39 or II Chronicles 1:18-2:15 or Psalm 96

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer

Wednesday, 24 February, 19:00-20:00
Understanding Kashrut course: Pessach (Passover)

Mittwoch, 24. Februar, 19:00-20:00
Vortragsreihe: Jüdische Philosophen
Samson Rafael Hirsch
Prof. Matthias Morgenstern (Tübingen)
(external)

Thursday, 25 February, 19:00-20:30
Purim Evening Service

Friday, 26 February, 18:30-20:30
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat: 19:00-20:30

Sunday, 28 February, 10:30-12:00
Purim Family Celebration

Torah Weekly Portion
T’tzaveh – [You] Shall Further Instruct
Exodus 27:20−30:10

Summary
The children of Israel are commanded to bring pure olive oil for the ner tamid “a constantly burning light,” above the sanctuary. (27:20-21)
Aaron and his sons, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar, are chosen to serve as priests. (28:1)
God instructs Moses to make special clothes for the priests. (28:2-43)
Aaron and his sons are ordained in a seven-day ceremony (29:1-29:46)
Aaron is commanded to burn incense on an acacia altar every morning and evening. (30:1-10)

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

Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer

Wednesday, 17 February, 19:00-21:00 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course
(19:00-19:30 Basics of Hebrew)

Friday, 19 February, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat & Rosh Hodesh: 19:00-20:30

Saturday, 20 February, 10:30-12:00 (zoom)
Torah Brunch

Torah Weekly Portion
T’rumah – Gifts
Exodus 25:1−27:19

Summary
God asks the Children of Israel to donate gifts (t’rumah) for the building of the Tabernacle so that God may “dwell among them.” (25:1-9)
Instructions for the construction of the Ark, table, and menorah are provided. (25:10-40)
Detailed directions are given on how to build the Tabernacle. (26:1-27:19)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/trumah
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer

Mittwoch, 10. Februar, 19:00-20:00 (zoom, extern)
Vortragsreihe: Jüdische Philosophen  
Nachman Krochmal
Prof. Andreas Lehnhardt (Mainz)

Friday, 12 February, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat 19:00-20:30

Saturday, 13 February, 10:30-12:00 (zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service

Torah Weekly Portion
Mishpatim – [These Are the] Rules
Exodus 21:1−24:18

Summary
Interpersonal laws ranging from the treatment of slaves to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. (21:1-23:9)
Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year, a repetition of the Sabbath injunction, the first mention of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, rules of sacrificial offerings, and the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother’s milk. (23:10-19)
The people assent to the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascend the mountain and see God. Moses goes on alone and spends forty days on the mountain. (24:1-18)

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

Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26 or Amos 5:6-24

Orders for Passover

Dear members, (version français ci-dessous)
In view of the problems last year when it came to Matzot and Pessach related products, we are organising a group order this year.

In order to be ready as soon as possible and in the absence – at this stage – of the exact products that will be available we would ask you to let us know by February 21st which products you would like to order. Examples can be found here and you can always tell us of any other products you would like to have (gluten-free matzot, chocolate-covered matzot, matza Mehl, ready-made products – you name it!): I will try and buy them in Strasbourg. Just tell us what quantity you need and if there are any other restrictions on your side.

You can find kosher meat in Auchan and Monoprix.
For rabbinically certified wine we recommend the following Luxembourg based site: https://www.finebarrel.com/en/

We will have two pick-up points, one in Esch (Shul) and one in Luxembourg-Weimerskirch.
This service is free of charge for members. Non-members pay a €20 service fee.

Please reply to this email by 21 February.


Chères/chers membres,
Face aux difficultés que nous avons eues l’année passée pour nous approvisionner en matsot et autres denrées de Pessach, nous allons organiser une commande groupée cette année.

Afin d’être prêts dès que possible et en l’absence – à ce stade – d’une liste précise de produits qui seront disponibles, nous vous demandons de nous faire part d’ici le 21 février des produits que vous voudriez commander.

Vous trouverez des exemples ici et vous pouvez toujours nous faire part d’autres produits que vous souhaiteriez commander (matsot au chocolat, sans gluten, matza mehl, produits prêts à l’emploi – à vous de nous dire !) : je ferai de mon mieux pour les acheter à Strasbourg. Faites-nous juste part des quantités et des restrictions éventuelles de votre côté.

Vous trouverez de la viande cacher à Auchan et Monoprix.
Pour votre vin cacher nous recommandons le site luxembourgeois suivant:
https://www.finebarrel.com/fr/

Nous aurons deux points de collecte, un à Esch (shul) et un autre à Luxembourg-Weimerskirch.
Ce service est gratuit pour nos membres. Pour les non-membres ce service sera de 20€.

Merci de répondre à ce courriel d’ici le 21 février.

Merci !

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer
(NOT on Monday 1 February)

Wednesday, 3 February, 19:00-20:00 (zoom)
Discussion with Bradley Caro Cook Ed.D. the author of ‘Choosing Judaism: 36 stories’

Friday, 5 February, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat: 19:00-20:30
Shabbat Mevarchim Chodesh Adar

Torah Weekly Portion
Yitro – Jethro
Exodus 18:1–20:23

Summary
Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. (18:1-12)
Moses follows Yitro’s advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. (18:13-27)
The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, “All that God has spoken we will do.” (19:1-8)
After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. (19:9-25)
God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. (20:1-14)
Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them. Moses tells the people not to be afraid. (20:15-18)
Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/yitro

Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6 or Isaiah 43:1-12 or Psalm 19 or Nehemiah 8:1-12

This Week in Our Community

Weekday Morning Prayer
Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30

Tuesday, 26 January, 19:00-20:00
Memorial Ceremony
International Day of Holocaust Remembrance

Friday, 29 January, 18:30-20:30
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat & Tu Bi Shvat Seder: 19:00-20:30

For the Tu Bi Shvat Seder you would need to have on your tables: 
– red and white wine or grape juice
– symbolic foods: 
1 round – inedible exterior, edible interior:
orange, banana, walnut, almond, pomegranate
2 round – edible exterior, inedible interior:
dates, olives, apricots, plums
3 round – entirely edible:
blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

Tu Bi Shvat Seder Haggadah: Tu Bi Shvat Haggadah (link)

Saturday, 30 January, 10:30-12:00
Torah Brunch: What is “Biblical Criticism” and how it impacts our religious views?

Torah Weekly Portion
B’shalach – Now When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go
Exodus 13:17−17:16

Summary
The Children of Israel escape across the Sea of Reeds from Pharaoh and his army, who drown when God drives back the sea. (13:17-14:31)
Moses and the Israelites sing a song praising Adonai. (15:1-21)
In the wilderness, God provides the grumbling Israelites with quails and manna. God instructs the Israelites to gather and prepare on the sixth day food needed for Shabbat. (15:22-16:36)
The people complain about the lack of water. Moses hits a rock with his rod and brings forth water. (17:1-7)
Israel defeats Amalek, Israel’s eternal enemy. God vows to blot out the memory of Amalek from the world. (17:8-16)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/bshalach
Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31 or Psalm 78:1-29

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday, 10:00-10:30
Weekday Morning Prayer (except Monday, 18 January)

Wednesday, 20 January, 19:00-21:00
Introduction to Judaism Course (19:00-19:30 Basics of Hebrew)

Donnerstag, 21. Januar, 19:00-20:00 (zoom, external)
Vortragsreihe: Jüdische Philosophen
Moses Mendelsohn
Prof. Daniel Krochmalnik
(Potsdam)

Friday, 22 January, 18:30-20:30
Community Talk: 18:30-19:00
Kabbalat Shabbat: 19:00-20:30

Torah Weekly Portion
Bo – Go [to Pharaoh]
Exodus 10:1−13:16
Summary
God sends the plagues of locusts and darkness upon Egypt and forewarns Moses about the final plague, the death of every Egyptian firstborn. Pharaoh still does not let the Israelites leave Egypt. (10:1-11:10)
God commands Moses and Aaron regarding the Passover festival. (12:1-27)
God enacts the final plague, striking down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt except those of the House of Israel. Pharaoh now allows the Israelites to leave. (12:29-42)
Speaking to Moses and Aaron, God repeats the commandments about Passover. (12:43-13:16)

Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13 – 46:28