From the Chairman, August 2021

Dear members and readers,

This newsletter will provide you with updates on the resumption of Migwan activities in late summer 2021. Our members will receive detailed information on Migwan development and the community workshop at the end of August.

Already we are in the weeks of preparation for the High Holidays, which are early this late summer. We are pleased to announce that we will again be able to celebrate the High Holidays in the Oekolampad hall, as we did last fall. Despite the still existing Corona restrictions, this will allow us to be present on site for a larger number of members and guests.

For all Migwan events the established protection concept regulations (Protection concept – Migwan) with the obligation to register and the known hygiene measures continue to apply. For the events in the Migwan premises, participation restrictions continue to apply with the alternative option of online participation. This form of event, which has become known as “hybrid”, has meanwhile proven itself in Migwan practice – and will accompany us for the time being as “the new normal”.

The Jewish umbrella organizations PLJS, EUPJ and WUPJ and other partners (note the info links below) are currently strengthening coordination to make the diverse offerings of liberal-progressive Jewish communities more widely accessible. Already a tradition are the regular “Shabbath around the world” celebrations of sister congregations around the world. Also viewable online are excerpts from the virtual gathering of the liberal-progressive world Jewish community, “Connections 2021 – Facing our Jewish Future Together,” May 19-22, 2021.

For an up-to-date look at the future-oriented strategies and practice activities of the liberal Jewish movement, see the EUPJ summer webinar, “A Jewish Response to Climate Change,” which highlights the objectives we want to more fully embed in practice in exchange with our PLJS sister communities.

 

Peter Jossi, Migwan President

Co-President PLJS (Platform of Liberal Jews in Switzerland) https://www.liberaljews.ch/de/ueber-uns

 

Information on the worldwide liberal-progressive Jewish movement, https://eupj.org/congregations/

Shabbath around the world, World Union for Progressive Judaism (wupj.org)

Connections 2021 | Facing our Jewish Future Together WUPJ Connections 2021, https://youtu.be/JdAVlje9JGM

Israel Movement for Reform & Progressive Judaism http://www.reform.org.il/