IJC Chanukah Every Night Online

You don’t have to celebrate Chanukah alone this year. While we cannot meet in person, we can meet and light candles together online. So the IJC will hold a Chanukah candle lighting ceremony online via Zoom every night of Chanukah. Each of the eight nights will be hosted by a different family/member – both current members and former members living far away.

Chanukah begins on Dec 10. Evening ceremonies will start at 19:00 CET and last 15 minutes (except the night of the Chanukah Party December 12 - which will last 18:00-19.00 CET). 

The Chanukah Party on Saturday Dec 12 will be hosted by Rabbinical Intern Brian and will combine Chanukah with the end of Shabbat (Havdalah). There will be candle lighting, our favourite Chanukah songs, Chanukah story-telling especially for children and online dreidel games (for adults and children).

Questions and information about access should be directed to info@ijc.be

Let’s curse the darkness and the pandemic by coming together for a few minutes each and every Chanukah night to celebrate the Maccabee triumph over oppression 2200 years ago.

We look forward to seeing you!

IJC Hebrew School Update

The IJC is working hard to develop the best strategy for Hebrew School during the pandemic. With this second lockdown, we have moved all classes online. 

The Bar Mitzvah class has easily transitioned to meeting on Zoom. Maayan S. organizes the class so that it meets for one hour of Hebrew and then for another hour of Judaic studies. This week they discussed the objects in a synagogue.

Kita Bet has successfully met via Zoom. This week they discussed life cycles. Sarah L. had parents prepare a jar and they grew a plant. Sweet!

Kita Aleph is still in development. Hadar has some terrific ideas and is preparing some videos and activities to keep our youngest group connected. There will be stories and crafts for parents to share with their kids.

Thank you for your patience!

Lisa Kelman

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Felix Nussbaum: a Gifted Painter Deported from Brussels

By Peter Oliver

Shortly after I settled in Brussels in 1978, I discovered the painter Felix Nussbaum, a German-Jewish artist who took refuge from Hitler in the 1930s with his Polish-born wife Felka Platek, also a painter. His later works display a deep sense of foreboding, typical of German art in the inter-war years which was suffused with bitterness and irony for obvious historical and political reasons.  In the late 1930s, his work became even more grim, as he had no illusions about his chances of survival under the Occupation.


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The teachers were very happy to start the New Year and meet the wonderful children of the IJC Hebrew School. Parents also had a great introductory session where we got to meet, catch up and hear from Brian about the curriculum and from Lisa about all the hard work she’s done to get this Corona-proof school year started. It promises to be a very fun and educational year for all!


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5781 Appeal: Goal Exceeded!

Our Treasurer David Sapiro reports that as of October 2, our 5781 online appeal had raised €19,462. Our goal was €16,000.

The same number of members gave as last year but the overall amount raised was higher.  Says David: "All credit goes to those that made it happen and that despite the lockdown/restrictions, IJC continues to thrive and people felt it was important to contribute. This result is better than I expected!"


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The Corona New Year

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