Shabbat Services News


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. 


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Study / Volunteer Opportunity in Jerusalem




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.


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New! IJC Profile --Maayan Smith


Maayan is a familiar face at IJC as a Hebrew School teacher. But his background and path to IJC is anything but familiar. Born and raised in Jerusalem by his American father and his Israeli kibbutz-born mother, his first and abiding passion has been music.


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Fun Sukkot with Beth Hillel


On September 27, the IJC held a very successful joint service with Beth Hillel to celebrate Sukkot. For the first time ever, Rabbi Ira and Beth Hillel’s Rabbi Marc Neiger were both present,leading the Sukkot service and celebrations in English and French.


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IJC meets Israeli Scout Group


Zofim is the Israeli Scout Movement. Earlier in the summer, an Israeli Zofim group contacted the IJC to ask for assistance in organizing their trip to Leuven and Belgium. We were able to connect them with a bus company and security people in Brussels.


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LGBT group launches in Brussels



It’s time for rainbow Jews in and around Brussels to get together! A few enthusiasts have decided to launch an initiative similar to ones already existing in France, the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.


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Hello to Berlin

Visiting Germany - even today - can trigger ambivalent feelings for many Jewish people. This is especially true of Berlin where memories of both world wars are never far away.

You are liable to come across many Stolpersteine (memorial stones) embedded in the pavement in front of what used to be Jewish homes. There are memorials all over the city including the impressive Holocaust memorial set up on a five-acre site consisting of over 2,000 concrete slabs. It stands opposite a more modest monument to gay victims who were murdered by the Nazis.I must say walking among the concrete slabs at night is a very eerie experience.

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