IJC elects Anu Ristola as new President

At its recent AGM the IJC elected Anu Ristola to serve as its next President. Long-serving President Steve Brummel stays on as Chairman Emeritus.

Andres Mosquera will join the IJC board and serve as Vice President.

At the Annual General Meeting the board presented a portrait of a dynamic, growing community. The Hebrew School is growing and will be expanded from two to three teachers. After several years of absence, the community will reopen a Bar/Bat Mitzvah class.

Rabbinical intern Brian Doyle will continue his studies as well as serving the community. He has helped rebuild the Religious Affairs Committee, though new volunteers remain welcome.

The move into the modern, well-equipped Beth Hillel building has been successful. Joint activities with the French-speaking community are planned, without jeopardizing our English-language identity.

A key need remains to create a membership committee to encourage and welcome new members. Volunteers should apply to info@ijc.be.

IJC co-founders Richard and Lauren Nijkerk made a surprise appearance at the AGM. They flew in from Singapore to attend a Bar Mitzvah in Brussels over the weekend.

Anu Ristola is one of the community’s seven original founders. Her three children, Samuel, Julia and Benjamin all have been Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the IJC. Her husband William served as Vice President and on the Religious Affairs Committee. He now heads up the Europe office of the European Union of Progressive Judaism.

A cocktail was held to celebrate Steve Brummel’s long leadership as President. He was feted for his diplomatic skills which have enabled a start-up progressive community to expand from seven to more than 80 families.


Steve Brummel with Lauren Nijkerk