EIPA Colleague Hosts Delegation with Hostage Families at Brussels Office

May 28, 2024

Our EIPA colleague today had a delegation with hostage families at our Brussels office. The families of Bar Kuperstein, Ofer Kalderon, Noa Argamani, and Shay Levinson were all present to provide their testimony and share their experiences. We had a series of journalists present, including Rosie Birchard from Deutsche Welle, Chantal Monet from RTL who, were present to ask the hostages a series of questions.

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Jewish communities under #COVID19

In these challenging times of #COVID19 , when we are all facing personal difficulties as well as community and global ones, the EJA is here to listen.
We have been receiving a lot of emails, messages and videos from Jewish communities all over Europe, sharing their concerns and challenges but also sending messages of hope and tips for coping.
If you feel like sharing your thoughts with us you are more than welcome to. you can send your videos to info@ejassociation.com or by whatsapp to 0032483362607

Chaj Centre

Chaj Centre, located in The Hague, Netherlands, is a vibrant Jewish community hub dedicated to fostering religious, cultural, and educational activities. As a prominent synagogue and community centre, Chaj Centre provides a welcoming space for worship, prayer services, and religious celebrations, catering to the spiritual needs of the local Jewish community. Beyond religious observance, it offers a range of cultural programs, including events, lectures, and workshops that celebrate Jewish heritage and traditions.

The centre also plays a crucial role in education, offering classes in Hebrew language, religious studies, and Jewish history to both children and adults. These educational initiatives aim to deepen understanding and strengthen connections to Jewish identity among community members. Chaj Centre actively engages in outreach and social activities, promoting social cohesion and support within the Jewish community in The Hague.

Through its inclusive and dynamic programming, Chaj Centre serves as a vital institution, enriching the lives of individuals and families by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, cultural enrichment, and community engagement.

New Cooperation with the Jewish Community of Bratislava

The European Jewish Association is proud and delighted to welcome another organisation to our growing roster of partners and communities.
We have just concluded and signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jewish Community of Bratislava
Bratislava was in the past one of the most important centers of Jewish Life in Europe and has a very rich Jewish Heritage and amongst them: The Chatam Sofer Memorial and two Jewish Museums
When two dynamic and active Jewish organisations get together and agree to work closely with one another, beautiful and important things flow from this. We look forward to working for the betterment of Slovakian and European Jewry together.

European Commission head to light Chanukah candle on Rond-Point Schuman in Brussels’ EU quarter

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will celebrate Chanukah on Monday 19 December  by lighting the flame on a large menorah in front of the European Commission’s headquarters in the Brussels EU quarter.

As part of the cultural agenda of Brussels, the city’s Mayor Philippe Close will light the second candle of Chanukah.

The event is  seen as a strong sign for the European Jewish community in the wake of the EU’ clear commitment to ensuring a Jewish future and fostering Jewish life as laid out in the EU Commission’s new strategy for combatting resurgent antisemitism and fostering Jewish life in Europe.

European ambassadors and civil servants are expêcted to attend the event.

The lighting, which is organized in partnership with the European Jewish Association and the City of Brussels, will take place on Monday at 18:00 on Schuman Square and will be followed by a concert from the singer Haim Tzvi.

Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, is one of the most popular Jewish holidays worldwide. Candles are lit over 8 days to remember the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting eight following the reconsecration of the Temple in Jerusalem. Its message of hope, light and emancipation resonates are universal and timely. Celebrations worldwide are attended by heads of states who often light their own candles.

In addition to Monday’s lighting, Chanukah will also be celebrated the next day in the European Commission with the presence of the European Commissioner Janez Lenarčič, honoring Hias Europe, the world’s oldest refugee organisation, first established in the 1880s to help Russian Jews fleeing from pogroms resettle in the United States. Since then, HIAS Europe has had a strong presence throughout Europe, resettling hundreds of thousands of European Jews fleeing from violence and conflict. Today, HIAS Europe is a global humanitarian organization with thousands of employees in 22 countries dedicated to helping forcibly displaced persons, irrespective of their background. During more than a century of activity, HIAS Europe has helped more than 4.5 million people escape persecution worldwide »

EuroChanukah is organised every year by the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC).

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