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!
We had lively Shabbat services this week with the musical stylings of the Plafker-Lipsons and Ben Kalman!
Shabbat Speaker Series: The State of US-China Relations, David Harris of the AJC, and Mental Health Awareness with CandleX
This Shabbat, Kehillat held a panel discussion featuring Ted Plafker, Scott Kronick, and Les Ross speaking on the state of US-China relations. Over the last several weeks, we’ve also had David Harris, the CEO fo the AJC give a brief talk on his work in China and Asia, and a presentation and discussion on mental health awareness organized by Rachel Levine of the Moishe House and Xiaojie of CandleX. Look out for more community discussion ahead!
On October 21, 2017, the Kehillat community joined the Lipson-Plafker family in celebrating Ted’s bar mitzvah at the Brickyard Great Wall Retreat. After a beautiful ceremony officiated by Rabbi Shimon Freundlich, with torah reading and words from Ted, friends new and old came together to celebrate with dining and drinking, music and dancing, and much, much merry-making.