Celebrating European Progressive Jewry 02


November 10, 2018
Beth Hillel / IJC Synagogue
Rue des Primeurs 80, 1190 Brussels
18:00 - 21:00

Please come and celebrate the opening of the European Union for Progressive Judaism's Brussels office.

The IJC is a member of the European Union of Progressive Judaism. Movement leaders will be coming from all over the world for this event.

Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor to the Director General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission, will be the keynote speaker. He is known as the author of the GDPR privacy rules. His grandfather, Julius Moses, was the last Jewish member of the Reichstag in the 1930s.

A walking diner will follow the ceremony.

Cost: EUR15

Your payment by Oct 26 to IBAN: BE84 1925 1337 4259 is your reservation.

For information, contact: info@beth-hillel.org

EUPJ Office Opening & Shabbaton November 9-11

Progressive Jewish Leaders from around the world will come to Brussels for a weekend of celebration and commemoration from November 9-11.  We welcome you to join us!

The weekend will see the opening the new European Union of Progressive Judaism (EUPJ) EU Brussels office on the evening of November 10 with an official opening event followed by a dinner (see here), as well as marking the centennial of the WWI armistice and the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Read more: EUPJ Office Opening & Shabbaton November 9-11

Tot Shabbat kick-off

Tot Shabbat aims to be a playful, hands-on space for tots and their families to sing, play, cook, and laugh while discovering Jewish themes together. Over 10 sessions, we will explore holidays, Torah stories, costumes, and values. We will kick off on September 1st learning about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will be making shofars, tasting apples and honey, and exploring what is means to be the best version of ourselves. Come join in the fun!

For more information, look here.

Rabbi Nathan Weds Shelly - By Valerie Perales

For those of you who  have fond memories of Rabbi Nathan Alfred (a former rabbi of IJC), you will be pleased to know that on 26 July, 2018, Nathan married his beautiful Israeli bride in Kibbutz Beit Oren in the Carmel Forest.  The couple met in Brussels where Shelly, a talented young artist, was exhibiting her work.  Nathan and Shelly had kindly arranged interesting visits for the wedding guests before and after the wedding celebration.

Read more: Rabbi Nathan Weds Shelly - By Valerie Perales

Thoughts on Tisha Be’Av

By Alexandra Varese

Tisha Be’ Av – the 9th day of the month of Av- is traditionally considered the darkest day of the Jewish calendar, a time set aside to fast and mourn the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem. The First Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians and the Second Temple in 70 C.E. by Titus and the Roman legions. Down through the centuries, many tragedies have occurred around this day, including the expulsion of Jews from England (1290 C.E.) and Spain (1492 C. E.).


Read more: Thoughts on Tisha Be’Av

Havdallah and BBQ- Great Success!

On August 25, more than 60 members and friends of IJC came together from all corners of the globe to a small town near Antwerp to conclude the summer recess with Havdallah and a BBQ hosted by IJC’s President Steve Brummel (now in his 10th year!) and his wife Marion. While the weather was on the chilly side, both hosts and guests combined to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere.


Read more: Havdallah and BBQ- Great Success!

Interfaith Lunch September 4

The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) invites all IJC members to a Quaker House lunch on September 4 on the topic of Truth. Head at the Quaker House, Square Ambiorix 50, it will be an excellent opportunity to reconnect with old and new colleagues after the summer break. The lunch will start at 13.15 followed at by a conversation with introduction by Molly Scott Cato MEP. The event will finish at 15.30.


Read more: Interfaith Lunch September 4