"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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.