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Saturday, January 30
 

7:30pm

Limmud Cabaret
A lively evening of entertainment, interaction and even some learning.  A participatory Havdala leads off an evening of song, of video, of comedy, of table activities, of food and drink.  All with a Jewish flavour and all designed to get you out of the door knowing more folks than you knew coming in. Doors open at 7:00 for our 7:30 start - please don’t be late.

Saturday January 30, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Ballroom
 
Sunday, January 31
 

8:15am

Doors Open, Registration, Coffee and Snacks
Sunday January 31, 2016 8:15am - 8:50am
TBA

8:50am

Welcoming Remarks
Sunday January 31, 2016 8:50am - 9:15am
Ballroom

9:25am

A Warsaw Travelogue: Polish Jewish Places Now

Many Canadian Jews have ancestral links with Polish places without knowing much about them.  This talk, making lively use of images, will travel from the heart of the new Warsaw to Radzanow, a typical prewar Jewish market town on what was the Polish-German borderland.  Combining attention to history, a touristic eye, with the input of locals, we will travel into the Polish countryside to uncover its links with Jewish culture, as well as to experience recent developments connected with memorializing that culture.  Full of atmosphere and local detail, Poland between Warsaw and Radzanow can be terra cognita, a place of pressing questions and possibilities.


Speakers
avatar for Norman Ravvin

Norman Ravvin

Norman Ravvin is a writer and teacher.   At Concordia’s Department of Religion he chaired the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies.  His essays on Jewish Literature are collected in A House of Words: Jewish Writing, Identity and Memory.  His novels include The Joyful Child  and Lola by Night, which appeared in Serbian translation.  His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in magazines across Canada and on CBC... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room C

9:25am

Jewish Noses

Great perfumers are called "noses". Jews have been involved in perfumery throughout history including Estée Lauder and Helena Rubinstein. Many great German chemists were Jewish. We will start in biblical times and work our way up to the present day. About ten smell strips will be sent around the room so that participants can smell what we are talking about. It will be a lot of fun and people will learn, for instance, why Channel #5 is a Jewish perfume.


Speakers
avatar for Barry Shell

Barry Shell

Barry Shell is a retired writer who worked at SFU for 27 years writing about university research. In 2005 his book "Sensational Scientists" profiling 24 of Canada's greatest scientists won a national book award. Barry also plays sax and flute in a Vancouver pop music quartet.


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room B-1

9:25am

Threads of Memory - a tapestry journey

There are many themes woven through my tapestries but the brightest threads are those that explore how family stories, Jewish culture and spiritual beliefs influence my artwork. Their role and that of memory which can illuminate and distort is complex and I will attempt to unravel their paths through my imagery and iconography over the years. Using slides of my tapestries, I will take us on my journey of self-discovery and spiritual transformation in the hope it will resonate with the experiences of others. There will be many detours along the way poking into subtext made explicit, in the tradition of a good Jewish story.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Heller

Barbara Heller

Barbara Heller is a passionate proponent of the art of tapestry and its place in contemporary art. She has exhibited widely locally, nationally, and internationally. Her work has been featured in two catalogues, "Cover Ups and Revelations: the Tapestries of Barbara Heller", and "Falling from Grace". Ms. Heller has represented Canada overseas and lectured on her own work and on the place of Canadian tapestry in the world. She founded the B.C... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room G

9:25am

“Cairo to the Cloud" - a documentary-in-progress about the Cairo Geniza

I will screen selected scenes from “Cairo to the Cloud,” my documentary film-in-progress about the Cairo Geniza, a vast treasure trove of discarded manuscripts discovered in the “geniza,” or sacred storeroom of a synagogue in Old Cairo. 

The Geniza contained over 350,000 documents spanning more than a thousand years of Jewish, Christian, and Moslem life in the heart of the Islamic world.  It is an accidental archive of unprecedented diversity, including religious texts and a recipe for medieval Viagra, literary treasures and intimate letters, marriage contracts and business reports, magical amulets and children’s drawings. 

It is a collection larger, more diverse, and, arguably, more significant than the fabled Dead Sea Scrolls. Yet over a century since its discovery, the fascinating story of the Cairo Geniza is not widely known. "Cairo to the Cloud" is the first documentary feature film to illuminate the legacy of the Geniza and the surprising world it reveals.

 


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Paymar

Michelle Paymar

Michelle Paymar is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at festivals around the world, and a director and writer of documentary and non-fiction television programs for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CBC, MTV, CTV, CNBC, Travel, Discovery, History, TLC, OWN, and other major broadcasters. Her production company, D-Facto Filmstudio, makes independent documentaries and promotional films for nonprofits and NGOs. She received a Master of... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room H

9:25am

A Progressive Zionist Response to the BDS Movement

Precisely because progressive Zionists have legitimate criticism of objectionable Israeli policies and behavior, they are the best suited Jewish communal activists to respond to the anti-Israel left's calls for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, claims that Israel is an Apartheid state and more. This session will cover both substantive issues and a discussion of tactics. 



Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob is the National President of Ameinu, the progressive Zionist organization and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Zionist Movement. He serves on the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors.


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room A - Sanctuary

9:25am

Poverty in Jewish Vancouver and how to eradicate it

One in eight Jews in Vancouver lives below the poverty line. 

In a small, relatively wealthy community, why do we tolerate poverty and indignity within our community? Why do we allow mothers to miss meals and seniors to have to choose between medication and meals? We shouldn’t. And we don’t have to. 

David Kaplan, Chairman of the Jewish Family Services Agency, will provide insight on who makes up Vancouver’s poor Jews; consider the potential for poverty elimination; illustrate select, successful, cutting programs for poverty reduction from North America, Asia and Israel; teach the Talmudic approaches to Poverty; and present Vancouver’s radical plan to eradicate poverty in our community if everyone helps out.


Speakers
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

David Kaplan studied Jewish Theology at Pardes Institute at the advice of Rabbi Ahron Lichtenstein and continues to study Judaic texts weekly; he was Director of the Judaism and Democracy Program of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. David completed Graduate Studies in Business Administration, Political Affairs and Philosophy at Columbia University. He Chairs the Jewish Family Services Agency (JFSA). And founded the Jewish Education Trust... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room F

9:25am

From Ageing to Sageing - Wisdom in Later Life

Explore the second half of life as a joyful and fulfilling gift, rich with personal and spiritual growth. Based on Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's ground breaking book, "From Ageing to Sageing", this session offers concepts, tools and experiential exercises that bring meaning and dignity to our older years. 

Discover a new way to age well, and to live your life more consciously, more creatively, and more compassionately.


Speakers
avatar for Annie Klein

Annie Klein

Annie Klein works as a casting director in film and TV and is a Reiki Master, Soul Memory Discovery practitioner and artist.  She is a certified Sageing leader with years of experience as a hospice counsellor and workshop facilitator.  She was recognized and honored as an Eshet Hazon  ( woman of valour) by Aleph in 2011.


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room D

9:25am

The Torah and Hebrew must be learned and understood together
The truth of this statement will be demonstrated by exploring a couple of examples of Torah text that will be presented (in English).  This will be a new presentation of well-known stories.

Speakers
avatar for Eliezer Ben-Yehuda

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda

Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was born in Jerusalem, a descendent of illustrious scholars and authors.  His grandfather, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, a pre-Zionist visionary and pioneer of Jewish national renaissance and resettlement in Eretz-Yisrael, was a writer, lexicographer, newspaper editor, teacher (first to teach an entire curriculum in Hebrew) and statesman. | Rabbi Eliezer studied at McGill University in Montreal, at Sir George Williams... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 9:25am - 10:25am
Room E

10:25am

Break
Sunday January 31, 2016 10:25am - 10:45am
TBA

10:45am

"The most suitable diet": Jewish Vegetarianism between the wars

Fania Lewando's Vegetarian Cookbook, published in Vilna in 1937, is filled with vivid and sometimes astonishing recipes for vegetables, drawn from Jewish tradition, from European cuisine, from the nascent health food movement, and some entirely new inventions. The book was part of a numerically small but culturally relevant wave of works in the Yiddish language on vegetarianism.  This presentation will look at Fania Lewando's extraordinary book in the context of the Jewish vegetarianism of her own time.



Speakers
avatar for Eve Jochnowitz

Eve Jochnowitz

A culinary ethnographer, chef, baker and Yiddish instructor at the YIVO institute. She co-hosts a cooking show in Yiddish.


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room H

10:45am

The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky

Karen X. Tulchinsky will present her award winning novel, The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, which is set in Toronto's Jewish community in the 1930's and '40's. She will discuss the seeds of the novel, research and the writing process. She will read from the novel, followed by a question and answer period. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase. 


Speakers
KX

Karen X. Tulchinsky

Karen X. Tulchinsky is an award-winning writer and director. She is the author of The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky, which won the One Book One Vancouver Prize and was a Toronto Book Award Finalist. Her short film, Ms. Thing has screened in over 50 film festivals internationally and won Audience Choice Award at Queerfruits Australia. She is a member of Or Shalom and on the Board of Directors of the Queer Arts Festival. She teaches creative writing... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room G

10:45am

Choiceless Choices Faced by Women in the Holocaust

Women became pregnant and gave birth during the Holocaust.  Due to Nazi restrictions on reproduction of Jewish lives, women faced overwhelming ethical dilemmas both as mothers and as caregivers of other women. Difficult life and death choices were faced following the banning of births in some ghettos, when in hiding with babies, and when arriving at camps during pregnancy.  Doctors were confronted with conflicting ethical challenges when caring for these women while Rabbis were faced with difficult Halakhic guidelines.  Some of these will be explored with discussion of options and choices made by women and caregivers to be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Beverley Chalmers

Beverley Chalmers

An internationally renowned academic with over 280 publications, Dr. Chalmers is interested in the reproductive life of women in difficult circumstances. Her book “Birth, Sex and Abuse: Women’s Voices under Nazi Rule” (2015) was awarded the 2015 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Holocaust Literature, a 2016 “CHOICE “ Outstanding Academic Title” award (USA), and a National Jewish Book Award (USA). 


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room B

10:45am

Jewish community engagement across the generations (past, present & future)

Examine how engaging in Jewish community building in North America has changed over the years. As society has become more excepting of who we are how do we find new ways to engage this latest generation of community members, separate the facts from pure opinions and not panic when we see intermarriage rates rising and affiliation rates dropping. Get an inside look from 10 years engaging community in Colorado, New York and now in Vancouver from the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. 


Speakers
avatar for Ezra Shanken

Ezra Shanken

Ezra S. Shanken is the CEO of The Greater Vancouver Jewish Federation where he has the privilege of leading the 3rd largest Canadian Jewish community and Canada’s western hub. He joined the next generation of Federation leadership when he became one of the youngest to assume the job of Federation CEO in the spring of 2014. A third generation Jewish Communal Professional with a specialty in the engagement of what he coins “Generation... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room F

10:45am

Justice for Jews from Arab Countries

here were more Jewish refugees from Arab countries consequent on the establishment of the State of Israel than Palestinian refugees. The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Parliament of Canada in 2013 recommended that the Government of Canada encourage that both refugee populations be part of any just and comprehensive resolution to the Israeli Palestinian and Arab Israeli conflicts. The Government of Canada did not accept this recommendation.  The presentation would attempt to justify the recommendation.


Speakers
avatar for David Matas

David Matas

David Matas is legal counsel to the NGO Justice for Jews from Arab Countries.  He is an immigration, refugee and international human rights lawyer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Order of Canada.  


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room A - Sanctuary

10:45am

Jewish Mindfulness

The relationship between Judaism, and meditation and yoga is deep and indelible. At its core, the Torah espouses a notion of prayer that is rooted in ‘mindful-movements.’ The Talmud grounds the institution of prayer in the intimate and vivid stories of the patriarchs engaged in meditative-yoga or prayer. This session, will lay the groundwork for an understanding of Judaism and meditation and yoga, as well as an introduction to the hot topic of mindfulness meditation. The workshop will incorporate some basic exercises in mindfulness meditation, namely: hatha yoga, awareness of breath meditation and ‘mindful-Jewish-prayer’. 


Speakers
avatar for Marlon Danilewitz

Marlon Danilewitz

Marlon Danilewitz was born across the seas in South Africa and now currently resides in Vancouver. He is a medical resident at the UBC, certified yoga instructor and mindfulness meditation teacher. Marlon has been the primary investigator on multiple clinical trials involving yoga and meditation interventions. He is a Moishe House resident and active part of the Vancouver Jewish community. 


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room D

10:45am

Bayom Hahu: Zechariah's Interfaith Vision

We close our Jewish prayer services with the Aleynu, which ends with the wild interfaith vision of the prophet Zechariah: “On that day, God will be One, and God’s name will be One.” Who was this prophet, describing dreams and night visions so cryptic, even our greatest scholars are baffled by them? What did he envision as world religious unity - a single religion, a shared mystical experience, a comfort with diversity? How is his utopian vision relevant in our time of religious conflict? We will explore these questions through lecture, discussion, and text study.


Speakers
avatar for Laura Duhan Kaplan

Laura Duhan Kaplan

Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan, Ph.D., is Director of Inter-Religious Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. She is a passionate teacher, writer, animal-lover, mother of young adults, and musical partner with Charles. An award-winning educator, she is also faculty at ALEPH Ordination Programs; Professor Emerita of Philosophy, UNC-Charlotte; and Rabbi Emerita, Or Shalom Synagogue.


Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room E

10:45am

Ruth: The Torah Awakens

In order to fully understand the story of Ruth we must also understand two similar stories: the racy narratives of Lot and his daughters and Judah and Tamar. Ruth is also the fulfillment and spiritual heir to the promise God made to Abraham. Each of these narrative story lines are left hanging in the Torah and only culminate centuries later in the book of Ruth. Far from being a stand-alone book, it is the epic sequel and wrap up to stories that all began in the Torah. 


Speakers

Sunday January 31, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Room C

11:45am

Break
Sunday January 31, 2016 11:45am - 12:05pm
TBA

12:05pm

On Yona Wings

The last one hundred years are thought of as a great success in Zionist activism for us, the Jews of Ethiopia.  Actually, the era begins in the year 1908 when Dr. Yaakov Faitlovich visited the Jewish village known as Woleka for a second time and brought the Jews of Ethiopia to the attention of the entire world, setting the face of the Jewish community to international public awareness and setting its fate.  In this year, Yona Bogale was born in the village Woleka.    In 1922 Dr. Faitlovich came again to Woleka, for a third time for an additional visit accompanied by Professor Taamrat Emmanuel.  At this time a close connection between Yona and Feitlovich was created.  In this same yea, when Feitlovich was ready to return to Europe he wanted to take Yona with him and requested the permission of his parents.  In this journey Feitlovich took with him four children  Later, he was sent to Frankfort , Lucerne, Paris, where he enrolled in a teachers’ training institute, a school that belongs to “L’Alliance,” an organization at whose head stood the Baron Rothschild.  Beginning from the year 1953 Yona acted through the Jewish Agency for the education and welfare of the Ethiopian Jews.  In the years of Yona’s activities, the connection with the Jewish world expanded and was strengthened.  He was in contact through correspondence with Jewish leaders throughout the world and with representatives of Jewish communities, some of whom came to visit the group that had been cut off from the Jewish stream for thousand of years.  Yona would draft every Jew who came to Ethiopia and upon his return home would serve as an ambassador and spokesman for the Jews of Ethiopia.  With the years, the pressure on behalf of aliyah from Ethiopia came forth.  In Europe and especially in the United States activist committees promoting aliyah were established.  These past thirty years we are witnesses to the results and achievements of his many efforts and activities.


Speakers
avatar for Doron Yona

Doron Yona

My name is Doron Yona I am 39 years old a father to two boys Orian and Leroy. I was born and raised in Israel in the city of Petach Tiqva. both my parents were born in Ethiopia and came to Israel in the 50’s and the early 70’s. I have a master degree in public administration from Bar Ilan university. I came to Canada in the summer of 2012 with my wife Ronit and our two boys. And we were welcomed by a wonderful community which we... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:05pm
Room C

12:05pm

Tel Aviv in History and Art

How  did the founders of Tel Aviv envision the future of "The First Hebrew City"? And how have historians, painters, novelists, and songwriters interpreted Tel Aviv, its accomplishments, and its significance for life in Israel? This discussion will include a focus on works, for example, by S. Yizhar, Etgar Keret, Naomi Shemer, Nachum Guttman, and Reuven Rubin.


Speakers
avatar for Naomi Sokoloff

Naomi Sokoloff

Professor Naomi Sokoloff has taught modern Jewish literature and Hebrew at the University of Washington(Seattle) since 1985. Her most recent book is "Boundaries of Jewish Identity," co-edited with Susan Glenn  (UW Press 2010). Currently she is organizing a symposium, to be held at UW on May 23-24, 2016, called "Hebrew and the Humanities: Present Tense." This symposium will be held in conjunction with the Stroum Lectures, featuring Dara... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:05pm
Room G

12:05pm

Understanding Israeli Politics; How Do You Run a Country with 12 Parties Represented in the Parliament?

In this session we will learn about the Israeli political system, meet the current leading players and trace the different party platforms back to the Zionist movements that established the state in 1948. We will also look at the results of the recent elections.



Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob

Kenneth Bob is the National President of Ameinu, the progressive Zionist organization and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Zionist Movement. He serves on the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors.


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:05pm
Room H

12:05pm

Memorializing Jewish Vilna: Translating the work of Yiddish writer Abraham Karpinowitz

We will look at the work of Yiddish writer Abraham Karpinowitz (Avrom Karpinovitsh in Yiddish), examining his skillful interweaving of fiction, creative non-fiction, and memoir to commemorate the annihilated world of Jewish Vilna (contemporary Vilnius, Lithuania) in the 1930’s, particularly the experiences of the amcha, the poor and uneducated women and men of the community. Focusing on memorialization, Helen will share her experience translating Karpinowitz’s work from Yiddish into English. We will look at how this translation (and translation out of Yiddish in general) furthers the work of memorialization, examining what is lost in translation.


Speakers
avatar for Helen Mintz

Helen Mintz

Vilna My Vilna: Stories by Abraham Karpinowitz, translated from the Yiddish by Helen Mintz, was published in 2015 by Syracuse University Press. Helen was a 2014 fellowette with the Yiddish Book Center. Her translations have appeared in Pakn Treger and Jewishfiction.net. Helen has written four one-woman shows reframing contemporary Jewish women's identity. She has performed these shows in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Lithuania.


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Room B

12:05pm

Jews on the Iberian Peninsula: Current Research Trends, New Questions

For nearly 25 years Robert Daum has been researching and traveling to Spain, including collaborating over the past 10 years with Spanish scholars and universities in various projects. Currently, with a Spanish scholar at UBC's Okanagan campus, he is co-leading an international research consortium of 30+ researchers; several of the consortium's nine interdisciplinary projects -- from archaeology to religious history to contemporary art -- are based in or closely connected to Spain. In this session, "Jews on the Iberian Peninsula," he proposes to address some current trends in research, which may suggest new ways of thinking about the history of Jews and Judaism  on the Iberian Peninsula.


Speakers
avatar for Robert Daum

Robert Daum

Rabbi Dr. Robert Daum (PhD, Berkeley) is a Fellow at SFU's Centre for Dialogue. At UBC he advises the Office of the Vice-President for Student Engagement, where he also holds appointments in three academic units. He is a Director of The Laurier Institution and of Reconciliation Canada, and Co-convenor of a Strategy Group for the Vancouver Immigration Partnership. He co-leads an international research consortium of 9 interdisciplinary teams at... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Room A - Sanctuary

12:05pm

Niggun as Spiritual Practice

Kalonymus Kalman Shapira, the Piesetzner Rebbe, perished in the Holocaust.  He was a profound educational theorist who cultivated chassidim by conveying the delight of a life close to God and empowering his students to participate in their own spiritual development.  We will study the rebbe’s treatise on how to embrace a niggun so that it sings “its own song" and the soul “breaks open a path to the height of the heavens.”  The session will conclude with the visual and aural presentation of an artwork generated by Rabbi Hannah's own niggun practice.


Speakers
avatar for Hannah Dresner

Hannah Dresner

Rabbi Hannah Dresner works to revitalize Judaism integrating experiences of head, heart and physical being into Jewish practice so that our religious lives truly address the breadth of our human needs. She serves as spiritual leader of Or Shalom, a Jewish Renewal synagogue in Vancouver. Ordained as rabbi by the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal in 2014, she is also an ordained spiritual director, a mashpiah ruchanit. Rabbi Hannah comes to the... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Room D

12:05pm

War and Occupation

Through traditional Jewish texts we will examine the consequences of a Jewish narrative of power in the real world? We know that the use of power is morally obligatory, how do we use power justly in the context of war and the context of the occupation of another people? What is the Jewish theory of just and unjust war? How does the way we speak and act toward occupation fit into our moral goals?


Speakers
avatar for Dan Moskovitz

Dan Moskovitz

Dan Moskovitz was named Senior Rabbi of Temple Sholom in July, 2013. Prior to joining Temple Sholom, Rabbi Moskovitz was Associate Rabbi at Temple Judea, in Los Angeles, California for 13 years. Rabbi Moskovitz is the author of numerous articles and publications including The Men’s Seder (MRJ Press) an experiential journey through the Passover Seder for Jewish men. He is a frequent lecturer to Jewish professional groups on the use of... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Room E

12:05pm

Witchcraft and Sorcery in Judaism

What does Judaism have to say about witchcraft and sorcery?  Real?  False?  Good for the Jews or bad for the Jews?  We will explore key biblical, mishnaic and talmudic texts to discover more about this fascinating topic.


Speakers
avatar for Abba Brodt

Abba Brodt

Abba Brodt is the Principal of Richmond Jewish Day School, a father and husband, and  is passionate about Jewish identity and the power of Jewish learning.


Sunday January 31, 2016 12:05pm - 1:20pm
Room F

1:20pm

Lunch
Sunday January 31, 2016 1:20pm - 2:15pm
Ballroom

2:15pm

Hear, O Israel: Rereading the Shema through Modern Jewish Poetry

This discussion will consider ways in which modern poets such as Primo Levi, Eliaz Cohen, Chava-Pinchas-Cohen, and Marcia Falk have drawn on, responded to, and reinterpreted the traditional Shema.      


Speakers
avatar for Naomi Sokoloff

Naomi Sokoloff

Professor Naomi Sokoloff has taught modern Jewish literature and Hebrew at the University of Washington(Seattle) since 1985. Her most recent book is "Boundaries of Jewish Identity," co-edited with Susan Glenn  (UW Press 2010). Currently she is organizing a symposium, to be held at UW on May 23-24, 2016, called "Hebrew and the Humanities: Present Tense." This symposium will be held in conjunction with the Stroum Lectures, featuring Dara... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room E

2:15pm

Would that I were gefilte fish: geography and dialectology of a national dish

In 1910 the Yiddish daily Forward warned of "The war between Chop Suey and Gefilte Fish" The Yiddish language and gefilte fish are the two threads connecting Ashkenazic Jewry worldwide, even as they divide the Jewish people into fiercely partisan camps.  This presentation will examine classic and modern sources on the special Jewish connection to fish to time, fish to place, and fish to the Jewish imagination.


Speakers
avatar for Eve Jochnowitz

Eve Jochnowitz

A culinary ethnographer, chef, baker and Yiddish instructor at the YIVO institute. She co-hosts a cooking show in Yiddish.


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room A - Sanctuary

2:15pm

Jewish Canadian Military Heroes

Canadian Jews have served in every one of Canada's wars since the South African (Boer) War. The Canadian Jewish War Memorial Book of Remembrance, (published in 2004 and weighing over 10 pounds) attempts to list all the names of Jews who volunteered for service, were wounded, killed or received distinctions. Less than 100 copies of this book were printed. I would bring a rare copy of this book, describe the heritage of Jewish Canadians who served in wartime and offer the opportunity for participants to search the book for records of their family members.


Speakers
avatar for Ed Fitch

Ed Fitch

Born in Montreal, Joined Canadian Army 1966, BEng(Civil) Royal Military College 1971. Military Engineer/Combat Engineer with service in Quebec City, Germany, Chilliwack, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Former Yugoslavia, etc.Final military appointment was Assistant to Canadian Armed Forces Joint Force Commander for 2010 Winter Olympics. Retired in Victoria at the rank of Major-General with 43 years of service. Currently volunteer member of... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room F

2:15pm

If you Prick Us, Shall We Not Bleed? Ideologically Challenging Entertainment and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Ideologically Challenging Entertainment (ICE) is an approach to deradicalization that was first implemented through a theatrical adaptation of The Merchant of Venice titled Two Merchants. Each performance included two versions: a Jewish dominated society with an Arab Muslim minority, contrasted with an Arab Muslim dominated society and a Jewish minority. Audience responses to the show demonstrated that, not only did the production increase tolerance in relation to the Arab-Israeli conflict, but results indicated that using the Arab-Israeli conflict as a case study, may have, in this instance, inspired increased tolerance and reduced prejudice towards other victimized groups as well.


Speakers
avatar for Dana Chalmers

Dana Chalmers

Dr Dana Lori Chalmers focuses her research interests on the relationship between ideological radicalization and violent conflict. She recently developed an approach to creating Ideologically Challenging Entertainment (ICE) – entertainment that challenges the ideologies that support violent conflict through the use of parallel, entertaining narratives. She has also conducted and presented research on the influence of theatre and... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room B

2:15pm

Etz v’ Even (Wood and Stone) – Confessions of a Recovered Jewish Buddhist (or Jewbu)

The Torah repeatedly warns us not to pursue other gods or worship idols of “wood and stone,” lest we “turn our back on God.” Yet, over the centuries, especially since the Holocaust, this is precisely (or not so precisely) what countless well-meaning Jews, famous and otherwise, have done, though many remained tethered to their Judaism – including this session’s presenter.

This session explores the allure of Eastern religion for generations of educated Jewish men and women and how the Torah has approached this topic (clearly not just a modern concern). Hear first-hand accounts of the presenter’s foray into this world for 13 years, along with his struggles, temptations, insights and ultimate return to Judaism.


Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Balin

Jeffrey Balin

As a second-generation Holocaust survivor of Hungarian parents, Jeffrey Balin sought deeper spiritual insights than were offered by his Hebrew school education. Eventually, he found many of them in the form of Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, which he studied for 13 years before returning exclusively to Judaism with vastly greater appreciation of his Jewish roots and traditions. Professionally, Jeff is an established Leadership and Career Coach... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room C

2:15pm

Meditation on a Single Verse: Opening to the Midrashic Process

Many verses and phrases in the Tanach/Hebrew Bible awaken us to the Mystery that pulses through our hearts and minds. When we open to their essence, inspiration flows as poetry and prose, songs and dances, prayers and teachings. Using the Midrashic Process of focusing on a single verse, we will explore some of these potent verses and allow our unique understanding and interpretation to be revealed. Etz Chayyim Hi - She is truly a Tree of Life that blesses those who embrace Her with the fruits of wisdom.


Speakers
avatar for Hanna Tiferet Siegel

Hanna Tiferet Siegel

Rabbi Hanna Tiferet has been planting the seeds of Jewish Renewal since the late 1960′s through new music, liturgical innovation, and attunement to Mother Earth and the Divine Feminine. She has recorded eight albums of healing and heart-centered music. In 1982, she was the first woman to be blessed with the title of "Eshet Hazon v'Miyaledet Neshama - Woman of Vision and Midwife of the Soul." She co-founded Or... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room D

2:15pm

Golems and A.I.: the Ethics of Servitude

As technology continues to advance and the devices we rely on become even “smarter”, the creation of sentient mechanical beings seems increasingly possible. This raises interesting moral questions.  Historically concepts of “personhood” stem from Aristotelian notions about who is “worthy of enslavement”. The Golem of Jewish lore was not considered a person, so he is not considered a “slave” in the classic sense.  But what about androids or cylons? If it is technologically possible, is it morally right to create sentient beings to serve us? What are the risks? What are our moral responsibilities? We explore traditional and contemporary sources.


Speakers
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Lindsey bat Joseph

Rabbi Y. Lindsey bat Joseph was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati (1996) where she also earned her M.A. Hebrew Letters, majoring in Jewish liturgy and philosophy. She began her rabbinic career as the Rabbi-Educator for Temple Beth Ora (Edmonton) where she werved for 11 years and participated extensively in interfaith community activities.  In 2008, she... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room G

2:15pm

Masters of Short Fiction in the Talmud

We will explore the Rabbinic stories presented in the Talmud and the related literature to explore the genius of Rabbinic Narrative


Speakers
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Andrew Rosenblatt

Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt comes to us from Baltimore, Maryland. The great grandson of Yossle Rosenblatt and grandson of Rabbi Dr. Samuel Rosenblatt graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry and English Literature and a Masters in Science in Bio-Organic Chemistry. Having finished secular studies, Rabbi Rosenblatt spent two years in Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel which ultimately led him to receiving semicha from... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Room H

3:15pm

Break
Sunday January 31, 2016 3:15pm - 3:30pm
TBA

3:30pm

Two Jewish Giants of Opera.

A look at the life and work of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Fromental Halevy.


Speakers
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David Skulski

I am the founder of Early Music Vancouver, founder and director of The Towne Waytes and Harmonie. I was solo English Horn with the Vancouver Symphony at the age of 17. I am a Jewish Secular Humanist and served as President of the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture where I produced ¡Festival! A celebration of Latin American Jewish culture and where I have given several lectures on music with a Jewish perspective.


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room G

3:30pm

Sephardic Judaism-The Judaism of the Future

Sephardic Judaism is so rich and often is being forgotten.

In this lecture, we will travel to the Sephardic World and will explore it together.

We will learn what Sephardic Judaism contributed to the world and how it has the potential of becoming the Judaism of the future. 

 


Speakers
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Ilan Acoca

Rabbi Ilan Acoca was born and raised in Bat-Yam, Israel. At the age of thirteen he moved to Montreal, Quebec. He got his Rabbinical ordination from the Rabbinical institution Yeshiva Gedola Mercaz Hatorah Beth Hamidrash L'horaah in Montreal. In addition, he has a Master's Degree in Talmudic Law and a Bachelors of Arts from Universite De Montreal. Rabbi Acoca is an expert Mohel who was trained under world renown Mohel Rabbi Shlomo Mahfud. ... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room F

3:30pm

The Two Sisters that Loved Eliezer Ben-Yehuda

“No man is an Island,” it is said. Washington had his Martha, Ben-Gurion had Paula, King David had Bat-Sheva — and Ben-Yehuda had his woman… In fact, he had two! These two helped make him able to succeed in the fulfillment of his “mission”.  Come learn about the history of this famous first family of the modern Hebrew language and its effect on the development of the modern State of Israel.

 


Speakers
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Eliezer Ben-Yehuda

Rabbi Eliezer Ben-Yehuda was born in Jerusalem, a descendent of illustrious scholars and authors.  His grandfather, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, a pre-Zionist visionary and pioneer of Jewish national renaissance and resettlement in Eretz-Yisrael, was a writer, lexicographer, newspaper editor, teacher (first to teach an entire curriculum in Hebrew) and statesman. | Rabbi Eliezer studied at McGill University in Montreal, at Sir George Williams... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room B

3:30pm

What is Jewish Art?

The Second Commandment, which forbids the making of “any graven image,” might suggest that Jewish art is a contradiction in terms. Yet the rich history of Judaic visual culture is inseparable from the construction of Jewish identity. In this lecture we examine some of the greatest masterworks of Jewish art, including ritual objects and manuscripts, early synagogue architecture, the ancient frescoes of Dura Europos and the mosaic floors of the Beth Alpha Synagogue, and the work of such celebrated 19th-century Jewish artists as Moritz Oppenheim and Maurycy Gottlieb, the School of Paris, and Marc Chagall.


Speakers
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Efrat El-Hanany

Dr. Efrat El-Hanany, an art historian, specializes in the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance, with interests in Chinese, Jewish and contemporary art. She graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a BA in the History of Art and East Asian Studies and a BA in Education. After several years teaching and developing educational programs at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem she went on to earn an MA and a PhD (Italian Renaissance) from... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room A - Sanctuary

3:30pm

Green Yeshiva: A Jewish perspective on humanity’s relationship with the Earth

After a brief introduction, we’ll watch a 20-minute film, "The Overview Effect", about the shift in awareness reported by people in spaceflight, who view Earth from a distance. Participants will break into small groups (two to five people, depending on the number of attendees). Each group will review a different piece of writing from Jewish law, liturgy or lore (provided by the facilitator) to discuss whether the film’s themes resonate with the text. They will report any resonances back to the larger group for further discussion.


Speakers
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Gail Mainster

Gail Mainster, Communications Specialist, David Suzuki Foundation   Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gail grew up listening to David Suzuki on radio and TV, and first heard him describe himself as a “vulgarizer” — a person who makes complex language easier to understand — in a 1986 speech to the Canadian Medical Association, when she was doing exactly that for physicians and their patients as Communications Manager for... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room H

3:30pm

Shift Happens! Difficult Conversations

Compassionate Listening and Nonviolent Communication are communication “cousins” that emphasize compassion as the motivation for action rather than fear,  shame, blame, coercion or threat.  We will dramatize actual conversations between Israelis and Palestinians.  There will be opportunity to practice in real-life situations.

 


Speakers
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Carol Ann Fried

Carol Ann Fried is a professional keynote speaker, trainer and coach.  Best known for her playful modus operandi, she has been involved with facilitating Compassionate Communication aka NonViolent Communication (NVC) for several years.
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Bonnie Klein

Bonnie Sherr Klein is a retired documentary film maker, author and disability rights advocate.   Bonnie and Michael were delegates on the 2008 Compassionate Listening tour to Israel/Palestine.
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Michael Klein

Dr. Michael C. Klein is a maternity care researcher and Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Pediatrics at UBC.  Bonnie and Michael were delegates on the 2008 Compassionate Listening tour to Israel/Palestine.


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room E

3:30pm

How Happiness Thinks: Finding a Self-Concept of Happiness

How you think about yourself is crucial to your happiness. What is the self-concept that yields happiness, protects against the misery of low self-esteem, and avoid self-centeredness?

This workshop draws on Talmudic, Mystical and contemporary teachings to present Judaisms ultimate Happiness-inspiring self concept.


Speakers
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Yechiel Baitelman

Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman is a community leader, spiritual mentor and educator in Judaism and Chassidut. Rabbi Baitelman studied at rabbinical colleges in London, Boston and New York City. He received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Tomechei Tmimim College in New York. As a student, Rabbi Baitelman was chosen by the Rebbe to travel to the former Soviet Union to reestablish the Jewish community in Minsk and to develop Jewish education... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room C

3:30pm

Integral Halachah: A New Approach to an Old Process

Since the publication of the Shulchan Aruch in the 16th century, halachists have relied more on proof texts and less on experience. As a result, rabbis speak mostly to the already committed while. for most, halachah is irrelevant and/or oppressive.

Come and learn a new/old approach to the halachic process, a path which connects the smallest details of our lives to the revelation of our collective purpose in the Sinai desert and the vision of a redeemed world toward which we aim. We’ll look at the halachic process prior to modernity and into our current, paradigm-shifting reality We will then apply what Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi called the Psycho-Halachic process (now called Integral Halachah) to one current issue as we strive to remain both “backwards compatible” and present to this moment.


Speakers
avatar for Daniel Siegel

Daniel Siegel

Daniel was the first person to receive semichah from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (in 1974). He cofounded Or Shalom along with R. Hanna Tiferet, served as the Hillel Director in Vancouver, as Jewish Chaplain at Dartmouth College, and Rabbinic Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He was a founding member of the Academic Vaad of the ALEPH Ordination Program and still teaches a course for the senior rabbinical students. He currently... Read More →


Sunday January 31, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room D