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Sunday, March 6


A Minority Within A Minority: Jews of Colour
How are you jewish? I am fine thanks. How are you, Jewish? - Manishtana

Jews of Colour encompasses Jews who do not fit the definition or stereotype of what a Jew looks like.  We are from Jamaica, Africa, China, India, Yemen, Israel and many other non European countries. Some of us have a long Jewish history or are new members of the family.
The presentation will explore what it is like to be a "minority within a minority" while navigating within the larger Jewish community and the challenges and misconceptions we often face.
Our goal is for the community to recognize, learn about and celebrate the diversity of our Jewish community. And above all, to remember that we are family.

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Rivka Campbell

Rivka was born and raised in Toronto and earned her BScN from Ryerson University. She is also involved in media production, photography and is a computer geek. Those skills have been utilized in various roles in the Jewish community. Presently Rivka is the Synagogue Administrator for City Shul. | | Rivka works within the Jewish community to raise awareness of the rich diversity of Jews. She has started groups such as "A Minority within... Read More →
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Joel Niederhoffer

Joel Niederhoffer (34) is a Jew with roots in Jamaica and Canada. He grew up in the close knitted Jewish community of Victoria, British Columbia. He was active in Jewish community being involved in the Congregation Emmanuel and local U.S.Y. chapter. He attended Public school as well as a supplementary afternoon Hebrew school provide by the synagogue. In the mid-90's the family helped to co-found a small orthodox shul that helped to diversify... Read More →
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Tyler Samuels

I am a fourth-year (senior) university student at the University of Toronto concluding a double-major degree in political science and history. Concurrently, I work with Hillel of Ontario as an Israel engagement intern operating around UofT campus Scarborough. I mostly peform independent research on Judaism and race and how it impacts the wider Jewish community.  My last article, published by Tablet magazine, discusses why “white&rdquo... Read More →

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


Israeli Chutzpah in Toronto
A panel discussion (in ENGLISH) addressing the unique experience of growing up Israeli in Toronto and how it affected the panelist's connections to the Jewish community here. As well, the panelists explain how the Israeli chutzpah got them to where they are today, and how it has helped them advance their careers and lives!

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Ronen Geisler

Ronen Geisler is a Jewish stand-up comedian based in Toronto, Ontario. He has appeared at a variety of comedy clubs in Toronto, Beijing, Montreal, Ottawa, and New York City. He also hosts the popular Learn English Funcast Podcast. Where he teaches English learners around the world how to learn English through jokes. He currently hosts a monthly show called Cowboy Comedy at the Korean Cowboy.
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Gonen Hollander

Gonen is an MBA candidate at Rotman School of Management and founder and director of Bar Lectures. Born and raised in Israel, Gonen, the oldest of four brothers, grew up in the coastal area of Israel. In 2006, after the second Lebanon War, Gonen joined the Navy, as his father and grandfather before him, to begin his Naval Academy training. Graduating the Academy in 2009, Gonen then became a naval officer and served as a Missile Ship Tactical... Read More →
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Rafi Yablonsky

Born in Israel, raised in Thornhill, living in Toronto. I grew up in the Jewish day school system attending Associated and CHAR. While attending York University I encountered my first experience of an anti-Israel demonstration. I then founded Hasbara at York, which still exists today and is still student lead and student run. After completing my degree in Business Management, I went to work in telecom industry and then computer software. In... Read More →

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