Margaux Nijkerk on the French-Israeli Connection

Margaux Nijkerk, daughter of founding IJC members Richard and Lauren, was an intern for the Peace Process program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy last summer. Margaux is a Senior at Emory University majoring in Jewish Studies with a focus on Jewish history and the Middle East.  She just published an article on the Washington Institute website entitled ‘Why It Is Time for a Stronger French-Israeli Connection’ Click here to read it.

IJC Fundraiser with US Holocaust Museum Curator

A small group of IJC members and friends enjoyed a home-cooked gourmet meal on January 29 in the home of IJC members to help raise funds for the IJC. They listened to US Holocaust Museum chief curator Steven Luckert discuss the exhibition on Nazi Propaganda which opened recently at the European Parliament's Parliamentarium in Brussels.  


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Tony Gardner’s special journey

IJC alumnus and diplomat Tony Gardner is the subject of an in-depth article in the UK’s Jewish Chronicle. He never had a bar mitzvah, but he recently closed the gap with his Jewish heritage in his mother’s home town of Venice. 


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Riga - Remnants and Reminders

Ann Englander reports on her visit to Latvia’s capital

I was recently invited to sing Haydn's Nelson Mass in Riga Cathedral. The cathedral houses one of the largest pipe organs in Europe which has been completely dismantled and reconstructed. As I had never been to any of the Baltic States, this was a tempting and exciting opportunity. And I was interested to learn more about the Jewish community in Latvia.


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Purim Masquerade Ball March 3

IJC members Anya Topolski and Lisa Kelman are organizing a Purim Ball in Brussels to raise money for Our House Project, a local organization providing support to Refugees.  They are inviting several local Jewish organizations, including of course IJC members and friends.  Please support this fun event! Register at 


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Tu b’Shevat Seder

The IJC Community celebrated the New Year of Trees with a Tu b’Shevat seder that united the community with the Hebrew School children. Rabbi Ira led a slightly abbreviated Shabbat service so that everyone could join together at the end to discuss the meaning of this holiday. 


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Join Beth Hillel’s Ulpan classes

Would you like to discover Ivrit and learn to read, write and speak it?  Beth Hillel has started weekly Ulpan classes on Monday evenings 19h-21h with our former Hebrew School teacher and musician extraordinaire Maayan Smith. All levels are welcome! 


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