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Wednesday, 21 June, 19:00-20:30  (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Friday, 23 June, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat with cantor Hemi Levison
Followed by community potluck dinner.

Saturday, 24 June, 15:00-16:00
Shabbat Afternoon Service (Mincha) & National Holiday with cantor Hemi Levison

Torah Weekly Portion
Numbers 16:1−18:32
Korach and his followers, Dathan and Abiram, lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. God punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. Once again, God brings a plague on the people. (16:1-17:15)
The chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds. (17:16-26)
The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. All of the firstborn offerings shall go to the priests and all the tithes are designated for the Levites in return for the services they perform. (18:1-32)

Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22

Office solennel de fête nationale / National Holiday Service 2023

English below
Le Président et le Comité de la Communauté Juive Libérale du Luxembourg vous prient de leur faire l’honneur d’assister à l’office solennel à l’occasion de la célébration officielle de l’Anniversaire de Son Altesse Royale le Grand-Duc de Luxembourg le samedi, 24 juin 2023 de 15h00 à 16h00 dans la synagogue d’Esch-sur-Alzette.
L’office sera célébré par Monsieur le rabbin Alexander Grodensky, assisté de Menachem Levison, chantre soliste.
Comme les années précédentes, nous encourageons vos dons à Stëmm vun der Strooss à cette occasion.
Merci d’avance de confirmer votre présence par courriel.
Carton sous pièce jointe.
The President and Board of the Liberal Jewish Community of Luxembourg are delighted to invite you the religious service on the occasion of the celebration of the official birthday of HRH the Grand-Duke of Luxembourg on Saturday, 24 June 2023 from 3 to 4 pm  in the synagogue of Esch-sur-Alzette.
The service will be led by rabbi Alexander Grodensky and cantor Menachem Levison.
As in previous years, we encourage you to donate to Stëmm vun der Strooss on this occasion.
Please send us an email to register.

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Wednesday, 14 June, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Saturday, 17 June, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service

Sunday, 18 June, 10:30-12:30
Last Talmud Torah (education for kids) before summer holidays

Torah Weekly Portion
Sh’lach L’cha
Send [Notables to Scout the Land]
Numbers 13:1−15:41
Moses sends twelve spies to the Land of Israel to report on the inhabitants and the country. Despite the positive report of Joshua and Caleb, the people are frightened. (13:1–14:10)
God threatens to wipe out the Children of Israel but relents when Moses intercedes on their behalf. To punish the people, God announces that all those who left Egypt would not enter the Land of Israel except for Joshua and Caleb. (14:11–45)
Moses instructs the Israelites regarding setting aside challah, the observance of the Sabbath, how to treat strangers, and the laws of tzitzit. (15:1–41)

Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24

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Wednesday, 7 June, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Friday, 9 June, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 11 June, 10:30-12:30
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Sunday, 11 June, 13:00
Annual General Meeting – Assemblée Générale

Torah Weekly Portion
When You Raise [the Lamps]
Numbers 8:1−12:16
God speaks to Moses, describing the menorah for the Tent of Meeting. The Levites are appointed to serve as assistants under Aaron and his sons. (8:1-26)
Those who are unable to celebrate Passover during Nisan are given a time in the month of Sivan to observe a “second Passover.” (9:1-14)
A cloud by day and fire by night show God’s Presence over the Tabernacle. When the cloud lifts from the Tabernacle, the people leave Sinai, setting out on their journey, tribe by tribe. (9:15-10:36)
The Israelites complain about the lack of meat, and Moses becomes frustrated. God tells him to appoint a council of elders. God provides the people with meat and then strikes them with a very severe plague. (11:1-34)
Miriam and Aaron talk about the “Cushite woman” whom Moses has married. In addition, they complain that God speaks not only through Moses but also through them. Miriam is struck with leprosy, and Moses begs God to heal her. After her recovery, the people resume their journey. (12:1-16)

Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

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Wednesday, 31 May, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Saturday, 3 June, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service

Torah Weekly Portion
Naso II
II נָשֹׂא
Take a Census
Numbers 6:1-7:89
The obligations of a nazirite vow are explained. They include abstaining from alcohol and not cutting one’s hair. (6:1-21)
God tells Moses how to teach Aaron and his sons the Priestly Blessing. (6:22-27)
Moses consecrates the Sanctuary, and the tribal chieftains bring offerings. Moses then speaks with God inside the Tent of Meeting. (7:1-89)

Haftarah: Judges 13:13-25

This Week in Our Community

Friday, 26 May, 19:00-22:00 (Clausen, no zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat followed by End-of-Shavuot Learning and Community Potluck Dinner.
Pre-registration is required, contact us via email for more information and to register.

Torah Weekly Portion
Naso I
I נָשֹׂא
Take a Census
Numbers 4:21-5:31
A census of the Gershonites, Merarites, and Koathites between the ages of thirty and fifty is conducted and their duties in the Tabernacle are detailed. (4:21-49)
God speaks to Moses concerning what to do with ritually unclean people, repentant individuals, and those who are suspected of adultery. (5:1-31)

Haftarah: Judges 13:2-12

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Wednesday, 17 May, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism course

Saturday, 20 May, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service

Sunday, 21 May, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
In the Wilderness
Numbers 1:1−4:20
God commands Moses to take a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. (1:1-46)
The duties of the Levites, who are not included in the census, are detailed. (1:47-51)
Each tribe is assigned specific places in the camp around the Tabernacle. (1:52-2:34)
The sons of Levi are counted and their responsibilities are set forth. (3:1-3:39)
A census of the firstborn males is taken and a special redemption tax is levied on them. (3:40-51)
God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the responsibilities of Aaron and his sons, and the duties assigned to the Kohathites. (4:1-20)

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 [historic: I Samuel 20:18-42]

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Wednesday, 10 May, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)

Introduction to Judaism course

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

Sunday, 14 May, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
B’har – B’chukotai
בְּהַר – בְּחֻקֹּתי
On Mount [Sinai] / My Laws
Leviticus 25:1-27:34
God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites that in every seventh year, the land shall observe a Sabbath of complete rest: Fields should not be sown and vines should not be pruned. (25:1-7)
After forty-nine years, a jubilee year is to be celebrated when all the land that had been sold during that time should be returned to its original owners and slaves are to be freed. (25:8-55)
God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites not to make idols, to keep the sabbath, and to venerate the sanctuary of the Eternal. (26:1-2)
God promises blessings to the Children of Israel if they follow the law and warns about the curses that will befall the people if they do not observe God’s commandments. (26:1-46)
Gifts made to the Sanctuary whether by conditional vows or by unconditional acts of pious gratitude are discussed. (27:1-34)

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

This Week in Our Community

Saturday, 6 May, 10:30-12:00 (synagogue & zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service – European Shabbat
– Rabbi Samuel Hirsch (13 Iyar – 4 May)
– René Wolf, father of Robi Wolf (15 Iyar – 6 May)

Sunday, 7 May, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Leviticus 21:1−24:23
Laws regulating the lives and sacrifices of the priests are presented. (21:1-22:33)
The set times of the Jewish calendar are named and described: the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Pilgrimage Festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. (23:1-44)
God commands the Israelites to bring clear olive oil for lighting the sanctuary menorah. The ingredients and placement of the displayed loaves of sanctuary bread are explained. (24:1-9)
Laws dealing with profanity, murder, and the maiming of others are outlined. (24:10-23)

Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31

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Wednesday, 26 April
Yom HaAtzmaut

Wednesday, 26 April, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Saturday, 29 April, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service
Bar Mitzvah
Jahrzeit:- Moses Grodensky, grandfather of Alexander Grodensky

Sunday, 30 April, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Acharei Mot – K’doshim
אַחֲרֵי מוֹת – קְדֹשִׁים
After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron] / [You Shall Be] Holy
Leviticus 16:1-20:27
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)
Moses condemns the sexual practices of some neighboring peoples. Certain forms of sexual relations are prohibited. (18:1-30)
God issues a variety of commandments, instructing the Israelites on how to be a holy people. (19:1-37)
Various sex offenses are discussed and punishments for them are presented. (20:1-27)

Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15

This Week in Our Community

Monday, 17 April
Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah
(Shoah and Heroism Remembrance Day – 18 April 2023)

Wednesday, 19 April, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Friday, 21 April, 18:30-19:30 (zoom only / uniquement sur zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat
No Israeli Yom HaAtzmaut Shabbat Dinner  – moved to a later date / Pas de dîner de shabbat Yom HaAtzmaut – il a été reporté

Sunday, 23 April, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Tazria – M’tzora
תַזְרִיעַ – מְצֹרָע
Bearing Seed / A Leper
Leviticus 12:1-15:33
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)
Priestly rituals to cure tzara-at when it afflicts humans are described. (14:1-32)
Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzara-at 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)

Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20 [historic: Isaiah 66:1-24]