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. 


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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.


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Favorite IJC Seder Memories


We asked four current and former IJC members from Brussels and around the world to share a favorite Seder memory. Barrie Boles, Judy Benchaya, Sharon Licht and Thomas Fleischer take us back in time….


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Mazel Tov to Keenan Ezra


Mazel Tov to Keenan Ezra, the most recent Bar Mitzvah of the IJC community.  During his dvar torah, Keenan spoke about the importance of preparation and good intentions.  He also spoke about justice and doing the right thing.  


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European Purim Poem Song Contest 5777


New IJC member Martin Salamon added a great poetic twist to recent Purim celebrations with the ‘European Purim Poem Song Contest 5777’.  He has been writing Purim quizzes for his progressive community Shir Hatzafon - based in Copenhagen - for some years - and happily for us brought his experience to IJC’s festivities. 


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IJC Seder Impressions



Members and friends tell us in their own words what they thought were the highlights of the 2017 IJC Seder. 


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The Holocaust survivor and his 7,000 pieces of anti-semitic propaganda

 Parts of Belgian collector Arthur Langeman’s vast collection of anti-semitic propaganda are the subject of an exhibition which has just opened at the Caen-Normandy Memorial Museum, called Heinous Cartoons 1886-1945: The Anti-semitic Corrosion in Europe. 

IJC member Bill EChikson interviewed him recently for an article in The Guardian. 

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