From the Chairman, May 2021

Dear members and readers

Last Shabbat we were able to open the Migwan premises again and at the same time welcome our rabbi back for Kabbalat Shabbat and Shacharit services, after many months of only online services. As with all Migwan events we follow the protection regulations concepts, such as mandatory pre-registration and limited number of participants. (See Protection Requirements – Migwan). At the same time we are still offering virtual participation, also with pre-registration. This form of event, which has become known as «hybrid», has now proven its value – and will accompany us for the time being as «the new normal».

In addition to the in-person exchange at the Migwan premises, we are currently strengthening the online cooperation with partner communities and organizations in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide. We will be able to use the experience with virtual platforms beyond the pandemic period as a useful addition to our religious and cultural offerings.

The Jewish umbrella organizations PLJS, EUPJ and WUPJ and other partners (note the info links below) are currently strengthening their coordination in order to make the diverse offerings of the liberal-progressive Jewish communities more widely accessible. On the part of PLJS and Migwan, we will increasingly highlight offerings such as the successful «Shabbat around the world» invitations.

Every four years, the liberal-progressive world Jewish community gathers in Israel for a multi-day gathering. As expected, «Connections 2021» will take place May 19-22 this year online. The focus will be on «Facing our Jewish Future Together». We look forward to many of you taking advantage of this opportunity. Please see the link to the website, program and registration: Connections 2021 | World Union for Progressive Judaism (wupj.org)

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 EUPJ Website | Working together to foster and stimulate the growth of Progressive Judaism throughout Europe EUPJ Website | Congregations Shabbat around the World World Union for Progressive Judaism (wupj.org)

Connections 2021 | Facing our Jewish Future Together https://wupj.org/event/22224/connections-2021/