Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation to launch Adult Education Classes

Rabbi Wiener, Cantor Ronda Polesky and staff of Valley of the Sun Mortuary.

Rabbi Wiener, Cantor Ronda Polesky and staff of Valley of the Sun Mortuary.

Allan Levy

The Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation (SLJC) is an established reform congregation that meets at the Sun Lakes Chapel on the second Friday of the month from September through June. In July and August, a rabbinic led Twilight Service is held in the Sun Lakes Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Services are a great opportunity to meet new people, connect with Judaism and learn. New attendees are invited to be introduced at the service and members of the congregation connect with these attendees. Oneg Shabbats are held immediately after our services at Sun Lakes Country Club from September through June. Everyone is invited to attend. The services and Onegs are a great place to meet members, ask questions and learn more about our congregation.

SLJC celebrated the New Year 5777 having High Holiday services for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot/Simchas Torah. A sukkah was erected and a celebration was held which included a Havdalah service.

On Sunday, October 9, SLJC held a Kever Avot service at the Valley of the Sun Mortuary. The new Jewish section of the cemetery was dedicated. Irv Feller was recognized for his efforts and negotiation to have a section of Valley of the Sun as a burial place for Jewish people. Valley of the Sun Mortuary provided a light breakfast prior to the service.

SLJC continues to grow. To date we have 45 new members. On November 13 a welcome and orientation to the activities of the congregation will be held at the Chapel Center. This is an opportunity for new members of the congregation to get to know other new members and to meet the Board of Directors, Rabbi Wiener and Cantor Ronda in a leisure setting.

A series of adult education programs will be launched after the High Holidays including a class on Hebrew reading and writing. There will be a four-week lecture series entitled, “The proof of God,” given by Rabbi Wiener. Another class led by the rabbi is titled, “Current event topics relating to Israel, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism, their origins and intent.” Our Cantor, Ronda Polesky, and Rabbi Wiener will hold a series of classes for adults, “Becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah.” Class dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Services:

November 11 – Shabbat Service Honoring Veterans at 7:30 p.m.

December 9 – Shabbat Service celebration of Chanukah at 7:30 p.m.

*Services are held in the Sun Lakes Chapel.