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Saturday, March 10
 

7:30pm

Registration
Saturday March 10, 2018 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Main Street

7:45pm

Havdallah
Presenter
avatar for Neshama Choir

Neshama Choir

The Neshama choir, founded in 2016 by high school teacher Avi Posen is made up of grades 10-12 students who love to sing Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish songs.  The choir has performed around the community, for school events, the Gwen Secter Holocaust Survivor group, the Stay Young Group at the RJCC, Limmud 2017, Yom HaShoah ceremony and many more... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 7:45pm - 8:00pm
Main Street

8:00pm

How I Got So Funny
Comedian Benji Rothman talks about the business of comedy, crafting a joke, and how Jewish humour plays to different crowds.

Presenter
avatar for Benji Rothman

Benji Rothman

Benji Rothman has been doing stand-up comedy for about six years. He also writes plays and sketches, produces shows, acts a bit, and produces short films and videos. He has a performed all over Canada, including the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Fringe Festival, and Sirius XM Canada... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Adult Lounge

8:00pm

From the Frozen Chosen to the Hebrew Hammer
The story begins in the back of a bobsled and culminates with 3 historical Skeleton runs at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. David Greaves began his journey, as a founding member of the Israeli Bobsled team in 2002 and for the past 10 years has been the President of the Israeli Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. He has navigated the tricky waters of Israeli sport, politics and international relations to realize his dream of taking a team to the Olympic games. David also reveals the poignant moment when he realized that he will forever be linked to the tragic death of the Munich 11 and how marching in the opening ceremony he and the Israeli team carried those team members with them. At this session David Greaves will be interview by CJOB’s Morning Show host Greg Mackling

Presenter
avatar for David Greaves

David Greaves

David’s passion for Jewish community and for Israel led him to leave a successful hi-tech sales career in 2004 to become a Jewish Community professional in Winnipeg. After 6 rewarding years at the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg followed by 4 years at the Jewish Foundation of Man... Read More →
avatar for Greg Mackling

Greg Mackling

Greg co-hosts “Mackling and Megarry”, weekday mornings from 6-10 AM, as well as hosting the half-time show on Winnipeg Blue Bomber radio broadcasts.Greg is comfortable sharing stories from his personal journey through life, including his wide variety of work experience, busin... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Wellness Room

8:00pm

We Keep Coming Back - A Play by the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (additional tickets required)
A mother and son, both descendants of Polish Holocaust survivors, decide to return to Poland in hopes of finding their lost identity and reconnecting with each other. The quest, however, takes an unexpected turn when they discover a vibrant contemporary world of Jewish life in Poland. We Keep Coming Back is performed by Winnipeg’s Mary Berchard and Michael Rubenfeld, who are real-life mother and son, alongside Katka Reszke, author of ‘Return of the Jew’. It is presented in a media rich environment, incorporating video footage, archival material, and music.
“Authentic… moving and dramatic.” – Mooney on Theatre


Saturday March 10, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Berney Theatre

9:00pm

Reception
Join us for the Limmud Openning Night Reception and enjoy a wonderful selection of pizzas, tortes & more.


Saturday March 10, 2018 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Main Street

9:15pm

Music with Neshama
Made up of students from grades 10-12, Neshama is Gray Academy’s singing troupe. Neshama has performed at a variety of community functions as well as within the school community. With Hebrew and Yiddish favourites, the members of Neshama look forward to performing again at Limmud.!

Presenter
avatar for Neshama Choir

Neshama Choir

The Neshama choir, founded in 2016 by high school teacher Avi Posen is made up of grades 10-12 students who love to sing Hebrew, Yiddish and other Jewish songs.  The choir has performed around the community, for school events, the Gwen Secter Holocaust Survivor group, the Stay Young Group at the RJCC, Limmud 2017, Yom HaShoah ceremony and many more... Read More →


Saturday March 10, 2018 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Main Street
 
Sunday, March 11
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Start the Limmud experience with a good breakfast including coffee, tea, juice, bagels, muffins, yogurt, & fruit.

Sunday March 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
MPR

8:00am

Registration
Sunday March 11, 2018 8:00am - 4:00pm
Main Street

9:00am

Tour of the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre
A one-hour guided tour of our local Holocaust museum founded by survivors, with artefacts donated by Winnipeg survivors and their children. Thousands of local students have toured this excellent space right here on the Asper Campus, but many in the community have never visited it and are unaware of the stories behind photos and objects.

Presenter
avatar for Belle Jarniewski

Belle Jarniewski

Belle Jarniewski has been Chair of the Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre since 2009. She also represents Canada on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, serving on the Academic Working Group and on the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. She has de... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
MPR

9:00am

9:00am

Water- Israel's Greatest Triumph & the Return of the Original Blood Libel
Judaism & the Jewish people have been shaped in part by millennia of contact with civilizations of the Nile; Mesopotamia & the Syrian/Arabian desert. Respectively- the land of one river, the land of two rivers & the land of no rivers. Water- its plenty or scarcity & how it is sourced are defining elements in molding a nation's character. While modern Israel's achievements in agriculture & irrigation are well known,  we will explore some lesser-known accomplishments in water conservation; water recycling; nutrient recycling & desalinization. We will also examine a new twist (The Jews drank all the water) on an old libel: "The Jews poisoned the water".

Presenter
avatar for Patrick Elazar

Patrick Elazar

Patrick Elazar lived in Israel during the 70’s & 80’s, served in the Israel Defence Force in a combat unit and established kibbutz Gezer. He has degrees in middle-east studies & agricultural economics and works as Senior Commodity Trader with Trouw-Nutrition Canada. Patrick lives in Winnipeg with his family... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 222 - Second Floor

9:00am

Stories Behind the Photos
Photography and Travel!   There are two of my favourite hobbies.  On our travels, we make a point of visiting synagogues making connections with Jewish people all over the world.  I look forward to sharing some of the stories behind the photos,

Presenter
avatar for Alex Zimmer

Alex Zimmer

Alex Zimmer uses the term "Hobbyist Photographer".  He has been shooting with a Nikon camera for over forty years but it was digital photography that changed the direction and the style of his photos. Besides practicing his profession as a dentist, he is one of the photo crew for the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and volunteer at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He has photographed families, weddings, websites and charitable events... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 224 - Second Floor

9:00am

Chavruta One on One
Do you find Jewish sources intimidating? Wondering how you could ever study text? Bring a friend or meet a new friend at this session where the text is provided by expert teachers from Limmud International. Faye  Rosenberg Cohen and Patti Cohen will be your guides as you choose and explore a text from one of several options.

Presenter
avatar for Patti Cohen

Patti Cohen

Patti Cohen is a retired Winnipeg School Division teacher. She is completing a Masters degree in Judaic Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. She has taught the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at both the Rady Centre and Shaarey Zedek Sy... Read More →
avatar for Faye Rosenberg Cohen

Faye Rosenberg Cohen

Faye Rosenberg-Cohen is Jewish community professional who loves Jewish learning as a favourite passtime. With children all grown, she returned to Jewish learning by participating in the first class of the Melton Adult Mini School in Winnipeg, has attended the week long Pardes Exe... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 225 - Second Floor - Beit Midrash

9:00am

Orthodox Judaism for Scientists and Skeptics: The Religious Thought of Yeshayahu Leibowitz
Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz (1903-1994) was a scientist, rationalist, and committed Orthodox Jew. He is remembered as a political activist, but his religious thought is a godsend for anyone struggling with the challenges facing Judaism in today’s world. Why be observant when God allowed the Holocaust, historians think the Exodus from Egypt never happened, Jewish tradition is out of step with the modern world, and the State of Israel is no better than any other country? Decades ago, Professor Leibowitz boldly faced these challenges and opened a Jewish path through them. Some of us may follow him on that path; all of us can be inspired by the intelligence and fearlessness of his approach to serving God in a godless world.

Presenter
avatar for Justin Jaron Lewis

Justin Jaron Lewis

Justin Jaron Lewis is a rabbi and professor of Jewish Studies, teaching in the Judaic Studies Program and the Department of Religion, University of Manitoba. He is the author of Imagining Holiness: Classic Hasidic Tales in Modern Times, and translator of Many Pious Women, a Yiddi... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 220 - Second Floor

9:00am

The Seinfeld Finale: A Jewish Perspective
Let’s see what conclusions we can draw using different Jewish sources to examine and analyze the controversial finale of the classic sitcom Seinfeld, in which the gang – Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer – are literally taken to trial for the way they’ve treated and interacted with people throughout their lives. Are they guilty of any crimes under Jewish law?

Presenter
avatar for Matthew Leibl

Matthew Leibl

Matthew Leibl is a Rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Winnipeg. He was ordained in July 2016 by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute in New York, but has been involved in Jewish ritual and the Jewish community since he was 19 years old, in such roles as Torah reader, Bar/Ba... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 223 - Second Floor

10:00am

Choice of Family Fun Zone Hosted by the Rady JCC (All Ages) or Cooking Workshop (Children 6 years and up)
Children Programs are geared for children 3 years and up

Join the Rady JCC family Fun Zone including bouncers, games, riding toys and more (10-12pm)
or
Take part of a hands on baking Workshop (10:15- 11:15 am)

For both activities children will be accompanied by a counselor/volunteer

Sunday March 11, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room 105

10:15am

Kavanah Through Music
Through the exploration of the melodies of our Siddur and Machzor as well as popular music, we will discover how music can impact the spirit.
For thousands of centuries music has comforted, celebrated, educated and in many ways shaped our responses to the world. 
This introduction to Kavanah through Music is intended to inspire you to sing, chant or listen to music with intention (Kavanah). Regardless of the sound quality of our voices, we can experience music as a spiritual journey of prayer.

Presenter
avatar for Tracy Kasner Greaves

Tracy Kasner Greaves

Tracy is entering her 14th year as Cantor at Congregation Etz Chayim.  She studied music at the Conservatory of Music and Arts including over 10 years of vocal training with noted vocal instructor Diane Berger and training at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and in the Musical Theatre Senior Performance Group. At the age of 16, Tracy began studying Chazzanut and Jewish Music with various cantors and Jewish educators. She began formal training in 2002, when she worked with the Cantor’s Assembly syllabus under the guidance of her long time mentor, Cantor Sanford Cohn. Tracy’s love of ethnic and world music led her to the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble where she performed for over 20 years as a lead vocalist. Tracy served as the Ensemble’s Artistic Director for 13 years, where she enjoyed creating exciting performances, including co-producing and directing a full-length concert featuring Chai and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 2002 and more recently... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Music Room - Main Floor

10:15am

Choosing Judaism
Moderated by Rabbi Aníbal Mass, this panel will explore different journeys to choosing Judaism. Conversion to Judaism is chosen by those who discover their affinity to Jewish beliefs and thought intellectually, experiencing Judaism through a significant other, or finding spirituality in new ways. Hear the stories of different paths to becoming Jewish.

Presenter
avatar for Jami & Alvin Cadonic

Jami & Alvin Cadonic

Jami (Rosenberg) Cadonic was born and raised in Winnipeg. She married Alvin Cadonic in 2013. She has been involved in the Jewish community her entire life by taking swimming lessons and then teaching swimming at the Rady JCC. Currently Jami is working with the City of Winnipeg doing what she loves to do, teaching kids and lifeguarding.Alvin Cadonic was born in Vancouver, BC. When he was one, he moved to Lynn Lake, Manitoba. From there he moved to Winnipeg and has lived in Winnipeg ever since. Alvin went to college at the age of 23 to be a Pharmacy Technician and currently works at Red River Co-Op Pharmacy. He also operates Custom Path Creative Media and Design, specializing in building small business websites (such as Limmud Winnipeg's... Read More →
CC

Chase Curtis

Chase was born and raised in Winnipeg to secular parents whose lineage descends primarily from Britain/Czechoslovakia and Germany.His earliest memory is that of Eretz Israel with Zionism being the medium to achieve it. That appeared to him in a state of reflection between the ages of three and four, deep and complex concepts for a soul not exposed to any ‘organized’ religion. Through exploring the mysticism of Kabbalah and attempting to understand the Zohar, his spark for a universal truth/oneness has intensified. This illumination overshadowed his distrust of ‘formalized religions’ and gave him the desire to explore the wonder and comprehension of the Torah... Read More →
avatar for Anibal Mass

Anibal Mass

Rabbi Aníbal Mass was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since he was a boy he was interested in music, especially singing. As a child he participated in the well-known children’s choir of the Colegio Bet-Am Medinat Israel, which was directed by Nestor Stofblat. Rabbi Mass’ in... Read More →
avatar for susn palmer

susn palmer

susn palmer is a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek. She works as a Families First Home Visitor with Southern Health/Sante Sud RHA. susn’s ability to work with small groups blends well with a desire toexplore Jewish spiritual heritage. As she reads and listens to authors such... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 230 - Second Floor

10:15am

Sacred Language for Diversity and Inclusivity
We all know that our communities thrive best when they reflect real diversity, when everyone is not only "welcome" but integral to the community. What is much harder is weaving notions of diversity into the day-to-day conversations and structures of our community. This workshop will examine ways that our communities talk about and among ourselves, and help us develop authentic communal, ritual, and sacred language that reflects this diversity.

Presenter
avatar for Micah Buck-Yael

Micah Buck-Yael

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as coordinator of community chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service in St. Louis, MO. He serves the Jewish needs of a wide and diverse population, and works as an advocate and educator on issues of LGBT justice. Originally from Washington, DC, Micah earned a BA in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies at Washington University. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York with Rabbinic Ordination, an MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, and a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He lives in University City with his wife Aviva and their children Naftali, Yeshara, Elior, and Leora... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 225 - Second Floor - Beit Midrash

10:15am

The Human Rights and Holocaust Study Program at College Sturgeon Heights Collegiate
This session will provide participants with information regarding the Human Rights and Holocaust Study Program at CSHC. Participants will have a chance to meet with both students and teachers from CSHC ask questions and interact further. For the past 10 years’ students in grades 9 – 12 have been involved in various educational activities at the school and the community culminating in trips to Washington DC and Europe. This session will also highlight other Social Justice and Just Cause activities at the school were students act both locally and globally to make this world a better place. In addition, we will provide general information about Human Rights and Holocaust education in Winnipeg high schools.

Presenter
avatar for Eran Plotnik

Eran Plotnik

Eran Plotnik was born and raised in Israel in kibbutz Mishmar Hasharon near Netanya. He moved to Winnipeg in 1987. Eran is married and has two adult children. His mother was a Holocaust survivor and his father, who left Europe in the summer of 1939 was a paratrooper with British... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 224 - Second Floor

10:15am

Sephardic Baking Workshop
Come learn how to make this Sephardic inspired treat “Travados” from experienced baker Yeliz naon.

Presenter
avatar for Yeliz Naon

Yeliz Naon

Yeliz Naon was born in 1979 in İstanbul, Turkey. She is married and has 7 years old twins. Yeliz’s family moved to Winnipeg in 2016. .Yeliz graduated from Marmara University as a medical laboratory technician and worked in a hospital for 5 years. When she got pregnant she quit... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
MPR

10:15am

How Israeli Agencies Work to Cut Off the Sources of Funds for Terrorist Organizations.
Recently, Nitsana Darshan Leitner,  the director of Shurat Hadin (the Israel Law Centre), co-authored a book about how her organization, along with the Mossad, Shin Bet, and Israeli Military Intelligence have been working to cut off financing for terrorist organizations. Bernie will present an examination of exactly how those organizations have been using both covert and overt methods to disrupt terrorist financing.

Presenter
avatar for Bernie Bellan

Bernie Bellan

Bernie Bellan is the publisher/editor of The Jewish Post & News. In 2014 he went on a "security mission” put on twice a year by an organization called "Shurat Hadin", also known as the "Israel Law Centre". Bernie has maintained an active interest in studying Middle East terrori... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 222 - Second Floor

10:15am

From Winnipeg to Poland: A Winnipegger’s Journey Back to Poland
Michael Rubenfeld, a Winnipeg Jew, now calls Poland his home. His play, We Keep Coming Back, about this journey, is being performed at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. During this session, Michael will talk about the making of the play with his mother, Mary Berchard (also from Winnipeg), and how deciding to explore his Polish roots ultimately led him to making a major life decision to own property and live in Krakow, and how/why Poland was his entry point back into Jewish life.

Presenter
avatar for Michael Rubenfeld

Michael Rubenfeld

Michael Rubenfeld is a performance maker, cultural producer, playwright and actor originally from Winnipeg now residing in Toronto and Poland. He is a Dora Award-nominated performer and playwright and has worked on stages across the country and in parts of the United States and E... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 223 - Second Floor

11:30am

Insights into The Passover Haggadah: The Five Rabbis in Benei Brak A matter of life and death
An in depth look at the story in the Haggadah of the five Rabbis gathered in Benei Brak. It was not an ordinary Passover Sedder. There is more here that meets the eye, a matter of life and death for the Jewish people. It is a story of hope and faith. Let’s explore the story and piece together a gripping time in Jewish history.

Presenter
avatar for Yosef Benarroch

Yosef Benarroch

Yosef Benarroch is the rabbi at Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Congregation. He is a graduate of Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and the University of Manitoba.Rabbi of Adas Yeshurun Herzelia Synagogue.Studied at Mercaz Harav Kook Yeshiva in Jerusalem and received Rabbinic Ordination in Israel... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 225 - Second Floor - Beit Midrash

11:30am

Bridging the Gap between Jews and Christians: The Reconciliation Work of Bridges for Peace
For centuries a gap has existed between Jews and Christians. This gap widened as a result of Christian anti-Semitism which left a trail of destruction and grief within the Jewish world. In the last five centuries, particularly since the 1860’s, the tables have begun to turn as Christians around the world began to reject age-old hatreds and replacement theology. Christians passionately came to believe that God is faithful to His covenant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and thereby would restore the Jewish people in their ancient Land, the culmination of this promise bearing literal fruit on May 14th 1948. Despite this modern-day miracle, fragments of division and mistrust still permeate in Jewish and Christian communities…with Christian anti-Semitism far from being dead. Since 1976, Bridges for Peace has sought to repair this gap by reaching out to Christians and the Jewish community in Israel and around the world.

Presenter
avatar for Peter Fast

Peter Fast

Peter fast is the Deputy National Director with Bridges for Peace Canada, having returned with his family from volunteering with BFP in Israel for over three years. Peter holds degrees from Prairie College, BA in Biblical Studies and a BA in Intercultural Studies. He has complete... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 224 - Second Floor

11:30am

Cremation through a Jewish Lens
This session will explore the mechanics, myths and facts about cremation. What are the factors that influence one's decision to be cremated?
How does cremation of a loved one impact our own mourning process, and what are the implications for the larger Jewish community?

Presenter
avatar for Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky is the Executive Director of Chesed Shel Emes, the non-profit Jewish funeral chapel and Chevrah Kadisha in Winnipeg, Canada.  For 20-plus years she has been a both student and teacher of end-of-life Jewish rituals. Rena is an experienced Tahara trainer and has tra... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 228

11:30am

Digitizing the Holocaust: Genocide & New Technology
In this session we will discuss some of the ways that emerging technologies are changing the way genocides like the Holocaust are explained, remembered, and understood. From geographical information systems to “holograms” of Holocaust survivors to virtual and augmented realities, new technologies are dramatically altering the ways scholars, heritage workers, Survivors, and the general public engage with the traumatic past.  We will discuss recent attempts to re-map the Holocaust digitally, the virtualization of Survivor testimony, the use of drones at atrocity sites, and attempts to virtually immerse “users” in concentration camps such as Auschwitz. We will also discuss Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction, a German exhibition focusing on Kristallnacht that had its Canadian premier in Winnipeg early in 2017.

Presenter
avatar for Adam Muller

Adam Muller

Adam Muller is Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, where he studies the representation of genocide, human rights, and atrocity. He is the editor/co-editor of three essay collections, including Fighting Words and Images: Representing War Across the Disciplines (2012) and The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2015... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 223 - Second Floor

11:30am

Exploring Bias: “Fake News” and the Media
This interactive session explores the concept of fake news and pervasive trends in media bias, particularly in mainstream coverage of Israel. Participants are divided into groups for an activity that demonstrates how simple facts can be manipulated into competing narratives. The session sheds light on the inner workings of the “fake news” phenomenon, teaches how to recognize whether an article is authentic or fake, and provides techniques on how to counter fake news. The impact of the “social media bubble” and the importance of reading news from a variety of sources are also explored.

Presenter
avatar for Adir Krafman

Adir Krafman

Adir Krafman is currently the Manager of Communications and Media Relations for CIJA. Adir is originally from Hadera, Israel, and is passionate about communications, the Jewish community, and all things Google. He is a proud alum of the University of Toronto, where he founded the... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 222 - Second Floor

11:30am

LGBTQ Activism & Israel
This session will be an interactive discussion about how to advocate for Israel within LGBT communities, build unity for LGBT Jews in Winnipeg, and advocate for LGBT rights in Israel. This session will includes lessons on how to do advocacy and create connections in Winnipeg, and a history of LGBT life in Israel.

Presenter
avatar for Sophie Hershfield

Sophie Hershfield

Sophie Hershfield is a student at the University of Winnipeg studying English and Philosophy, and graduated from Gray Academy in 2016. She has been a counsellor at camp Massad for two summers now, and loves Jewish programming for young people. She's been a fellow for the Canadian... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 220 - Second Floor

11:30am

Return of the Jew & The Meshugene Effect
Over the past few decades, Poland has become a hotbed of contemporary Jewish identity debate—in Europe, but perhaps even more so in North America and in Israel, where we fnd so many descendants of Polish Jews. "The Meshugene Effect" is a research-creation project situated in a socio- cultural milieu, which has been receiving much attention in academic and popular circles.
Since the fall of communism, thousands of people in Poland have discovered Jewish roots. Among them is a peculiar category of those, whose discovery was preceded by a ‘hunch’ – an irrational conviction that they were Jewish before they actually knew they were Jewish. Katka Reszke tries to make sense of the personal narratives of several Polish women (including her own), who embarked on a pursuit of Jewish identity following a feeling, an intuition, an uncanny precognition about their Jewish descent. These self-narratives reveal different ways of making sense of extraordinary experiences of memory and transition set against the landscape of troubled Polish-Jewish history and a new curious Polish-Jewish present.

Presenter
avatar for Katka Reszke

Katka Reszke

Katka Reszke is a Polish-born, U.S.-based writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer,performer, and researcher in Jewish identities. Author of Return of the Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2013),Katka holds a Doctorate in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and iscurrently a Visiting Scholar at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at BrandeisUniversity, as well as a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She lectures ondiferent aspects of the Polish Jewish experience at educational and cultural venues across theglobe.As a writer and filmmaker, Reszke specializes in Polish-Jewish history and relations, as well ashuman rights, social justice, minority and gender issues. Katka’s documentary flams includeShimon’s Returns (2014) and Coming Out Polish Style (2011). She also served as chief screenwriter and co-editor of the acclaimed partially animated film Karski... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 230 - Second Floor

12:30pm

Lunch
Garlic toast and gluten free crackers
Bean & Lentils Salad
Mexican Salad
Greek Salad
Tabouli Salad
Mac & Cheese
Quiches (flour-less):
      Spinach & Mushrooms
      Assorted Veggies
      Broccoli & Cheddar

Coffee, Tea, Juice & Water

Cake


Sunday March 11, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
MPR

1:30pm

LGBTQ Inclusion in the Jewish Community: A Teenagers’ Perspective
Presenter
avatar for Sarah Jacobsohn

Sarah Jacobsohn

is a grade 11 student at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education. She is the president of the school’s Keshet (GSA) and is the Co-Chair of the school’s Athletic Council. Out of school Sarah is the president of her BBYO chapter and is the High School Representative of Box of Drea... Read More →
avatar for Toby Szkop

Toby Szkop

Is a Grade 11 student at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education. He attended Camp Massad for several years as a camper and is looking forward to being a staff member. He is an active member of the community, Toby is regional vice president of communication in BBYO. He is also vice... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Room 223 - Second Floor

1:30pm

Jewish Stories One Generation Tells Another
To hear all the fascinating Jewish stories would take more than 1001 nights – and days. In this program, Peninnah Schram interweaves folktales of various genres from the Sephardic (Middle Eastern) and Ashkenazic (Eastern European) oral traditions. Some are filled with intrigue and clever wit, but all focus on wisdom and values that have been treasured by the Jewish people throughout the generations.
This session was made possible with generous support from the Covenant Foundation.

Presenter
avatar for Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram is an internationally known storyteller, teacher, author, and recording artist, is Professor Emerita of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She travels across the US and other countries presenting storytelling programs and workshops for all ag... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 225 - Second Floor - Beit Midrash

1:30pm

Option of Juggling (6 years and up), Pottery Painting Workshop (6 years and up) or Arts & Crafts
Children Program are geared for children 3 years and up (unless otherwise specified)
Juggling Session: Enjoy and learn some cool juggling tricks from an expert\
Pottery Painting: paint your own pottery piece
Arts & Crafts: A variety of Israel themed arts and crafts activities will be offered for children 3 years and up.


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
TBA

1:30pm

Juggling & Other Flying Objects
Ever wanted to learn to juggle, throw a boomerang, balance a broom on your nose, etc.?
Well this is the session for you. Guaranteed that you will learn some new skills that you never thought you could do and have fun at the same time. There have been many great Jewish jugglers in history and it is common to see juggling at Jewish weddings. (Now you can be part of it)!

Presenter
avatar for Perry Rubenfeld

Perry Rubenfeld

Perry Rubenfeld has been teaching elementary physical education for 38 years. Perry learned to juggle in 1982. He has taught numerous juggling sessions for SAG, CAPHERD, CIRA, and the IJA (International Jugglers Association). Perry was the first Canadian to be elected to the Boar... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
MPR

1:30pm

L’Chaim: a Hands on Workshop
The Kiddush cup is a symbol of our Jewish culture and heritage. In this workshop, Nancy will guide participants in designing their own Kiddush cups. The cups are stoneware goblets that the participant will glaze. The goblets will be fired in a kiln and will be available for pick up 48 hours later. Once finished, the kiddush cups can be used weekly on Shabbat and will also be a beautiful piece of art.

Presenter
avatar for Nancy Margolis

Nancy Margolis

is the visual arts specialist at Gray Academy of Jewish Education. She has a rich history in Judaica and Art, enjoys teaching students of all ages and has a great rapport with all.


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Art Room - Main Floor

1:30pm

L’Chaim: a Hands on Workshop
The Kiddush cup is a symbol of our Jewish culture and heritage. In this workshop, Nancy will guide participants in designing their own Kiddush cups. The cups are stoneware goblets that the participant will glaze. They will be fired in the kiln and available for pick up 48 hours later.  Once finished, the kiddush cups can be used weekly on Shabbat and will also be a beautiful piece of art.

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avatar for Nancy Margolis

Nancy Margolis

is the visual arts specialist at Gray Academy of Jewish Education. She has a rich history in Judaica and Art, enjoys teaching students of all ages and has a great rapport with all.


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Art Room - Main Floor

1:30pm

CANCELLED - Overcoming Adversity: How My Dog Saved My Life & Other Stories
Whether we like it or not, adversity is part of life. Overcoming adversity is one of the biggest hurdles we face. Regardless of who we are, we will all encounter struggle, challenges, difficulties and at times, heart wrenching moments. Learning to deal with and overcome adversity is what builds character and resilience. Every challenge and every difficulty we face and overcome in life serves to strengthen our will, confidence and our ability to conquer future obstacles.
Join Ron East as he shares his stories of survival. Learn about his 5 D's to success and gain insight into the many life lessons he has learned along the way.

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avatar for Ron East

Ron East

At age 16, following a botched ear surgery, Ron developed a massive brain abscess that nearly cost him his life. Being told that he may not survive the night or worse end up in a vegetative state, Ron went on to make a near full recovery, returning to high school and graduating i... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 224 - Second Floor

1:30pm

Living Fruitless: The Jewish Journey of Infertility
1 in 6 Canadian couples struggle with infertility, and the stress it puts on a family is immense. Anxiety replaces passion in a relationship when even “right times” don’t work. The road is long and jagged, and can damage relationships, particularly if supports aren’t used. Religious beliefs can also play into factor when natural conception isn’t an option. Thankfully, the right roads are available to help in the infertility journey – when you know where to go.

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avatar for Jon Waldman

Jon Waldman

Jon Waldman is a Winnipeg-based marketing and communications expert. For six years, he and his wife Elana battled infertility. Then in 2015, they packed up their life and dog to move to Victoria, BC and came home a month later with their beautiful girl, Kaia.Today, Jon is a membe... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 222 - Second Floor

1:30pm

An Orthodox Rabbi Reads the New Testament: R. Eliyahu Soloveitchik’s Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.
R. Soloveitchik wrote a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew based on passages from the Talmud. A comparison of these two texts shows the similarities and the differences between the New Testament and the Talmud.

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avatar for Ruth Ashrafi

Ruth Ashrafi

Ruth Ashrafi is a Judaic Studies scholar. She has a Master’s Degree in Talmud and a PhD in Midrash from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She studied at University College London, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Harvard, and she was part of the Jerusalem Fellows Pro... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 220 - Second Floor

2:30pm

Outdoor Fun, Movie Time & Israeli Dancing
Enjoy  a variety of children activities including fun outdoors, movie, Israeli Dancing & more

Sunday March 11, 2018 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 105

2:45pm

Gender Diversity in Jewish Text
When we think about gender in Jewish text, most of us think of stories that reflect the gender roles and power structures portrayed in the Torah and reinforced in rabbinic law. However, there are endless textual moments that complicate and subvert this picture - characters who step "out of role" to further God's agenda, laws that cannot fit people as they are. We will look at several of these moments, and see why they complicate the mainstream stories of gender and power portrayed by so many of our texts.

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avatar for Micah Buck-Yael

Micah Buck-Yael

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as coordinator of community chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service in St. Louis, MO. He serves the Jewish needs of a wide and diverse population, and works as an advocate and educator on issues of LGBT justice. Originally from Washington, DC, Micah earned a BA in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies at Washington University. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York with Rabbinic Ordination, an MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature, and a Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He lives in University City with his wife Aviva and their children Naftali, Yeshara, Elior, and Leora... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 224 - Second Floor

2:45pm

Who comes first man or G-d? A closer look at the life of Abraham
What happens when our obligation to G-d is in conflict with our duty to help others? Who comes first? What do the stories in Genesis teach us about kindness? What infuriates G-d more than anything else? A class about the ethical fabric of Judaism.  

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avatar for Yosef Benarroch

Yosef Benarroch

Yosef Benarroch is the rabbi at Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Congregation. He is a graduate of Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and the University of Manitoba.Rabbi of Adas Yeshurun Herzelia Synagogue.Studied at Mercaz Harav Kook Yeshiva in Jerusalem and received Rabbinic Ordination in Israel... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 225 - Second Floor - Beit Midrash

2:45pm

Cultivating Connection to Self, Community, and the Divine Within: The benefits of Meditation for Youth
Mindfulness is a practice that has proliferated across many institutions – schools, Psychologists’ and Physicians’ office, and corporate staff rooms.  Research has demonstrated its’ value in decreasing anxiety and depression, enhancing creativity, and fostering compassion. At the core of Mindfulness-based intervention is training in ‘quieting’ the chatter that is constantly running through our heads (through meditation), so that we can hear that ‘still soft voice’ within. This is the voice that is at our core as Jews, as Citizens of the World, and as a reflection of the Divine. Unfortunately, in our rush to ‘get ahead’, we often drown out that inner voice.   Meditation is a means to reclaim that inner connection.   A description of how that was undertaken in a Winnipeg High School is offered.

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avatar for Chaya Green

Chaya Green

Chaya Green is a Certified Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation™ technique, and has been teaching TM to adults in Winnipeg since 2008. Working with Cathy Moser, she has taught TM to over 60 aboriginal children in core area schools.
avatar for Alan Green

Alan Green

Alan Green grew up at Congregation Adat Ariel in Valley Village, California where he was taken under the wing of Cantor Allan Michelson, one of the great Hazzanim of that day.  Rabbi Green received his BA and MA in the History of Religions from UCLA, and rabbinic ordination from... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Moser

Cathy Moser

Dr. Cathy Moser is a Clinical Psychologist that has been practicing in Winnipeg since 1986.  She works with children and adults – using a variety of treatment approaches, including meditation practices.


Sunday March 11, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 230 - Second Floor

2:45pm

Defeating BDS on Campus (BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions)
This session will discuss the manner in which BDS and anti-Semitism have manifested themselves on campuses within Canada. It will be elaborating on how we were able to get BDS voted down at the U of Winnipeg as well as how to move forward as a nation.

Presenter
avatar for Sophie Hershfield

Sophie Hershfield

Sophie Hershfield is a student at the University of Winnipeg studying English and Philosophy, and graduated from Gray Academy in 2016. She has been a counsellor at camp Massad for two summers now, and loves Jewish programming for young people. She's been a fellow for the Canadian... Read More →
avatar for Maxine Jacobson

Maxine Jacobson

Maxine Jacobson is in her first year at University of Winnipeg doing an undergraduate degree in biochemistry, after graduating from Gray Academy in 2017. She has worked as a camp counselor at the Rady JCC summer day camp for four years and thoroughly enjoys spending time with chi... Read More →
avatar for Emily Kroft

Emily Kroft

Emily Kroft is in her fourth year studying Environmental Science at the University of Winnipeg and has been active in fighting anti-Israel perceptions on campus both in and out of the classroom. This year she was part of a group of students who organized to defeat a BDS motion on... Read More →
avatar for Sam Kroft

Sam Kroft

Sam Kroft is at first year of University studying Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolution at the University of Winnipeg. He is a proud alumnus of the 2017 graduating class at Gray Academy. He has a passion for the Jewish Community in Winnipeg and finding ways to make it better... Read More →
avatar for Raffey Levitt Pinsky

Raffey Levitt Pinsky

Raffey Levitt Pinsky is a student at the University of Winnipeg in his final year in the Faculty of Education.  He received his high school diploma from Gray Academy in 2011, and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 2015.  Raffey attended B’nai Brith... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 223 - Second Floor

2:45pm

Growing Up Jewish in Winnipeg's North End
Gordon Pullan will present an entertaining and thoughtful series of personal reflections on his 92 year life in Winnipeg, in both the general and Jewish communities.   Known as a great story teller, he will touch on his rich experiences including life in the Jewish Orphanage, the St. John’s High School of old, the Manitoba Law School before it became part of the University of Manitoba, and much more. Gordon will share his wealth of knowledge of the history of Winnipeg’s Jewish Community, including the Mount Carmel Clinic, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre, Asper Jewish Community Campus, and many more of the institutions that support the fabric of communal life today.

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avatar for Gordon Pullan

Gordon Pullan

Gordon Pullan is the father of 4 children and zaida of 9 grandchildren. Called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1952, he is the most senior practising lawyer in the province. He can be generally found behind his desk at the firm of Pullan Kammerloch Frohlinger. Born in Winnipeg and havi... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 220 - Second Floor

2:45pm

Why go to Poland?
Anita and Lisa traveled to Poland in June of 2017 on a government sponsored trip to learn about Poland from a political, religious, but most importantly Jewish perspective of the past. They discovered that contrary to their understanding there were positive signs for the future of Jews in Poland. Some days it was one step forward and two steps back, but they left Poland with a new perspective on the past, present and future. They believe that it is important for Jews to visit Poland and dive deeper into learning about the Jewish Polish experience. They will share their experience with you and elicit your views.

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avatar for Lisa Kroft

Lisa Kroft

Lisa Kroft was born and raised in Winnipeg. She is married to Steve Kroft and has two sons, Nathan and Alex. She has a Bachelor Degree in Human Ecology. She is a former chair of Super Sunday (Combined Jewish Appeal) and Lion of Judah Division (Jewish Federation).She was an execut... Read More →
avatar for Anita Wortzman

Anita Wortzman

Anita Wortzman was born and raised in Winnipeg. She is married to Ron Yurman and has two daughters, Lexie and Haley. She holds a Commerce Degree & Law Degree. She is CEO and founder of Acumen Corporate Development Inc., an investment bank and strategic planning group. She was Co-Chair of Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (Winnipeg) Professional Division, Chair of Gray Academy of Jewish Education (Winnipeg) and is currently Past Chair of Jewish Foundation of Manitoba ($100million+ Endowment Fund for Winnipeg Jewish Community... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 222 - Second Floor

4:00pm

Enhancing Your Mindfulness, Wellness, and Spirituality through a Jewish Lens
This session will provide opportunity for using resources such as Jewish text as a springboard for self-reflection, self-evaluation, and self-improvement.  A new way to approach the study of Jewish text will be used to facilitate an open discussion for gleaning insights and self-awareness.  Key questions will be explored such as: How can I improve myself? How can I improve my relations with others? How can I live a more balanced life?

Presenter
avatar for Al Benarroch

Al Benarroch

Al Benarroch received his MA in Clinical Psychology in 1992 from Lakehead University, where his research focused on health psychology. Prior to coming to JCFS, Al was in private practice for 10 years. He accepted the position of Clinical Director at JCFS in 1999.  In July 2014, Al became the Executive Director, continuing to grow the supports available to community members with new and innovative... Read More →
avatar for Scott McWilliam

Scott McWilliam

Scott McWilliam is a local Winnipeg business man who has made a tremendous impact on the local addiction recovery landscape. He is a dedicated advocate for those in recovery and helped form the JACS (Jewish Alcoholics and Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others) group in Winnipeg. Scott has generously given of himself to help individuals and families struggling to cope with addiction and has become one of the leading voices for Jewish-oriented recovery... Read More →
avatar for Carli Rossall

Carli Rossall

A journalist and substance use counsellor, writing about and working with British Columbia’s drug-dependent population, Carli is passionate about the nationwide epidemic that is addiction. A recovering addict and alcoholic herself, born and raised in Winnipeg’s Jewish community, Carli endeavours to advocate for youth and young adults struggling with dependence and doing so in secret. Her goal is to encourage the elimination of stigma and to stimulate open discussions... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 230 - Second Floor

4:00pm

Jewish Diplomacy – The World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps
Learn about the work of the World Jewish Congress and its unique and exclusive Jewish Diplomatic Corps program. The Corps looks for talented and committed individuals to advocate on behalf of the Jewish People, and meet with diplomats at the United Nations, various embassies, and other forums to further the World Jewish Congress’ objectives on behalf of 103 Jewish communities and affiliate organizations around the world.

Presenter
avatar for Ran Ukashi

Ran Ukashi

Ran Ukashi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Faculty of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, and is the Manitoba Regional Director for B’nai Brith Canada. He is a member of the World Jewish Congress’ Jewish Diplomatic Corps, and is the Subgroup Leader for Polic... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 222 - Second Floor

4:00pm

Moving to Jewish Winnipeg
Each year dozens of families move to Winnipeg, choosing a safe and economically prosperous location that has a thriving Jewish community. Hear the stories of three journeys from various countries to our Jewish community of Winnipeg. What was Jewish life like before and how does the Winnipeg Jewish community compare? How did they come to choose Winnipeg? What does it take to integrate into Canadian society and the Jewish community?

Presenter
avatar for Julio Barki

Julio Barki

Julio Barki is from Brazil and moved to Winnipeg in 2016 with his wife and their 3 years old son.Julio has a BA degree and a graduate degree in Marketing. He has been working in the procurement area for the last 13 years. Currently Julio is working at Princess Auto.  He loves mee... Read More →
avatar for Rena Secter Elbaze

Rena Secter Elbaze

Rena Elbaze has been the Director of Engagement and Education at Congregation Shaarey Zedek since September 2016.Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rena earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from the University of Manitoba and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1985.In the fall of 1986, Rena went to study in France where she met her husband and later married and started a family. She was very involved in the Jewish community in Nice where she lived for over 20 years during which she earned a Doctoral degree in Communications and worked at several Graduate Business Schools.Rena, along with her husband and three daughters, returned to Manitoba in January 2007. Since her return, Rena has worked for a variety of government agencies and more recently worked as a professional in the Jewish community with Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and Jewish Child and Family Service... Read More →
avatar for Eli Naon

Eli Naon

Eli Naon was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. He is married and has two kids, 7 years old. He is a sales & account manager in Oreck Canada .Previously Eli had worked as a Sales Manager of raw materials for 20 years in Istanbul. He graduated from Istanbul University and has BA... Read More →
avatar for Dafne Orbach

Dafne Orbach

Dafne Orbach, with her husband and their toddler son, left Argentina to start a new life in Winnipeg in 2003. 15 years later, she now has a strong family with three kids (ages 8, 12 and 16) and a dog. The family loves living in Charleswood and they are proud members of the local... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 220 - Second Floor

4:00pm

Regina Jonas: Teacher, Chaplain, Martyr And First Woman Ordained As A Rabbi
This session will explore the remarkable life and achievement of Regina Jonas, the first woman ever to be ordained as a rabbi. Born in 1902 in Berlin, Jonas received her rabbinic diploma in 1935.
She subsequently served as a pastoral counselor, lecturer and community rabbi throughout Germany.
She died in Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. Through selected historical texts and readings Limmud participants will come to understand and appreciate the brief yet fulfilling life of Regina Jonas.

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avatar for Bill Tepper

Bill Tepper

Rabbi Bill S. Tepper serves Temple Shalom of Winnipeg on a monthly basis. Rabbi Tepper holds B.A., M.A. and Bachelor of Education degrees. For fifteen years he taughthigh school Drama and English. Rabbi Tepper received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and was ordained there in... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 224 - Second Floor

4:00pm

What’s in a Name? A Storytelling Workshop on Names
Our names carry many meanings and blessings in various traditions. Names can shape our lives and our personalities. In this participatory workshop, we will explore sources, meanings, and connections to our names – and how they have influenced us. Participants will examine and share interpretations of their names. Peninnah Schram will also tell her own name stories. There will be participatory exercises that will help retrieve the stories of our names.
This session was made possible with generous support from the Covenant Foundation.

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avatar for Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram

Peninnah Schram is an internationally known storyteller, teacher, author, and recording artist, is Professor Emerita of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She travels across the US and other countries presenting storytelling programs and workshops for all ag... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 225 - Second Floor - Beit Midrash

4:00pm

Standing Up for Israel
StandWithUs Canada will be hosting a session about the evolution of Israel's global image, the Palestinian refugee crisis, and the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement.

Presenter
avatar for Ilan Jacobowitz

Ilan Jacobowitz

is a senior at Gray Academy. As the Vice-President of Jewish Heritage, Community Service, and Social Action for BBYO, a member of StandWithUs Canada’s Teen Leadership Council, and Treasurer for Gray Academy’s Student Council, Ilan has been involved in the Jewish community in... Read More →
avatar for Shanel Jacobs

Shanel Jacobs

graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a BA in Criminology and Justice. While a student, she founded the first pro-Israel movement on campus. Born to Indian parents in Israel, Shanel was always fascinated by her roots. Through the knowledge she rece... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Jacobsohn

Sarah Jacobsohn

is a grade 11 student at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education. She is the president of the school’s Keshet (GSA) and is the Co-Chair of the school’s Athletic Council. Out of school Sarah is the president of her BBYO chapter and is the High School Representative of Box of Drea... Read More →
avatar for Emily Kalo

Emily Kalo

Emily Kalo is a Grade 12 student at Gray Academy. She is involved in the community on many different platforms holding a strong leadership role on Student Council, as well as BBYO, and most recently StandWithUs. This past August, Emily became Winnipeg's first ever StandWithUs Can... Read More →
avatar for Emily Kroft

Emily Kroft

Emily Kroft is in her fourth year studying Environmental Science at the University of Winnipeg and has been active in fighting anti-Israel perceptions on campus both in and out of the classroom. This year she was part of a group of students who organized to defeat a BDS motion on... Read More →
avatar for Sam Kroft

Sam Kroft

Sam Kroft is at first year of University studying Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolution at the University of Winnipeg. He is a proud alumnus of the 2017 graduating class at Gray Academy. He has a passion for the Jewish Community in Winnipeg and finding ways to make it better... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Levit

Hannah Levit

is a grade 12 student at Gray Academy and is passionate about all things Israel! She first visited Israel on a March of the Living Trip and instantly fell in love with the land and its culture, returning the following year as a part of her school’s 'Partnership Together' progra... Read More →
avatar for Geoffrey Pitch

Geoffrey Pitch

is a first year at the U of M studying arts. Geoffrey is a proud graduate of the Gray Academy, and also participated in the Partnership 2gether program. Israel is a very important topic to Geoffrey and in the future he would like to work with the UN Watch defending Israel on an i... Read More →


Sunday March 11, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 223 - Second Floor