Register for Hebrew School 5779

Dear IJC Families, Friends and Prospective Members,

Now is the time to register your child/children for the IJC Hebrew School 2018-2019 (5779).

We are very excited about the upcoming year at the IJC Hebrew School.

The IJC is Belgium's only English speaking Progressive Jewish community. The Hebrew School, now in its 15th year, is a place where our children learn about Judaism, as well as Jewish culture and values in a comfortable, welcoming and appealing environment. The Hebrew language is taught in preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Classes are from 10:00am to 12:30pm on Saturdays during the academic year.

The Hebrew School currently has classes for babies to children preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

The IJC Tot Shabbat aims to be a playful, hands-on early Jewish learning program for tots and their families. We will sing, play, cook, and laugh our way through 10 themes (8 holidays or 2 Torah stories). Each session has a corresponding value, and a families will receive a take home page with ideas for continuing learning and age-appropriate ways to talk with your children about the Jewish values we explore. Tot Shabbat is a space for parents (and grandparents) to learn with their children. Parents who would like to volunteer to help lead a session, or can come make a musical cameo, are welcome to contact Talia Stough (

We are also looking for teens and volunteers interested in helping with any age group in the Hebrew School.

Please Click on the link below for registration:

IJC Hebrew School Registration 2018-2019 (5779)

Feel free to share this link with other interested families.

You are welcome to discuss the program with our Hebrew School Liaison Randi Rabin Karotkin or Rabbinical Intern Brian Doyle at and/or to arrange for a one session free trial for newcomer families/children.

The IJC Hebrew School team looks forward to welcoming you for our first welcome session September 1, 2018 at 10 am.


Rabbi Brian and the Hebrew School team

Join IJC Welcome Lunch, 1 September 2018

The IJC Board and Welcome Host Committee invite you and your families to join a lunch on September 1 at 12.30 pm following our first Shabbat together after the summer holiday.

New members, old members, friends and anyone interested in getting to know the IJC community is warmly welcome. As we begin the new year, this is an opportunity to connect with newcomers, greet old friends and start the new year together.

We will be serving a catered dairy vegetarian lunch with vegan options, sponsored by the IJC Board and Welcome Committee.

Please note that if this is your first time attending an IJC service at Beth Hillel, please read these guidelines regarding security.

We kindly request your RSVP with the number of adults and kids attending to by Tuesday August 28, 2018.

The Beutel Seminar – a Unique Opportunity

By IJC member Paco Bataller        

Following the example - and advice of - two friends and IJC members, Brian Doyle and Andres Mosquera, I attended this year’s Beutel Leadership Seminar. This event has been ongoing for a couple of decades under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.  It was one of the most exciting, soul-rewarding and emotionally-connecting experiences of my (now long) life.


Read more: The Beutel Seminar – a Unique Opportunity

We Need Your Help!

Hebrew School - We are looking for volunteers to help Hebrew School kids with reading. Preferably you can read Hebrew and can give individual assistance during class and/or do extra reading with those coming up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  For teens, this activity could count as credit for their university applications. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact

EU Agency Survey on Antisemitism - Open for IJC Input

Results will inform future EU and Member State policy 

Jews in 13 EU Member States can now participate in the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) second antisemitism survey. Building on the results from the first survey, it aims to further help the EU and its Member States formulate informed policy and legal responses to combat antisemitism. 

The IJC board encourages its member and friends to participate. 

The online survey opened on 9 May. It aims to capture Jewish people's experiences and perceptions of antisemitism. It asks respondents to describe antisemitic incidents which they have experienced such as hate crime, discrimination and harassment. It also seeks to cover antisemitic acts which affect the community as a whole such as vandalism or antisemitic comments online.

The survey is interested in the views and experiences of all people who consider themselves Jewish - this could be based on their religion, culture, upbringing, ethnicity, parentage or any other basis. They must be aged 16 years or over, and currently live in one of the 13 survey countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.

If you wish to share this survey with relevant organizations or with your family members, Jewish friends and colleagues, please do so.

The initial survey results will be presented towards the end of 2018.

The survey is being managed by Ipsos(link is external) and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR)(link is external) for FRA


Link to

Teen Group Visits Nazi Propaganda Exhibit

By IJC member Jessica Barist Cohen

Early May, members of the IJC Teen Group met at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s temporary exhibition on Nazi Propaganda at the Parlamentarium. The kids and their parents were given a special tour of the exhibit by IJC Member Bill Echikson, who had been instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Belgium. 


Read more: Teen Group Visits Nazi Propaganda Exhibit

Best Week of the Summer!

Registration for EUJS Summer U is Now Open.

The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) Summer U brings together young Jewish students and professionals (18-30) from all over Europe and beyond every year. Embodying positive Jewish identities, celebrating diversity at all times during workshops, parties, sports and networking.

This year's Summer U will take place in Bulgaria between 26 August and 2 September.  Click here to register.

The EUJS is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan umbrella organisation. EUJS envisions a vibrant, sustainable Jewish communal life in Europe with strong youth and student involvement. It supports Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represents its members in international institutions and organisations.  It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.