This Week in Our Community

Friday, 10 February, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion
Exodus 18:1–20:23
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)

Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

This Week in Our Community

Wednesday, 1 February, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Friday, 3 February, 19:00-22:00
(synagogue and zoom)

Kabbalat Shabbat & Tu BiShvat Dinner

Sunday, 5 February, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Now When [Pharaoh] Let [the People] Go
Exodus 13:17−17:16
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)

Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31

Pessach Matzha Order


Please let us know by 20 February which product(s) you wish to order by email and make the appropriate payment to our bank account or via Payconiq below (please add €2 for a Payconiq order). Matsot can then be retrieved in the synagogue. This service is free for members. Non-members are asked to make a donation.
Merci de nous faire savoir d’ici le 20 février quel produit vous souhaitez commander par courriel et faites le virement nécessaire en fonction de votre commande sur notre compte en banque (LU62 0020 1115 0760 0000, BIC: BILLLULL) ou via Payconiq ci-dessous (merci de rajouter 2€ pour les virements Payconiq). Vous pourrez venir chercher vos matsot à la synagogue. Ce service est gratuit pour nos membres. Les non-membres sont priés de faire un don.

Tu B’Shevat Dinner 5783

Dear friends,

Our community will celebrate Tu Bishevat, the New Year of Trees, both in presence in Esch on 3 February and online with other European partners on 5 February (more info to follow – this will be in English only). If you’d like to join us on 3 February, see below for the menu, price and registration. Please register in time, before the deadline of 27 January.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Cher/e/s ami/e/s,

Notre communauté fêtera Tu Bishevat, le Nouvel An des Arbres, à la fois en présence à Esch le 3 février et en ligne avec d’autres partenaires européens le 5 février (plus d’informations à suivre – ce sera en anglais uniquement). Si vous souhaitez vous joindre à nous le 3 février, vous trouverez ci-dessous le menu, le prix et les modalités d’inscription. Veuillez-vous inscrire à temps, avant la date limite du 27 janvier.

Au plaisir de vous y voir !

Tu BiShevat Menu (milchig!)

Savory pies:
eggplant, tomatoes, olives, feta
courgettes, tomatoes, mushrooms

Sweet pies:
dates, almonds and hazelnuts

Assortment of cheeses

Fruit salad with figs, grapes and oranges
Repas Tu BiShevat (milchig!)

Tartes salées:
aubergines, tomates, olives, feta
courgettes, tomates, champignons

Tartes sucrées:
dattes, amendes et noisettes

Assortiment de fromages

Salade de fruits aux figues, raisins et oranges

€20 (children/enfants), €25 (adults – no wine / adultes sans vin), €30 (with wine/avec vin)

Non-members: €30 – €45 – € 50

Please register by 27 January at the very latest (only via email).
Merci de vous enregistrer au plus tard d’ici le 27 janvier (uniquement via courriel)

This Week in Our Community

Thursday, 26 January, 19:30
MemoShoah Klezmer Concert in Mamer

Friday, 27 January, 14:00
(Place de la Synagogue, Esch)

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Friday, 27 January, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 29 January, 10:30-12:30

Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Go [to Pharaoh]
Exodus 10:1−13:16
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 46:13-28

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Wednesday, 18 January, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Saturday, 21 January, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service

Sunday, 22 January, 10:30-12:30

Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
I (God) Appeared [to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob]
Exodus 6:2−9:35 
Despite God’s message that they will be redeemed from slavery, the Israelites’ spirits remain crushed. God instructs Moses and Aaron to deliver the Israelites from the land of Egypt. (6:2-13)
The genealogy of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and their descendants is recorded. (6:14-25)
Moses and Aaron perform a miracle with a snake and relate to Pharaoh God’s message to let the Israelites leave Egypt. (7:8-13)
The first seven plagues occur. God hardens Pharaoh’s heart, and Pharaoh rescinds each offer to let the Israelites go. (7:14-9:35)

Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21

This Week in Our Community

Friday, 13 January, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat followed by community potluck dinner.

Torah Weekly Portion
Exodus 1:1−6:1
The new king of Egypt makes slaves of the Hebrews and orders their male children to be drowned in the Nile River. (1:1-22)
A Levite woman places her son, Moses, in a basket on the Nile, where he is found by the daughter of Pharaoh and raised in Pharaoh’s house. (2:1-10)
Moses flees to Midian after killing an Egyptian. (2:11-15)
Moses marries Zipporah, the daughter of Midian’s priest. They have a son named Gershom. (2:16-22)
God calls Moses from a burning bush and commissions him to free the Israelites from Egypt. (3:1-4:17)
Moses and Aaron request permission from Pharaoh for the Israelites to celebrate a festival in the wilderness. Pharaoh refuses and makes life even harder for the Israelites. (5:1-23)

Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23

This Week in Our Community


Torah Weekly Portion
And [Judah] Approached [Joseph]
Genesis 44:18−47:27
Judah pleads with Joseph to free Benjamin and offers himself as a replacement. (44:18-34)
Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and forgives them for selling him into slavery. (45:1-15)
Although the famine still rages, Pharaoh invites Joseph’s family to “live off the fat of the land.” (45:16-24)
Jacob learns that Joseph is still alive and, with God’s blessing, goes to Egypt. (45:25-46:33)
Pharaoh permits Joseph’s family to settle in Goshen. Pharaoh then meets with Jacob. (47:1-12)
With the famine increasing, Joseph designs a plan for the Egyptians to trade their livestock and land for food. The Israelites thrive in Egypt. (47:13-27)

Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28

This Week in Our Community

Sunday, 18 December – Sunday, 25 December, 19:00
Hanukkah Candle Lighting via zoom

Tuesday, 20 December, 17:15
Arzenu IMPJ Day 3 Candle Lighting

Wednesday, 21 December, 19:00-19:35
Limmud Europe Day 4 Candle Lighting

Friday, 23 December, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat
Hanukkah Candle Lighting followed by community dinner

Saturday, 24 December, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service
Bney Mitzvah Dakota & Indigo Rangé

Torah Weekly Portion
After [Two Years]
Genesis 41:1−44:17
Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s two dreams and predicts seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine. (41:1-32)
Pharaoh places Joseph in charge of food collection and distribution. (41:37-49)
Joseph marries Asenath, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. (41:50-52)
When Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food during the famine, Joseph accuses them of spying. He holds Simeon hostage while the rest of the brothers return to Canaan to retrieve Benjamin for him. (42:3-42:38)
The brothers return to Egypt with Benjamin and for more food. Joseph continues the test, this time falsely accusing Benjamin of stealing and declaring that Benjamin must remain his slave. (43:1-44:17)

Haftarah: Zechariah 4:1-7 [historic: Zechariah 2:14-4:7]

This Week in Our Community

Friday, 16 December
Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a community dinner with David Newman.
Please register by December 14 (via email) – Cost €10.

David Newman is Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Originally from the UK, Newman immigrated to Israel in 1982 and has been with Ben-Gurion University since 1987, first as a faculty member in the Department of Geography and later (from 1997) as the founder and first chairperson of the Department of Politics and Government. His degrees are from the University of London and the University of Durham, both in the UK.

Since 1998, Newman has been the chief editor of The International Journal, Geopolitics, a quarterly academic peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis. Newman teaches political geography. His research and publications focus on the territorial dimensions of ethnic conflict and the contemporary significance and functions of borders.

In recent years he has also been involved in the public debate concerning the role of politics in science and the nature of academic freedom. He has been involved in peace-related activities for the past 30 years. In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for his work in promoting scientific relations between Israel and the UK.

Sunday, 18 December, 10:30-12:30
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Sunday, 18 December – Sunday, 25 December, 19:00
Hanukkah Candle Lighting via zoom

Torah Weekly Portion
[Jacob] Settled
Genesis 37:1−40:23
Jacob is shown to favor his son Joseph, whom the other brothers resent. Joseph has dreams of grandeur. (Genesis 37:1-11)
After Joseph’s brothers had gone to tend the flocks in Shechem, Jacob sends Joseph to report on them. The brothers decide against murdering Joseph but instead sell him into slavery. After he is shown Joseph’s coat of many colors, which had been dipped in the blood of a kid, Jacob is led to believe that Joseph has been killed by a beast. (Genesis 37:12-35)
Tamar successively marries two of Judah’s sons, each of whom dies. Judah does not permit her levirate marriage to his youngest son. She deceives Judah into impregnating her. (Genesis 38:1-30)
God is with Joseph in Egypt until the wife of his master, Potiphar, accuses him of rape, whereupon Joseph is imprisoned. (Genesis 39:1-40:23)

Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8