A small group of IJC members and friends enjoyed a home-cooked gourmet meal on January 29 in the home of IJC members to help raise funds for the IJC. They listened to US Holocaust Museum chief curator Steven Luckert discuss the exhibition on Nazi Propaganda which opened recently at the European Parliament's Parliamentarium in Brussels.
Ann Englander reports on her visit to Latvia’s capital
I was recently invited to sing Haydn's Nelson Mass in Riga Cathedral. The cathedral houses one of the largest pipe organs in Europe which has been completely dismantled and reconstructed. As I had never been to any of the Baltic States, this was a tempting and exciting opportunity. And I was interested to learn more about the Jewish community in Latvia.
IJC members Anya Topolski and Lisa Kelman are organizing a Purim Ball in Brussels to raise money for Our House Project, a local organization providing support to Refugees. They are inviting several local Jewish organizations, including of course IJC members and friends. Please support this fun event! Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IJC Community celebrated the New Year of Trees with a Tu b’Shevat seder that united the community with the Hebrew School children. Rabbi Ira led a slightly abbreviated Shabbat service so that everyone could join together at the end to discuss the meaning of this holiday.
Would you like to discover Ivrit and learn to read, write and speak it? Beth Hillel has started weekly Ulpan classes on Monday evenings 19h-21h with our former Hebrew School teacher and musician extraordinaire Maayan Smith. All levels are welcome!
IJC alumnus and diplomat Tony Gardner is the subject of an in-depth article in the UK’s Jewish Chronicle. He never had a bar mitzvah, but he recently closed the gap with his Jewish heritage in his mother’s home town of Venice.
Gilly Weinstein and her husband John Weissberg were honored at IJC’s services January 6. Here are extracts from Gilly’s very moving speech:
“I won’t regale you with all the profound, meaningful and colorful moments we have lived through while at the IJC, but I feel like sharing a few highlights, if you’ll indulge me.