Tot Shabbat kick-off

Tot Shabbat aims to be a playful, hands-on space for tots and their families to sing, play, cook, and laugh while discovering Jewish themes together. Over 10 sessions, we will explore holidays, Torah stories, costumes, and values. We will kick off on September 1st learning about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We will be making shofars, tasting apples and honey, and exploring what is means to be the best version of ourselves. Come join in the fun!

For more information, look here.

Thoughts on Tisha Be’Av

By Alexandra Varese

Tisha Be’ Av – the 9th day of the month of Av- is traditionally considered the darkest day of the Jewish calendar, a time set aside to fast and mourn the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem. The First Temple was destroyed in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians and the Second Temple in 70 C.E. by Titus and the Roman legions. Down through the centuries, many tragedies have occurred around this day, including the expulsion of Jews from England (1290 C.E.) and Spain (1492 C. E.).


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Join IJC Welcome Lunch, 1 September 2018

The IJC Board and Welcome Host Committee invite you and your families to join a lunch on September 1 at 12.30 pm following our first Shabbat together after the summer holiday.

New members, old members, friends and anyone interested in getting to know the IJC community is warmly welcome. As we begin the new year, this is an opportunity to connect with newcomers, greet old friends and start the new year together.

We will be serving a catered dairy vegetarian lunch with vegan options, sponsored by the IJC Board and Welcome Committee.

Please note that if this is your first time attending an IJC service at Beth Hillel, please read these guidelines regarding security.

We kindly request your RSVP with the number of adults and kids attending to by Tuesday August 28, 2018.

Interfaith Lunch September 4

The Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) invites all IJC members to a Quaker House lunch on September 4 on the topic of Truth. Head at the Quaker House, Square Ambiorix 50, it will be an excellent opportunity to reconnect with old and new colleagues after the summer break. The lunch will start at 13.15 followed at by a conversation with introduction by Molly Scott Cato MEP. The event will finish at 15.30.


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We Need Your Help!

Hebrew School - We are looking for volunteers to help Hebrew School kids with reading. Preferably you can read Hebrew and can give individual assistance during class and/or do extra reading with those coming up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  For teens, this activity could count as credit for their university applications. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact

Register for Hebrew School 5779

Dear IJC Families, Friends and Prospective Members,

Now is the time to register your child/children for the IJC Hebrew School 2018-2019 (5779).

We are very excited about the upcoming year at the IJC Hebrew School.

The IJC is Belgium's only English speaking Progressive Jewish community. The Hebrew School, now in its 15th year, is a place where our children learn about Judaism, as well as Jewish culture and values in a comfortable, welcoming and appealing environment. The Hebrew language is taught in preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Classes are from 10:00am to 12:30pm on Saturdays during the academic year.

The Hebrew School currently has classes for babies to children preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

The IJC Tot Shabbat aims to be a playful, hands-on early Jewish learning program for tots and their families. We will sing, play, cook, and laugh our way through 10 themes (8 holidays or 2 Torah stories). Each session has a corresponding value, and a families will receive a take home page with ideas for continuing learning and age-appropriate ways to talk with your children about the Jewish values we explore. Tot Shabbat is a space for parents (and grandparents) to learn with their children. Parents who would like to volunteer to help lead a session, or can come make a musical cameo, are welcome to contact Talia Stough (

We are also looking for teens and volunteers interested in helping with any age group in the Hebrew School.

Please Click on the link below for registration:

IJC Hebrew School Registration 2018-2019 (5779)

Feel free to share this link with other interested families.

You are welcome to discuss the program with our Hebrew School Liaison Randi Rabin Karotkin or Rabbinical Intern Brian Doyle at and/or to arrange for a one session free trial for newcomer families/children.

The IJC Hebrew School team looks forward to welcoming you for our first welcome session September 1, 2018 at 10 am.


Rabbi Brian and the Hebrew School team

Teen Group Visits Nazi Propaganda Exhibit

By IJC member Jessica Barist Cohen

Early May, members of the IJC Teen Group met at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s temporary exhibition on Nazi Propaganda at the Parlamentarium. The kids and their parents were given a special tour of the exhibit by IJC Member Bill Echikson, who had been instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Belgium. 


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