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Beginner's guide to online meetings

UPJ congregations are offering online services, Passover seders and classes using online meeting platforms, such as GoToMeeting, Skype and Zoom. Click here to read an article which may be useful for those new to this technology.

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Preparing for Pesach and virtual sedarim around the region
UPJ congregations have exhibited fantastic creativity in providing engaging and useful online classes and virtual experiences, particularly with the upcoming festival of Pesach.
Stay tuned, as more listings are expected soon.

Many thanks to the Jewish Community of Japan and Temple Beth Israel, who have prepared and shared three excellent haggadot. Click on the links below:

Jewish Community of Japan Haggadah (in Hebrew, English and Japanese!)
Temple Beth Israel Family Haggadah
Temple Beth Israel Community Haggadah

 Congregation Date & time of Seder/Passover services How to join Other information
 ACT Progressive Congregation Thursday 9 April at 6.30pm (2nd night seder) Click on this link to join Zoom Seder  
 Beit Shalom Synagogue Wednesday 8 April at 6.00pm (1st night seder)
Thursday 9 April at 10.30am (Day 1 service)
Wednesday 15 April (last day Pesach/Yizkor)

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Seder baskets provided
 Emanuel Synagogue
 Kabbalah Seder
Monday 13 April, 7.00-8.30pm

To book and receive link:
Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff and Cantor George Mordecai will unpack the deeper spiritual meaning of the journey from slavery to freedom, including melodies from around the world
 Etz Chayim Progressive   Synagogue Thursday 9 April at 6.00pm (2nd night seder) https://zoom.us/j/332328366  
 Jewish Community of Japan Thursday 9 April (2nd night seder) Click on this link to join Zoom Seder Seder kits provided
 Kehilat Shanghai Thursday 9 April 5.30pm (actual seder) Millenium Hongqiao Hotel RSVP by 2 April: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Leo Baeck Centre Wednesday 8 April at 6.00pm (1st night seder)
Thursday 9 April at 10.00am (Day 1 service)
 North Shore Temple Emanuel Thursday 9 April (2nd night seder) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. register & get link  
 Temple David Wednesday 8 April at 7.00pm (1st night seder) Temple David Facebook Page  

Emanuel Synagogue's Preparing for Pesach sessions at 8.00pm on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/734473443:

  1. "How do I run a seder in the age of Corona?" on Monday 30 March (Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth)
  2. "The theme of four in the Haggadah: Cups of wine, questions, children ..." on Tuesday 31 March (Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins)
  3. "Ideas to create a fun seder for everyone" on Wednesday 1 April (Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio)
  4. "Why is Elijah at my Seder and How can I put his lesson into action?" on Thursday 2 April (Rabbi Misha Clebaner)
  5. "The Deeper Meaning of Pesach" on Sunday 5 April (Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff)
  6. "Chol Ha'Moed - What's the Deal?" on Monday 6 April (Reverend Sam Zwarenstein)
  7. "Afikomen: The Transformation of a Ritual" on Tuesday 7 April (Cantor George Mordecai)

Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue
Intro to Judaism class with Rabbi Allison Conyer: "The Pesach Journey" on Thursday 2 April (8.00-9.00pm); https://zoom.us/j/110231019 or dial: 03 7018 2005, meeting ID 110 231 019 #

Temple Beth Israel
TBI is offering a multi-part resource bank to help you re-imagine your usual traditions and incorporate digital content that will enliven the virtual rendition of your Passover seder. From choosing a Haggadah to saying “Next year, in Jerusalem,” each section includes curated ideas and digital content (including videos, activities, discussion questions, and more).
Lunch ‘n’ Learn with Rabbi Gersh Lazarow on Wednesday 1 April at 12.00pm "Exploring ways to make your Seder as interactive as possible" 
Lunch ‘n’ Learn with Rabbi Kim Ettlinger on Friday 3 April at 12.00pm "Exploring women’s voices in our seder story"
Musical Lunch with Cantor Michel Laloum with song leader Ido Sagir on Thursday 2 April at 12.00pm "Seder sing-a-long for families with young children"
Click here to access TBI's Virtual Pesach page


Jewish-themed movies available at low prices

LBC member Joel Cohen shared that the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival has made some excellent Jewish-themed movies available at significantly reduced pricing via Prime Video or Apple iTunes for as low as US$0.99 each, including “1945”, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker”, “Inside Hannah’s Suitcase” and “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream”. Click on "Read More" to view the list.

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UPJ congregations offer virtual services

Many UPJ congregations have chosen to offer virtual Shabbat and daily minyan services, as well as courses during this time of social isolation, and the CCAR Press has generously provided a flip-book version of our region's siddur, Mishkan T'filah: World Union Edition (click here to open the flip book). 

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Building Catholic-Progressive Jewish relationships

UPJ Co-Presidents David Knoll and Brian Samuel joined with Rabbi David Saperstein (visiting guest speaker for the UIA Progressive Appeal) and others for a breakfast with Archbishop Peter Comensoli on 13 March. Pictured from left: Dr Nigel Zimmerman, Julian O'Connell, Brian Samuel, Rabbi David Saperstein, Archbishop Peter Comensoli, David Knoll and Dr Michael Casey.

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