Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation news

Allan Levy, Publicity Director

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 invites you to join us in celebrating the High Holidays. In October we will celebrate the High Holidays, Sukkot and Simchas Torah. Tickets for the High Holidays are available for purchase by calling Myra at 480-305-0533. The form for ordering tickets is available on the SLJC website at

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.


High Holiday Services:

Erev Rosh Hashanah – October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah – October 3 at 10:00 a.m.

Kever Avot – October 9 Memorial Service at 10:00 a.m. Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery: Dedication of new Jewish section, burial of sacred writings, and private visitations

Kol Nidre – October 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur – October 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Sukkot/Simchas Torah Celebration — October 23 at 2:30 p.m.

A Sukkah is being erected by the Men’s Club – a special Oneg will be served as well as other festivities. The students of the East Valley Jewish Day School have been invited. Special Simchat Torah flags will be ordered, and the students will be asked to create some decorations for the Sukkah. This will be preceded with a short service, Hakafot (marching with the Torah scrolls), Aliyot – a special Aliyah (honor) for the children.

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