Prague holds a special place in Jewish history. On April 26th, making a conscious link to that history, the European Reform/Liberal Jewish movement (EUPJ) held opening ceremonies for its four-day Prague conclave at a very special location: the Smetana concert hall in the Municipal Hall, an art nouveau treasure. This was the first major Jewish meeting held there since the 18thWorld Zionist Congress in August 1933 (see photo).
This is a moment of transitions for the IJC community. We are saying goodbye to some IJC members who are moving on after their time with us. We wish them well on the next steps of their journeys.
On a personal level, my service as rabbi of the IJC has also come to an end after three years with the IJC. I have learned much from so many of you. It has been a pleasure to share in the community’s joys and an honor to be of support through times of pain and sorrow.
Now comes the hard – and exciting – part: translating the Vision we developed in our first two sessions into practical initiatives. This is a very important conversation – perhaps the most important for IJC in a decade.
Each participant will be invited to express what resonates for them, so that people are doing the things that matter to them. This will help each of us make our community ever more meaningful.
Following the example - and advice of - two friends and IJC members, Brian Doyle and Andres Mosquera, I attended this year’s Beutel Leadership Seminar. This event has been ongoing for a couple of decades under the auspices of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. It was one of the most exciting, soul-rewarding and emotionally-connecting experiences of my (now long) life.
Early May, members of the IJC Teen Group met at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s temporary exhibition on Nazi Propaganda at the Parlamentarium. The kids and their parents were given a special tour of the exhibit by IJC Member Bill Echikson, who had been instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Belgium.
Hebrew School - We are looking for volunteers to help Hebrew School kids with reading. Preferably you can read Hebrew and can give individual assistance during class and/or do extra reading with those coming up to Bar/Bat Mitzvah. For teens, this activity could count as credit for their university applications.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.