Reviewing The Year

IJC’s recent Annual General Meeting was an opportunity to look back to the past year’s activities. Despite the hard pandemic year, the IJC has done well, and here are some highlights and more.

We have offered well-attended weekly Zoom Kabbalat Shabbat services and monthly Shacharit services. The last one was especially beautiful led by Anneke & Andres and included students from the EUPJ’s Baalei Tefillah program: Ezra, Maria, and Mikael who will expand our group of lay prayer leaders.


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Profile of Gilda Neiman

One of our new board members is a familiar face to many, both in the community and on the board. Gilda Neiman re-joins the IJC board after a ten year break.  She has just retired from a 35-year career in banking with JP Morgan and Citigroup and says that ‘now is the time to think about the IJC again.’ Gilda has lived in Belgium for many years and joined the IJC in 2005.


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Hebrew School Year-end Update

By Rocky Cohen

This past year of working with the kids in the IJC B'nai Mitzvah program has been such a joy. They are intelligent, curious, and deeply feeling. Our work together has primarily been based on learning Hebrew through practicing blessings and the Shema and in studying the 'arc' of Shabbat morning services with an emphasis on the emotional journey it is designed to facilitate.


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Call for 5782 High Holiday Volunteers!

The High Holidays are early this year with Rosh Hashana on September 6 and 7 and Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur on September 15 and 16.  Please think about volunteering now so that we can plan ahead.

Most voluntary jobs do not involve an enormous amount of work, especially when more people extend a helping hand!

So please throw your hat in the ring and contact Nada or Imke 

Thank you.

Sunday: Tikkun Le'il Shavuot


May 16th 2021 @ 7.30 CET

 English Programme

 8.15 – 9.00 

Rabbi Barbara Borts: Food and Drink in Yiddish Song 

Rabbi Dr Barbara Borts has worked in synagogues in the UK, Europe, and North America. Now, she spends her time going to Yiddish reading circles, walking her 2 rough collies, and working to finish up her learning in preparation for ordination as a chazzan

  9.15 – 10.00 

Ilana Bet-El: Responsibility and Privacy

 Social media, mass communication and disinformation are the essence of our times. Remaining a private individual yet being part of cyber life is becoming increasingly difficult. This problem is unique not only because the digisphere is new but because the very idea of privacy is very modern: before the options of mass cheap lighting and heat, some 200 years ago, collective living was a necessity. We also see this reality in the many tales of the Bible, but more significantly, the idea of God is dependent on an almighty that sees right into each of us individuals. So why do we care about privacy and how do we reconcile ourselves to these different strands and remain responsible to ourselves and society?

  Ilana Bet-El is a senior strategic advisor, an historian and a writer. A former senior official in the UN, she holds a PhD in history and sociology. 

  10.15 – 11.00 

Ruth Friedman: The Revelation of Our Lives 

This experiential session is about ongoing Revelation and what it can mean in our own lives. We also explore how our (human physical) body can support us to experience this revelation.  

Ruth Friedman is a Certified Professional Coach and Focusing Guide, and she supports her clients to gain new insights based on their own bodily awareness.  She is originally from London and lives in Belgium since 2004 

11.00 – 11.30 

Cheesecake Break - Schmooze option in your group (or one you might want to hop in to)

 11.30 – 12.15 

Yisrael Abir Mitra: United and Divided by the Torah?          

               Yisrael Abir Mitra is completing his PhD in Hebrew Bible at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and is currently on a Jewish Studies programme at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem.

 12.20 – 1.00 

Student rabbi Brian Doyle-Du Breuil: Queering Boaz?

 An exploration of gender stereotypes in reading the book of Ruth through a Queer lens.

  Brian Doyle-Du Breuil is a final year student rabbi at Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam, Germany. He holds a PhD in Hebrew Bible and enjoys exploring alternative strategies for reading the Bible.

 Members refer to this weeks events email for the link

(also will be sent again on Sunday)

 Non-members please contact

Baalei Tefillah Europe Program

 By Mikael Garellick

I am participating in a program called Baalei Tefillah, which means “Master of Prayer”. The European Union for Progressive Judaism offers the new prayer training course for lay leaders. Participants from communities across Europe get online training from April to December. The aim of the program is for participants to become confident in leading Shabbat prayers, life cycle events and festivals. Participants share an online space to practise prayers. The virtual minyan will later open up to the wider EUPJ Community.


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Tikkun Le'il Shavuot - May 16th 2021

Tikkun Le'il Shavuot

Multilingual and Pan-European May 16th 2021

Multilingual Erev Shavuot Service @ 7.30 CET

Multi Language-Based Breakout Rooms

The choice is yours! You can even hop from one to another. BYOC[heesecake]

Click here for the full programme

Communities interested in synchronizing with this event are invited to contact organiser

Brian will be happy to connect you to your language host

Sponsored by the International Jewish Centre

Individuals interested in participating contact