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Sunday, March 6


The Times They Are A-Changing: How Should We Prepare for a New Generation of Jewish Learners?
As happens with every new generation, the face of our community is changing. The faces of our neighbourhoods, families, interests and experiences are changing. This discussion based session will look at six emerging trends that will dramatically alter the face of the Jewish community. Together we will consider the implications that these trends will have on our community's strength and activities over the next decade and what other trends will have similarly powerful influences.

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Dan Held

Executive Director, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education & Silber Family Centre for Jewish Camping
Daniel Held is the Executive Director of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Education, which builds the capacity Toronto’s system of Jewish education. He has a wide range of experience in strategic philanthropy, conducting research and evaluation to maximize funders’ impact in Jewish education. Daniel holds a doctorate in education from JTS’s Davidson School of Education and is an alumnus of... Read More →

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


Why Children LOVE Home Depot: Engaging Children in Adult Spaces
“Daddy, I’m bored!” is the resounding cry of children in adult spaces, often dampened by the sounds of little fingers on digital devices. Synagogue services are becoming more family friendly but what about when that is not the case. How can children participate in adult environments in a developmentally-appropriate way? Together, we’ll talk about lessons we can learn from stories (and other experiences) to give children a more meaningful Jewish experience.

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Justin Sakofs

Visionary & Co- Founder, MagneticShul
Mr. Sakofs is Director of Empowerment of Families with School Aged Children at the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ. After years of teaching, he created MagneticShul, which is an amazing educational toy designed to engage young children in ritual synagogue life using magnets to tell the story of their synagogue experience and their surroundings. Mr. Sakofs takes pleasure in letting his children direct their family learning, asking... Read More →

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


From Tay-Sachs to DNA Tax? Understanding the Historical Evolution of Jewish Genetic Screening in North America
Beginning in ancient times, this presentation discusses how genetic screening developed into a widespread phenomenon in the North American Jewish community. With each advancement in the screening process itself, this presentation examines the Jewish community's reactions, distilling each discussion into a recurring set of core dilemmas. Ultimately, this presentation raises the question: is the current landscape of genetic testing beneficial for either individuals or the Jewish community at-large? The presentation then provides the listeners with the historical and contextual framework to decide the answer to this question for themselves.

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Naomi Rosenfeld

Naomi Rosenfeld was born in Toronto, Ontario and completed her undergraduate education at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where she graduated first in her program and received the highest non-academic honour awarded by the university. Upon finishing her studies, Naomi became the Hillel Director of Atlantic Canada where she spearheaded innovative Jewish programming on university campuses spanning four different provinces and a landmass... Read More →

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


The Relevance and Enjoyment of Postal History and Philately (the Hobby of Stamp Collecting) For Jews in the 21st Century
Philately and postal history have great relevance for Jews for many reasons. They allow Jews to connect to their Jewish roots. Postal history provides opportunities to collect material about people, themes and topics which publicize Jewish achievement, the Jewish religion and the roles of Jews in history and society. People therefore assemble items which tie to specific areas of Judaism or Zionism. They also collect material relating to Holocaust themes. People also collect just stamps of Palestine and Israel. These stamps commemorate many Jewish people and events. Ed Kroft , our presenter, is a postal historian who serves as the international president of the Society of Israel Philatelists, an international non-profit organization, with members in 24 countries.

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ed kroft

Ed Kroft of Vancouver now serves as the international president of the Society of israel Philatelists. Members of the Society are located in 24 different countries. Ed is a renowned writer and speaker on postal history and is a national judge of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. Aside from being a tax lawyer and a Torah,Haftorah and Megillah reader for many years, Ed has written many scholarly articles on various aspects of Holy Land... Read More →

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


The Road Less Travelled: Women on the Fringe
A biblical and contemporary exploration into the lives of daring women

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Tina Grimberg

Rabbi Tina Grimberg grew up in Kiev. She moved to North America as a teenager. Rabbi Grimberg initially trained and worked as a family therapist. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College’s Jewish Institute of Religion and is the first female émigré from the Soviet Union to become a rabbi in North America. Since 2002, Rabbi Grimberg has served Congregation Darchei Noam in Toronto. Rabbi Tina’s “Out of Line&rdquo... Read More →

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


But Will Your Kids Be Jewish? Family Matters
The format will be a conversation between Yacov a member of the clergy of Beth Tzedec and Kayla a congregant who is committed to raising a Jewish family together with her non-Jewish partner. Join Kayla Kwinter and Yacov Fruchter for an open discussion about the latest data on the effects of intermarriage on the Jewish community in North America and how they understand the opportunities and challenges that the current reality presents.

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Yacov Fruchter

From August 2009 until June 2015, Yacov served as the Spiritual Leader of the Annex Shul where he built a community of hundreds of inspired young Jews and empowered them to take ownership over their Jewish experiences. | | Yacov is married to Ryla Braemer and is the proud father of two girls. Yacov and his family enjoy living in the heart of the Annex and are proud to contribute to the vibrancy of Jewish life South of Eglinton. | | He believes... Read More →
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Kayla Kwinter

Kayla Kwinter is a litigation lawyer in Toronto and engaged member of the Jewish Community. Kayla is committed to building an inclusive and engaged Jewish community. She is enthusiastic and always willing to discuss new ideas. Kayla is particularly interested in the Jewish Community's relationship with interfaith families.

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


Jews and Blacks: From the Bible to Brooklyn
Beginning with the infamous Curse of Ham (Noah's son, not the pig product) through rabbinic pronouncements on slavery in the American south, school integration in New York City, and culminating with Jewish voices in Black Lives Matter, our people and our texts have had a lot to say - both positive and negative - about individuals with dark skin. This presentation will highlight some of the major texts and events that have shaped Jewish attitudes on this topic. We will see what themes emerge and discuss current tensions as well as possible solutions.

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Adam Cutler

Rabbi Adam Cutler has served as rabbi at Beth Tzedec Congregation since August 2009. | | An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rav Adam graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York City where he worked as a Beit Midrash advisor and synagogue gabbai (secretary). He previously served as the Resnick Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor, New York and as the Legacy Heritage Fund Student... Read More →

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