‘A free spirit’ is the best way to describe Anneke. Here are three things you may not know about her. She trained as a teacher but never wanted to be in front of a class (she loves her job as a special needs coordinator for an Antwerp kindergarten); her parents ran a pastry shop in Sterrebeek and growing up with a father whose hands always smelled of vanilla, she swore never to marry a man who worked with his hands: husband Mark does exactly that. And Anneke was not born into a Jewish family – she converted more than 20 years ago.
IJC is deeply grateful for the support it has received from Jewish communities and individuals around the world following the March 22 terror attacks in Brussels. Here are just a couple of your messages:
Ilana Sumka makes the hour and a half journey to the IJC from her home in Loppem, near Bruges in West Flanders. She may live far away, but her impact on IJC’s religious and adult educational activities is wide-reaching and significant.
March 22, 2016 -- Today's attacks in Brussels - coldly planned - once again shock and horrify us. We are confronted with the death of so many people, with the hurt and pain of the so many wounded and those left behind. The damage to our city is tremendous. Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering as a result of the incomprehensible violence that was unleashed today.
We all grieve - for the deaths, the loss and the pain, but also for our sense of safety and security.
We are still planning on coming together for Shabbat. As we figure out what is the best way forward, in consultation with security experts and the authorities, we will let you all know.
Monthly service in central Brussels
Mark your Calendars! To be more accessible, we are moving one Friday night service a month into central Brussels!
On Friday nights: 22 January, 5 February and 25 March, we will hold Kabbalat Shabbat followed by a wonderful potluck dinner at a location in town.
The Hebrew School is making a point of reaching out to the broader community.
Solidarity of Nations - Achvat Amim- is a new 5 month volunteer experience based in Jerusalem that directly engages with the reality of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on the core value of self-determination for all peoples. They are currently seeking applicants between the ages of 21-28 for their spring 2016 intake.