From the Chairman, March 2021

Dear members and readers,

As you know, due to the fact that pandemic is not yet over, our community life must currently take place on a virtual level. We are all looking forward to the time when we can meet again at the Migwan premises.

About a year ago we met for the Purim celebration, already complying with stricter hygiene measures. Shortly after that, the «first lockdown» followed and by Passover we had to start celebrating virtually. The focus on both Purim and, to an even greater extent, Passover is about the threats we faced, overcoming them, and achieving freedom. There is no lack of practical relevance to our present situation this year. In this sense, we wish you a liberating journey into spring.

In the course of 2020, our partner congregations and organizations in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide also had to break new grounds. The virtual meetings with Akiva Weingarten and the Jewish Community Dresden have become a pleasant tradition. We want to build on this during 2021. As in 2020, we are again planning a Shavuot exchange that will connect us with communities and friends from different countries.

The Jewish umbrella organizations PLJS, EUPJ and WUPJ and other partners (see info links) are currently optimizing coordination to make the diverse offerings of liberal-progressive Jewish communities accessible. On the part of PLJS and Migwan we will increasingly refer to such events.

Of course, we want to maintain and further develop this exchange when mutual visits and cooperation will be possible face to face again. We will then be able to use the experience with virtual platforms as a meaningful addition to our events.

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

 

With kind regards

Peter Jossi

Migwan President

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

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

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