We Need Your Help!

Hebrew School - We are looking for volunteers to help Hebrew School kids with reading. Preferably you can read Hebrew and can give individual assistance during class and/or do extra reading with those coming up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  For teens, this activity could count as credit for their university applications. 

Facebook Co-ordinator - We are looking for someone to replace Jessica Cohen as our Facebook point person. This is not a huge amount of work and can be done remotely. A great way to get experience in social media if you're looking to build up your resume!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact info@ijc.be.

Teen Group Visits Nazi Propaganda Exhibit

By IJC member Jessica Barist Cohen

Early last month, members of the IJC Teen Group met at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s temporary exhibition on Nazi Propaganda at the Parlamentarium. The kids and their parents were given a special tour of the exhibit by IJC Member Bill Echikson, who had been instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Belgium. 


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EU Agency Survey on Antisemitism - Open for IJC Input

Results will inform future EU and Member State policy 

Jews in 13 EU Member States can now participate in the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) second antisemitism survey. Building on the results from the first survey, it aims to further help the EU and its Member States formulate informed policy and legal responses to combat antisemitism. 

The IJC board encourages its member and friends to participate. 

The online survey opened on 9 May. It aims to capture Jewish people's experiences and perceptions of antisemitism. It asks respondents to describe antisemitic incidents which they have experienced such as hate crime, discrimination and harassment. It also seeks to cover antisemitic acts which affect the community as a whole such as vandalism or antisemitic comments online.

The survey is interested in the views and experiences of all people who consider themselves Jewish - this could be based on their religion, culture, upbringing, ethnicity, parentage or any other basis. They must be aged 16 years or over, and currently live in one of the 13 survey countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.

If you wish to share this survey with relevant organizations or with your family members, Jewish friends and colleagues, please do so.

The initial survey results will be presented towards the end of 2018.

The survey is being managed by Ipsos(link is external) and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR)(link is external) for FRA


Link to https://surveys.ipsosinteractive.com/surveys/25b6acb2-de68-11e2-a28f-0800200c9a66

The Beutel Seminar – a Unique Opportunity

By IJC member Paco Bataller        

Following the example - and advice of - two friends and IJC members, Brian Doyle and Andres Mosquera, I attended this year’s Beutel Leadership Seminar. This event has been ongoing for a couple of decades under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.  It was one of the most exciting, soul-rewarding and emotionally-connecting experiences of my (now long) life.


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Best Week of the Summer!

Registration for EUJS Summer U is Now Open.

The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) Summer U brings together young Jewish students and professionals (18-30) from all over Europe and beyond every year. Embodying positive Jewish identities, celebrating diversity at all times during workshops, parties, sports and networking.

This year's Summer U will take place in Bulgaria between 26 August and 2 September.  Click here to register.

The EUJS is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan umbrella organisation. EUJS envisions a vibrant, sustainable Jewish communal life in Europe with strong youth and student involvement. It supports Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represents its members in international institutions and organisations.  It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

Vision Meeting 3 – Final Session June 17 – Please join us!

Now comes the hard – and exciting – part: translating the Vision we developed in our first two sessions into practical initiatives. This is a very important conversation – perhaps the most important for IJC in a decade. 

Each participant will be invited to express what resonates for them, so that people are doing the things that matter to them. This will help each of us make our community ever more meaningful. 


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Passover and the Story of Freedom - Seder Night@IJC

As one of the major Jewish holidays, Passover marks an important moment to celebrate together as a community . On Friday night March 30, 2018 about 40 persons gathered to do just that: they read, listened, talked, reflected ... and of course ate and drank!  Young and young-at-heart, regulars, first-time visitors and passers-by alike, people from diverse geographic and religious backgrounds, all found each other and revelled in each other's company. 


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