As a Liberal/Reform Jewish community, the IJC embraces a progressive expression of Judaism and Jewish identity.
We respect both traditional and modern values. We acknowledge the diversity of Jewish beliefs and practices.
All our activities are conducted in a climate of respect for sacred texts while being open to critical scholarship.
The IJC is international, offering a 'home away from home' where you can feel comfortable about being Jewish and learn and enjoy all the wonderful aspects of Jewish religion and culture.
We are informal. You can have a conversation about your Jewish life in Belgium in a relaxed and trusting atmosphere. The IJC is inclusive and supports mixed-faith marriage, gay/lesbian members and gender equality. New members are warmly welcomed. We are vibrant and growing.
The IJC offers an opportunity to participate in real-time community building in Belgium.
The synagogue Beth Hillel, place of study, community activities and worship of the Liberal Jewish Community of Belgium, center of Jewish religious life in Belgium of Reformed persuasion, born in 1965.
At that time, an innovative kernel decides to come together to live in Brussels, open Judaism updated, as one who does practice then more commonly than in Anglo-Saxon countries. Indeed, the Shoah, with the disappearance of millions of human beings, also swept almost completely from the face of the world the existence of the innovative power of European Jewry.
Adherents of Jewish religious liberalism, relatively numerous in Western Europe before the war were often native of Germany, the country of origin of the Jewish Reform of the nineteenth century ...
Friends, therefore, meet. They call Meerapfel Heller, a man of extraordinary generosity, Erick Sandor z''l, Victor Simons z''l, Lewison Bob Herbert Solomon z''l soon joined by Eric Osterweil, Geoffrey King, Georges Blum z''l Peter Kay. They are assisted in the secretariat Eleanor Wexler and supported in their efforts to build their dream by pioneer women of the "sisterhood" which includes the energetic Marcia Lewison and Marianne Salomon z''l.
Rabbis come, the time of an office. There Yacob Soetendorp z''l Lionel Blue, Nissim Gabbai z''l. It is the latter that contacts the Dahan Rabbi Abraham presiding for 40 years over the destiny of the synagogue Beth Hillel ...
From the beginning, the rabbi Dahan sets up a Sunday school and lavishes his teaching. Francophone and Anglophone children are everywhere.But at the request of a number of parents more sensitive to compliance with US or British liberal reformist tradition, a specific program started in March 1968, led by Peggy Meerapfel and Bernard Lavenda.
From the apartment Bob Lewison where Beth Hillel pioneers come together, the small community emerging from the "Belgian Liberal Jewish Union" migrate to an apartment she rents at number 118 Albert Avenue in style building "First floor" of the interwar period, typical of this area south of the capital. There, there, a small room which, for years, will serve as both a place of prayer, study and room for simhot (parties) and, adjoining it, a small bedroom: the office.