Holding Havdallah potluck dinners 15 years ago was the basis for founding the IJC. The dinners attracted a large group which demonstrated clearly the need for an English-speaking progressive shul in Brussels. Last weekend, to mark the end of the summer season, the IJC held another Havdallah potluck as a BBQ in the backyard of my home outside Antwerp. Again, we attracted a large number of attendees - over 60 with all age brackets represented.
Led by our Rabbinical Intern Rabbi Brian, we all enjoyed good food and company under clear skies. It was a very nice way to end the summer.
It also points to the beginning of the new year (5779). At IJC, this will be marked by a Welcome Shabbat service on Saturday morning September 1st followed by a lunch at 12:30 offered to all who attend. I encourage members and non-members to come to this opening event. September 1st also marks the day when Hebrew School classes begin, including our re-instituted Tot Shabbat class.
Of course, all of this is just an introduction to the key services of the High Holiday period. Rosh Hashanah starts Sunday night Sept 9th at the Beth Hillel building followed by Monday morning services and another lunch provided to all attendees. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, all members and non-members have to register in advance. If you have not done so already, please immediately complete the online registration form. Further, please note that our Yom Kippur services and break-the-fast meal will be held off-site at a member’s home not far from Beth Hillel.
Wishing you all Shana Tovah. Hope to see you soon at IJC over the coming weeks.
The President of the IJC
26 August 2018