Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation news

Rabbi Wiener tells the children about the hidden matzah

Rabbi Wiener tells the children about the hidden matzah

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. 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. Everyone is invited to attend. The services and Onegs are a great place to meet members, ask questions and learn more about our congregation.

On Friday night, April 8, the congregation was treated to a very special Shabbat service that included a Yom HaShoah observation and interfaith celebration. The Sun Lakes Chapel was filled to capacity with congregants from SLJC and our guest congregations. Visiting clergy included Reverends Dr. Martin Arnpriester, Dr. Vernon Meyer and Dr. Debbi Brown. The SLJC choir and members of the church choirs under the direction of Music Director Lana Oyer and Cantor Ronda Polesky provided music and songs that were very moving to the service. Accompanist Shea Marshall and soloist Dan Lovelock provided inspiration to all. The evening was topped off as we looked to the future of the Jewish people when Emily Zappa, Executive Director of the Desert Jewish Academy had children share their thoughts on the holocaust and then sing a song.

On April 23, the congregation held its second night of Passover celebration. One highlight was Rabbi Wiener telling the children about the search for the hidden matzah. A wonderful time was had by all. Over 115 people attended.

2016 Services*

June 10 – Annual healing service at 7:30 p.m.

July 8 – Twilight service at 5:30 p.m.

August 12 – Twilight service at 5:30 p m.

*Services are held in the Sun Lakes Chapel

Adult Education Series led by Rabbi Wiener at the Chapel Center.

* May 3 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Grief and Loss – How to Deal with Disappointments and Tragedies

Rabbi Irwin Wiener celebrated his Bar Mitzvah year as the spiritual leader of Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation on Friday, May 13. A dinner honoring our rabbi was held at Oakwood Country Club followed by Shabbat services in the Sun Lakes Chapel and a very special Oneg Shabbat followed in the Navajo Room of the Sun Lakes Country Club.