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16 December 2017 - 29 Kislev 5778 - כ"ט כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Hong Kong
The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong Print E-mail

The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong (UJC) was formed in 1988 to advocate the cause of Reform, Liberal, Conservative, and other non-Orthodox Jews in Hong Kong. The congregation operated initially from the American Club. In their early days, services on Shabbat were followed by an Italian buffet on the 49th floor overlooking the harbour.

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Hong Kong Harbour
 

Although the absence of a reform or progressive shul was certainly noted in Hong Kong in the 1980's, the original impetus for the UJC's creation came when David Green, the son of long term Hong Kong residents, Bob and Grace Green could not become a bar mitzvah. The rabbi at the orthodox synagogue would not recognise the reform conversion of David's mother.

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L.I.F.E as we know it throughout Asia Print E-mail

L.I.F.E. (Lubavitch in the Far East) was given birth to in 1986 when simultaneously Chabad Hong Kong first officially opened its doors.  The story of one family is the story of the L.I.F.E family.  Proud parents, Rabbi Mordechai and Goldie Avtzon, watch almost in disbelief at how their children have grown, how their family has flourished

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Hong Kong was Chabad's first step into Asia. In 1985 the community had reached out to Chabad directly in a letter addressed to the Rebbe himself. 

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Ohel Leah Hong Kong Community Print E-mail

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, a thriving business and commercial centre and home to nearly 7 million people, sits the beautiful Ohel Leah Synagogue, a modern orthodox shul. Since its birth in August of 1901, the Ohel Leah Synagogue has been a central part of Hong Kong's Jewish community. 

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Oheh Leah Synagogue
 

Today the synagogue is the spiritual home to nearly 240 families, representing some 20 nationalities. It has grown with the community to reflect the diversification of Jewish life in Hong Kong.

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