Brussels

  • 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 ▸

  • Israel rebuffed by Europe

    The European Parliament postponed a decision this week about whether to upgrade its ties with Israel, ostensibly because of Israel’s recent actions on the West Bank. While Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was in Brussels urging European nations to change their "outdated" perception of the Jewish state, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad warned the E.U…. More ▸

  • Is tolerance and reconciliation enough?

    Is tolerance and reconciliation the antidote to racism and anti-Semitism? Moshe Kantor, the head of the European Jewish Congress, seems to think so as he promotes a new initiative this week to combat prejudice and hate in Europe. So does Rabbi Marc Schneier, who is organizing a “Weekend of Twinning” between 50 synagogues and mosques… More ▸