The Beutel Seminar – a Unique Opportunity

By IJC member Paco Bataller        

Following the example - and advice of - two friends and IJC members, Brian Doyle and Andres Mosquera, I attended this year’s Beutel Leadership Seminar. This event has been ongoing for a couple of decades under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.  It was one of the most exciting, soul-rewarding and emotionally-connecting experiences of my (now long) life.


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EU Agency Survey on Antisemitism - Open for IJC Input

Results will inform future EU and Member State policy 

Jews in 13 EU Member States can now participate in the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) second antisemitism survey. Building on the results from the first survey, it aims to further help the EU and its Member States formulate informed policy and legal responses to combat antisemitism. 

The IJC board encourages its member and friends to participate. 

The online survey opened on 9 May. It aims to capture Jewish people's experiences and perceptions of antisemitism. It asks respondents to describe antisemitic incidents which they have experienced such as hate crime, discrimination and harassment. It also seeks to cover antisemitic acts which affect the community as a whole such as vandalism or antisemitic comments online.

The survey is interested in the views and experiences of all people who consider themselves Jewish - this could be based on their religion, culture, upbringing, ethnicity, parentage or any other basis. They must be aged 16 years or over, and currently live in one of the 13 survey countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom.

If you wish to share this survey with relevant organizations or with your family members, Jewish friends and colleagues, please do so.

The initial survey results will be presented towards the end of 2018.

The survey is being managed by Ipsos(link is external) and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR)(link is external) for FRA


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Super Shabbat was Super!

On March 17, IJC celebrated another successful Super Shabbat with approximately 40 participants from across the membership. The youngest new members (just a few months!) to many older members came together for this lovely day.  The community and Hebrew School participated in an abbreviated family service enjoying the children’s Siddur and participation by the school. 


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Best Week of the Summer!

Registration for EUJS Summer U is Now Open.

The European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) Summer U brings together young Jewish students and professionals (18-30) from all over Europe and beyond every year. Embodying positive Jewish identities, celebrating diversity at all times during workshops, parties, sports and networking.

This year's Summer U will take place in Bulgaria between 26 August and 2 September.  Click here to register.

The EUJS is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan umbrella organisation. EUJS envisions a vibrant, sustainable Jewish communal life in Europe with strong youth and student involvement. It supports Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represents its members in international institutions and organisations.  It is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

Purim Fundraiser Aids Refugee Organization

IJC members Lisa Kelman and Anya Topolski recently threw a Purim Masquerade Ball that both celebrated the Jewish holiday and raised money for Our House Project, an organization bringing aid to Syrian refugees.  When asked what prompted the organization of the event, Lisa said, "I've been aware of Our House Project for some time, and I've been very impressed by their efforts to help integrate refugees who have recently arrived in Belgium.”  


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Passover and the Story of Freedom - Seder Night@IJC

As one of the major Jewish holidays, Passover marks an important moment to celebrate together as a community . On Friday night March 30, 2018 about 40 persons gathered to do just that: they read, listened, talked, reflected ... and of course ate and drank!  Young and young-at-heart, regulars, first-time visitors and passers-by alike, people from diverse geographic and religious backgrounds, all found each other and revelled in each other's company. 


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Global Jews – Global Food dinner

An overflow crowd gathered at Toukoul Ethiopian restaurant in the center of Brussels one evening in late February for the first of a dinner series ‘Global Jews-Global Food’. It was a fine evening in which we enjoyed great Ethiopian food and learned about the Ethiopian Jewish community. 


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