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Sunday, March 6

10:00am EST

From Poland to Polo
A discussion on the history of Jews in and on film! How the film industry began and was shaped by Jewish European Immigrants and made what it is today. The presentation will also stress the history and representation of the Jewish man/woman and culture and of ethnicity on film and the assimilation of the Jewish immigrants and their families into American gentile society. The issue of identity and what it means and how it changes will be examined as well as how, ironically, European immigrants developed the "American Dream"

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Michelle Kahn

Michelle Devorah Kahn is an award winning filmmaker and writer living in Toronto. She currently works in Marketing and Communications and as a featured writer for New York's FYI Magazine. She has completed 6 films that have been screened in festivals all over the world .

Sunday March 6, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am EST

11:00am EST

Moroccan Sephardic Life Cycle: Customs and Songs
Suzanne will take participants through a traditional Moroccan Sephardic life cycle, with traditional objects from her family collection, and illustrated by Judith singing Moroccan Judeo-Spanish songs in traditional style. Suzanne will add some short examples of songs in Moroccan Arabic often heard on these occasions. The ritual sword to keep evil spirits away from the newborn baby, displaying the trousseau, the henna night, dressing the bride - who might be a volunteer from among the participants! - in the elaborate wedding attire - the Quessua el Kebira or Berberisca - and more, will give participants an unusual window into traditional Moroccan Sephardic life, far from stereotypes of "Ladino songs."

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Suzanne Benchimol

Suzanne Benchimol was born in Meknes, Morocco, to an old Moroccan Jewish family; and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1964. She has been active in the community since that time, in both Sephardic and Ashkenazi contexts. She was president of the Sisterhood of the Petah Tikva... Read More →
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Judith Cohen

Dr Judith Cohen is an ethnomusicologist and singer specializing in Sephardic and related music; she has presented for LIMMUD Toronto 2015 (Gerineldo) and LIMMUD Warwick 2010.

Sunday March 6, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am EST

12:00pm EST

Moses's Wife was a What? Poetry Takes on Jewish Diversity
What can we learn today from contemporary multi-ethnic Jews about inclusion and diversity in the Jewish community? In this interactive session featuring poetry and Torah, we'll explore the ways we think of who is a Jew, in our tradition and today.

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Tema Smith

Director of Community Engagement, Holy Blossom Temple
Tema Smith is the Director of Community Engagement at Holy Blossom Temple and a Crown Family IFJE Fellow in the inaugural cohort of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program at Hebrew College (Newton, MA). A sought after speaker on issues of Jewish diversity, Tema has presented... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST

12:00pm EST

What's Your YidLife Crisis? Understanding the Jewish identity Crisis Around the World

YidLive! Limmudnik Nudniks in the Fleish!

What is a 'YidLife Crisis'? YidLife Crisis creators Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion speak about their sense of what makes up modern Jewish identity crises, hoping to learn how this is experienced across geographic and demographic boundaries. (Warning - humour)

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Yidlife Crisis

In summer 2014, Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion set off to pay tribute to the Yiddish language, culture and comedic tradition they'd been reared on. Calling it 'YidLife Crisis', they hatched the world’s first Yiddish sitcom, exploring modern Jewish identity with a mix of comedy, inclusiveness... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST

1:00pm EST

There's No Business Like Shul Business: The Jewish History of the American Broadway Musical
The greatest creative geniuses of the American Broadway musical all seem to be Jewish - George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jules Styne, Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein - and why? The story begins in 1876, on the humble streets of a small town in Romania, with a frustrated Yiddish newspaper columnist named Avraham Goldfaden...

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Cantor Jeremy Burko

Cantor, Beth Radom Congregation
Chazzan Jeremy Burko serves as cantor of the Beth Radom Congregation in his home city of Toronto. Before his appointment to the position in 2015, Chazzan Burko served as cantor of Agudath Israel Congregation in Ottawa and the New North London Synagogue, in the heart of England’s... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST

2:00pm EST

Mapping Ararat: Remembering an Imaginary Jewish Homeland
Mapping Ararat: An Imaginary Jewish Homelands Project is a collaborative digital art and humanities project that reanimates Mordecai Noah's 1825 plan to transform Grand Island New York (located in the Niagara River near Buffalo on the border between the United States and Canada) into Ararat, a "city of refuge for the Jews." While this bold plan failed, it was the first attempt to create an autonomous Jewish state in modern times. Utilizing the new digital technology augmented reality this project offers Noah’s Ararat the chance to become a virtual reality. This presentation will review the major components of the on-site augmented reality walking tour of Ararat that consists of a series of electronic monuments, buildings, and landmarks (whether a virtual synagogue or a port of entry). Shiff will also screen the short film Mapping Ararat: Globally Positioned Sites as part of her presentation. Shiff will end her presentation with a sneak preview of her current project Imaginary Jewish Homelands, for which she was recently awarded a five year grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Imaginary Jewish Homelands explores the proposals of I.N Steinberg, leader of the Freeland League for Jewish Colonization who sought to find a place for the Jews to settle outside of Europe during the time of the Holocaust.

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Melissa Shiff

Research Associate, Sensorium Centre for Digital Art and Technology, York University
Personal websites: www.melissashiff.com, www.mappingararat.com Melissa Shiff is a digital media artist whose current work utilizes augmented reality to engage with Jewish cultural memory. Shiff’s highly acclaimed projects have been exhibited internationally at such institutions... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm EST

3:00pm EST

Haggadah Messages - Jews and Culture Through the Hagaddah
We use a haggadah every Pesach. The first haggadda was written about 1100 years ago. Since then, thousands of haggadot have been written and published. They were written and illustrated in medieval Europe and Spain; in Renaissance Italy; through the Industrial Revolution, Communist Russia, and the Holocaust. This presentation will trace the political and realities of the lives of Jews from throughout history, illustrated with pictures and illustrations from ancient and modern haggadot.

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Laya Crust

Renowned artist, scribe, and speaker, Laya Crust fascinates audiences with her deep knowledge of manuscript art, Jewish liturgy, and Jewish art illumination. Her distinct way of weaving together biblical text, history, and ancient art offers awareness of the past while relating it... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST

3:00pm EST

Find The Miracle Deep In Your Heart
This performance of original songs will explore Jewish stories of miracles, self-discovery, and transformation. A miracle is a transformative experience at the intersection of the holy & the mundane. “The Burning Bush” is a song about an extraordinary miracle, performed by God outside the rules of ordinary life, which serves as Moses’ call to destiny. “The Lake of Always” describes a natural miracle, performed by God within the rules of ordinary life, in which our role is to recognise the presence of holiness. “Foot Forward” chronicles Nachshon Ben Aminadav’s fearless march into the waters of the Red Sea, a participatory miracle initiated by God, but requiring human action to be fulfilled. “The Farm” tells the story of a transformative miracle, an expression of our free choice to transform bitter into sweet. “The Sound of Aleph” is about the connection between God’s presence without and within.

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Ros Schwartz

Ros Schwartz is a Jewish composer, performer, and founder & director of the Kingston Jewish Choir. Her music has been described as nourishing, inspiring, & healing. A Family Physician and psychotherapist, Ros believes music and medicine flow from the same healing source.

Sunday March 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST

3:00pm EST

So, You Want to Make a Jewish Podcast?
There are many Jewish­-related podcasts out there now...but Vox Tablet was a pioneer in the field. Formerly called the Nextbook podcast, it has been around for 10 years, and boasts an archive of hundreds of stories and interviews on all aspects of Jewish life and culture. Guests have included Michael Chabon, Aline Crumb, Golem, David Rakoff and more. How did it come together? How does it work? What does its future hold?

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Sara Ivry

Sara Ivry is an editor at Tablet Magazine, the Jewish publication based in New York City. She hosts Vox Tablet, the National Magazine Award Winning podcast on Jewish arts and culture, and is a producer of Unorthodox, the newest podcast from Tablet Magazine. She has written about education... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST

4:00pm EST

Portraits In Faith

Ken Burns, Emmy Award winning documentary film maker, said this about PORTRAITS IN FAITH:  "I was­­, we were (as several folks in the office crowded 'round)­­completely blown away. By its power and dignity, its implicit compassion and yet unblinking eye. What a wonderful project and I only wish I hadn't been on the road for the last three and a half months because I would have been able to see this amazing project sooner."

For eleven years, Daniel Epstein, a Marketing Director at one of the world’s largest corporations, Procter & Gamble, has been traveling the world for business and for faith. Motivated by his own search to fill the "God­sized hole" in his life, he did not know where it would lead. He felt that if he did not develop some type of spiritual faith he would die. Born and raised a Jew, Daniel’s challenges with relationships, work, and "life" forced him at age 36 to pray to a God he did not know, a higher power not specific to either his own Judaism or any religion, and ask for help. In order to keep his new found sense of faith alive and to gain from the experience of others, Daniel created a spiritual exercise out of interviewing people around the world about the role of faith in their lives. As a photographer, Daniel also captured a moment with each person in a black and white portrait meant to evoke their true spirit.   What emerged is the world’s most extensive oral history / testimony project conducted by one person on the subject of faith. Daniel has interviewed and made portraits of 450 people from 27 countries representing well over 50 religions, denominations, and spiritual followings. 

Portraits in Faith is not about religion. It is about documenting the role of spiritual experience inside and outside of formal religion, expected and unexpected, told in people’s own words, and brought to life with video and photography. The message of Portraits In Faith is that despite all the negative press on faith in the world today, faith is a powerful healer, transformer, and changer of lives. The overriding message is that however one calls God (Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Higher Power, The Divine, Creative Intelligence, etc.) there is a greater force that connects us all and it is good for each person to find a path that leads to a faith that works for them. As someone who identifies as Jewish and who has a strong day school/youth group/ Israel/Jewish community background, Daniel helps audiences reflect on their own spiritual journey especially as Jews. Faith and spiritual journeys are not often spoke about in Judaism and Daniel believes this is a deficit that needs to change. Or said in the language of Judaism, we need to decrease the time and space between Naaseh and Nishma!

Please see this video about the project: http://portraitsinfaith.org/about/intro­video/

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Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein is the Founder of Portraits In Faith, a non profit digital documentary that feature the portraits and interviews of 450 people in 27 countries all on the topic of their spiritual journeys and the different manifestations of faith in their lives. Daniel is a consultant... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm EST

5:00pm EST

Serenading Beloved
So many Jewish prayers are filled with love, passion, yearning and intimacy. Jew-cy!! Yet, many of us don't know how to bring those parts of ourselves into our spiritual lives and prayer. And we live in a culture that teaches us to hate or ignore the wisdom, beauty and power of our bodies, numbs or distracts us from our inner lives and distorts our sensual aliveness into consumerism. In this interactive songful, prayerful, sounding, meditative, movement laboratory, we will explore ways of listening to the stirrings and truths of our inner lives, reaching into the world with open and courageous hearts, and healing our relationships with our bodies and voices so that we can sing and pray and act in the world with our whole selves.

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Miriam Margles

Miriam Margles is a rabbi, artist and activist. She has been serving as the rabbi of the Danforth Jewish Circle in Toronto since 2010. Her original compositions of Jewish liturgical music are sung by communities throughout North American, Israel and Europe. Integrating dynamic Jewish... Read More →

Sunday March 6, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm EST