At the Flemington Jewish Community Center (FJCC), we don’t just “do Judaism at you.” Instead, we encourage participation by congregants in our services. Adults and teenagers frequently play these roles in the service:
∙ Lifting or tying the Torah scroll
∙ Taking an aliyah at the Torah reading
∙ Leading the Kiddush blessings
∙ Leading part of the service
∙ Reading from the Torah
∙ Chanting the haftarah
∙ Giving a d'var Torah (a talk related to the weekly portion)
∙ Commenting in response to the d'var Torah or the rabbi’s sermon
Children are encouraged to lead selected parts of the Friday evening service and the closing parts of the Saturday morning service.
The FJCC is an egalitarian, Conservative congregation. We currently use the Sim Shalom siddur and Etz Hayim text of Torah readings. For help with the Hebrew parts of the service, transliterations are available, and all Hebrew texts come with line-by-line translations. No knowledge of Hebrew is required for you to participate in the discussion of the Torah portion. Our rabbi and ritual committee are eager to help you learn how to play whatever active role interests you.
Schedule of Services
Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday - 9:15 am
Sunday - 9:00 am
Weekday Minyan - Upon Request
Torah portion for May 25, 2019
for May 18, 2019
This month, May, is mental health awareness month.
Mental health challenges and disorders have a long history in Judaism.
Accounts of depression, for example, go back to the Tanakh, the Jewish bible.
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Shabbat Oneg/Kiddush Sponsorship
There are many opportunities to sponsor an Oneg Shabbat or Kiddush in the coming weeks:
- Oneg - Friday - May 24
- Kiddush - Saturday - May 25
- Oneg - Friday - May 31
- Oneg - Friday - June 7
- Kiddush - Saturday - June 8
- Oneg - Friday - June 14
- Kiddush - Saturday - June 15
- Oneg - Friday - June 21
- Kiddush - Saturday - June 22
Lag B'Omer is a minor, festive holiday that falls on the 33rd day of the Omer, the seven-week period between Passover and Shavuot. This holiday gives us a break from the semi-mourning restrictions (no parties or events with music, no weddings, no haircuts) that are customarily in place during the Omer.
The Omer has both agricultural and spiritual significance: it marks both the spring cycle of planting and harvest, and the Israelites’ journey out of slavery in Egypt (Passover) and toward receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai (Shavuot).
Lag B'Omer commemorates a variety of historical events, including the end of a plague that killed many students of Rabbi Akiva (c. 50-135 C.E.), the yahrzeit of 2nd-century mystical scholar Shimon bar Yochai, and a Jewish military victory over Roman forces in 66 C.E. In remembrance of these events, some people celebrate with picnics and bonfires.
Shavuot, the “Feast of Weeks,” is celebrated seven weeks after Passover, exactly 50 days after the first Seder. It has long been identified with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Shavuot combines two major religious observances. The first is the grain harvest of the early summer and the second is the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The first determines the ritual for the holiday, which was one of the three pilgrimage festivals when Israelite males were commanded to appear before God with offerings of the first fruits of their harvest and the second determines the significance of the holiday, tying it in with the covenant between God and Israel.
The chief custom associated with Shavuot is the eating of dairy products. Although the reasons for this custom are not completely clear, it has become traditional to eat milk and cheese products as part of the celebration.
Much of the observance of the holiday centers on the synagogue and its rituals. The special readings for the holiday include medieval poems and the Book of Ruth. Another tradition is to participate in a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, an all-night study session marking the holiday. And finally, Shavuot is one of the holidays on which both Hallel, the Psalms of Praise, is recited and Yizkor, the memorial service, is observed.