Read below the EUPJ Baalei Tefillah Europe 2021 Graduation Ceremony Report written by Rabbi Nathan Alfred, WUPJ Head of International Development and Community Building.
The Gilbert Lederman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Baalei Tefillah Europe 2021 Programme. L to R: Alina Antoszewska receiving her award from Jesse Goldberg, Rabbi Brian Doyle and Rabbi Marc Neiger
While the COVID situation had forced the postponement of the Baalei Tefillah Europe 2021 closing weekend, several participants travelled anyway to Brussels and enjoyed meeting each other face to face. It is hoped that the gathering will be rescheduled around the weekend of Shavuot, in June 2022.
The ceremony also included speeches by Sonja Guentner, the Chair of the EUPJ, and by Gilbert Lederman. For many years Gilbert has been a prominent leader in Belgian progressive Judaism, and oversaw the cooperation and coming together of our two communities in Brussels. He has also been a significant figure in both the EUPJ and the World Union for Progressive Judaism, including as a member of the Executive Board. The Gilbert Lederman Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Baalei Tefillah Europe 2021 programme was awarded to three students, Alina Antoszewska (Poland), Mica Cantor (Switzerland) and Yael Moses (UK).
The innovative Baalei Tefillah Europe 2021 programme was made possible thanks to its sponsors, who included the North London Progressive Synagogue Trust and the EUPJ. It is hoped that a second cohort will be launched in 2022, so that more lay leaders and more communities may benefit from this outstanding programme.
Originally published on the EUPJ website.