Sunday • Nov. 15, 2015

9 am to 5 pm

Opening Reception
Saturday, Nov. 14, 7 pm

University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre
569 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

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Conference Program

Saturday, Nov. 14 – Opening program and reception

7:00 pm

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.

9:00 pm

Dessert reception, mixing and mingling and continuing the conversation.

Sunday, Nov. 15 – Second biennial conference


Registration, light breakfast and networking


Opening Plenary

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

Sunday Afternoon


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


Nutrition Break


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!

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