Each year the Jewish calendar offers us, as individuals and as a community, a number of opportunities to review our lives, hold ourselves to account and change if we want to. Teshuvah, Hebrew for repentance, means to turn. We often miss the mark either because we aimed at something other than what we might have or because our aim was off.
As every year, we will be honouring the wonderful tradition of Tashlich, one of the lesser-known rituals in service of “wiping our slate clean” and releasing old sins, habits, grudges, or thoughts that no longer serve us.
“The IJC has been a vital part of our lives since arriving in Brussels three years ago,” says member Paul Cohen. At a time when “one’s Jewish identity cannot be taken for granted in a country where Jews are a tiny percentage of the overall population”, the IJC gives a real sense of community to Paul, Jessica and their boys Gabriel and Theo. So Paul decided it was time to give back – and join the Board as the Hebrew School representative.
This year we are blessed to have Ido Ben Gal join us as the IJC’s 5777 High Holidays cantor. He replaces our well-loved Marty Eisenstein, whom we have been lucky enough to welcome for six years and who will be singing for his parent’s congregation in Florida. We are delighted to welcome Ido to the IJC for the first time.
IJC member Daniel Kogut will start hosting a weekly broadcast of Brazilian music on Radio Judaica on Tuesdays at 8pm. Called ‘Soirées Brésiliennes’, the first show will air August 30.
At a meeting in May 2016, representatives of the IJC Leuven group discussed our identity and what we would like to offer the fluid Jewish community in Leuven.
The first IJC Shavuot Retreat was a real success.
The atmosphere was as warm as the weather, the positive energy as great as the location,the outdoor services as inspirational as the study sessions and the food, well the food, …there are no words for the food!!
A special thank you to Rav Ira, Veronika, Brian and Andres for leading us in study and dance!