Join us for the High Holidays 5778

The IJC, the Progressive Jewish Community of Belgium, invites you, your family and friends to attend this year's 5778 High Holiday services. 

Services will be led by Rabbi Ira Goldberg and our guest HH Cantor Ido Ben-Gal. Click here for the full program.

IJC members: tickets for services are included in the IJC membership fees. Please sign up for HH Services here. 

We will be sending out a separate announcement for IJC membership registration shortly.

Non-members are welcome to our services. High Holiday ticket price for (for all events): 

Adult: 200€

Child:  50€

Please contact info@ijc.be to register as a non-member.

The High Holidays are a special time for the Jewish community to come together.

Please forward this information to any Jewish newcomers who would like to join us now or in the future.

The IJC community looks forward to sharing the spiritual journey with you through the Days of Awe. 

  

 

 

 

Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges in 2017

 

The Woolf Institute is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for its online course: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges. The course is multi-disciplinary and examines historical trends, religious and cultural interaction, and issues of contemporary citizenship.

 

Read more: Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges in 2017

Fasting with Interfaith Friends

 

On June 4th IJC member Brian Doyle took part in a panel discussion with Imam Ilber Redzepi and Bishop Luc van Looy (Ghent). Fasting and the rituals that go with it in Judaism, Islam and Christianity was the central theme. More than 70 people attended the event organized in Ghent.

 

Read more: Fasting with Interfaith Friends

On a Razor’s Edge: Tracking my Lithuanian Roots

 

While many wives I know receive spa trips for their birthdays, I am always blessed with a thoughtfully organised trip to a place I may have casually mentioned as interesting to visit. Lithuania is one such place. Not for spas though. For roughly 10 years, I’ve muttered something about wanting to see where my paternal grandparents came from, check out some roots. Which is how we ultimately found ourselves, on a cold rainy day in April, traipsing alone through bleak birch woods, looking for the specific spot where my grandmother’s family was executed.

 

Read more: On a Razor’s Edge: Tracking my Lithuanian Roots

New Members Tell their Story

 

“Gabriele and I were both born in Germany. We were both born Christian. In 1992 I moved to Berkeley because I had been awarded a grant by the World Council of Churches. Gabriele moved to San Francisco in 1994 for her Post Doc. When we met in 1998 I was already deep in my conversion process. 

 

Read more: New Members Tell their Story

New Kosher Restaurant in Brussels

 

 

La Mozzarella is a new kosher restaurant on the Brussels scene. Anneke Silverstein and Diana Kanter went along for lunch recently. Diana reports….

On a lovely warm spring day, Anneke and I are welcomed to La Mozzarella for lunch by Sagit Ben Natan – who is helping put this new Vegetarian/Italian restaurant on the Brussels map. Simply decorated, we walk through the dining room to eat on the large outdoor terrace. We pass conversations in French and Ivrit.

 

Read more: New Kosher Restaurant in Brussels

2017 Musar Summer Academy June 22-23

 

Enjoy the unique transfer of knowledge in the authentic heart of Jewish Amsterdam. Experience a mix of English-language lectures and workshops about Mussar, Luzzatto and the unique Jewish history of Amsterdam. Keynote speakers include Alan Morinis and Rabbi Avi Fertig.

 

Read more: 2017 Musar Summer Academy June 22-23