Return of the Cineclub Fondation Auschwitz

Report from Imke Roebken

The film club presented by the ASBL  “Remembrance of Auschwitz” can finally show films again at Cinema Aventure in downtown Brussels.  The theme for this season is “Resistance” and six interesting films are featured. The next film in the series is showing on November 30.

 

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Halloween-Havdalah evening

After two years break, IJC members gathered to celebrate Havdalah. The service was followed by the retelling of the story of Golem of Prague by Jonathan Joppe and a delicious dinner.

 

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Yofi Beth Hillel: Israeli Dancing on Thursdays!

Enjoy Israeli dancing at Beth Hillel with Hanan Buch – who leads their Simchat Torah dances each year.  Beth Hillel is proposing a weekly session on Thursdays from 8- 10 pm and it is open to IJC members.

There is no need to know how to dance, the most important thing is to want to dance! So all skills and ages are welcome – just wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water!

 

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Brave and Unique Act leads to a Memorial and a New Opera

Featuring IJC friend Simon Gronowski

On 19 April 1943, members of the Belgian resistance stopped a train on its way to Auschwitz and freed a number of Jews who were being transported from the Mechelen transit camp on the 20th convoy. In the aftermath of the attack, a number of others were able to jump from the train too. Three young students and members of the Belgian resistance including a Jewish doctor, Youra Livchitz and his two non-Jewish friends Robert Maistriau and Jean Franklemon (armed with one pistol, a lantern and red paper to create a makeshift red lantern to use as a danger signal), were able to stop the train on the track Mechelen-Leuven, between the municipalities of Boortmeerbeek and Haacht.

 

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IJC Board Update and Welcome Back 5782

Shana Tova to all IJC members. We are so looking forward to the upcoming High Holiday season, where we hope members will have the chance to finally see each other and pray together in person, even if with a little distance between us. This is progress! And for those who cannot, you will still have the possibility to join in through the miracle of Zoom.

 

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New IJC Siddur – Mishkan Tefilah

The International Jewish Centre is excited to introduce Mishkan Tefilah – our community’s new prayer book/siddur. Mishkan Tefilah is a recent publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and has many advantages over our present Siddur. In addition to the traditional Shabbat prayers, Mishkan Tefilah is inclusive and varied, filled with beautiful readings, poetry, meditations, commentary and translations, and offers transliteration for those new to Hebrew services.

 

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On the Move – A Life by Oliver Sacks

”I am a storyteller, for better and for worse. I suspect that a feeling for stories, for narrative, is a universal human disposition.” — Oliver Sacks

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: “Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far.”   Both of these outcomes proved to be true.  On the Move is the second of two memoirs written by British neurologist Dr Oliver Sacks.

 

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