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Sunday, March 6

10:00am EST

Branding Israel Matters - The Making of "A Universal Language"
The CBC documentary "A Universal Language" is an example of an Israel project that was able to inspire the hearts and minds of Canadians to view Israel in a more positive light, with many of the participants on the trip having never seen any media or film about Israel outside of a news context. Positive earned media, through print or film, is paramount in the difficult task of promoting Israel to the general public. A Universal Language documents the exciting once-in-a-lifetime journey of six Canadian comedians, Canadian comedy icon Mark Breslin among them, as they explore comedy, identity, and history throughout the Holy Land and beyond.

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Mike Khardas

Michael Khardas is the former president of Network - Israel On Campus at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also the founder of the non-profit Jerusalem Heroes Club, which is a leadership development program that offers free mixed martial arts training to members of the community... Read More →

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

10:00am EST

Hit the Road, Jack: Excommunication in Modern Israel
For those who wish to affiliate, Herem (excommunication) effectively limits membership in a religious community. But do we still excommunicate members of the Jewish community? And should herem be imposed on a non-religious society? Using discussion and short text study, we will explore religious freedom and human rights in modern Israel.


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

11:00am EST

Gender, Religion, and Politics in Israel
An exploration of the power dynamics of gender and religion in Israel and how they play out on issues such as marriage/divorce, conversion, gender segregation in public, the army, reproductive rights, education, and more.

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Elana Sztokman

Dr. Elana Maryles Sztokman is an award-winning author, and leading Jewish feminist thinker, educator and activist. She specializes in gender inclusion in the Jewish world, and has worked with communities, organizations and individuals around the world on advancing gender inclusion... Read More →

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

12:00pm EST

Finding Home: A Journey of Life Lessons in the Land of Israel
Finding Home explores the concept of home and the qualities that make a place our home. This session opens with an audio visual depiction of the beauty and challenges of Israel followed by an overview of the struggles a new immigrant faces when they have to make somewhere other than their birthplace their home. The presentation incorporates personal stories of integration with audience discussion on what makes a place home and how, as Jews living outside of Israel, we can maintain a meaningful relationship with a place that is our homeland, but not necessarily our home.

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Danita Dubinsky Aziza

In 2008 I left my comfy cozy life in Winnipeg and with my husband and three teenage children pursued a lifelong dream of living in Israel. I documented my trials of integration in the form of life lessons to provide an appreciation of daily life within Israeli culture and to demonstrate... Read More →

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

12:00pm EST

Pinkwashing Israel/Palestine: It’s Not Black and White

As the State of Israel seeks to boost its public image, and boost tourist dollars, one way it has done so has been to highlight its excellent record on LGBT equality.  Israel’s critics, however, call this “pinkwashing” – the attempt to whitewash/pinkwash Israel’s occupation of the West Bank by depicting Israel as a liberal democracy.  The battle has grown fierce, leading to boycotts and denunciations from right and left.  Which side is right?  What are the facts and the values at issue, and what do they say about how all of us – left, right, gay, straight, Zionist, anti-Zionist – formulate our political allegiances and solidarities?

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Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson is the author of six books and three hundred articles on religion, sexuality, law, and contemplative practice. He is a weekly columnist for the Daily Beast and the Forward newspaper, and is a frequent commentator on public affairs on National Public Radio... Read More →

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

1:00pm EST

What are Israelis Thinking? - A Kaleidoscope of Leading Minds
This session will be a brief survey of a broad range of leading Israel thinkers with diverse perspectives on some key issues affecting Israel today. The thinkers will come from a range of disciplines - politics, religion, literature, economics, law, science and technology - and include right and left, religious and secular, Jews and Arabs. We will look at examples from their writing and explore the common ground - with a view to a more nuanced understanding of current Israeli outlooks.

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Stephen Pincus

Stephen is a Partner and Executive Committee Member at Goodmans LLP and is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading business lawyers. He has played a key leadership role in the development of Canada’s real estate capital markets, the country’s seniors housing sector, and... Read More →

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

2:00pm EST

Hacking Terror: Israel and the Digital Battlefield
Israel is at the forefront of the digital battlefield as both a target and instigator of game-changing cyber warfare. Hacking Terror: Israel and the Digital Battlefield introduces participants to the darker side of the Internet. The presentation will identify different types of cyber attacks; pinpoint major kingpins of the digital battlefield; question what this all means to Israel's security; and illustrate how Israel's technological innovation might just be its greatest weapon yet.

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Rachel Cravit

I'm a web developer, designer and recent graduate of Bitmaker, a web development school in Toronto. Prior to jumping into the tech industry, I worked for 5 years as a professional blogger and social media strategist while dabbling in website design on the side. Although women are... Read More →

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

5:00pm EST

Making Sense of It All - Challenges and Opportunities for Israel and the Jewish World in 2016 and Beyond
A quick survey of challenges and opportunities facing Israel and the Jewish world today presented by Consul General DJ Schneeweiss, followed by Q&A/discussion with the audience on possible responses, remedies, and actions.


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