Poles Apart


My maternal grandmother, Sarah Ludski, was born in Lodz, Poland. Her mother died young and her father could not take care of his large brood alone.  So she was sent to England at the age of 13 to live with an aunt and uncle who had emigrated. Imagine a young, innocent girl boarding a ship and sailing into the unknown without a word of English. 


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Teen Group Relaunch


The IJC is planning to re-launch its teen group. If you have a son or daughter between the ages of 13-19, we’d love for them to join. 


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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.


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Register Now for Hebrew School 5778!

As summer comes to an end, now is the time to register your child/children for the IJC Hebrew School 2017-2018 (5778).  

The IJC is Belgium’s only English speaking Progressive Jewish community. The Hebrew School, now in its 14th year, is a place where our children learn about their Judaism, as well as Jewish culture and values in a comfortable, welcoming and appealing environment. Classes are from 10:00am to 12:30pm on Saturdays during the academic year.

We have exciting and engaging programs for toddlers through to bat/bar-mitzvah. We are also looking for teens interested in helping with any age group. 

Click here for the Registration Form and feel free to share this link with other interested families.

You are welcome to discuss the program with our Hebrew School Liaison Pam Meisel at info@ijc.be or Rabbi Ira Goldberg at ijc.hebrewschool@gmail.com and/or to arrange for a one session free trial for newcomer families/children.

The IJC Hebrew School team looks forward to welcoming you to our first session – exceptionally taking place - on Sunday September 3, 2017. 

Rav Ira and the Hebrew School team

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.


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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.


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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.


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