There was an excellent turnout to hear Professor Michel Flamée's fascinating talk on Kafka on Sunday, 22 February. After speaking for over an hour about Kafka's life and work, Professor Flamée took questions from the audience who seemed to be fully engaged in the subject and highly appreciative of his presentation.
For its first service of 2017, the IJC hosted its first-ever Women’s Shacharit Service designed, orchestrated and run by and for women. Men were welcome too, and a handful did join, but up at the bima it was all women, all the time.
"The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews." Rabbi Sacks recently delivered an address entitled 'The Mutating Virus: Understanding Antisemitism' to the European Parliament. In a passionate and moving speech, Rabbi Sacks went on to say that he never expected to see the rise of Antisemitism in living memory of the Shoah.
Held in the stunning La Boverie art and history centre, the exhibition "21 rue de la Boétie" is well worth a trip to Liège – a city which has recently experienced a real transformation. The exhibition is based on a book by Anne Sinclair, French TV and radio interviewer (and ex-wife of Dominque Strauss-Kahn) entitled My Grandfather's Gallery in which she tells the story of her grandfather, Paul Rosenberg, who was one of the great art dealers of the 20th century.
Marc Daalder, an IJC alumnus and now a student at Amherst College in Massachusetts, published an article on October 20th in the US Jewish online newspaper The Forward called: "Passing as a Non-Jew Has Been Easy for Me — Until Now”.
IJCers Pam Meisel and Anna Lugard will be on stage in an upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing at the Theatre St Michel Jan 27 - 29, 2017. Buy your tickets soon at www.greenparrot.eu to get the best seats!
Walking through a residential part of Prague in September, I came to a square. I had been there before - in 1977. Today the square was filled with families standing before a stage, listening to singers belt out Czech folksongs with a Gypsy touch. All were laughing and smiling. Forty years ago I witnessed another scene – another type of entertainment.