From the Chairman

Dear Migwan Members and guests,

With an impressive evening celebration for Simchat Torah at our Migwan premises, we concluded the Sukkot and High Holiday festivities for the beginning of the Jewish New Year. For Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the nearby Oekolampad was available to us again. Despite the existing Corona restrictions, we were able to have a larger number of members and guests be present on site. At times we were over 90 participants in Rosh Hashanah. We would like to thank everyone once again who supported and enriched our events with their participation and cooperation. We would also like to thank you for the constructive feedback, which we will be very happy to take into account in order to optimize our efforts in future.

Second general meeting, December 2, 2021

Regular exchange with all of you is very important for the future development of our Migwan community as a whole. With a view to the annual planning for 2022, we are bringing back our earlier announcement of a members’ workshop. As part of our second general meeting on December 2, 2021, we will present the results of the member survey from the beginning of the year, and at the same time present the measures taken by the board and team. We would like to develop our potential together. Your wishes and ideas are just as welcome as your active participation in the implementation!

“Mitzvah Day” on Sunday, November 21, 2021

We will use this year’s “Mitzvah Day” on Sunday, November 21, 2021 for an exchange with our PLJS sister communities in Geneva and Zurich. We will be grateful if you can reserve the date. The day will begin with a virtual joint session in the morning, followed by activities decentralized within the three communities and afterwards a virtual joint conclusion. The detailed program is currently being worked out and we will inform you well in advance.

We will use the joint Mitzvah Day to promote the PLJS motto “Next Generation – sustainable future!” to conceptualize the goals and practices in our communities. EUPJ’s online summer webinar “A Jewish Response to Climate Change” provided inspiration for the future-oriented strategies and practical activities of the liberal Jewish movement. In exchange with Rabbi Sergio Bergman, President of our world umbrella organization WUPJ, concrete projects from Europe, Israel and worldwide will be presented.

Protection Measures

As is well known, a key challenge for global sustainability is the sustainable overcoming of the ongoing pandemic situation. On the part of Migwan, based on the official requirements and the protection concepts of the Jewish umbrella organizations SIG and PLJS, we contribute to this important goal. In addition to the well-established protective measures like pre-registration, restrictions on number of participants, mask requirement, the introduction of the 3-rule certificate requirement (vaccinated, recovered, tested) has been established. We also still have the option of online participation for services.

We are all looking forward to a time when all these measures will no longer be necessary. Until then, our priority goal is to ensure a healthy autumn and winter for our Migwan community.

 

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/