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Kallah & AGM 2020

Postponed  November 1rst 3rd

The next Kallah and AGM will take place in Geneva on 3rd to 5th of May 2020 following the EUPJ Biennial Conference.

Details and registration below.


After Brussels, Prague, and Rome, the next Kallah of the EUPJ Rabbinic Assembly will be held in Geneva, following the EUPJ Biennial Conference. European Rabbis are invited to come together for Torah study, to reflect on the current issues that we are facing as Rabbis in Europe, and to express our unique Jewish European voice. The programme is still under construction, but like previous years, we will have study sessions, opportunities to socialize and to discuss informally in the great community centre of the GIL – Geneva.


In addition to the Intercontinental for the EUPJ biennial (details here), we have some cheaper accomodation available near Le GIL. These are very special discounted prices. Some may improve in the coming days but they may not be available for late registration.

All the hotels will give you a ticket for free public transportation during your stay.
You are responsible for registering your accomodation.

Hotel Century

We have reserved rooms at Hotel Century at CHF 120 Single Standard rooms, or CHF 148 Double Standard rooms Single Occupancy (140cm bed), including breakfast and city tax per person per night. Please mention Groupe "European Union for Progressive Judaism".

More information at:

24 Avenue de Frontenex, 1207 Genève
Tel: +41 22 592 88 88


Hotel Sagitta


We have reserved rooms at Hotel Sagitta at CHF 138 (Mon-Thu) CHF 158 (Fri-Sun) Studio Single, or CHF 158 (Mon-Thu) CHF 198 (Fri-Sun) Executive Single, both including breakfast, and city tax at CHF 3.75, per person per night.
Please mention EUPJ2020.

More information at 

6, Rue de la Flèche, 1207 Geneva

Tel: +41 22 786 33 61

Registration and Cost

To register online to the Kallah press the button :

The cost of the Kallah will be 65€.

Students rabbis, retired rabbis, unemployed, and part-time working rabbis benefit from 50% discount (32.50€).

This cost includes refreshments and diners on sunday and monday evening, but not the lunch in town on monday. Registration is only valid after full payment.

You may either pay by wire transfer (Preferred method) directly to ERA using the bank information here below.



ACCOUNT ADDRESS: 80 rue des Primeurs, 1190 Brussels, Belgium

IBAN: BE73 0018 5114 4360


Or you may pay online by card using our platform:


Draft Programme: Rabbinic Responses to Current Challenges

Sunday 3 May

3pm – 4pm: registration

4pm :                  Opening Prayer,

4pm – 5:30pm : “Speed-Studying with Tea and Coffee”

Each board member brings a text to study, and colleagues go from table to table to get to know each other. Organised by ERA Board members.

5:30pm – 6pm: Minchah

6pm – 7:30pm: Kabbalat Panim.

An open discussion among us to identify the main challenges we are facing as Rabbis, either on a personal level, or in a congregational setting, or in the larger world. Facilitated by R. Rene Pfertzel

7:30pm – 8:30pm: dinner

8:30pm – 9:30pm: The Jews of Switzerland – Rabbis François Garaï and Ruven Bar-Ephraïm

Monday 4 May

8:30am – 9:30am: Shacharit

9:30am – 10:00am: Coffee Break

10:00am – 12am: "The Migration Crisis in Europe”.

The panel will discuss the migration crisis in Europe, its political and ethical implications, how European countries respond in various ways, and a rabbinic response to it.

On the panel:Panel discussion chaired by R. Alexander Grodinsky, with Rs. Janet Darley, Natalia Verzhobvska, and François Garaï, with the participation of Giorgio Gomel from Rome.

Noon till 3pm: lunch in town and walk in Geneva. A tour may be organized. TBC

3pm – 4:30pm: A Rabbinic Response to the Rise of Populism, Racism, and Antisemitism in Europe.

Dr Keith Kahn-Harris will introduce the topic and facilitate the conversation.

4:30pm – 5pm: Minchah

5pm – 5:30pm: Coffee Break

5:30pm – 7pm: “A Rabbinic Response to the Climate Crisis”

Led and facilitated by R. Jeffrey Newman.

7pm – 8pm : Dinner

8pm – 9pm: “Non-Violent Communication”. Led by R. Jeffrey Newman.

Tuesday 5 May

8:30am – 9am: Shacharit

9am – 9:30am: Board Meeting for Board members and coffee break for participants

9:30am – 11am: “The Ethics of the Internet and Social Media”

R. Igor Zinkov and Student Rabbi Gabriel Webber

11am – 1pm: ERA AGM

1pm – 1:30pm: Siyyum: Where Are We Going Next?

1:30pm: Lunch

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