Belgium

  • Antwerpen

    Brussels Central Station is so unremarkable you could miss it. Even inside, I wasn’t sure I had found the right place.  Two hours later I was in Antwerp, and the difference couldn’t be starker. Four levels of subterranean platforms emerge into a soaring atrium covering a station built in the typical European style. "Antwerpen" is… More ▸

  • Party Like a Jew

      At several points during this weekend’s Party Like a Jew event in Brussels, I was asked whether we have anything similar in the U.S. I’m not sure I know. Sure, we have singles weekends which, though I’ve never been, I imagine follow the same general formula: a decent hotel, some Shabbat spirit, a lecture… More ▸

  • Belgian Waffles

    They are everything you expect them to be, and then some. Maybe I was just hungry and hadn’t eaten anything since the crappy hotel breakfast in Copenhagen before dawn, but from the first bite there was no doubt it was the finest waffle I’ve ever tasted. It was literally the first thing for sale when… More ▸

  • Hezbollah Members to Speak in Belgian Parliament Hall

    Representatives of Hezbollah are scheduled to speak in the conference hall of the Belgian Parliament. The CCOJB, which represents Jewish secular organizations in Brussels, and the Forum of Jewish organizations in Antwerp are organizing a protest, sources told JTA. The conference has nothing to do with the Belgian government, but is sponsored by the International… More ▸

  • Belgian Hitler Ad Canceled

    An advertisement for a Belgian travel show featuring an image of Hitler as a stripper has been canceled. The ad had angered the German foreign ministry and Belgian Jews, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday. The show with the offensive ad was part of a public broadcast channel belonging to the Flemish broadcaster VRT that… More ▸

  • Hitler Ad Raises Belgian Ire

    An advertisement for a Belgian travel show features an image of Hitler. The show with the offensive ad is part of a public broadcast channel that recently canceled a cooking show on Adolf Hitler’s favorite meal, the Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported Sunday. The ad, featuring a caricature of the travel show’s host wearing a stripper… More ▸

  • Content of Belgian-sponsored Palestinian Festival Irks Jews

    Belgian Jewish leader Joel Rubinfeld had a queasy feeling last year when he first heard about a state-sponsored Palestinian cultural festival planned for Belgium. Now, he says, his worst suspicions have been confirmed. A preview of the festival last month in Paris featured posters that called for a boycott of Israel and compared Israeli raids… More ▸

  • Belgian Jews Struggle to Find Leader As Community Faces External Threats

    A seven-month disputed election is racking a Jewish umbrella group in Belgium as the community there faces external threats that members say require strong leadership. Part of what distinguishes the two candidates vying for the presidency of the Coordination Committee of Belgian Jewish Organizations is their approach to the rising tide of anti-Semitic incidents and… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Lack of Evidence Snags Restitution Efforts in Belgium

    Nine years after the Belgian government began to address Holocaust restitution, many survivors feel cheated. There is a restitution fund of $138 million, paid by the Belgian government, banks and insurance companies in 2002. The distribution of that money is running into snags, however, such as the pace of the government-appointed commission and its demands… More ▸