Bienvenidos to the Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation!
We are so glad you found us!
No matter where you are from when you visit our Lakeside shul, you will suddenly feel like you are home, surrounded by warm and welcoming Jews. Community is the essence of Jewish life and it is even more important here since so many of our friends and families live in other countries.
Wherever you are on your journey – observant, reform, conservative, returning, secular, converting, questioning, the important thing is you are here, and we welcome you.
We are small, friendly, inclusive, culturally diverse, egalitarian independent shul and we believe in making Judaism available and accessible to all who seek it. We serve the Lakeside community and our doors are open to everyone including interfaith and same sex couples and families. We encourage participation from all who seek a connection to Jewish life, religious or spiritually.
We invite you to explore our website and join our mailing list (at the bottom of the page). Learn more about our community by visiting and experiencing the shul during services, holidays and events.
If you would like to meet anyone- the Board of Directors, our Lay Rabbi, please click here.
Simchat Torah October 22, 2019
Gifting of a new Torah from Congregation B’er Chayim in Cumberland, Maryland. A parade, food and dancing horses are a few of the activities planned for the celebration. Read More…
Saturday, June 1 10AM lead by Lay Rabbi David Rosett. Kiddush to follow.
Friday, June 21 6pm Services and Potluck
Laina Dicker has volunteered to update the Yarzheit listing used in services to remember the names of our loved ones who have passed. Please send the names and secular calendar month of passing of those people you’d like to have remembered to Laina at [email protected]. Our thanks to Laina.
LCJC always welcomes volunteers to assist in making our synagogue a place to call home. If you have any ideas/skills/desire to participate, please contact any member of the Board of Directors. We are currently looking for someone to be our Communications Coordinator to take charge of the weekly bulletin, publicity for our various synagogue activities and update/maintain social media sites.
Rabbi Charles Arian is conducting an online course on the weekly Torah portion with Rashi’s commentary on the first and third Thursdays of the calendar month at 8 pm Eastern time. If interested in participating paste: https:/zoom.us/j/6450339344 into your browser. Also, please advise Rabbi Arian at: [email protected] in advance so he can send you the texts prior to the class.
He and his wife Keleigh are hoping to visit the Lakeside area again this July. Charles and Keleigh were here in July 2018 and attended Friday night services with us. They would like to find a house-sitting opportunity (with or without pets) sometime during July in order to extend their visit. Rabbi Arian has also offered to conduct lectures, lessons, sermons, a stand-up routine (actually, I added that part – Betty), or whatever we would like as a participant in our community while he’s here. A member of Rabbis without Borders, he recently returned from a trip to the border at Nogales. You can read an article here about the trip. If you think you might be able to offer a house-sitting for opportunity for Charles and Keleigh, please let me know at [email protected] and I’ll be in touch with them. Or you can friend Charles himself on Facebook.
Please keep them and their families in your thoughts.
Let us know of other members of our community in need of support.
LCJC now has a Yahrzeit Board in the sanctuary. If you have a loved one that you would like to remember in this way, contact Laina Dicker at [email protected] Individual plaques for the Yahrzeit Board are available for 1000 pesos each.
BENEFIT FROM A VISIT? If you or a friend would benefit from a visit or a phone call. Please contact Susana Greenberg at [email protected] or call 332-815 4973
Commemorate an event, honor a memory, or celebrate a loved one by making a donation of any denomination to LCJC’s Discretionary or Operating Funds, or by purchasing a leaf on LCJC’s “Tree of Life” displayed in the Sanctuary. For more information, please e-mail [email protected] or contact any Board Member.
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