Introducing 5781 Hebrew School Teachers

We are delighted to welcome two new teachers to the IJC Hebrew School this year: Sarah Lederman and Hadar Argamani. 

Sarah Lederman will be teaching Kita Bet.  Her family has been a member of IJC for many years and we are very excited she will be joining us.  She recently graduated with a Master in the Arts. 

 

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Birth of Art Swalef

Harry Swalef and Anne Englander have become proud grandparents to Art Swalef, born on 7 July in Haarlem, Netherlands, brother to Tim. Art was born to Danni Swalef and Elise Hebly. Congratulations and best wishes to the whole family!

Back to Shul

Summer is sadly coming to an end. The IJC Board would like to welcome back its members from what we hope was a refreshing break. During the summer we have been preparing the restart of services and activities. The Hebrew School will be the first to relaunch in-person gatherings in the Synagogue, beginning on Saturday, September 5th. 

The first in-person Shacharit service will take place the following Saturday, September 12. Since we are still tackling the coronavirus, there is a special safety protocol that must be respected for all IJC gatherings. In parallel with in-person services, we will continue to offer online gatherings. More information will be provided as we get closer to our re-opening.

Online High Holiday Services

Due to the ongoing uncertainties of gathering in large groups, the Board has decided to hold all High Holiday services on-line. The IJC Zoom platform will be complemented by a YouTube streaming channel so that the services are as accessible as possible. We will do our very best to create the feeling of togetherness that is so special to IJC.  If someone needs help with setting up these platforms on their computer, please let us know and we will assist you. We want every member to be able to connect to our services. 

Renew Your Membership

For those who have not yet renewed their membership, this is a good time to do so as participating in High Holiday services and the special Spiritual Preparation classes given by Ilana Sumka are included in your 5781 membership fee. To be able to connect to these and other online events your membership needs to be in good financial standing. Membership fee information can be found here. Please note that no one is ever turned away from IJC for financial reasons.  Please contact our treasurer at treasurer@ijc.be to request additional information. 

Please Submit Names for IJC Yizkor List

The IJC is resetting its Yizkor List 

Please send your personal list of names to info@ijc.be with Yizkor in the subject line. The deadline to be included on the list for Yom Kippur 5781 is the end of August 2020. The names will be registered under the name and email address of the sender. 

 The IJC is a genuinely inclusive community and the RAC is aware that many of our members have deceased non-Jewish relatives and friends. All names are welcome, without restrictions. 

 

IJC Online 5781 High Holiday program will be as follows:

Spiritual Preparation for Rosh Hashana, Tuesday, September 15, 7 pm - 8.30 pm

Spiritual Preparation for Yom Kippur, Thursday, September 24, 7 pm - 8.30 pm

Erev Rosh Hashana, Friday, September 18, 7pm - 8.30pm

Shacharit Rosh Hashana, Saturday, September 19, 10.30 am - 12.00

Alternative Tashlich, Saturday, September 19, 3pm - 3.30pm

Shacharit Shabbat Shuvah, Saturday, September 26, 10.30-12.00 

Kol Nidrei Yom Kippur, Sunday, September 27, 7 pm - 8.30 pm

Shacharit Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 10.30 am - 12.00

Mincha Yom Kippur for children, Monday, September 28, 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Yom Kippur Shiur for adults, Monday, September 28, 3.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Yizkor & Ne'ilah Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

The IJC Board is excited about the coming year and will soon send a full program for the rest of the year.

 

My New Corona Family!

By Marty Eisenstein

Imagine working with your 20 year old son on a college essay that may change the trajectory of his life.  Except that your son is on a Greek island, far away from his home, where he can’t speak the local language and you can only communicate via WhatsApp in writing - as the signal is not strong enough for voice calls.  A parental relationship with an adolescent is never easy. But think how much more difficult it is when your son is recently adopted and is a tattooed, 20 year old aspiring Syrian rapper. Muhamed arrived six months ago on the island of Chios from Turkey.

 

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What IJC Means during Confinement

IJC has meant a lot of different things to different people during the Covid 19 lockdown in Belgium. We asked members to tell us in their own words….. Read here what Sarah, Maria, Judy, Valerie, Lisa, Julia and Johan told us.

 

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My New Corona Family

By Marty Eisenstein

Imagine working with your 20 year old son on a college essay that may change the trajectory of his life.  Except that your son is on a Greek island, far away from his home, where he can’t speak the local language and you can only communicate via WhatsApp in writing - as the signal is not strong enough for voice calls.  A parental relationship with an adolescent is never easy. But think how much more difficult it is when your son is recently adopted and is a tattooed, 20 year old aspiring Syrian rapper. Muhamed arrived six months ago on the island of Chios from Turkey.

 

Read more: My New Corona Family

NOA Job Opportunities

The Networks Overcoming Antisemitism (NOA) Project, coordinated by CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, is recruiting now for National Lead and Junior Researchers in five countries and for Thematic Experts.

 

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