Sunday • Nov. 15, 2015
9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, Nov. 14, 7 pm
University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre
569 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON
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Saturday, Nov. 14 – Opening program and reception
Registration opens. Welcome – Karen Mock and Hart Schwartz, Conference Co-chairs. MC – Dalia Krusner, Co-Director, Heart to Heart. Greetings – Issie Lyon, Chair, JSpaceCanada. Opening Remarks and Film – Francine Dick, JSpaceCanada Cordinating Committee. Guest Speaker – Rabbi Gilad Kariv, Exec. Director, Israel Movment for Progressive Judaism. Q&A, Discussion, Appreciation and wrap-up.
Dessert reception, mixing and mingling and continuing the conversation.
Sunday, Nov. 15 – Second biennial conference
Registration, light breakfast and networking
Welcome and Introduction – Karen Mock & Hart Schwartz, Conference Co-Chairs
Greetings – D.J. Schneeweiss, Consul General of Israel
Dialogue – Internal and External Issues Facing Israel Today
Professor Derek Penslar, The Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto, the Stanley Lewis professor of Israel studies at the University of Oxford.
Professor Mohammed Wattad, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Professor, University of California, Irvine; Assistant Professor, Zefat Academic College School of Law, Israel
Rabbis Speak Out – The Values Bucket for Progressive Zionists
Opening Remarks– Rabbi Larry Englander, Rabbi Emeritus, Solel Congregation, President of Arzenu
Zionism in the Congregation: a spectrum of responses. How do we discuss Israel with civility in our congregations and communities? Some best (and worst?) scenarios and suggestions.
Rabbi Debra Landsberg – Senior Rabbi, Temple Emmanu-el; Chair Toronto Board of Rabbis
Rabbi Michael Stroh – Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion; former Chair, Arza Canada
Rabbi Miriam Margles – Danforth Jewish Circle; co-founder of Encounter
Rabbi Aaron Levy – Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism
Networking Lunch, Resource Displays
Overview of Breakout Sessions – Jonathan Kay, Zane Schwartz, Edward Trapunski
Afternoon Breakout Sessions • FROM ISSUES TO ACTION!
1. How do we talk to each other? Do we even have the same language?
Jonathan Kay, Editor of The Walrus (see Jew vs Jew vs Jew vs Jew)
Joan Garson – Chair, New Israel Fund of Canada, past chair of ARZENU
Jacqueline Swartz – Canadian Friends of Peace Now Executive Committee
Mira Sucharov – Associate Professor, Carleton University; AMEINU Board Member
Sara Lefton – Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)
2. Who Speaks for the Next Generation?
Zane Schwartz, Reporter, Maclean’s magazine
Jenny Isaacs, Co-Director, Heart to Heart
Danny Richmond, Director of Community Engagement, Ve’ahavta
Alex Verman, Jewish student organizer
Izzy Waxman, Education Director, Habonim D’ror
3. Telling the whole story about Israel
Edward Trapunski – Writer and Broadcaster
Yoni Goldstein – Canadian Jewish News
Patrick Martin – Globe and Mail
Mitch Potter – Toronto Star
Closing Plenary – From Issues to Action!
Presentation: Raising the Voices of Youth! – actualizing our values!
MOVING FORWARD! – Results, Recommendations and Action Items from Breakout Groups
Facilitator – Allison Spiegel
ADVOCACY IN ACTION – Canada’s Foreign Policy – Whose voices count?
Israel/Canada relations and the challenge of raising the voices of progressive Zionists in Ottawa
Bernie Farber, Executive Director, Mosaic Institute; former E.D. Canadian Jewish Congress
Hon. Bob Rae, P.C., Q.C. – 21st Premier of Ontario, former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Foreign Affairs Critic
Mel Cappe – Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, former Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service in Ottawa.
Hon. Ron Atkey, P.C., Q.C. – Lawyer, former Minister of Employment and Immigration in the Joe Clark government. Now teaches at Osgood Hall Law School and Ryerson University.
Wrap up and Appreciation – Karen Mock and Hart Schwartz, Conference Co-Chairs
Ni’ilah – Members Meeting – Toast to the future of JSpaceCanada and the vital role of progressive Zionists!