This Week in Our Community

Friday, 3 September, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat
Jahrzeit:
– Michel Sopher, Grand Rabbi of Luxembourg (4 Elul-12 Aug),
– Charles Lehrmann, Grand Rabbi of Luxembourg (23 Elul-31 Aug)


Torah Weekly Portion
Nitzavim
You Stand [This Day]
Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20
Summary
Moses tells the assembled people that God’s covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God’s commandments. (30:1–20)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/nitzavim
Haftarah: Isaiah 61:10-63:9

High Holidays / Fêtes de Tichri

IMPORTANT: Our High holiday services will be upon registration only by email, so do let us know if/when you plan to attend our services for Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur. Please also let us know by 30 August if you wish to be at our Rosh Hashanah Community dinner and whether you prefer a meat, vegetarian or vegan option. Costs: €25 members, €50 non-members. Your registration for the dinner will be confirmed once the payment has been received.
IBAN: LU95 0020 1115 0767 7200

Finally, as of 1 September we will have to organise most of our events with the CovidCheck system. Please remember to bring your certificate when you come to synagogue. All our services will take place in the synagogue and also continue to be broadcast on Zoom.

IMPORTANT: Nos offices pour les Fêtes de Tichri se feront uniquement sur inscription par courriel, alors faites-nous savoir si/quand vous prévoyez d’assister à nos offices pour Roch Hachana et/ou Yom Kippour.  Veuillez également nous faire savoir avant le 30 août si vous souhaitez assister à notre dîner communautaire de Roch Hachana et si vous préférez une option viande, végétarienne ou végétalienne. Tarifs : 25 € adhérents, 50 € non adhérents. Votre enregistrement pour le dîner sera confirmé une fois votre paiement reçu.
IBAN : LU95 0020 1115 0767 7200

Enfin, à partir du 1er septembre, nous devrons organiser la plupart de nos événements avec le système CovidCheck. N’oubliez pas d’apporter votre certificat lorsque vous venez à la synagogue. Tous nos offices auront lieu dans la synagogue et  vont continuer à être retransmis sur Zoom.

This Week in Our Community

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

Torah Weekly Portion
Ki Teitzei
When You Go Out (to Battle)
Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19

Summary
Moses reviews a wide variety of laws regarding family, animals, and property. (21:10–22:12)
Various civil and criminal laws are delineated, including those regarding sexual relationships, interaction with non-Israelites, loans, vows, and divorce. (22:13–24:5)
Laws of commerce pertaining to loans, fair wages, and proper weights and measures are given. (24:10–25:16)
The parashah concludes with the commandment to remember for all time the most heinous act committed against the Israelites—Amalek’s killing of the old, weak, and infirm after the Israelites left Egypt. (25:17–19)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/ki-teitzei
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday 10:00-10:30 (zoom)
Weekday Morning Prayer

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

Saturday, 31 July, 10:30-12:00 (zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service

Torah Weekly Portion
Eikev
[And if You] Obey [These Rules]
Deuteronomy 7:12−11:25
Summary
Moses tells the Israelites that if they follow God’s laws, the nations who now dwell across the Jordan River will not harm them. (7:12–26)
Moses reminds the people of the virtues of keeping God’s commandments. He also tells them that they will dispossess those who now live in the Land only because they are idolatrous, not because the Israelites are uncommonly virtuous. Thereupon, Moses reviews all of the trespasses of the Israelites against God. (8:1–10:11)
Moses says that the Land of Israel will overflow with milk and honey if the people obey God’s commandments and teach them to their children. (10:12–11:25)

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

Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3

Commission Jeunesse CIL TU sept 2021

English below

Nouvelle Chorale des communautés juives du Luxembourg

Chers membres,

Après bientôt deux ans de pandémie qui nous a privé de nous retrouver dans la joie et la bonne humeur pour toute sorte de festivité, l’avancée massive de la vaccination me redonne espoir pour mettre enfin sur pied les projets qui me tiennent tant à cœur. Je pense que la musique est la plus belle des façons de nous retrouver, avec la mise en place d’une chorale pour nos jeunes. A partir de six ans, tous vos enfants sont attendus pour chanter ensemble des chants du répertoire classique, mais aussi des chants traditionnels harmonisés à plusieurs voix en hébreu, en yiddish, en ladino et en anglais. Le chant en chorale développera les plus belles qualités de nos enfants : l’écoute de l’autre, l’humilité, la solidarité, la confiance en soi. Voilà les valeurs qui seront mises en avant au cours de ce projet.

Cette chorale permettra à vos enfants de retrouver leurs amis de la communauté de façon régulière, et échanger leurs émotions à travers les chants de notre culture, en découvrir d’autres leur créera des souvenirs pour l’avenir.

Je compte donc sur votre engagement, sur votre régularité. Ensemble, nous pouvons faire tant de choses, et donner l’exemple du plaisir à se retrouver ensemble.

La chorale aura lieu les dimanches après-midis à la synagogue de Luxembourg-Ville après les fêtes de Tichri. Elle sera gratuite pour les enfants dont les parents sont à jour de leur cotisation dans leur communauté respective.

Vous pouvez déjà me faire parvenir la confirmation de l’inscription de votre enfant à l’adresse mail suivante : catherine.e.levy[at]gmail.com (avec copie à info[at]jewish.lu).

Par ailleurs, je serais ravie d’accueillir vos suggestions et vos projets pour la jeunesse. Vous avez envie d’aider à organiser des évènements, vous êtes créatif et vous avez besoin de partager vos folies ? Je suis là pour vous soutenir. Vous êtes timide et vous en avez assez de vous retrouver seul de votre côté ? Là encore n’hésitez plus et rejoignez-nous. Personne ne jugera vos envies et vos idées, le seul mot d’ordre est la solidarité et le partage de nos valeurs communes.

Je vous attends avec impatience. Portez-vous bien, prenez soin de vous, je vous dis à très bientôt !

Catherine Alexandre


New Choir for the Jewish Communities of Luxembourg

Dear members,

After almost two years of a pandemic, which have deprived us of meeting in joy and good humour for any kind of celebration, the massive advance of vaccination gives me hope to finally set up the projects that are dear to my heart. I think music is the best way to find each other, with the setting up of a choir for our young people. From the age of six, all your children will be able to sing together songs from the classical repertoire, but also traditional songs harmonised with several voices in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English. Choral singing will develop the best qualities of our children: listening to others, humility, solidarity, self-confidence. These are the values ​​that will be put forward during this project.

This choir will allow your children to meet their friends in the community on a regular basis, and exchange their emotions through the songs of our culture, discovering others will create memories for the future.

I am therefore counting on your commitment, on your regularity. Together, we can do so many things, and set an example of being together again.

The choir will take place in the synagogue of Luxembourg-City on Sunday afternoons after the High holidays. It will be free for children whose parents who have paid their fees in their respective community.

You can already send me confirmation of your child’s registration to the following email address: catherine.e.levy[at]gmail.com (please copy info[at]jewish.lu).

In addition, I would be delighted to welcome your suggestions and your projects for young people. Do you want to help us organise Jewish events in Luxembourg, are you creative and want to share your projects? I am here to support you. Are you shy and tired of being alone on your side? Again, don’t hesitate any longer and join me. No one will judge your desires and your ideas, the only watchword is solidarity and the sharing of our common values.

I’m waiting for you impatiently. Be well, take care of yourself, see you very soon!

Catherine Alexander

This Week in Our Community

No Weekday Morning Prayer

Friday, 23 July, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
18:30-19:00: Community Talk
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, 24 July, 10:30-12:00 (zoom)
Torah Brunch

Torah Weekly Portion
Va-et’chanan
[Moses] Pleaded with the Eternal
Deuteronomy 3:23−7:11

Summary
Moses pleads with God to let him enter the Land of Israel with the people, but God once more refuses his request. (3:23–28)
Moses orders the Children of Israel to pay attention and follow the laws given by God in order to be worthy of the land they are about to receive. (4:1–40)
Specific areas of the land are set aside to serve as cities of refuge. (4:41–43)
The covenant at Sinai and the Ten Commandments are recalled. Once again, the people are exhorted to heed God’s commandments. (5:1–30)
Moses speaks the words of the Sh’ma, the credo of Judaism, and commands Israel to show their love for Adonai and keep God’s laws and ordinances. (6:1–25)
Moses warns the people not to commit idolatry by worshiping the gods of the nations they will conquer in Israel. (7:1–11)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/va-etchanan
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday 10:00-10:30 (zoom)
Weekday Morning Prayer

Friday, 16 July, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
18:30-19:00: Community Talk
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
D’varim – The Words
Deuteronomy 1:1−3:22

Summary
Moses begins his final words of instruction to the Children of Israel, focusing first on recounting their physical journey. (1:1–21)
Moses reviews the people’s reactions to the negative reports of the spies and the appointment of Joshua to succeed him. (1:22–45)
Moses recounts that all of the Israelite warriors who left Egypt died, as God had intended, and the people continued their wanderings and defeated their enemies. (2:14–3:11)
Moses reiterates that the Land of Israel was allocated to the Israelite tribes. (3:12–22)

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

Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday 10:00-10:30 (zoom)
Weekday Morning Prayer (Except Monday, July 5)

Friday, 9 July, 18:30-22:00 (zoom)
18:30-19:00: Community Talk
Kabbalat Shabbat
20:30-22:00: Community Dinner

Saturday, 10 July, 10:00-13:00 (zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service

Torah Weekly Portion
Matot – Mas-ei
The Tribes / The Marches of [the Israelites]
Numbers 30:2−36:13

Summary
Moses explains to the Israelites the laws concerning vows made by men and women. (30:2—17)
Israel wages war against the Midianites. (31:1—18)
The laws regarding the spoils of war are outlined. (31:19—54)
The tribes of Reuben and Gad are granted permission to stay on the east bank of the Jordan River. (32:1—42)
The itinerary of the Israelites through the wilderness from Egypt to Jordan is delineated. (33:1-49)
Moses tells Israel to remove the current inhabitants of the land that God will give them and to destroy their gods. (33:50-56)
The boundaries of the Land of Israel are defined, along with those of the Levitical cities and the cities of refuge. (34:1-35:15)
God makes a precise distinction between murder and manslaughter. (35:16-34)
The laws of inheritance as they apply to Israelite women are delineated. (36:1-13)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/matot-mas-ei

Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28; 3:4; 4:1-2 or Isaiah 66:1-13, 23

Update – This Week

Monday-Friday 10:00-10:30 (zoom)
Weekday Morning Prayer

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

Friday, 2 July, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
18:30-19:00: Community Talk
Kabbalat Shabbat

or else, 19:00 (zoom)
Baalei Tefillah Europe Shabbat
(registration required)

Saturday, 3 July, 10:00-13:00 (zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service
EUPJ Pride Shabbat
(scroll down for more details)

Sunday, 4 July, 10:15
Cérémonie de commémoration à Cinqfontaines
Le Comité Auschwitz a l’honneur d’inviter tous les membres de la Communauté d’Esch-sur-Alzette à la cérémonie de commémoration de Cinqfontaines ce dimanche 4 juillet à 10h30.
Pour respecter les règles sanitaires en vigueur, nous vous prions de vous inscrire par courriel.

Torah Weekly Portion
Pinchas
Numbers 25:10−30:1
Summary
Pinchas is rewarded for killing the Israelite and the Midianite woman who cursed God. (25:10–15)
Israel fights a war against the Midianites. (25:16-18)
A second census is taken. (26:1–65)
The daughters of Zelophehad force a change in the laws of property inheritance. (27:1–11)
Joshua is chosen to be Moses’ successor. (27:15–23)
The sacrificial ritual for all festival occasions is described in detail. (28:1–30:1)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/pinchas
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3

This Week in Our Community

Monday-Friday 10:00-10:30 (zoom)
Weekday Morning Prayer

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

Friday, 2 July, 18:30-20:30 (zoom)
18:30-19:00: Community Talk
Kabbalat Shabbat

Saturday, 3 July, 10:30-12:00 (zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service
EUPJ Pride Shabbat
(scroll down for more details)

Torah Weekly Portion
Pinchas
Numbers 25:10−30:1
Summary
Pinchas is rewarded for killing the Israelite and the Midianite woman who cursed God. (25:10–15)
Israel fights a war against the Midianites. (25:16-18)
A second census is taken. (26:1–65)
The daughters of Zelophehad force a change in the laws of property inheritance. (27:1–11)
Joshua is chosen to be Moses’ successor. (27:15–23)
The sacrificial ritual for all festival occasions is described in detail. (28:1–30:1)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/pinchas
Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3