As one of the major Jewish holidays, Passover marks an important moment to celebrate together as a community . On Friday night March 30, 2018 about 40 persons gathered to do just that: they read, listened, talked, reflected ... and of course ate and drank! Young and young-at-heart, regulars, first-time visitors and passers-by alike, people from diverse geographic and religious backgrounds, all found each other and revelled in each other's company.
On March 17, IJC celebrated another successful Super Shabbat with approximately 40 participants from across the membership. The youngest new members (just a few months!) to many older members came together for this lovely day. The community and Hebrew School participated in an abbreviated family service enjoying the children’s Siddur and participation by the school.
Margaux Nijkerk, daughter of founding IJC members Richard and Lauren, was an intern for the Peace Process program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy last summer. Margaux is a Senior at Emory University majoring in Jewish Studies with a focus on Jewish history and the Middle East. She just published an article on the Washington Institute website entitled ‘Why It Is Time for a Stronger French-Israeli Connection’ Click here to read it.
IJC members Lisa Kelman and Anya Topolski recently threw a Purim Masquerade Ball that both celebrated the Jewish holiday and raised money for Our House Project, an organization bringing aid to Syrian refugees. When asked what prompted the organization of the event, Lisa said, "I've been aware of Our House Project for some time, and I've been very impressed by their efforts to help integrate refugees who have recently arrived in Belgium.”
A small group of IJC members and friends enjoyed a home-cooked gourmet meal on January 29 in the home of IJC members to help raise funds for the IJC. They listened to US Holocaust Museum chief curator Steven Luckert discuss the exhibition on Nazi Propaganda which opened recently at the European Parliament's Parliamentarium in Brussels.
An overflow crowd gathered at Toukoul Ethiopian restaurant in the center of Brussels one evening in late February for the first of a dinner series ‘Global Jews-Global Food’. It was a fine evening in which we enjoyed great Ethiopian food and learned about the Ethiopian Jewish community.
Ann Englander reports on her visit to Latvia’s capital
I was recently invited to sing Haydn's Nelson Mass in Riga Cathedral. The cathedral houses one of the largest pipe organs in Europe which has been completely dismantled and reconstructed. As I had never been to any of the Baltic States, this was a tempting and exciting opportunity. And I was interested to learn more about the Jewish community in Latvia.