Favorite IJC Seder Memories

 

We asked four current and former IJC members from Brussels and around the world to share a favorite Seder memory. Barrie Boles, Judy Benchaya, Sharon Licht and Thomas Fleischer take us back in time….

 

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European Purim Poem Song Contest 5777

 

New IJC member Martin Salamon added a great poetic twist to recent Purim celebrations with the ‘European Purim Poem Song Contest 5777’.  He has been writing Purim quizzes for his progressive community Shir Hatzafon - based in Copenhagen - for some years - and happily for us brought his experience to IJC’s festivities. 

  

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Large Turnout for "Side by Side" Shabbat Services

 

On January 27-28, IJC and Beth Hillel orchestrated “Side by Side” Shabbat services at the Beth Hillel location. “We wanted to maximize synergies and get to know each other better, says IJC President Steven Brummel. The physical space was divided into two areas, both on Friday night and Saturday morning, so that each congregation, led by its own rabbi, could hold Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit services as per usual. This required no small measure of logistical planning and proved enjoyable and fulfilling for all. The European Union of Progressive Judaism Chairman Miriam Kramer attended both sets of services.

 

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The Holocaust survivor and his 7,000 pieces of anti-semitic propaganda

 Parts of Belgian collector Arthur Langeman’s vast collection of anti-semitic propaganda are the subject of an exhibition which has just opened at the Caen-Normandy Memorial Museum, called Heinous Cartoons 1886-1945: The Anti-semitic Corrosion in Europe. 

IJC member Bill EChikson interviewed him recently for an article in The Guardian. 

Read more here.

 

Thank You from Navitas

 

Navitas is the charity the IJC supports with our annual food donation. They recently sent us the following note: “Again this year you organized a collection of non-perishable food items for our charity. We are touched by your loyalty towards us. 

 

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Calling All Members

If you are an IJC member you will have received an invitation (and recently, an additional reminder) to complete our Membership Satisfaction Survey. If you have answered the questions, thank you!

 

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ORT Belgium trip to Ukraine - Kiev & Odessa

Save the dates: 10 - 19 May 2017 

Join a unique trip from Kiev to Odessa going thru Ouman. The trip will look into the history of the Jewish communities in this part of former Eastern Europe. Meet with officials and expect a lot of surprises … 

For more information and /or to sign up, please contact:  Charlotte.Gutman@ortbelgium.org or www.ortbelgium.org .