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Saturday, February 29
 

7:30pm PST

Havdallah
A participatory Havdalah led by award-winning singer Aviva Chernick.

(Note: The will be snacks and drinks available from the time you arrive. Come early)

Saturday February 29, 2020 7:30pm - 8:00pm PST
Ballroom

8:00pm PST

Israeli Dance
Come learn the basics of Israeli dancing from a Master Teacher!  Enjoy a little exercise, great Israeli music and a small taste of Israeli life. Wear comfortable shoes for dancing. Runners are good!

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Taussig

Naomi Taussig

Naomi Taussig has been the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Sholom since 2009. She grew up in the Vancouver Jewish community, and fell in love with Israel dancing when she spent a year of high school in Israel on a Zionist Youth program. After high school Naomi returned to Israel, completing... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:15pm PST
Ballroom

8:00pm PST

Songs Nona Taught Me and other Treasures to Open the Mouth, Soften the Heart and Stir the Imagination
Songs are like gems we collect on our travels, journeying with them in our treasure chests. Join Aviva as she shares a collection of her favourite songs in Ladino, Hebrew and Yiddish, both traditional and original melodies. Noticing how each language, rhythm and story moves in our bodies, how we come alive in different ways with each new song. This session involves listening as well as singing along.

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Chernick

Aviva Chernick

Aviva Chernick is an award-winning singer who has brought her voice in music and prayer to communities and congregations around the globe. Singing in Hebrew, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Yiddish and English, she has had the pleasure of making music with many wonderful musicians.Aviva was... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:15pm PST
Room B

8:00pm PST

The Yiddish Midrash of Itzik Manger
Together we will explore some of the 20th Century Yiddish poet Itzik Manger's clever and poignant retellings of the stories of our biblical forebears. Manger was interested in the ironies inherent in the stories, and in what is unsaid - particularly among the women of our tradition. He also frequently used anachronism, resetting Torah in the Poland of his youth. We will read some of these poemns in the Yiddish and puzzle them out together, cracking open the language that many of us were denied acces to, and drawing forth the delight.

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Keller

Irwin Keller

Irwin Keller is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California. Irwin's challenging, humorous and poignant drashot, speaking to issues of Torah, Israel, queerness, hope and the Divine can be found on his blog, "Itzik's Well", located at irwinkeller.c... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:15pm PST
Room F

8:00pm PST

Would the Rabbis Approve of Uber?
What would the ancient rabbis say about the contemporary debate of bringing ride-sharing apps to Vancouver? They may not know what a car is or how to use a smartphone, but the rabbis of the Talmud were familiar with the power of disruptive innovation and the ways that it would help and hurt both business and consumers. Come learn where the rabbis placed their priorities and discuss how that might affect the way we think about our own push for disruptive innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Gibbs

Philip Gibbs

Philip Gibbs has been the rabbi of Congregation Har El in West Vancouver since 2017. He has brought a love of nature, music, and cooking to the congregational programming at Har El. As a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was the secretary to the Committee on... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00pm - 9:15pm PST
Room I
 
Sunday, March 1
 

9:30am PST

People of the (Children's) Book: The Art and Craft of Writing Jewish Book for Kids
Have you ever dreamed of writing a Jewish children’s book? What kind of book do you picture yourself writing? And, perhaps most importantly, how will your book meet the needs of today’s Jewish kids? As a fellow author of children’s books, Brianna will share tips, resources and practical guidance. This class will be helpful for those who are considering writing a Jewish children’s book and for those who have already written one and are seeking information about possible paths to publication.

Speakers
avatar for Brianna Sayres

Brianna Sayres

Brianna Caplan Sayres is the founder of Intergalactic Afikoman, a new Jewish children’s publisher dedicated to publishing “out-of this world Jewish books for today’s Jewish kids”. Brianna is also a children’s book author. Her books include the bestselling Where Do Diggers... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room C

9:30am PST

Rare Yiddish Player Piano Rolls
During the years between 1910 and 1940  hundreds of player piano rolls were produced with Jewish  music. The majority of the rolls  have music from the Yiddish theater.
In the session a selection of rolls will be played on an antique player piano.   A short background about the music in each roll will also be given.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Dayson

Philip Dayson

I have been a collector and restorer of Mechanical self playing  music instruments for  over  40 years  I have built the Manischewitz organ that has played at Limmud Vancouver since its  first year.


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room B

9:30am PST

The Miraculous Birth of the Israel Philharmonic
Who were the heroes behind the creation of the Israel Philharmonic and how it grew to become one of Israel's greatest ambassadors.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Cherry

Gordon Cherry

Gordon Cherry came from Toronto to work with the Vancouver Symphony. During those 35 seasons he was very active in the arts, teaching and performing throughout the general and Jewish Community with his wife Joyce.


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room E

9:30am PST

Sephardic Tradition: The Judaism of the Future
Based upon the teachings of an array of Sephardic sages, we will examine the features that distinguished their philosophy, method of Biblical interpretation, and approach to Jewish law from those of their Ashkenazic counterparts, and how these differences continue to impact the character and evolution of their respective congregations and communities to this day. As part of our study, we will consider whether Maimonides was correct in his estimation that classical Sephardic Judaism was years ahead of its time.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Maroof

Joshua Maroof

Rabbi Joshua Maroof received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Bnei Torah in Far Rockaway, NY. He has been a member of the rabbinic staff of the United Mashadi Jewish Community (UMJCA) for the past five years, helping meet the needs of its approximately 6500 congregants on a daily... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room F

9:30am PST

The Socialist Kabbalist You Didn't Know We Needed
Yehudah Ashlag was a brilliant Kabbalist with a stunning vision of Jewish practice. His thought, influenced both by socialism and Darwinian theory, offers a Judaism at home in the world and an essential part of the evolution of humanity.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Gindin

Matthew Gindin

Matthew Gindin is the Master Teacher at Or Shalom Synagogue in Vancouver. He is also a journalist, writer, and meditation instructor.


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room G

9:30am PST

Beyond the Bucket List: Envisioning your Elderhood as a Reflection of Jewish Tradition
"You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it."  How can we reconcile that statement (from Pirkei Avot) with current societal views of aging as a get-out-of-jail-free card? Does retirement entitle us to say “Enough!  I’ve raised a family and contributed to the economy. I’ve done my bit”? Jews have always turned to rabbis and elders as sources of wisdom. Reb Zalman spoke of spiritual eldering which he described as "a pioneering journey into our unmarked potential."

Join Helen Waldstein Wilkes, author of The Aging of Aquarius to explore ways of igniting passion and purpose as an elder.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Waldstein Wilkes

Helen Waldstein Wilkes

Helen Waldstein Wilkes describes herself as an octogenarian, a life-long learner, a wisdom-seeker, and a permanent outsider whose search for authenticity has led her to support others seeking deeper awareness.Books and the study of minds greater than those encountered in her immediate... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room H

9:30am PST

Interreligious Dialogue as Diplomacy
This session will ask how religion can be used as a force for peacebuilding instead of being a factor that contributes to violence. Texts and stories will be explored in all three religions to encourage dialogue between the three Abrahamic faiths.

Speakers
avatar for Raanan Mallek

Raanan Mallek

Rabbi Raanan Mallek was recently ordained by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary where he specialized in interreligious dialogue. He is currently the Rabbi of a community in the Galilee called Shorashim. He holds a B.A. in History of the Jewish People from Hebrew University (2006) where... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am PST
Room D

10:50am PST

Unstitched & Rewoven: The New Jewish Family
Families today are more diverse than ever before, and this is true of Jewish families too. What do today’s new Jewish families look like, and how can those in diverse families figure out the kind of Jewish life they want to build together? If you’re in a relationship thinking about these questions, or have a son or daughter who is making Jewish choices different than your own, join us to explore some ways in which definitions of Jewishness, access to Jewish content, and relationship to Jewish community organizations are being challenged and transformed in this generation.

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  A lecturer and writer on religion and the arts, Samuel holds Masters degrees in Theology from Cambridge University and History of Art from University College London and trained as a... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:05am PST
Room E

10:50am PST

How Leonard Bernstein used the music of the S'lichot service to create West Side Story
In creating West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein transformed Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's story about chance and fate into a story about choice and T'shuvah. In this presentation, Carl will show you how Leonard Bernstein used the musical modes of the S'lichot service (part of the High Holiday liturgy) to not only write the music but also to infuse the score with Jewish concepts of S'lichot  and T'shuvah, forgiveness and return (repentance).

Speakers
avatar for Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres

Carl Sayres is a composer of new Jewish liturgical music. He is passionate about traditional nusach and davening. Carl creates innovative and participatory davening experiences and musical divrei Torah.


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room B

10:50am PST

Reading Shtisel
That Israeli TV series about a Haredi family: In a work of remarkable density, Shulem represents the limits of the patriarchy, and a portrait of religion as both a communal strength and an obstacle to compassion, while Akiva represents the alternative religion of art. A close reading of the drama's first scene opens the major themes and strategies of the entire drama - we'll look into them.

Speakers
avatar for Maurice Yacowar

Maurice Yacowar

Dr Maurice Yacowar is Professor Emeritus (English and Film Studies), University of Calgary. His books include seminal studies of Tennessee Williams, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Paul Morrissey and John Bratby. Like his The Sopranos on the Couch, his Reading Shtisel analyses... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room A

10:50am PST

Teaching Yiddish Literature
How can non-Jewish students benefit from reading Yiddish literature in translation? This presentation draws on Rachel's experience of teaching Yiddish stories at Langara and suggests practical, hands-on strategies for presenting the literature to students and helping them engage.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Mines

Rachel Mines

Rachel Mines teaches in the English Department at Langara College. Her translation of Jonah Rosenfeld's short fiction, originally published in Yiddish in the 1920s, is forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room D

10:50am PST

Rich and Poor among the Portuguese Jews of Amsterdam's Golden Age
Although little understood, many poor Sephardic Jews settled  in early modern Amsterdam. They were drawn by Amsterdam's relative tolerance and the reputation of its Jewish community for wealth and benevolence.  In this lecture,  will discuss: the various motives behind  philanthropy:  the organization of a complex network of charity;  as well as aspects of daily life of the poor, including the interactions between rich and poor.  

Speakers
avatar for Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld

Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld

Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld was born and bred in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and studied Modern History at the University of Amsterdam and Jewish Studies at Brandeis University (USA) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she finished her Ph.D. She is an independent scholar in... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room F

10:50am PST

Judaism and Vegetarianism: Why and How
Learn the links between vegetarianism and Jewish practices and beliefs. See how it ties in with other Jewish values such as feeding the hungry and caring for the earth. On a more practical level,  find out how you can move toward a more plant based diet  to the benefit of your health, your budget and the planet and all within the requirements of kashrut. Ideas and recipes will be provided,

Speakers
avatar for Roslyn Kunin

Roslyn Kunin

Long past the traditional retirement age, Roslyn continues to run an economic consulting business after having worked extensively in academia, the public and the private sectors. She is known for the columns she writes weekly and for the entertaining and informative presentations... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room H

10:50am PST

The Techie Rabbi: How a long history with computers influences daily rabbinic work
Rabbi Adam Stein is from Silicon Valley and has been using Mac computers almost every day since 1988 (and iPhones and iPads since soon after they were released). These tools have become integral parts of his work as a rabbi, aiding in communication, presentations, organization, and teaching. Come see how the technology of today influences the work of a rabbi teaching our ancient and modern texts and connecting meaningfully with the community.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Stein

Adam Stein

Rabbi Adam Stein grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attended UC San Diego, and studied at the Hebrew University, the Pardes Institute, and the Schechter Institute. Rabbi Stein was ordained from the Ziegler School at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles in 2009.He was... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room C

10:50am PST

Driverless Cars - A Moral Halachic Analysis
If you believe the buzz coming from the auto industry, taking a road trip with no one at the wheel may be the new reality in the not so distant future. Driverless cars, also known as an autonomous vehicle (AV), come with a new set of unique moral dilemmas. What does the Torah have to say about some of the challenges facing programmers today? 

Speakers
avatar for Shlomo Gabay

Shlomo Gabay

Rabbi Shlomo Gabay was born and raised in London, UK, after studying at Yeshivat Tiferet Yaakov, Gateshead, he moved to Israel where he graduated from the Ner Le'elef International Institute in Jerusalem and obtained his Rabbinic ordination from Kollel Darchei Ho'raah L'rabanim and... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room G

10:50am PST

Spiritual Community on the Land: An Ecological View of the Ten Commandments

Scholars agree that the Ten Commandments are not laws, but a vision for a spiritual community. Before global food systems, a community was largely defined by its land and food.  Together, we will do a creative reading of theTen Commandments, looking for its spiritual instructions about sustainable living in community.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Duhan-Kaplan

Laura Duhan-Kaplan

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan is Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue, and author of *The Infinity Inside* (2019).


Sunday March 1, 2020 10:50am - 11:50am PST
Room I

12:10pm PST

Angel Cards - a New Tradition for Your Friday Night Table
In this hands-on workshop we’ll each begin to create a deck of cards illustrating and offering the blessing of a particular angel, beyond the malachei ha-shalom – the angels of peace we welcome to our Friday night table: an angel of joy, an angel of perseverance, an angel of charity, etc. From these cards that we prepare, our Shabbos guests can choose a guiding angel for the coming week, and a blessing that we offer as hosts and, as ritualists, further beautifying our Friday evening practice. (As we work, we’ll learn a variety of melodies for the hymn Shalom Aleichem.)

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Dresner

Hannah Dresner

As rabbi of Or Shalom, Rabbi Dresner seeks to revitalize a Judaism that addresses the breadth of our human needs. Ordained by the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal, she is also an ordained spiritual director, and an appointed Renewal Dayan. Rabbi Hannah comes to the rabbinate with... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room G

12:10pm PST

Can My Voice Come Out and Play/ A Vocal Practice from Breath into Song
Breathing, yawning and sighing into sound and song. Join Aviva Chernick in this invitation to meet your unique voice with curiosity and lovingkindness. This is a standing practice (as you are able)_ and will end up with group singing and improvisation.  No previous experience with either singing or improvisation necessary; just bring your curiosity.

Speakers
avatar for Aviva Chernick

Aviva Chernick

Aviva Chernick is an award-winning singer who has brought her voice in music and prayer to communities and congregations around the globe. Singing in Hebrew, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Yiddish and English, she has had the pleasure of making music with many wonderful musicians.Aviva was... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room B

12:10pm PST

Jewish Women's Travel Writing in the 19th Century
This session explores how the travel experiences of two English-born Jewish authors – Judith Montefiore and Grace Aguilar – sit alongside their sense of England as the "home" from which they, or their characters, set out and to which they can return.

Speakers
avatar for Richa Dwor

Richa Dwor

Richa Dwor is an Instructor in the English Department at Douglas College. She has written several books and articles on Victorian Anglo-Jewish literature and culture.


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room D

12:10pm PST

Kissing An Old Dream Goodbye- A Presentation
A memoir  of my time lived in Israel, 1950-1959. A story of the painful and poignant journey of a young family trying to integrate into Israeli society in the 50's.My life intersected with a critical time in Jewish history. It is complex and multilayered. It is the seldom told story of a young North American idealistic family full of hope and sense of adventure confronted by the realities of pettiness, doubt, and drudgery of daily life. Our experiences foreshadowed the complex challenges that would grow for the young country. It is written with insight, humour, honesty and passion and leaves the reader smelling and feeling the land of Israel of the 1950's, with all its brilliance and troubles.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Levi

Gloria Levi

Retired gerontologist with 30 years experience as a recreation worker, social worker, trainer and consultant. Political activist, environmentalist, founder of Integrated Care Advocacy and Municipal Councillor on City Council of Coquitlam. Founder of Habitat for Humanity of Greater... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room H

12:10pm PST

The “Othering” of Germany’s Jews and Canadian First Nations
A look at the ways the Jews of Germany during the Holocaust and  First Nation peoples during the settler colonial period  were “othered.” The role education played within these two populations as a tool for propaganda and its contribution to the othering process will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Anna-Mae Wiesenthal

Anna-Mae Wiesenthal

Anna-Mae teaches at King David High School.  She holds a Masters and is currently doing a PhD in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In 2017, Anna-Mae was the  recipient of the Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education from the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room E

12:10pm PST

Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It
Climate change is increasingly in the spotlight around the world. But just how bad are things really? What can we do about it?  The planet is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an unprecedented global emergency. Humanity faces a grave risk. In this talk, I will share the latest climate science on where our planet and our society is heading, discuss some of the current psychology around climate and ecological breakdown, and offer solutions through the study of previous social movements. I will also discuss how we can approach this universal issues as a community of Jews.

This event aims to:
• Raise awareness of and tell the truth about the current environmental crisis, within a Canadian context.
• Arm the Jewish community with facts they can share with neighbors, friends and family.
    •    Consider what we can do about this in Vancouver / Lower Mainland

Speakers
avatar for Maayan E. Kreitzman

Maayan E. Kreitzman

Maayan is a PhD candidate at The Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. She’s a graduate of the UBC Biology program (BSc. Biology) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (MSc. Genetics). She worked at the BC Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre as a bioinformatician... Read More →
avatar for Larry Barzelai

Larry Barzelai

Larry is a Vancouver physician, who specializes in family medicine and geriatrics. He is chair of the BC branch of CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment).



Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room I

12:10pm PST

The Convivialist Manifesto: Imagine!
Liberal pluralist democracy is on the decline having succumbed to rentier, speculative, techno and surveillance, capitalism. This counter-democratic capitalist hegemony drives division, environmental devastation and violent conflict. It finally faces vigorous resentment worldwide and must be urgently invalidated. The Convivialist Manifesto offers a counter-hegemonic vision and reasoning, fitting for our time and condition, and a program, for a post-neoliberal world. It articulates the “ideational glue” that would lift the tens of thousands of associations and networks, and hundreds of millions of people globally, including in the Middle East, out of a state of self-perceived impotence, and revitalize a common spirit of agency against the odds of our glo-cal conditions. In fact, many parallels can be found in Jewish scriptures and tradition.

Speakers
avatar for Noemi Gal-Or

Noemi Gal-Or

Noemi Gal-Or, B.A. (TAU), Ph.D. (IUHEI), LL.B. (UBC), Professor Emerita, Politics and International Law (KPU, BC); retired lawyer in Canadian and international law. Past Chair, National Section on International Law, Canadian Bar Association, and Editor-in-Chief, Canadian International... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room C

12:10pm PST

An MBA from Heaven
Torah Wisdom Applied to help you succeed in Business.
Learn how to build a successful career and business while contributing to a fair and just society. Whether you are a leader or manager seeking to understand how to build and lead a successful business, or an employee needing advice on how to advance professionally, or be an entrepreneur, or better contribute to an organization's success, Yeshayahu and Friedmann present an abundance of practical insights based on Torah's timeless wisdom.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Friedmann

Daniel Friedmann

Daniel Friedmann (MASc., P. Eng.) is Chairman of Carbon Engineering. For 20 years, until 2016, he was the CEO of MDA, the world's largest commercial communications satellite manufacturer and Canada’s largest aerospace company. He grew the company from under $100 million in revenues... Read More →
avatar for Shmulik Yeshayahu

Shmulik Yeshayahu

Rabbi Shmuel Yeshayahu was born in Israel and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinate of Israel. He is a Rabbi in Vancouver, BC. Since 2000 he has been providing mentoring, counseling, religious services, classes, and tutorials, as well as developing and leading Jewish... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room F

12:10pm PST

Joseph the Matriarch
Joseph's story stands out in Torah as being a recognizably "queer" narrative. That is, his tale unfolds in curious ways, marking him as an outsider and a survivor. The sages find him curious and problematic in ways that keep pointing towards gender and sexuality. And late in life, after years of careful self-presentation as Pharaoh's right hand, Joseph seems to settle in for a final chapter as a kind of wise woman of his clan. Together we will look at text and commentary, and embrace the fullness of this ancestor and archetype.

Speakers
avatar for Irwin Keller

Irwin Keller

Irwin Keller is the spiritual leader of Congregation Ner Shalom in Sonoma County, California. Irwin's challenging, humorous and poignant drashot, speaking to issues of Torah, Israel, queerness, hope and the Divine can be found on his blog, "Itzik's Well", located at irwinkeller.c... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 12:10pm - 1:10pm PST
Room A

1:10pm PST

Lunch
Sunday March 1, 2020 1:10pm - 1:55pm PST
Ballroom

2:00pm PST

Bar Mitzvah Boy
Mark Leiren-Young discusses his award-winning play about a sixty-something Bar Mitzvah Boy searching for his faith, while his Rabbi struggles with hers. This covers research, writing and the challenges and rewards of exploring Jewish issues on stage.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Leiren-Young

Mark Leiren-Young

Mark Leiren-Young is a playwright, author, performer and filmmaker.  He has written two plays with Jewish themes: Shylock and Bar Mitzvah Boy - both have been produced throughout North America.


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room H

2:00pm PST

The Many Faces of Jewish Music
An original presentation with the aim of giving audiences and participants an idea of the many tributaries of Jewish Music, to wit: Eastern European, Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and Western. The differences between Ashkenazi, Sephardi, and Mizrahi will be explained – examples from the Tzimmes repertoire will illustrate the variety of languages, rhythms, and modes in Jewish musical experience. Participation, in the form of singing, playing, and asking questions, is encouraged. The background for the workshop is the essay Jewish Music – An Overview by Moshe Denburg, and can be found on the Tzimmes website under ‘Jewish Music’.

Speakers
avatar for Moshe Denburg

Moshe Denburg

Moshe Denburg is a composer and band leader with a long-standing commitment to Jewish Music education. His web published essay, 'Jewish Music - an Overview', has been disseminated widely.


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room B

2:00pm PST

Chiune Sugihara Sempo--A Shining Light in the Depths of Darkness
Against government orders, Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara issued Japanese transit visas for about 2500 of the 20,000 Jews who fled Poland for Vilna in 1939/40. About 2000 of these Jews survived, including George Bluman's parents Nathan and Susan as well as his Uncle Lolek and Lolek's wife.  They travelled to Moscow, Vladivostok, Tsuruga and Kobe, Japan.  More than 10% of those saved by Sugihara ended up in Canada, including many in Vancouver.

This talk will focus on what Sugihara did, what motivated him and his legacy. George will also talk about his family's connections with the Sugihara family, which continues to this day.

Speakers
avatar for George Bluman

George Bluman

George Bluman is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, UBC.  He is a past chair of the Vancouver Kristallnacht Commemoration Committee. His parents were saved by the heroic Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara; he has given many public talks on Sugihara in Vancouver and Japan. In March... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room D

2:00pm PST

The Heretic, the Cleric and the Maverick: Unlikely Neighbours in Old Amsterdam
Before the Lower East Side of New York, before the Marais district in Paris, even before London's East End, there was Vlooeinberg -- the heart of Amsterdam's Jewish world. And in that quarter, three figures: Menasseh Ben Israel, Baruch Spinoza and Rembrandt Van Rijn. This is the story of how their lives, interwoven by chance, changed the tide of cultural and intellectual history.  

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Klein

Samuel Klein

Rabbi Samuel Klein is Director of Jewish Engagement for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  A lecturer and writer on religion and the arts, Samuel holds Masters degrees in Theology from Cambridge University and History of Art from University College London and trained as a... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room F

2:00pm PST

Building Jewish Micro Communities Though Cohousing and Co-ownership.
Let's explore how Jewish Cohousing and home co-ownership can be an avenue to create vibrant Jewish community for singles, seniors and young families, while helping address housing affordability, social isolation and environmental sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for Noam Dolgin

Noam Dolgin

Noam Dolgin is a local realtor with years of experience in community development and sustainable living. In conjunction with CoHo BC, Noam is working to promote community, sustainability and affordability through home co-ownership.


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room C

2:00pm PST

Implementing the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism
The presentation would explain and justify the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism as a particularly useful tool in combating antisemitism. The definition has meet with various objections, which the presentation would address and answer.
Operationalizing the definition of antisemitism adopted by IHRA requires action at different levels of government and at each level by different components of the level. The presentation would address what has been done and what needs to be done to implement comprehensively and effectively in Canada the IHRA definition.

Speakers
avatar for David Matas

David Matas

Honorary Senior Counsel, B'nai Brith Canada; NGO member of the Canadian delegation to International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance; international human rights lawyer, based in Winnipeg.


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room G

2:00pm PST

Biblical Psychohistories
Utilizing Elie Wiese's "Messengers of G-d" and Adin Steinsaltz's "Biblical Images" we will discuss psychological profiles of Biblical characters.  We will look at whether Eve was the "bad guy" or a heroine.  We will look at the Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs and their psychological profiles as we compare their development to our own.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Aft

Bruce Aft

Rabbi Bruce Aft is the spiritual leader at Congregation Adat Reyim  in Springfield, VA. He is involved in developing dialogue groups, through George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution where he currently serves as a visiting scholar.  His major claim... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room E

2:00pm PST

Healing Christian Antisemitism
In the wake of the holocaust, many Christian theologians took a hard look at their complicity. For centuries, Christian texts, beginning with the New Testament, had vilified Jews. So, Christians began to read their Bible differently, teaching positive views of Judaism. But today Christian antisemitism re-appears in both white supremacist and post-colonial thought. What are its Biblical roots? How can Jews and Christians respond to this legacy together? In this session, co-led by Jewish and Christian scholars, we will study two problematic New Testament texts. We will look at their original context, history of interpretation, and influence today.

Speakers
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Laura Duhan-Kaplan

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan-Kaplan is Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, Rabbi Emerita of Or Shalom Synagogue, and author of *The Infinity Inside* (2019).
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Jason Byassee

Rev. Dr. Jason Byassee is the Butler Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Hermeneutics at the Vancouver School of Theology. He is author of *Faithful and Fractured* (2018).
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Harry O. Maier

Dr. Harry O. Maier is Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. He is author of *New Testament Christianity in the Roman World* (2019).


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room A

2:00pm PST

Making Scents of the Torah
The Torah refers to perfumes and fragrance 58 times, including a recipe for ketoret in the book of Exodus, which comes with an admonition from G-d never to smell it, on pain of excommunication. We will discuss and smell about ten of the 26 natural ingredients and where they are mentioned in the Torah—things like Hyssop, Cistus, and Spikenard—and learn about the plants, where they grow, and how they were used over the millennia not just for fragrance but for their pharmacological properties. We'll learn why fragrances are mentioned so frequently in the Torah, and students will gain a new appreciation for the way the world smelled during biblical times. NOTE: no ketoret will be made.

Speakers
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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 and has performed in numerous bands over... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room I

3:15pm PST

Abuyadaya Story and Music
I would like to share my story and and story of my community in Uganda. Then I will perform mine and my community’s  music.

Speakers
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Rachman Nagwere

Rachman Nagwere (Rachman Uganda)), a 32 singer and rapper and freelance actor, mostly doing background work. Rachman is a dad of one, his daughter's name is Akimi Nagwere. He grew up a very spiritual person and very compassionate and loves helping and others and doing works of Tikkkun... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room B

3:15pm PST

Contemporary Mexican Jewish Composers
The Jewish presence in Latin America is huge and creative artists among the Jewish communities have made many important contributions to their societies. One of the largest is in Mexico and there are several very prominent Jewish composers there whose work merits our interest.

Speakers
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David Skulski

David Skulski, oboist and voice actor, was the founder of Early Music Vancouver and the Towne Waytes. He is Assistant Executive Director of the Peretz Centre.


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room C

3:15pm PST

Dickens and the Jews
The anti-Semitic presentation of Fagin in Oliver Twist did great harm to the political career of several politicians in Victorian England; and Dickens corrected the image in one of his late novels in which Mr. Riah appears as a sentimentalized image of the good Jew

Speakers
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Errol Durbach

Errol Durbach is a Professor Emeritus of UBC, where he served as Head of Theatre and Associate Dean. He is interested in the depiction of Jews in English Literature


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room G

3:15pm PST

Lomir Tantsn Yiddish Dances
In this Yiddish Dance workshop we will cover traditional bulgars, freylekhs and khosidls learning some step patterns and enjoying winding lines and circles. We will also focus on the expressive styling of these dances: the way we hold our bodies and the way we use gestures to express feelings or communicate with others, is what makes them truly Yiddish.
The sheer collective vibrations, stomps, whirls, smiles and gestures will make you wonder what keeps us from dancing in community, much more often.

Speakers
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Claudia Bulaievsky

Dance educator, Pilates instructor and graphic designer, Claudia is thrilled to delve into Jewish Secular Culture and Yiddish dance traditions that celebrate community. She is the creator of the Klezmer Community Project which brings musicians and dancers of all ages to play Klezmer... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Ballroom upstairs

3:15pm PST

Sephardi Women and Family Life in Early Modern Amsterdam
Although neglected, the study of gender  is indispensable for an understanding of the society and culture of Dutch Sephardim in early modern Amsterdam. In this presentation, we will  explore the attitude of the communal officials towards women, but the emphasis will be on the the roles of Sephardic women of all classes  in the family and economy. We will also describe and analyze their education and cultural identities.

Speakers
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Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld

Tirtsah Levie Bernfeld was born and bred in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and studied Modern History at the University of Amsterdam and Jewish Studies at Brandeis University (USA) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she finished her Ph.D. She is an independent scholar in... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room A

3:15pm PST

The Hidden Joys of Researching a Holocaust Legacy
It began as a book project about my husband’s parents, Sam and Esther Goldberg, who escaped the Holocaust and arrived, penniless, on the shores of this country. Their stories of survival against all odds, both before and after they met in Poland in 1943, had always fascinated and inspired me: Sam was one of about 65 people to survive Treblinka; Esther evaded Nazi death squads twice. What I never expected was the people, the relationships and, indeed, the joys my family and I would discover in traveling back to uncover what really happened in those dark days. Come and be inspired by Sam and Esther’s story and how, with a bit of chutzpa, we can discover new things about our families and ourselves.

Speakers
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Karen Treiger

After years of practicing law in Seattle, Karen Treiger felt an unmistakable call to explore the story of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. Treiger made the momentous decision to retire from her law practice and pull together the threads of her husband’s family story.  The... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room D

3:15pm PST

A Close Reading of the Akedah
The account of the binding of Isaac by his father Abraham contains a number of hidden allusions revealed by the Midrash and other writings. There are also new interpretations that can be inferred by the language. The ethical and life lessons buried in this account are informative and reach to the heart of what it mains to be faithful to the words of the Creator. Some of the themes have been used by spiritual paths outside of Judaism.

Speakers
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Louis Sutker

I am a Rabbi and retired Psychologist.  I am fascinated by language especially as used in Torah.   I have created a number of translations and some liturgy.  The hidden spiritual messages in ordinary conversation is of special interest to me.


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room H

3:15pm PST

Understanding The Method of Midrash
Midrashic literature and interpretation is often dismissed as a mere flight of rabbinic fancy with little to offer in terms of textual insight. We will examine two key instances of fanciful Midrash and discover how, properly understood, the mysterious commentaries of the Sages guide us to truly profound and compelling new readings of Biblical narrative.

Speakers
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Joshua Maroof

Rabbi Joshua Maroof received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Bnei Torah in Far Rockaway, NY. He has been a member of the rabbinic staff of the United Mashadi Jewish Community (UMJCA) for the past five years, helping meet the needs of its approximately 6500 congregants on a daily... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:15pm - 4:15pm PST
Room F