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LimmudVan ’15 is a coproduction of Limmud Vancouver and the Vancouver Jewish Community Center.
Please Note:  Registration for Limmud is for the day’s activities. 
There is no prior selection of individual sessions.  
All sessions are open to all registered participants until all seats are filled. 
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Saturday, January 31
 

7:30pm PST

Limmud Cabaret at the JCC
A cabaret-style evening of music, spoken word, video, interactive fun - and food!  Learn a little. Enjoy a lot.
Produced in partnership with the JCC

Saturday January 31, 2015 7:30pm - 10:00pm PST
Jewish Community Centre Wosk Auditorium
 
Sunday, February 1
 

8:30am PST

Doors Open, Registration, Coffee and Snacks
Sunday February 1, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am PST
Main entrance, most southerly door on Willow Street. Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:00am PST

Opening Remarks
Sunday February 1, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am PST
Theatre Eric Hamber Secondary

9:45am PST

Leonard Bernstein - Beyond 'West Side Story'
Leonard Bernstein was a true musical genius who influenced audiences around the world with his conducting and compositions. Born a Jew of Ukrainian parents, he grew up in America and became a musical giant. Many of his compositions have Jewish themes and today we will be learning a bit about three of them: Chichester Psalms for boy soprano, chorus and orchestra; Symphony No. 3, Kaddish for Orchestra, chorus, speaker and soprano; music from the ballet the "Dybbuk" based on Kabbalistic Jewish folklore. The music will have audio and video examples.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Cherry

Gordon Cherry

Gordon Cherry performed as principal Trombonist with the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra for 35 seasons as well as teaching on the faculty of the UBC School of Music. He also performed with his wife Joyce in their Vancouver Klezmir band "Simchaphonics" for many years. He... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Room 5 Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

Two Heroines of Antiquity: From Byzantium to Post Modernism
The uniqueness of Italian smalto glass and the method required to execute a mosaic are appealing characteristics of mosaic art. In my contemporary mosaics of biblical heroines Esther and Judith, I portray a rejuvenation of two ancient stories through their retelling. Both are courageous women with strong allegiance to their people, both victorious despite all odds. As each of them displays opposite personality traits and different approaches to accomplishing their missions, I too, use different styles and methods for creating mosaics to suit their flip-side characters. My presentation will explain the reason for choosing a Byzantine style for the Esther mosaics and a more Baroque manner for the Judith mosaics.

Speakers
avatar for Lilian Broca

Lilian Broca

Lilian Broca’s (BFA, MFA) work has been featured in more than sixty exhibitions internationally. Broca had a retrospective exhibition at the Frye Art Museum, received a gold medal prize for mosaics at 2003 Florence Biennale, and other prizes in international juried exhibitions... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Room 3 Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

The Poetics of Psalms (Tehillim)

This proposed program will examine some of the poetic aspects of the Book of Psalms (Tehillim) that have made these songs such a vital and popular part of our tradition.  A number of specific factors contribute to the popularity of the Psalms and that make them resonate in the original Hebrew to our esthetic and spiritual impulses.   Those Psalms that are most popular and commonly known will be used as examples.  Ways to translate these Psalms into English in such a way that they mirror the unique language of the poetry of the Psalms will be explored.  The common poetic devices used will be examined. Given sufficient time the group will compose our own Psalm using Hebrew and English.  Modern attempts at Psalms (e.g. Leonard Cohen) will be briefly explored.


Speakers
avatar for Louis Sutker

Louis Sutker

Rabbi Louis Sutker is a recently retired Psychologist who has also served as Rabbi (Semichah from Aleph) at a number of congregations and is currently Interim Rabbi at Or Shalom, Vancouver. He has an interest in creative liturgy, English translation that resonate to the Hebrew and... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Room 2 Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

The Feminization of Judaism in 19th-Century Germany
In 1837, Reform Rabbi Abraham Geiger called for the emancipation of women in Jewish law. We will explore why the Rabbinical Conferences of the 1840s failed to follow this bold suggestion, but we shall also learn about a fundamental change in Jewish culture that brought women to the forefront of German Reform as well as Neo-Orthodox Judaism.  

COMMENT: This is from my first book, Gender, Judaism, and Bourgeois Culture in Germany, 1800-1870, Indiana University Press, 2006. 



Speakers
avatar for Ben Baader

Ben Baader

Benjamin M. Baader is Associate Professor of European History and Judaic Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has published on Jewish historiography, and on gender in 19th-century German Jewish history and American Jewish history. He also teaches feminist theory and... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Gym Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

The Humble Potato: Judaism and Food Trends of the 21st Century
From cronuts to the Paleo diet to kale, how does Jewish food relate to North America’s latest food trends? How do we retain our culinary identity as modern Ashkenazi palates move away from the schmaltz and chopped liver of our ancestors? How has Israel influenced the definition of Jewish cuisine? Join the mighty sister duo, food blogger Julia and young foodie Leora, as they explore the questions that arise in the face of the food trends of the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Schertzer

Julia Schertzer

Raised in Vancouver, BC, Julia and Leora Schertzer have been eating for most of their lives. As a food blogger, Julia's cooking is swayed by the latest food trends and what looks freshest at the farmer's market. As a food lover, Leora's cooking is influenced by her mouth and her heart... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Room 4 Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

A Tale of Two Tribes/ Exploring Cultural Parallels between Jews and Indigenous Peoples
Very little is known about the significant interrelationships and exchanges of culture and knowledge between Jews and Indigenous peoples. In this session I will explore and share with you the common ground between us, from the love of orality and story, the significance of respect for our elders and tradition and the journey of survival through the act of re-envisioning and reclaiming our cultures anew. Using the construct of the Seder and the analogy of the four sons, I will weave a presentation that is designed to provoke insights and illuminate the connections and shared responsibilities between these two rich cultures.

Speakers
avatar for Mimi Gellman

Mimi Gellman

Associate Professor, Emily Carr University
Mimi Gellman is a professional visual artist, curator and Associate Professor in the department of Culture and Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. She is currently completing her PhD thesis: Between the Dreamtime and the GPS / The Metaphysics of Indigenous... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Room 6 Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

Love, Hate and the Jewish State
How do our expectations of Israel and Israelis relate to the expectations we have of Canada and of ourselves? On what values are these expectation based? And can these values change?

Designed to facilitate dialogue, this session will help us explore our Judaic values and how they apply to Canada and Israel in similar or different ways. Using an interactive activity, discussion, and short-text study, we will be exploring the following topics as they relate to Judaic values, our attitudes towards Israel, and our ideals as Canadians: religious pluralism, military service, refugees and asylum seekers, religion in school, human rights, the environment, economy, gay rights, and Israeli and Palestinian statehood. Although the dialogue is about the character of Israel, the session's conversation will be non-political, non-persuasive, and confidential.

Speakers
avatar for Aron Rosenberg

Aron Rosenberg

Aron Rosenberg grew up in Edmonton and moved to Vancouver in 2007. Aron has always been actively involved in his community, advocating for the rights of marginalized people at home and far away. Aron currently teachers English and Drama at King David High School and works part time... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Theatre Eric Hamber Secondary

9:45am PST

The Mirror of Heaven: The meaning of Water in Judaism
It is often the case that a key phenomenon escapes explication  by the culture that cherishes it, the assumption of its centrality being so obvious that it hardly merits comments. Such is the case of water in Judaism..Although there is no sustained discourse on the importance of water in traditional Jewish sources, the cumulative evidence of a myriad of fascinating Jewish texts reveals that water is an important element in our religious experience: multivalent in both its meanings and its roles. Through a review of biblical, midrashic and kabbalistic sources we will discover that water is not only  a means of purification, it is a matrix in which revelation occurs, and a portal through which visions of heaven may be perceived. Water is the cosmological substance where heaven and earth meet.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Ames

Tracy Ames

I have a Masters Degree and PhD in Religious Studies from UBC. My area of Speciality is Early Rabbinic Judaism. I was the first person to ever be awarded a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2012. I have given many talks and lectures on Rabbinic lit... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am PST
Room 1 Eric Hamber Secondary School

9:45am PST

Peace it Together - Mini Film Festival

This mini film festival will screen ten short youth-made films ranging from two-to-ten minutes, plus two behind-the scenes films to give viewers a complete taste of what happened and what is possible when adversaries work and create together. 

 Come and find out why stories are more powerful than just talk.

These films will run as a continuous, repeating festival throughout the day. There is no speaker and no set start/stop time.  Come during one of your session hours - or even drop in during lunch or a break.  Stay for 15 minutes or stay for 50.  You will see things through new eyes however you do it.

 Films to be screened are:

Peacing it Together (2006) – Behind the scenes, key moments of the first dialogue and filmmaking program

These are my peelings (2006) – Represented by onions, Palestinians and Israelis discover what happens when they uncover their layers of pain.

On the Line (2006) -A docu-drama about a real friendship between two Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who met at a peace camp in Canada. Two years later, they meet at opposite sides of a checkpoint.

Freedom (2008) - Hand-drawn paintings and meticulously rendered rotoscope images blend to create a poetic meditation on individual freedom and hope. This film was the winner of the Ron Kovic Peacemaker Award.

My Enemy (2008) - Mohammad and Tom, two teenagers from Palestine and Israel, discuss the difficult issues that come between them. The more they talk, the more their friendship grows.

Listen to this (2008) - Two musicians living on either side of a wall compete to see whose music can be the loudest. When the noise breaks the wall between they come to a mutual realizatiion.

Checkpoint of Humanity (2008) - An Israeli and a Palestinian meet at a checkpoint. Flashbacks reveal the tragic circumstances in which they had met before. Something changes for both of them when they are able to see the humanity in each other.

In the Presence of Absence (2011) - Perceptions and ideas of the "other" are explored as two young women meet in the space that divides them.

Grave Digging (2011) – This film is a reflection on the circumstances surrounding the conflict, and the glimpses of humanity in which we find ourselves. It generated the most dialogue of all Peace it Together films, among viewers in Israel and the West Bank.

Through a Glass Darkly (2011) - Two women brought together by their own story - a reflection of grief and death that surrounds them. Words express their separate narratives while movement speaks of their unity in hope for peace and a different future.

Sustaining the Impact (2011) – Staff speak about the role of filmmaking in the Peace it Together program while participants discuss plans to screen their films back home.


Speakers
avatar for Peace it Together

Peace it Together

At three summer intensives on Canada’s West Coast, Israelis, Palestinian and Canadian youth broke down some barriers, felt, cried, and learned together, while they made short films about the very issues that separates them.


Sunday February 1, 2015 9:45am - 5:00pm PST
Room 7 Eric Hamber Secondary School

10:45am PST

Break
Sunday February 1, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am PST
TBA

11:00am PST

The Ultimate Thank You Speech
I deliver my meaningful and entertaining Thank You Speech about how, as a comedian, trivia host, and parent, I have achieved the ultimate success in life: making the world a better place, (Tikkun Olam). It's funny, touching and will inspire you to write your own speech. Guided by self-awareness and empathy, I demonstrate that to repair the world, we need to strive for actions that have an immeasurable positive affect on countless people. While I might be most recognized as “The Cash Cab Guy”, I have achieved this success in my life, and wish to share it with you.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Growe

Adam Growe

For almost 25 years, Adam has been performing in radio, television and on stage. He is the Host of Discovery Channel’s, Cash Cab, and an accomplished stand-up comedian, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, Comedy NOW!, and Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend. Adam’s professional... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Room 6 Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

Shylock: Shakespeare and the 'Jewish Problem'
Given the fact that there were no Jews in Elizabethan England, is it possible to charge Shakespeare with anti-Semitism? If not, why did he choose to depict his money-lending usurer as a Jew when so many of his contemporary Christian Englishmen were practising a trade forbidden by the scriptures? And if so, why he provide Shylock with such emotionally defensive speeches?

Speakers
avatar for Errol Durbach

Errol Durbach

Errol Durbach is a retired Professor of Theatre at the University of British Columbia. He is an active member of various Theatre Boards in Vancouver, and has many of his translation and adaptations of plays performed in the city.


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Room 1 Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

'Release!' The Vision of the Seventh Year
The sacred Jewish cycle of seven has been on many people's minds this year. We are in the heart of the shmita (sabbatical) year - the culminating seventh year of the Jewish calendar cycle in which the Torah imagines a release for the land and for all the people who live in the land. The reverberations of such a practice would be felt deeply in the self, community, ecology, economy, and spirit. How can a vision seemingly rooted in scarcity lead to abundance? What would the effects be for the individual vs the community? How is it practiced today and how might we use it as a blueprint in our own lives? We will explore this ideas through the original source texts.

Speakers
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai has served for fourteen years as Director of the Teva Learning Alliance, a program dedicated to teaching at the nexus of Judaism and Outdoor Environmental Education.   A 2009 winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Gym Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

Bruriah: Truth, Myth, and the Construction of the Ideal Jewish Woman.
Bruriah is one of the few women named in the Talmud. More interestingly, she is one of the only learned women mentioned. We will examine the stories told about her, and ask the question - who do the Rabbis see as the Ideal Woman? In 2014, is Bruriah a role model for the Modern Woman, or a relic of the patriarchy?

Speakers
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Maharat and serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.  She has taught Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has also served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Theatre Eric Hamber Secondary

11:00am PST

A Virtual Tour of Historic Jewish Vancouver
Join Michael Schwartz, Coordinator of Programs and Development at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC for a tour of Gastown and Strathcona, the historic heart of the Vancouver Jewish community during the city's early decades, all without leaving your seat! Learn about the rabbi with the wild red beard and entrepreneurs who helped build this city.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz is Coordinator of Programs and Development at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Room 3 Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

Is there a Blueprint for the Universe?
Every word in the 6 day Genesis creation account describes the origins of the universe and life on earth, and every discovery and observation by science leads to understanding of how the universe came to be, often in seeming contradiction to Genesis. They can’t both be right, or can they? We will compare what the Torah says happened and when it happened with the latest scientific discoveries relating to the development of the universe and the appearance of life on earth. We will discover that the Genesis creation narrative and scientific observation agree on what happened and when it happened. We will then discuss how it all happened—approaching the Origins debate from a new perspective informed by both scientific and spiritual research.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Friedman

Daniel Friedman

Born in Chile and raised in Canada, he is currently CEO of Canada’s leading aerospace company which built the Canadarms, and is involved in space exploration and the Hubble telescope. He is a professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in engineering physics. He is also... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Room 4 Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

Crime, Punishment, Torah and Return
Exploring Jewish positions on t'shuva and tikkun olam in reference to prison inmates and their reintegration into society.

Speakers
avatar for Dina-Hasida Mercy

Dina-Hasida Mercy

I am currently the Jewish Chaplain serving the federal prisons in the Pacific Region.Previously, I served the Jewish elderly in the Greater Vancouver area for 21 years at the L'Chaim Adult Day Centre as Program Coordinator and then Administrator. I received rabbinic smikha from the... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Room 2 Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

How I Began to Make Peace With the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Participating in Bridgebuilding Dynamics in Israel
After spending several years working on a PhD focusing on Israeli-Palestinian bridgebuilding in Vancouver, I earned a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Hebrew University’s Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace Research. My research “came to life” with opportunities to observe and participate in bridgebuilding dynamics involving Israelis, Palestinians and international groups. While I always felt that I was “pushed and pulled” in different directions depending on which facet of the conflict I was exposed to, hearing the personal stories expressed by both sides changed everything. I was able to listen to the damaging narratives that shaped lives and the interactive processes that helped individuals reclaim their dignity. I realized that human beings could reach one another (even momentarily) within these “in between spaces” and “re-situate” their perspectives/worldviews. While I understand the broader structural and ideological constraints involved in realizing “peace”, my experience in Israel taught me an important lesson; when individuals can step back from their collective identities and really be present with “the other”, tremendous growth can be realized.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Hershorn

Rob Hershorn

Dr. Rob Hershorn is a conflict transformation specialist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has expertise at the interpersonal, collective (cultural) and organizational levels. He has completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm PST
Room 5 Eric Hamber Secondary School

11:00am PST

Peace it Together - Mini Film Festival

This mini film festival will screen ten short youth-made films ranging from two-to-ten minutes, plus two behind-the scenes films to give viewers a complete taste of what happened and what is possible when adversaries work and create together. 

 Come and find out why stories are more powerful than just talk.

These films will run as a continuous, repeating festival throughout the day. There is no speaker and no set start/stop time.  Come during one of your session hours - or even drop in during lunch or a break.  Stay for 15 minutes or stay for 50.  You will see things through new eyes however you do it.

 Films to be screened are:

Peacing it Together (2006) – Behind the scenes, key moments of the first dialogue and filmmaking program

These are my peelings (2006) – Represented by onions, Palestinians and Israelis discover what happens when they uncover their layers of pain.

On the Line (2006) -A docu-drama about a real friendship between two Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who met at a peace camp in Canada. Two years later, they meet at opposite sides of a checkpoint.

Freedom (2008) - Hand-drawn paintings and meticulously rendered rotoscope images blend to create a poetic meditation on individual freedom and hope. This film was the winner of the Ron Kovic Peacemaker Award.

My Enemy (2008) - Mohammad and Tom, two teenagers from Palestine and Israel, discuss the difficult issues that come between them. The more they talk, the more their friendship grows.

Listen to this (2008) - Two musicians living on either side of a wall compete to see whose music can be the loudest. When the noise breaks the wall between they come to a mutual realizatiion.

Checkpoint of Humanity (2008) - An Israeli and a Palestinian meet at a checkpoint. Flashbacks reveal the tragic circumstances in which they had met before. Something changes for both of them when they are able to see the humanity in each other.

In the Presence of Absence (2011) - Perceptions and ideas of the "other" are explored as two young women meet in the space that divides them.

Grave Digging (2011) – This film is a reflection on the circumstances surrounding the conflict, and the glimpses of humanity in which we find ourselves. It generated the most dialogue of all Peace it Together films, among viewers in Israel and the West Bank.

Through a Glass Darkly (2011) - Two women brought together by their own story - a reflection of grief and death that surrounds them. Words express their separate narratives while movement speaks of their unity in hope for peace and a different future.

Sustaining the Impact (2011) – Staff speak about the role of filmmaking in the Peace it Together program while participants discuss plans to screen their films back home.


Speakers
avatar for Peace it Together

Peace it Together

At three summer intensives on Canada’s West Coast, Israelis, Palestinian and Canadian youth broke down some barriers, felt, cried, and learned together, while they made short films about the very issues that separates them.


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm PST
Room 7 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:00pm PST

Break
Sunday February 1, 2015 12:00pm - 12:15pm PST
TBA

12:15pm PST

Aleph Through the Looking Glass: 3 Steps to Learning the Hebrew Script
Conventional Hebrew study materials teach the Hebrew script by rote, as though it bore no relation to the Roman script familiar to all English speakers. In this intriguing talk, based on his book of the same title, Orr-Stav shows how it doesn't have to be that way, and how any literate English speaker can master the essentials of writing in Hebrew within three lessons, separately from the language itself, thanks to historical kinship between the two alphabets, fundamental manual tendencies known as “Chirodynamics”, and a little-known fact that most HFL books would rather you didn’t know.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Orr-Stav

Jonathan Orr-Stav

Jonathan Orr-Stav (Ure Stoppi) is the son and grandson of Hebrew translators and editors (his grandfather, Binyamin Eliav, was among other things one of the chief editors of the Encyclopaedia Judaica; his mother was the late Israeli writer, translator and editor, Yael Lotan). Raised... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Room 5 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

The Relevance and Enjoyment of Philately (the Hobby of Stamp Collecting) For Jews in the 21st Century
Back in the 1950s-1970s, many people collected stamps and put them in albums classified by country or territory. The hobby of philately has changed a great deal since those days. People of all ages now collect more than just stamps. They collect stamps, covers, envelopes and other related ephemera for their cultural and historic content or significance.

Philately has great relevance for Jews for many reasons. It allows Jews to connect to their Jewish roots. Philately provides opportunities to collect material about people, themes and topics which publicize Jewish achievement, the Jewish religion and the roles of Jews in history and society. People therefore assemble items which tie to specific areas of Judaism or Zionism. They also collect material relating to Holocaust themes. People also collect just stamps of Palestine and Israel. These stamps commemorate many Jewish people and events.

Ed Kroft , our presenter, serves as the international president of the Society of Israel Philatelists, an international non-profit organization, with members in 24 countries.

Ed will use a power point presentation to show samples of philatelic material . The material will illustrate how people collect postal history relating to Jewish topics including :

-Jewish figures such as Zeev Jabotinsky;

-the victory of General Allenby and the Egyptian Expeditionary Forces in World War I in the Holyland;

-the stamps and postal history of the early mails in Israel including transitional stamps ; and

-mail services used in besieged cities such as Rishon Le Zion, Zefat, Nahariya and Jerusalem during the 1948-1949 military conflict in Israel.


Speakers
avatar for Ed Kroft

Ed Kroft

Ed Kroft of Vancouver now serves as the international president of the Society of israel Philatelists. Members of the Society are located in 24 different countries. Ed is also a renowned writer and speaker on postal history and is a national judge of the Royal Philatelic Society of... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Room 6 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World
Are human beings the only creatures created in God's image? If you've studied modern theology and Torah interpretations you may think the answer is yes. But in midrash and in Kabbalah, many other realms and types of creatures were seen as being in God's image. For many Kabbalists, the ultimate image of God was not the human being but the Creation itself, which we are an image of. We'll look at some of the most radical Kabbalistis, and at the roots of their ideas, to see that a new Judaism -- and a new world -- is possible.

Speakers
avatar for David Seidenberg

David Seidenberg

Creator of NeoHasid, NeoHasid
Rabbi David Seidenberg is the creator of neohasid.org and the author of Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World. He first started researching Shmitah as a college freshman in 1982 and has been teaching seminars on Shmitah since 1993.


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Room 2 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

The Rescue of Czech Torah Scrolls
As Temple Sholom President I travelled with our Czech Holocaust Torah to London, England for the 50th Commemorative Service of the arrival in London of 1,564 scrolls rescued from Prague at the end of the Second World War.

The tragedy of these extraordinary scrolls is that they are often the only surviving relics of some 153 Czech Jewish communities whose members were deported and exterminated in the Nazi death camps during the Second World War.

These precious scrolls have been given a second life by being lovingly restored and loaned to over 1,400 communities around the world.

Speakers
avatar for David Schwartz

David Schwartz

David has lived in Vancouver most of his life and has been a member of Temple Sholom since 1980. David has served as, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and as a Trustee from 1985 to 1997, and is currently the President, Chair of the Legal and Constitution Committee and the Chair... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Room 3 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

The Scar without the Wound and the Wound that did not Close: The Shoah and Jewish Victim Identity in Postwar Germany and in North America
When I moved from Berlin to New York in 1992, I was struck by the different ways in which Jewish survivors in Germany and Jews in North America lived in the aftermath of the Shoah and related to it. In this session, I like to talk about and discuss these differences and explore what the sacralization of the Holocaust and the cultivation of a victim identity might mean in the Canadian context.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Baader

Ben Baader

Benjamin M. Baader is Associate Professor of European History and Judaic Studies at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He has published on Jewish historiography, and on gender in 19th-century German Jewish history and American Jewish history. He also teaches feminist theory and... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Theatre Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

Yiddishkeit around the world
During an around-the-world Sabbatical in 2007, architect/planner Michael Geller visited Jewish museums, synagogues and other centres of Yiddishkeit in Europe on five continents.

His subsequent travels have taken him to many other parts of the world where he has continued to photograph museums synagogues and cemeteries.

This presentation will highlight some of his favourite discoveries including the Jewish museum in Odessa, Vancouver's sister city; the oldest synagogue in France; and a Bratislava restaurant that features Jewish jokes on its menu!

Speakers
avatar for Michael Geller

Michael Geller

Michael Geller is a Vancouver based architect and planner who also serves on the Adjunct Faculty of Simon Fraser University. He has been honoured as a life member of the Architectural Institute of BC and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He is a past-president of the... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Room 4 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

50 Days of Gathering
Since our first steps into peoplehood, the Jews have been gathering in ways that deepen our connections, test and refine our strengths, and set the platform for our sense of mission. 50 Days of Gathering tracks the development of the Jewish people's gathering wisdom from the minute of the exodus from Egypt. With Yonatan Gordis, a world renowned trainer designer of conferences and retreats, we will explore methods of gatherings, what we gather for, and the inherent potential in congregating.

Speakers
avatar for Yoni Gordis

Yoni Gordis

Yoni Gordis is the founding partner at ChangeCraft. A world-renowned trainer and facilitator, he has designed and implemented cutting edge conferences and retreats across four continents. As a trainer of facilitators in the corporate and non-profit sectors for the past decade, he... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Gym Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

The Messianic idea in Judaism
​The messianic idea is weaved through Jewish thought and tradition. While many of us are either indifferent or offended by the messianic core of our religion it is impossible to escape its existence. The dream of bringing the messiah and world redemption lies at the heart of so many of our holidays and customs. But thousands of years of many false Jewish messiahs have disconnected us from our core belief of the coming of the messiah. Please join me as we study some of the Jewish texts in which the messianic idea is taught, discuss the destructive outcome of false messiahs throughout our history, and examine the need for a belief in messiah yet to come.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Infeld

Jonathan Infeld

Rabbi Jonathan Infeld was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in Near Eastern Judaic Studies in 1995. After graduating and before beginning rabbinical school, Rabbi Infeld spent a year studying in Jerusalem at Pardes Institute. Rabbi Infeld was... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm PST
Room 1 Eric Hamber Secondary School

12:15pm PST

Peace it Together - Mini Film Festival

This mini film festival will screen ten short youth-made films ranging from two-to-ten minutes, plus two behind-the scenes films to give viewers a complete taste of what happened and what is possible when adversaries work and create together. 

 Come and find out why stories are more powerful than just talk.

These films will run as a continuous, repeating festival throughout the day. There is no speaker and no set start/stop time.  Come during one of your session hours - or even drop in during lunch or a break.  Stay for 15 minutes or stay for 50.  You will see things through new eyes however you do it.

 Films to be screened are:

Peacing it Together (2006) – Behind the scenes, key moments of the first dialogue and filmmaking program

These are my peelings (2006) – Represented by onions, Palestinians and Israelis discover what happens when they uncover their layers of pain.

On the Line (2006) -A docu-drama about a real friendship between two Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who met at a peace camp in Canada. Two years later, they meet at opposite sides of a checkpoint.

Freedom (2008) - Hand-drawn paintings and meticulously rendered rotoscope images blend to create a poetic meditation on individual freedom and hope. This film was the winner of the Ron Kovic Peacemaker Award.

My Enemy (2008) - Mohammad and Tom, two teenagers from Palestine and Israel, discuss the difficult issues that come between them. The more they talk, the more their friendship grows.

Listen to this (2008) - Two musicians living on either side of a wall compete to see whose music can be the loudest. When the noise breaks the wall between they come to a mutual realizatiion.

Checkpoint of Humanity (2008) - An Israeli and a Palestinian meet at a checkpoint. Flashbacks reveal the tragic circumstances in which they had met before. Something changes for both of them when they are able to see the humanity in each other.

In the Presence of Absence (2011) - Perceptions and ideas of the "other" are explored as two young women meet in the space that divides them.

Grave Digging (2011) – This film is a reflection on the circumstances surrounding the conflict, and the glimpses of humanity in which we find ourselves. It generated the most dialogue of all Peace it Together films, among viewers in Israel and the West Bank.

Through a Glass Darkly (2011) - Two women brought together by their own story - a reflection of grief and death that surrounds them. Words express their separate narratives while movement speaks of their unity in hope for peace and a different future.

Sustaining the Impact (2011) – Staff speak about the role of filmmaking in the Peace it Together program while participants discuss plans to screen their films back home.


Speakers
avatar for Peace it Together

Peace it Together

At three summer intensives on Canada’s West Coast, Israelis, Palestinian and Canadian youth broke down some barriers, felt, cried, and learned together, while they made short films about the very issues that separates them.


Sunday February 1, 2015 12:15pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 7 Eric Hamber Secondary School

1:15pm PST

Lunch
Sunday February 1, 2015 1:15pm - 2:15pm PST
Cafeteria Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

Landscapes of identity: The Canadian West in the Jewish Imagination
When the Anglo-Celtic elite of Eastern Canada looked west, they "saw" a vast empty space which they hoped to populate with members of their own group. The  region was not, however, empty, and the narrative effacing of the First Nations facilitated the demographic effacing . The longstanding promotion of this Anglo-Celtic vision also served to marginalize the aspirations of minority groups for the Canadian West. Using both texts and images, we will discuss a variety of religious and secular narratives of the Jewish settlement in the Canadian West in order to understand the Jewish aspirations for the region in the first half of the twentieth century. 
Note that this session is expected to run for 75 minutes. 

Speakers
avatar for Richard Menkis

Richard Menkis

RIchard Menkis is an Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of British Columbia. He has degrees from the University of Toronto and Brandeis University. His area of expertise is Canadian Jewish history. He is the founding editor of the journal CANADIAN JEWISH... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PST
Room 4 Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

Yedid Nefesh: What Are We Singing?
Rabbi Eliezer Azkiri's 16th century mystical poem Yedid Nefesh is sung in synagogues around the world, both on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, yet few of us consider its meaning when we sing it. Heavily informed by the Song of Songs, it employs deeply intimate and anthropomorphic language in its expression of religious devotion. How did this semi-erotic poem come to be part of our synagogue services, and what does it mean when we read it today? Given its history of censorship and textual corruption, are we even reading what Rabbi Azkiri wrote?
Note that this session is expected to run for 75 minutes. 

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Szenes-Strauss

Lawrence Szenes-Strauss

Lawrence Szenes-Strauss was born and raised in New York City. He earned his Master of Sacred Music and Diploma of Hazzan from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was a two-time recipient of both the Cantors Assembly Hazzanut Study Award and the Cantors Assembly Richard... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PST
Room 2 Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

From Age-ing to Sage-ing (cancelled)
Based on the ground breaking book "From Ageing To Sageing" by Rabbi Zalman Shachter -Shalomi, this session will provide an overview of the basic concepts and tools of sageing to create a new paridigm of aging that is filled with meaning, dignity and joy. We will explore conscious ways of living our older years with wisdom and a sense of value. I will introduce some the techniques and exercises in the sageing curriculum so that this session may be experiential as well.

This session unfortunately cancelled because Annie fell and injured her knee.

Speakers
avatar for annie klein

annie klein

Annie Klein, with degrees in psychology and education, has been a teacher for many years. She is a casting director in film and television, has a private practice as a Reiki Master and Soul Memory Discovery practitioner and is also a Spiritual Director and artist. She has been a Certified... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PST
Room 6 Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

Is Halacha (Jewish Law) Necessary? Rosenzwieg vs. Buber
Does the observance of Jewish law distance one from God, or bring one closer? This is the source of the disagreement between two of the most impactful theologians of the 20th century-Martin Buber & Franz Rosenzweig. Is there room for "Halacha" between "I" & "Thou"? Attend the session and find out!

Note that this session is expected to run for 75 minutes.  

Speakers
avatar for Howard Siegel

Howard Siegel

Rabbi Howard Siegel has served as a congregational rabbi at both Congregation Beth Israel and Beth Tikvah Congregation. In between, Rabbi Siegel was the founding director of the Solomon Schechter Day School of St. Louis and the Jewish Information Center of Houston, an outreach program... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PST
Room 5 Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

17 Stories
Bema Production's play, “17 Stories”, is an engaging and unique script which incorporates seventeen different but related stories about a wide range of universal loss. It includes loss of one’s pet, loss of health and/or mobility, loss of identity, loss of an established career, loss of loved ones and much more. However, the play is not all gloom and doom - far from it. There are moments when the audience will smile, chuckle or even laugh.

Note that this is a 90 minute session. 

Speakers
avatar for Bema Productions (Lesley Wicks)

Bema Productions (Lesley Wicks)

Bema Productions is a new Jewish theatre group whose home is Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria BC. We commissioned an award winning playwright, Caroline Russell-King, to write this, our first play. Zelda Dean, our director, has an artistic and theatrical career spanning over 30 years... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm PST
Theatre Eric Hamber Secondary

2:15pm PST

The Cantor wasn't singing like that last time - Jewish Connections to Opera
Contribution to the performing arts by Jewish composers and singers is legendary and as true for opera as for other genres. The program will present biographical and historical information on Jewish composers and singers who have been prominent in the world of opera and also will include information on operas whose story lines have Jewish content. DVD and CD excerpts will illustrate the presentation.

Note that this is a 90 minute session.  

Speakers
avatar for John Silver

John Silver

John Silver is an opera enthusiast. He has presented numerous talks on opera and, for two years, was host of "The Opera Hour", a weekly Community Radio program.


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm PST
Room 3 Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

Panel: I’m not a farmer, I don’t live in Israel, why should I care about Shmita?
This 90 minute session will explore how shmitta is relevant for 21st Century Canadian society. Text study and debate, a panel featuring a farmer, economist, realtor, rabbi and more, plus information on Shmitta initiatives across Israel and the United States. This fun, eduational and practical session will inspire you and give you the tools to turn this ancient practice into a modern reality.

Note that this is a 90 minute session. 


Speakers
avatar for Michael Barkusky

Michael Barkusky

Michael graduated from Herzlia High School in Cape Town, South Africa in 1972 and obtained a BA (Honours) majoring in Economics,  at the University of Cape Town in 1977. He came to Vancouver in 1980, and obtained an MBA at the University of British Columbia in 1982. In 1985, he obtained... Read More →
avatar for Noam Dolgin

Noam Dolgin

Noam is an expert in sustainable living and Jewish sustainability ethics. He works as a Realtor in Vancouver helping people find homes that reflect their needs and values. Previously, Noam taught across North America about the Jewish environmental and social responsibility. More infomation... Read More →
avatar for Ilana Labow

Ilana Labow

Ilana Labow co-directs Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, growing community-engaged market gardens on schoolyards and public spaces. Ilana received urban farming and community development training with the internationally renowned urban agriculture organization Growing Power (Milwaukee... Read More →
avatar for David Seidenberg

David Seidenberg

Creator of NeoHasid, NeoHasid
Rabbi David Seidenberg is the creator of neohasid.org and the author of Kabbalah and Ecology: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World. He first started researching Shmitah as a college freshman in 1982 and has been teaching seminars on Shmitah since 1993.
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai has served for fourteen years as Director of the Teva Learning Alliance, a program dedicated to teaching at the nexus of Judaism and Outdoor Environmental Education.   A 2009 winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm PST
Gym Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

Breathe In Israel
Nothing conjures up memories and emotions like the sense of smell. In this sensory presentation, you will be literally led by your nose to explore some of the iconic scents of Israel. Through essential oils of wild as well as cultivated plants of contemporary Israel, as well as olfactory cultural references such as ethnic spice mixtures, Turkish coffee, and desserts, you will engage all the senses and rediscover the homeland from a unique perspective. Guided by Ayala's firsthand experience growing up in the Galilee, and her work as a perfumer, you will discover perfumes that evoke the incense and oils of the bible, vibrant souks of the ancient cities, scent of earth after rain, Mediterranean garrigue, orchards in full bloom and more.
Note that this is a 90 minute session.  

Speakers
avatar for Ayala Moriel

Ayala Moriel

Ayala Moriel is a master perfumer and a leader in contemporary natural perfumery. In 2001 she began composing inspired botanical perfumes for her eponymous brand, which have become world-renowned for their artistry, storytelling and integrity. A passionate advocate for sensory education... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm PST
Room 1 Eric Hamber Secondary School

2:15pm PST

Peace it Together - Mini Film Festival

This mini film festival will screen ten short youth-made films ranging from two-to-ten minutes, plus two behind-the scenes films to give viewers a complete taste of what happened and what is possible when adversaries work and create together. 

 Come and find out why stories are more powerful than just talk.

These films will run as a continuous, repeating festival throughout the day. There is no speaker and no set start/stop time.  Come during one of your session hours - or even drop in during lunch or a break.  Stay for 15 minutes or stay for 50.  You will see things through new eyes however you do it. Films to be screened are:

Peacing it Together (2006) – Behind the scenes, key moments of the first dialogue and filmmaking program

These are my peelings (2006) – Represented by onions, Palestinians and Israelis discover what happens when they uncover their layers of pain.

On the Line (2006) -A docu-drama about a real friendship between two Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who met at a peace camp in Canada. Two years later, they meet at opposite sides of a checkpoint.

Freedom (2008) - Hand-drawn paintings and meticulously rendered rotoscope images blend to create a poetic meditation on individual freedom and hope. This film was the winner of the Ron Kovic Peacemaker Award.

My Enemy (2008) - Mohammad and Tom, two teenagers from Palestine and Israel, discuss the difficult issues that come between them. The more they talk, the more their friendship grows.

Listen to this (2008) - Two musicians living on either side of a wall compete to see whose music can be the loudest. When the noise breaks the wall between they come to a mutual realizatiion.

Checkpoint of Humanity (2008) - An Israeli and a Palestinian meet at a checkpoint. Flashbacks reveal the tragic circumstances in which they had met before. Something changes for both of them when they are able to see the humanity in each other.

In the Presence of Absence (2011) - Perceptions and ideas of the "other" are explored as two young women meet in the space that divides them.

Grave Digging (2011) – This film is a reflection on the circumstances surrounding the conflict, and the glimpses of humanity in which we find ourselves. It generated the most dialogue of all Peace it Together films, among viewers in Israel and the West Bank.

Through a Glass Darkly (2011) - Two women brought together by their own story - a reflection of grief and death that surrounds them. Words express their separate narratives while movement speaks of their unity in hope for peace and a different future.

Sustaining the Impact (2011) – Staff speak about the role of filmmaking in the Peace it Together program while participants discuss plans to screen their films back home.


Speakers
avatar for Peace it Together

Peace it Together

At three summer intensives on Canada’s West Coast, Israelis, Palestinian and Canadian youth broke down some barriers, felt, cried, and learned together, while they made short films about the very issues that separates them.


Sunday February 1, 2015 2:15pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 7 Eric Hamber Secondary School

3:45pm PST

Break
Sunday February 1, 2015 3:45pm - 4:00pm PST
TBA

4:00pm PST

The Adam Growe Quiz Show
With of the host of Cash Cab on Discovery Channel!
A comedy show with a trivia twist where people from the audience can win onstage.
Adam’s signature style of humourous quiz games engage the whole audience
with trivia and uproarious laughter. It’s a unique and unpredictable show that is
interactive and suitable for all environments. With questions that are both general in nature and some that are specifically Jewish.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Growe

Adam Growe

For almost 25 years, Adam has been performing in radio, television and on stage. He is the Host of Discovery Channel’s, Cash Cab, and an accomplished stand-up comedian, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, Comedy NOW!, and Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend. Adam’s professional... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Theatre Eric Hamber Secondary

4:00pm PST

The Art of Storytelling
Humanity is a storytelling species and Jews are a storytelling people. So let's raise your gift of story to a whole new level. We'll explore, experience and analyze stories through unique exercises, visualizations and techniques, sharing tales one on one and with the group as time allows.

Speakers
avatar for Shoshana Litman

Shoshana Litman

Shoshana Litman is Canada's first ordained Maggidah (a female Jewish storyteller, educator and preacher). She received smichah from Yitzhak Buxbaum of Brooklyn in 2008. She's been sharing stories and songs with diverse audiences of all ages since 1997. Highlights include the Nelson... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 2 Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

Jewish and Islamic Religious Feminism - Parallel Contemporary Trends
A surprising trend has emerged over the last decade, simultaneously in Orthodox Jewish and Muslim circles. Grassroots prayer groups offering women the possibility of active participation and prayer leadership are becoming increasingly common in both faiths, despite harsh criticism from traditional authorities. This session will review these developments and the controversy surrounding them, as evident in the quickest medium for response: religious Q&A websites.

Speakers
avatar for Oren Steinitz

Oren Steinitz

Rabbi Oren Steinitz, recently completed his PhD at the University of Calgary’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Religious Studies, Communications and Israel Studies), researching the attitude towards the “Other” in Jewish and Islamic legal websites. He holds a BA and MA in... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 5 Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

Who divorces Whom? Understanding the Power Dynamics of Divorce in Jewish and Israeli Law
What did divorce look like in the Bible? What does it look like today? How do ancient concepts of male and female power lead to thousands of women being denied their natural freedom today in the State of Israel? This session will examine the power dynamics of Jewish divorce, and explore how these dynamics continue to exist in modern Israeli law and society.

Speakers
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein teaches Talmud at Yeshivat Maharat and serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.  She has taught Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy at Pardes for over a decade, and has also served as the Director of the Beit Midrash at... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Gym Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

The Old Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View - an irreplaceable landscape
Historic Cemeteries are irreplaceable landscapes. Once destinations for family visits, many have fallen into disrepair as communities did not always understand the value . The dignity of those buried was lost and the stories of hardships forgotten. Consecrated in 1892 as a separate section set aside for Jewish Burials , over 450 people are interred in the Jewish Section at Mountain View Cemetery. Unfortunately this pioneer cemetery fell into neglect until an advisory committee was established in 2012 to restore this special place. Under the auspices of The Schara Tzedeck cemetery Board, the project has four components: Research & Documentation; : Stabilization and Cleaning of Headstones;; Adding of amenities and The establishment of educational and historical walking tours. This session will lead us through the importance and process of restoration and present some of the most fascinating stories of those buried there.

Speakers
avatar for Shirley Barnett

Shirley Barnett

Growing up in Vancouver I often visited the old Jewish Cemetery on Fraser Street where my grandfather is buried. Throughout my adult life I have been fortunate to chair a number of successful projects based on needs of the community both Jewish and in the General community . I tend... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 4 Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

The Portuguese Inquisition

An introduction to Portuguese Marrano Jewish history with reference to the trials of several women in the Inquisition (1536-1821). Recent developments in Portugal such as the new law granting citizenship to descendents of Portuguese Jews will also be discussed.


Speakers
avatar for Manuel Azevedo

Manuel Azevedo

Manuel Azevedo is an Azorean Luso-Canadian lawyer who attended London School of Economics, 10 Portugal Street, London, UK. He was the last pupil of legendary Vancouver lawyer Harry Rankin. He is a student of the Portuguese Inquisition and founding president of Ladina, a non-profit... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 6 Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

Dyeing to Know Torah
From the blue techelet of the prayer shawl to the scarlet reds of the tabernacle, the dyeing arts are a foundational part of the world of the Torah and Jewish history up to modern times. We will have a hands-on wool dyeing session using all plant-based dyes, and we will explore some Torah around why different dyes held different meanings in our history.

Speakers
avatar for Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai

Nili Simhai has served for fourteen years as Director of the Teva Learning Alliance, a program dedicated to teaching at the nexus of Judaism and Outdoor Environmental Education.   A 2009 winner of the Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education, Nili is considered an authority... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 1 Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

Peace it Together - Mini Film Festival

This mini film festival will screen ten short youth-made films ranging from two-to-ten minutes, plus two behind-the scenes films to give viewers a complete taste of what happened and what is possible when adversaries work and create together. 

 Come and find out why stories are more powerful than just talk.

These films will run as a continuous, repeating festival throughout the day. There is no speaker and no set start/stop time.  Come during one of your session hours - or even drop in during lunch or a break.  Stay for 15 minutes or stay for 50.  You will see things through new eyes however you do it. Films to be screened are:

Peacing it Together (2006) – Behind the scenes, key moments of the first dialogue and filmmaking program

These are my peelings (2006) – Represented by onions, Palestinians and Israelis discover what happens when they uncover their layers of pain.

On the Line (2006) -A docu-drama about a real friendship between two Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who met at a peace camp in Canada. Two years later, they meet at opposite sides of a checkpoint.

Freedom (2008) - Hand-drawn paintings and meticulously rendered rotoscope images blend to create a poetic meditation on individual freedom and hope. This film was the winner of the Ron Kovic Peacemaker Award.

My Enemy (2008) - Mohammad and Tom, two teenagers from Palestine and Israel, discuss the difficult issues that come between them. The more they talk, the more their friendship grows.

Listen to this (2008) - Two musicians living on either side of a wall compete to see whose music can be the loudest. When the noise breaks the wall between they come to a mutual realizatiion.

Checkpoint of Humanity (2008) - An Israeli and a Palestinian meet at a checkpoint. Flashbacks reveal the tragic circumstances in which they had met before. Something changes for both of them when they are able to see the humanity in each other.

In the Presence of Absence (2011) - Perceptions and ideas of the "other" are explored as two young women meet in the space that divides them.

Grave Digging (2011) – This film is a reflection on the circumstances surrounding the conflict, and the glimpses of humanity in which we find ourselves. It generated the most dialogue of all Peace it Together films, among viewers in Israel and the West Bank.

Through a Glass Darkly (2011) - Two women brought together by their own story - a reflection of grief and death that surrounds them. Words express their separate narratives while movement speaks of their unity in hope for peace and a different future.

Sustaining the Impact (2011) – Staff speak about the role of filmmaking in the Peace it Together program while participants discuss plans to screen their films back home.


Speakers
avatar for Peace it Together

Peace it Together

At three summer intensives on Canada’s West Coast, Israelis, Palestinian and Canadian youth broke down some barriers, felt, cried, and learned together, while they made short films about the very issues that separates them.


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 7 Eric Hamber Secondary School

4:00pm PST

The Ten Plagues and Science as a Way of Knowing
I will begin by reminding us that the background for the plagues is a conflict of two world views: that God has delegated to the constellations running the world (Pharaoh) and that God is deeply involved in the world (Moses). Then, I will show a novel organization of the plagues (done by my colleague Tammi Benjamin and me, and published in Judaism in 1999, available at my web site) into two parallel series. One series consists of plagues that are predicted and the other of plagues that are not preceded with forewarning. After a brief analysis of these series, I will explain that this is exactly how modern science also proceeds and will close by speculating about the relationship between the Bible and modern scientific philosophy.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Mangel

Marc Mangel

Marc Mangel is Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he conducts research in ecology and evolutionary biology and weekly studies Chabad philosophy with the rabbi for the Chabad Student Center at UCSC. He has a long-standing... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 3 Eric Hamber Secondary School

5:00pm PST

Collective Clean-up
Sunday February 1, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm PST
TBA
 
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