This year Kehillat celebrated Passover with one hundred and twenty guests! The seder was co-led by KB alum Jamie Fleishman and Community Coordinator Amalya Megerman, with many musical accompaniments by the Kang and Assayag kids, and Shai Rosenboim on piano. We had intense afikomen prize negotiations where the kids showed that they really know how to jiang jia, a rousing rendition of chad gadya, and a warm and festive meal with guests from all over Asia and the world! Much thanks to Jennifer Court for the lovely photos!
Much thanks to Aaron Berkovich for the photos!
Following the tragedy of the shooting at the Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Kehillat joined with Jewish communities around the world in the #showupforshabbat movement to express solidarity with their community, and strength in the face of violence and hatred. Kehillat was glad to be joined in solidarity by the Moishe House, the Congregation of the Good Sephard, members of the LGBTQ community, and other members of the wider Beijing community. We gathered for discussion, reflection, prayer, healing, and mourning. Kehillat was deeply warmed by all who joined us during this difficult time.
Straightaway after Shabbat dinner, the gang loaded in the van for yet another Kehillat Community retreat! With much thanks to Ted and Roberta for hosting us as always, the group had a great time running around on a scavenger hunt trying to solve all of Roberta’s riddles, taking hikes to the Great Wall, and hanging out and playing games at the house. We were also joined again by Rabbi Jack Schlachter who led us in very meditative, introspective Saturday morning Shabbat services. We were stuffed after lunch at Mr. Ge’s 田先古槐, and had a lovely dinner at the Brickyard. Another relaxing, wonderful weekend in Beigoucun!