IJC Guest Lecture: Let My Planet Go

Let My Planet Go 

The Future of Climate Policy in an Unpredictable World 

May 8 at 5pm
on IJC Zoom

For our last lecture of the season, we turn to international climate policy. It's been more than six years since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed. It is seen by many to be an (if not the most) important framework for national and international climate policy. But how has it fared? What are the prospects for its future success? And where does it fit into the broader effort to improve our environment? Dr. David Kanter will share his thoughts on the past, present and future of national and international climate policy. 

David is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University and Vice-Chair of the International Nitrogen Initiative. His research examines new policy options for addressing nutrient pollution and how to manage the transition to a global agri-food system consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. 
Prior to his current position, David was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He received his BSc in Chemistry and Law from the University of Bristol in the UK and his MA and PhD in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from Princeton University. 
David was born and raised in Brussels, son of Diana and Benny. He was BarMitzvah at Beth Hillel in 2000 and stays up to date with IJC news through his parents!

A German Life

At the Theatre le Public in Brussels, the Belgo-French actress Jacqueline Bir is putting on an acting tour de force as Brunhilde Pomsel in Christopher Hamptons’ play A German Life.  Based on a true story, Brunhilde invites the audience into her everyday life – a life that spans most of the 20th century. For the first time, ‘Pomseline’ articulates her memories and her work as a secretary in Berlin in the 1930s. She muses about her different employers from a Jewish insurance broker to working at the German National Radio and then for Joseph Goebbels in the Ministry for Education and Propaganda.


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Pesach – and Food...

Favourite recipes from Valerie P

I love the Pesach traditions and when sitting around the Seder night table, I think of all the Seders I spent as a child with my parents and grandparents, and I think of previous generations I never knew celebrating in different lands.  I also think of Jews around the world celebrating the liberation from slavery and the arrival of the Israelites in the Land of Israel.  I feel a connection to all of them. And that connection also has very much to do with food.


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Rabbi Lea Mühlstein’s Workshop on Israel/Palestine

By Mikael Garellik

Rabbi Lea Mühlstein led a very inspiring and balanced IJC online workshop about the Israel/Palestine conflict. Rabbi Mühlstein works for Arzenu, the organization for the political representation of Reform, Liberal and Progressive Religious Zionist communities in Israel and fourteen other countries. Around the world, Arzenu partners with local constituents to promote Zionist interests and in Israel the organisation aims to ensure that Reform Jewish values are represented. To start with, all participants were asked to state their positive and negative feelings for Israel. A wide range of views were shared.


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Rise-Up – Bat Mitzvah at 100

Join us on Friday evening at 7 pm on March 18th with the IJC B’nei Mitzvah Class for a musical celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the first Bat Mitzvahin the United States.

When Judith Kaplan became the first American girl to have a bat mitzvah ceremony on March 18, 1922 at the Society for the Advancement of Judaism (SAJ), she had no idea that her actions would change Jewish communal life forever.


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The story of Andrée Geulen

Andrée Geulen was a Belgian teacher who saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Occupation. In 1942, she was working as a young teacher in a school in Brussels. She was revolted by the discrimination among her students caused by Jews having to wear the yellow star and even more so when she learned of the fate awaiting deported Jews, following the report by Belgian resistance fighter Victor Martin on the operation of the Auschwitz camp. Read more here

From Biloxi through Buenos Aires to Brussels - My Rabbinical Journey

By Andres Boaz Mosquera

In 2016, after ten years as an IJC member, and after participating in the WUPJ leadership course (Beutel) in Jerusalem, where I learned about the needs of Reform Jews, I decided that I would apply to Leo Baeck College in London and follow its rabbinical programme as soon as I could get an early retirement. While my background is Conservative/Masorti (Biloxi, Mississippi), I had embraced Reform Judaism in the late 1990s with full conviction, coached by my dearest friend Rabbi Reena Judd.  And in November 2018, at an EUPJ meeting at Beth Hillel/IJC here in Brussels, Carole Sterling, WUPJ Chair, made a ‘revelation’ to me.


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