Seeking Director for HIAS Europe

HIAS, the global Jewish refugee protection organization, is seeking a Director for HIAS Europe to establish a HIAS office in Brussels and to grow a robust presence in the European Union.

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EUPJ Rome May Shabbaton

The Belgian delegation enjoying gelatos during the 17-19 May EUPJ Shabbaton in Rome. The event celebrated Beth Hillel Rome's five-year anniversary.

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Continuing The Vision Process

It’s been a year since our successful three-part Vision Meetings took place during the Spring of 2018.  So on Sunday May 5, about twenty IJC members reconvened to check in on our progress, asking themselves how far we’ve come in the past year and what work still needs to be done.  The meeting was filled with engaging conversation and thoughtful deliberation.  We were led by experienced group facilitators Anita Sheehan and Tom Koninckx who asked provocative questions and reflected back their observations.

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Hebrew School teacher needed!

The IJC has a Hebrew  School which meets 2-3 times a month on Saturday mornings from 10-12:30.  We are seeking a dynamic and passionate teacher to join our staff.  

Our program provides a warm and nurturing environment where children play, socialize, explore, create and develop a love of learning and of their identity as Jews.

In this role, we are seeking a teacher with:

  • Experience of planning, organizing and delivering creative lessons
  • Knowledge of teaching the Hebrew language
  • The ability to teach the students core Jewish values such as kindness, respect, compassion and integrity.
  • A willingness to be a part of our community and to participate in celebrations and events at the IJC.
  • Knowledge of Jewish holidays, Shabbat, basic Hebrew blessings and songs
  • Familiarity with liberal progressive denominations of Judaism

Interested candidates, please email info@ijc.be

‘A Wonderful and Meaningful Day’

At the Auschwitz Memorial

At the Auschwitz Memorial

 

Reflections on Jewish Amsterdam trip

‘It was a wonderful and a meaningful experience to explore Jewish Amsterdam with IJC. The trip was very well organized in terms of logistics thanks to the organizer, Yves Feller. Joris was a great tour guide, and the guides from the Jewish Museum made our exploration more informative and meaningful. At a personal level, visiting Amsterdam's Jewish past, which involved so much suffering and pain during the Holocaust, was a highly emotional experience for me. And it was impressive how, within a short span of time, we covered a wide range of places with everything beautifully explained.’ Abir Mitra

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Jewish Music Festival June 23

There is a super Jewish music festival being held at Beth Hillel on June 23 from 2 – 8 pm organised by the Maison de la Culture Juive.  The day’s events kick-off with our very own Hebrew School teacher, Maayan Smith, and his quartet on the main stage!

You can enjoy Jewish music in all its forms, from all corners of the globe, ranging from jazz and vocal groups to tzigane and klezmer. Artists will interpret ancient, traditional and less known Jewish music. This annual event allows a broader public to discover Jewish music in all its diverse and nuanced forms…

Music brings people together and creates connections within the Brussels and Belgian Jewish Community.  We encourage IJC’ers, friends and family to join to come and celebrate this rich art form with us!

Entry is free but registration is required for security purposes.

Please register here.

Again – Rather Than Never Again

Again a deadly attack on a synagogue – this time near San Diego, California at the Chabad Poway shul on April 27th. The attacker shot dead Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a devoted 60 year old congregant who had shielded the rabbi from a spray of bullets. The attacker wounded Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and a young girl from Sderot.


Again an attack during Shabbat services. It was also the last day of Pesach when a Yizkor memorial service was being held. And the shooting began during the Yizkor service. Again a virtual virus, a racist meme - one used in the past months in Pittsburgh and New Zealand -had served as a template for this carnage. The attacker had published an anti-Semitic manifesto on the Internet and apparently had plans to broadcast live his deed.


In the name of the IJC Board, I extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Lori Gilbert-Kaye on this very sad and tragic occasion. We extend our profound sympathy and compassion to those injured and/or traumatized by the attack. From the IJC's vantage point in Brussels, we so well understand what the Chabad shul has gone through and is now suffering. Your entire congregation is in our thoughts and prayers.


Steven Brummel, President


International Jewish Centre (IJC) - Brussels