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We are exited to invite you to our first Saturday morning virtual Shabbat Service led by aspiring prayer leaders from all over Europe – from Sweden and Finland in the north to Portugal and Italy in the south. The service takes place in Hebrew and…

Experience an exciting virtual Friday evening Shabbat service led by aspiring lay prayer leaders from all over Europe – from Sweden and Finland in the north to Portugal and Italy in the south. The service takes place in Hebrew and English. Come and enjoy the…

By Bill Echikson, EUPJ Brussels Director From floods in Belgium, where I live, to a scorching heatwave in the United States, where I grew up, the threat of climate change seems everywhere. How should Jews respond? That was the question we asked at our most…

EUPJ’s Baalei Tefillah Europe students are leading services once again! Experience an exciting and different virtual Shabbat service led by aspiring prayer leaders from all over Europe – from Sweden and Finland in the north to Portugal and Italy in the south. The EUPJ’s new…

  In Jewish belief, the Creator loved all His creations: Plants, animals and humans. The Bible tells us that the earth is given to man “to use and protect”. In this era of climate change, more and more Jewish communities realise that they must play…

    On 3 July 2021 the European Union for Progressive Judaism organised its first pan-European online Pride Shabbat on Zoom with a specially themed Shacharit service with rabbis, followed by a learning session and discussion with Jewish LGBT+ activists from across Europe. This event…

By Bill Echikson, EUPJ Brussels Director Members of Rome’s Beth Hillel synagogue donated five new laptops and six refurbished computers to Casa Africa, a local NGO that aids and supports African refugees. Thanks to these generous gifts, refugee students will be able to enrol in…

Brussels, June 7, 2021: In a joint series of recommendations to the European Commission to combat antisemitism and to foster Jewish life, 10 leading international Jewish organisations united to endorse a demand that all European governments offer equal treatment to all Jewish denominations. The European…

By Bill Echikson, EUPJ Brussels Director  More than 3,000 synagogues dot Europe’s countryside and cities. Many are abandoned. The Jews who used them were murdered or emigrated. Some lie in ruins; others have been transformed into cafés, sports halls, shops, and even a saloon, in one…

By Bill Echikson, EUPJ Brussels Director Wherever Jews have settled, they have adopted local languages and added a Jewish twist – from Yiddish and Ladino to the lesser-known varieties such as Judeo-Tat (Azerbaijan and Dagestan) and Judeo-Malayalam (Southern India). Over the past two centuries, migration…