Haven for Jews in Asia

The club was founded by two Bagels from America who wanted to celebrate their Jewish roots, culture and heritage.

The club has since been thriving. It has about 20 active members and a email list of over a hundred folks. There are also many visiting jews that attend meetings and events.

Why the Name Our “Rabbi”:

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Well, his name is Norman (aka. Nissim) Gluck and he isn’t actually an “official” Rabbi ordained by any Jewish group, Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Traditional or otherwise.

So why is he our appointed and designated with the tile; “Rabbi”?

Because he was one of the first individuals who began this AC Jewish Club along with Ron and Bruce. He is from Toronto, Canada and was actually born and raised completely Jewish Orthodox, with Cheder and Yeshiva and everything. Not ultra-orthodox or Chassidish, but relatively mainstream Orthodox.

He attended Yesodai Hatorah for elementary, and partially lived in Israel for two years where he attended “Yeshivat Tel Aviv” built by “Harav Amiel”, the first Chief Rabbi of Israel. He continued his first two years of Yeshiva/High School at the “Yishuv Hachadash” which was the seminary continuation of the adjoining elementary school.

He then returned to Toronto, Canada where he attended Ner Israel Yeshiva & College for the balance of his high school years.

Later he continued at York University and Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (Now called Ryerson University) before he started his own business. Upon his parent’s retirement and returning to Israel, he stayed in Toronto Canada until 2002 when he decided to relocate and move his life to the Philippines in Angeles City.

Due to the fact that he was the only initial BagelBoy that had the strongest Jewish background, as well as fluency in Hebrew, and he managed to get along with all the regular and visiting AC Jewish, it seemed logical that he would be the “Leader” per se of the group. All the functions and services used to be conducted at his house, and he was the one who prepared all the food as well.

His wife translates all the Prayer Services into Tagalog; the Filipino language, for the benefit of our Filipino guests.

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Well, we forget who of our congregation invented that name, but it just stuck to us. The prime reason is, being that we are located/based in a primarily Catholic country, and wish to maintain a relatively low-profile amongst the locals, but still maintain a primarily socially Jewish identity… one that most Jews would “get the hint” of… was “Our “Rabbi”:

This was a name we felt most Jews, regardless of group-affiliation or observance, would easily recognize. It has a friendly social “flavor” as well as hinting to it’s traditional Jewishness.

More About Us

The AC Jewish have a 2 year history. Below is a listing of our accomplishments Here’s a partial list, of which we should all be extremely proud…

  • Conducted services for all holidays.

  • Had a Wedding, a Bris, a Kaddish and a Kiddush to celebrate a birth.

  • Sponsored 2 Kiddush’s in the Bagelboys name at the Makati Shul; had them donate prayer books for our use; we receive member discounts on their food sales; a case-by-case discount at the 5-Star Mandarin Oriental Hotel Makati.

  • Contact and Communication with the Israeli Embassy in Makati

  • Our Email list currently contains over 80 names – we act as a conduit to the Jewish community throughout much of the RP.

  • A “Shul-in-a-Box” was donated from the US, containing all required items (kippas, prayer shawls, books) to hold more-formal services.

  • A cash donation was received from someone who has never attended one of our events (more have been pledged); as was the Mezuzah donated for a housewarming.

  • We have created a vibrant/pleasing mix of Religion, Culture, Heritage, and Sociability for all our members.

Upcoming Events

23 Apr 2011 – 14:00

Shalom,

Our 6th Annual Passover Seder will be Saturday, April 23, 2:00, Ron’s house.

Proposed menu – if anyone has suggestions, or wants to bring a little something, let us know:
Beef Stew; Roast Chicken; Mixed Vegetables; Potato Salad; Matzoh Ball Soup; Fish Fillet; Lovely Sweet Wine; Fe’s Famous Mango Float.

So all may follow along, the Hagaddah is translated into Tagalog – many thanks, Maria.

If you’d like a copy – some of our members have found it worthwhile to explain the Holiday in advance to their companions – just email.

If you ordered matzoh, patience. It’s on the way.

Please let us know if you are joining us for Seder. Thanks.

For those wondering about the beginning of the Bagelboys, below is a
picture of one of the founders, early on.

The winner of the Hide the Afikomen Contest is PAUL M, way up there in Baguio. Mazel Tov!

Hope to see you all at Seder…


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