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Saturday, March 4
 

09:00

Reception
Saturday March 4, 2017 09:00 - 10:30
TBA

19:45

Havdalah

Saturday March 4, 2017 19:45 - 20:00
Berney Theatre

20:00

What’s So Funny?

Adam Schwartz is a stand-up comic on the Autism spectrum who has written multiple hit Fringe Festival shows as well as a book called “I’ve got Asperger’s so I’m better than you. Shhh… don’t tell mom!” He is currently working on a second book about his experiences with stand-up comedy. 


Presenters
avatar for Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz

Adam will walk the audience through the process of writing stand-up comedy jokes and using these jokes to empower himself when facing his day-to-day challenges, thereby empowering the audience. There will be jokes galore! 


Saturday March 4, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Adult Lounge

20:00

Rock the Shtetl and Friends in Concert

For the first time, the Toronto and Winnipeg Klezmer worlds are coming together at Limmud to perform the music that rocked the shtetls of Eastern Europe. The program will include the classic klezmer repertoire, Yiddish songs, and Carlebach niggunim. 


Presenters
avatar for Shayla Fink and Kinzey Posen

Shayla Fink and Kinzey Posen

Shayla Fink and Kinzey Posen are no strangers to Winnipeg’s Jewish community. They have entertained audiences both far and wide for many years. They have been involved with music since they got out of diapers. Two of the co-founders of Winnipeg’s klezmer group Finjan, they continue to be involved in music. Both are great fans of Limmud, Shayla and Kinzey are honoured to be part of the opening evening of Limmud and to help bring on a... Read More →
avatar for Rock the Shtetl

Rock the Shtetl

Each of the participating musicians is a musician in their own right: Ellen Rosenbluth is a Torontonian, as well as a Winnipegger once removed through marriage. She is a longstanding piano player who has always been interested in the intersection of music and Jewish expression. Ellen is excited to be making her Winnipeg debut! Allan Rosenbluth is proud of his Winnipeg roots. He grew up in Winnipeg’s “north end” but moved to... Read More →


Saturday March 4, 2017 20:00 - 21:00
Berney Theatre
 
Sunday, March 5
 

09:00

Leaving Home: Transitioning Adults with Special Needs

Parenting children with special needs is a journey that involves advocacy, time and support.  As children become adults, many of the supports slip away and parents often feel they are being left to their own devices.  Transitioning adults with special needs into residential environments takes years of planning, especially if one is searching for a Jewish environment. 

It is never too early to start.


Presenters
avatar for Karla Berbrayer

Karla Berbrayer

Karla Berbrayer has worked in arts management, event coordination, marketing, publicity, and production in Winnipeg and New York. She is fluent in French and Spanish and is conversational in Hebrew. Ms. Berbrayer is the founding producer of the Rady Jewish Community Centre’s Music ‘N’ Mavens series, the Israeli Concert Series, and is the music producer for Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture. Karla is married and is a mother of... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Room 224

09:00

The Intermarriage REALITY

In this session Leslie will describe what it was like growing up in a family with multiple faiths in the mix and how she balances this in her own life.  Leslie will attempt to dispel some of the myths brought on by fear that intermarriage is destructive to the future of the Jewish people and a problem we face, rather than a reality we can choose to embrace.  She will provide some helpful ideas on how to find balance in a family with diverse backgrounds and beliefs.  Her sincere hope is that this session will heal some of the hurts of the past while helping pave the way to a brighter, more inclusive future for the Jewish community of Winnipeg.   


Presenters
avatar for Leslie Emery

Leslie Emery

Leslie Emery discovered a love and strong connection to her Jewish roots through her participation at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, chanting Torah and davening for groups of people who truly appreciated her singing. Leslie’s mother is Jewish and her father is not; throughout her participation in Jewish community life, she was faced with negative language such as “Intermarriage Problem.” The irony that this type of language... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Room 222

09:00

Where Are the Women? A Look at Stories from Jewish Folk Traditions

Enjoy, explore and connect your own experiences with tales from the past. susn palmer will lead discussions in response to stories told by Jane Enkin.


Presenters
avatar for Jane Enkin

Jane Enkin

Jane Enkin is a storyteller and singer, with an interest in Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi and Hasidic traditions. Her workshops include Jewish Women’s Folk Religion and Creative Midrash. Jane’s storytelling, singing and poetry have enhanced events at Shaarey Zedek, Temple Shalom, Gwen Secter, Simkin Centre, and the Rady JCC. Jane’s recording, “Lider Fun Amol – Yiddish Songs We Love to Sing”, features Yiddish... Read More →
avatar for susn palmer

susn palmer

susn palmer is a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek.  She works as a Families First Home Visitor with Southern Health/Sante Sud RHA. susn’s ability to work with small groups blends well with a desire to explore Jewish spiritual heritage. As she reads and listens to authors such as Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ruth Calderone, Maise Moscow, Carole Rose, Judith Hauptman and Naomi Ragen, susn explores women’s fingerprints on the... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Room 220

09:00

Awake at Night – A Documentary Exposing the Captivity of Israeli Soldiers During the Yom Kippur War

Awake at Night”                  

Length: 58 minutes

Director: Yoav Ben-David


Producers: Yoav Ben-David, David Schuetz

English translation production year 1996

A rare documentary exposing the captivity of Israeli soldiers during the Yom Kippur War, as it was also experienced by film director Yoav Ben-David, who was one of 250 prisoners captured by Syrian soldiers. Six former captives participate in the film, and share with the viewer the experience of harsh captivity in all phases. Some feel abandoned twice – once as a POW and again during rehabilitation.


Presenters
avatar for Arie Lavy

Arie Lavy

Arie Lavy was captured and became of Prisoner of War for two months in 1973. He is a speaker in a program called MILE5, a Mental Illness Literacy Education program in which he shares his experiences living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with students and the community. Arie went without help for PTSD for over 30 years and through sharing his experiences in this session, he wants to bring this issue out into the open so that others will not... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Room 223

09:00

Where did these Four Sons Come From? What story do they tell?

Every year at the Seder we meet again; The Wise, The Wicked, The Simple and The One Who Cannot Ask. Who are these children?

Which are you? In this session we will carefully analyze the text of the Four Sons and dig deep to find insight, current thought and hopefully inspiration! 

This session was made possible with generous support from the Covenant Foundation.

 


Presenters
avatar for Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, a Covenant Award Winner, is in her eleventh year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly classes for the community including a Women’s Talmud Class, now  in its 23rd year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in the JT News and now runs in the new “Jewish in Seattle Magazine”. | | On the national level. Rivy’s articles have... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 09:00 - 10:00
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

10:00

Purim Family Workshop
In this workshop children will be preparing costumes, puppets and doing crafts and get ready for Purim.
Snacks will be provided
 

Presenters
avatar for Rady JCC

Rady JCC

RADY JCC offers an extensive array of sports, recreation, fitness andwellness programs for children, youth and adults of all ages. Whetheryou join to take advantage of our state-of-the-art fitness centre,swim in Winnipeg’s best saltwater pool, train with our certifiedpersonal trainers, or embrace Jewish values through our cultural artsprogramming, you’ll be part of a welcoming community atmospherelike no other.


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
Adult Lounge

10:15

The Art of Making Hamentashen – Hands-on Workshop

Come learn how to make, shape and prepare hamentashen and be prepared for Purim!


Presenters
avatar for Rebecca Abraham

Rebecca Abraham

Rebecca Abraham is a stay at home mom to 3 wonderful boys. Baking is her passion and forte!


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Multipurpose Room (MPR)

10:15

Employing Spirituality and Jewish Values for Mental Health

Issues of Mental Health affect one in four Canadians, making the concern both pressing and personal for all of us. This session will provide an overview of selected mental health concerns with an emphasis on anxiety, depression and eating disorders. Together we will examine how Jewish values target mental wellness and the connection between mental health and spirituality. Through enhanced understanding and greater appreciation of the struggle that individuals are battling with, we can access the tools of empathy, acceptance, and action, propelling us forward in reducing the stigma around mental health and increasing support for those struggling with it.


Presenters
avatar for Tali Aziza Robinson

Tali Aziza Robinson

Tali Aziza Robinson is a Social Worker and Holistic Nutritionist with the designation of Certified Nutritional Practitioner.  After earning her undergraduate degree in Psychology in Israel, Tali moved back to Canada to become a Holistic Nutritionist with the goal of eventually working in the field of eating disorders. Tali went on to earn her Master’s degree at Wurzweiler School of Social Work out of Yeshiva University.  After... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Room 220

10:15

Living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The goal of this session is to raise awareness that we all have mental health issues and can do things to take care of them, but more importantly we need to tear down the stigma around mental illness. IF we get rid of stigma, we make it possible for youth to feel comfortable to get help.


Presenters
avatar for Arie Lavy

Arie Lavy

Arie Lavy was captured and became of Prisoner of War for two months in 1973. He is a speaker in a program called MILE5, a Mental Illness Literacy Education program in which he shares his experiences living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with students and the community. Arie went without help for PTSD for over 30 years and through sharing his experiences in this session, he wants to bring this issue out into the open so that others will not... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Room 223

10:15

Illuminating the Hebrew Alphabet I

The session will consist of a visual presentation of the illustrations in the text and a reading of the accompanying text. Discussion will address questions such as: What do we know about the historical origins of the Hebrew alphabet? What are the common objects that each letter symbolizes? What are some of the historical interpretations and legends surrounding the alefbet and how did the presenter arrive at his interpretation? 


Presenters
avatar for Lyle Goorvich

Lyle Goorvich

Lyle Goorvich was born and raised in Winnipeg where he attended the Peretz School. He studied at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. Lyle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. He became a teacher and lived and worked in Toronto and London, Ontario during his career. Retirement provided him with an opportunity to pursue art full-time and his first major project in 2014 evolved into his book, “From The Beginning... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Room 224

10:15

Stories of a Holocaust Survivour

Edith is a child survivor of the Holocaust. As a former educator, she considers it important to share her experiences. Edith maintains that all who have gone through this trauma, depending on their age, characteristics and gender, respond differently. In this session, Edith will speak about the effect that her experiences during and after the Holocaust had on her life and the life of her husband, children and the rest of her family.


Presenters
avatar for Edith Kimelman

Edith Kimelman

Edith Kimelman was born in Rowno, Poland, now part of Ukraine. In 1941 during the German invasion, she was a 6 1/2 year old child living in a small community with her parents and grandmother. The Shoah had an immediate impact on Edith’s family as her 31 year old father was murdered by the Nazis. A farmer sent by Edith’s grandparents snuck her out of the city, shortly before 18,000 Jews were murdered there in one day. Edith and her... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Room 230

10:15

Hasidic Wisdom for Today. The Sayings of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk

Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotsk was a Polish Hassidic Rabbi of a different stripe.

While most Hassidic Rabbis personified kindness and love, he personified truth. The word Emet (Truth) was embroidered on his Tallit and he lived his life “truth telling”. He wrote many books; he also wrote many manuscripts but burned them before his death. Only his collection of sayings, collected by students, lives on. It has been a spiritual treasure house. In this session we will study the best of Rabbi Mendel’s best - his top twenty sayings that will open your eyes and your heart.


Presenters
avatar for Larry Lander

Larry Lander

Larry Lander has been a rabbi for 28 years, including 11 years at Congregation Or Shalom in London, Ontario, his last pulpit before coming to Congregation Etz Chayim in 2007. A proud Canadian, he was born in Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba as well as Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Calgary. | | After receiving his ordination, he came to Winnipeg to serve as an... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

10:15

Zachor: Exploring Jewish Memory

We will prepare for Shabbat Zachor by exploring the idea of “Memory” in Jewish Tradition, specifically the Six Remembrances. We’ll get a little help along the way from the cast of the animated motion picture “Inside Out”.


Presenters
avatar for Matthew Leibl

Matthew Leibl

Matthew Leibl is the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. (That’s just a fancy way of saying ‘Rabbi in Training’, he says.) Matthew is studying with Rabbi Steven Blane of the Jewish Spiritual Leaders’ Institute and hopes to receive Smicha in the summer. He has been with Congregation Shaarey Zedek since 2004, serving as Chazzan Sheini. Matthew spent six years as a radio host with TSN 1290 before deciding to pursue... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 10:15 - 11:15
Room 222

11:30

What’s God Got to Do With It? How Faith Can Make you a Better Lover, Partner, Parent and Friend

Relationships aren’t easy. It can be difficult to speak our truth, feel heard, communicate our desires, and let others go. A faith practice can provide some direction, not only in the synagogue or on the yoga mat but also in our day-to-day interactions with others. This session will explore topics like vulnerability, anger, loss, communication and desire and how a connection with the Divine can guide us to give and receive love more freely. If you want to have deeper and more authentic relationships with others, this workshop is for you!  


Presenters
avatar for Adina Lakser

Adina Lakser

Adina is a writer, relationship coach, mother and community-based researcher in Winnipeg.  She grew up in a modern Orthodox home but left the fold as a young adult. However, her longing for meaning and connection continued on with her journey of faith. Her current practice is a hodge-podge influenced by Judaism, Zen Buddhism, indigenous spirituality, yoga and whoever else preaches Love. She often wrestles with the question “What does... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Room 223

11:30

If I Am so Smart, Why is My Neighbor so Foolish: When “Popular Thought” Challenges Jewish Values

Popular opinion has never been more popular!  But what if you disagree with the current popular thinking or that thinking is contrary to Jewish Ethics?  Through study of ancient and very current Jewish texts, this session will explore and discuss how to live in any age where popular opinion is contrary to the values and ethics you hold dear.


Presenters
avatar for Steven Hyman

Steven Hyman

Steven Hyman alternates his professional time between his two loves: Law and Spiritual Care. He is a practicing lawyer and the Director of Professional Standards for the Manitoba Real Estate Association. When Steven is wearing his Spiritual Care hat, he is spends his time at the Simkin Centre as a liturgist, as well as a frequent speaker in the area of ethics, spiritual health, and interfaith issues; he also leads all Shabbat Morning and... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Room 222

11:30

All the World’s A Stage - Planning and Programming a Season at WJT

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre will celebrate its 30th anniversary in its 2017/18 season. Find out what goes into programming a season of Jewish themed plays - from play selection to casting, directing and producing, as Ari

Weinberg, WJT’s Artistic Director, strives to bring world-class theatre to Winnipeg’s Jewish community.


Presenters
avatar for Ari Weinberg

Ari Weinberg

Ari is a director, actor and arts educator. He is currently in his second season as Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director.


Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Room 224

11:30

Demographic Trends Are Changing the Character of Israel: What Does That Mean For Its Future?

There are demographic and ideological shifts taking place in Israel. These changes will have a tremendous impact on the future of the state and on the way we perceive it in the diaspora. Let’s begin to ask the questions: Why is it that we connect with Israel? How will these shifts affect Israel? And where do we stand on this issue?


Presenters
avatar for Ezequiel Lubocki

Ezequiel Lubocki

Ezequiel is a graduate from the University of Toronto’s Peace, Conflict and Justice Studies Program. He is currently a first-year law student at the University of Manitoba. Ezequiel has a particular interest in learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli society. He encourages people to learn about and engage with these issues through debate and conversation. He hopes to continue speaking about Israel and shine a light on... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Room 220

11:30

Why Daily Minyan?

Why do we need a daily Minyian? Is the Mourner’s Kaddish really necessary? Do we need to go to daily services to say Kaddish? Does it really help? These are the questions that we will explore. Bring your thoughts and ideas and let’s talk!


Presenters
avatar for Bill Weissmann

Bill Weissmann

Bill Weissmann is the Shammes (Ritual Director) at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. His journey towards this endeavour began nearly twenty years ago following the death of his father. The rather tentative beginning of saying Kaddish every day in memory of his father and the sensitive and welcoming atmosphere provided by the Shammes at the time, Ben Raber, provided the foundation for his work at daily minyian and clergy support today. | | Bill has... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

11:30

Nigunim Workshop

Join us in an exploration of the “niggun” (wordless melody), an important part of our spiritual and musical tradition. Whether in shul, at the Shabbos table or in the shower, niggunim have the power to touch and raise the human spirit. This workshop, which will include instrumental accompaniment, will focus on a few niggunim, enabling participants to experience the joy of singing these powerful melodies together. It is meant to be a fun and engaging workshop for people with any level of musicality.  


Presenters
avatar for Rock the Shtetl

Rock the Shtetl

Each of the participating musicians is a musician in their own right: Ellen Rosenbluth is a Torontonian, as well as a Winnipegger once removed through marriage. She is a longstanding piano player who has always been interested in the intersection of music and Jewish expression. Ellen is excited to be making her Winnipeg debut! Allan Rosenbluth is proud of his Winnipeg roots. He grew up in Winnipeg’s “north end” but moved to... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 11:30 - 12:30
Music Room

13:30

Throw Back Purim – Puppet Play

Join us for a musical puppet show featuring some of the greatest hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  Shaarey Zedek Dor Chadash Youth choir is back with heir wonderful voices and showcasing puppets from the story of Purim. This 30 minute show will be sure to delight all ages. Written and Directed by Chazzan Anibal Mass.


Presenters
avatar for Dor Chadash Youth Choir

Dor Chadash Youth Choir

Dor Chadash Youth Choir led by Chazzan Aníbal “Yitzchak” Mass is a fun-filled and uplifting  music program for boys and girls ages 11 to 17 who are talented and passionate about Jewish music. Children will gain self-confidence, train vocally, meet new friends, have fun singing new and popular songs, be part of studio recordings, and learn dance choreography.


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:00
Music Room

13:30

Considering the Past, Imagining the Future, & Facing the Present

This session will be an experiential workshop whose focus is on each individual gaining a deeper sense of self-understanding. I will use mental imagery exercises and biblical archetypes and images (from the Path of the Mothers) to gain greater clarity about the ways in which our lives are unfolding.


Presenters
avatar for Carol Rose

Carol Rose

Carol Rose is a writer, spiritual counselor and educator. She holds an MA in Theology, degrees in Religion and Cross Cultural Studies and certification as a Mashpi’ah (Minister/Spiritual Director) and Maggid (Preacher) from Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.  Carol is the creator of Walking the Motherpath cards, a unique deck that uses Biblical Women as archetypes for personal growth and change, which have been published in a book... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Room 230

13:30

Hockey Blogger

At the young age of 17, Jacob has entrenched himself in the sports media community in a way that he never expected when he started writing in a notebook at the age of 12. The return of the Winnipeg Jets didn’t only further provide him with more hockey to talk about, but it launched a career in the process. Jacob will discuss the triumph and high-points he has experienced as a young writer.


Presenters
avatar for Jacob Stoller

Jacob Stoller

Jacob Stoller is a freelance writer, podcaster and editor covering the NHL and all things hockey. Jacob works for the Nation Network, the internet’s highest traffic independent hockey blog and is the managing editor for the website’s Winnipeg Jets site, JetsNation.ca. Along with that, he writes twice weekly on the Network’s other hockey-based sites. | | Jacob currently hosts a podcast called the Over the Boards alongside... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Room 220

13:30

My Story: Second Generation Life Experiences

This session will focus on the experiences and impact of growing up as a child of Holocaust Survivors. The presenter will also share vignettes of a recent trip she took with her mother to Europe to explore her mother’s roots/history and in the hopes of achieving a greater sense of emotional closure.

 


Presenters
avatar for Sharon Goszer Tritt

Sharon Goszer Tritt

Sharon Goszer Tritt, the daughter of two very resilient Holocaust survivors, is a Clinical Psychologist with 35 years of experience. She has worked locally, provincially, and nationally. Sharon is a member of the Holocaust Education Committee (HEC) and has served as the Chair of its Second Generation Group. She is also on the Board of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada. Sharon is happily married and has one son. Two memorable life... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Room 222

13:30

Illuminating the Hebrew Alphabet II: A Hands-on Workshop

This hands-on workshop will include an abbreviated version of the session “Illuminating the Hebrew Alphabet I.” Participants can try their own hand at creating illustrations and/or texts to express their personal sentiments.


Presenters
avatar for Lyle Goorvich

Lyle Goorvich

Lyle Goorvich was born and raised in Winnipeg where he attended the Peretz School. He studied at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. Lyle graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University. He became a teacher and lived and worked in Toronto and London, Ontario during his career. Retirement provided him with an opportunity to pursue art full-time and his first major project in 2014 evolved into his book, “From The Beginning... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Art Room

13:30

The Case for Israel: A Justice Perspective

Israel is commonly accused of being an “illegal occupier” and its accusers claim that the presence of Jews in the “West Bank” is the main obstacle to peace. This seminar counters these accusations with legal and historical facts, from the 20th century in particular. It also presents the biblical context for Israel’s re-birth and the amazing congruity between ancient texts and modern facts.


Presenters
avatar for Donald James

Donald James

Don James is National Development Director of Bridges for Peace Canada, a Jerusalem-based organization dedicated to supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews, both in Israel and around the world. He came to Winnipeg 31 years ago with his wife, Victoria, to pastor a Baptist church in East Kildonan. Subsequently he worked for the Boni-Vital Council for Seniors and for Manitoba Student Aid. For over 20 years... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Room 224

13:30

Bet Hillel: Towards a More Compassionate Judaism

A comparison between the two great sages, Hillel and Shamai - lessons in how to disagree. What was behind their disagreements? Who do we follow and what does it mean to us as Jews living in a modern world?


Presenters
avatar for Yosef Benarroch

Yosef Benarroch

Yosef Benarroch is the rabbi at Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Congregation Synagogue. He is a graduate of Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and the University of Manitoba. Rabbi Benarroch has held numerous rabbinic positions in Canada, the U.S. and Israel.


Sunday March 5, 2017 13:30 - 14:30
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

14:15

Lego at Limmud Family Program – Purim Lego Style

Join us for a PJ Library Family program with Bricks 4 Kidz. Listen to the Story of Purim and build holiday related objects with LEGO.


Presenters
avatar for Rady JCC

Rady JCC

RADY JCC offers an extensive array of sports, recreation, fitness andwellness programs for children, youth and adults of all ages. Whetheryou join to take advantage of our state-of-the-art fitness centre,swim in Winnipeg’s best saltwater pool, train with our certifiedpersonal trainers, or embrace Jewish values through our cultural artsprogramming, you’ll be part of a welcoming community atmospherelike no other.
avatar for PJ Library

PJ Library

PJ LIBRARY sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values, traditions, and culture that are important to you. A program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library is made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:15 - 15:45
Multipurpose Room (MPR)

14:45

Conscious Aging

This session will explore the art of being an elder in the 21st century and how traditional and modern wisdom can enrich the last third of our lives.  Along with the presentation, participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and insights.


Presenters
avatar for Neal Rose

Neal Rose

Neal Rose is an ordained rabbi and family therapist who taught at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. After retiring from the U of M, he served as the Director of Spiritual Care at the Simkin Center (Sharon Home) and taught at Winnipeg’s Creative Retirement Centre. He holds a doctorate from the Hebrew Union College and a certificate in family therapy from the University of Winnipeg's Faculty of Theology. Rabbi Rose... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

14:45

Essential Changes for a Better Mental Health Care System

Bonnie Bricker, Director of the Family Navigation Program at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, explains how the program works and why it is essential for Manitobans.


Presenters
avatar for Bonnie Bricker

Bonnie Bricker

Bonnie's journey into mental health advocacy started in tragedy when her son died by suicide in October, 2015. For 19 years, Bonnie worked through the broken health care system to get the appropriate help for her son who was diagnosed with a personality disorder. Now she has started a movement to demand change to Manitoba's mental health system. Bonnie is part of a WRHA task force to address these issues. In June, 2016 Bonnie was hired by the... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Room 223

14:45

Judaism and Vegetarianism

There are many connections between Judaism and vegetarianism. Both are concerned with human health and well-being, social justice, animal rights, and the environment. There are arguments for vegetarian practice in the laws of kashrut and the Torah. In this session, we will consider Jewish values and teachings that relate to what we eat and how our food is produced and distributed. We will discuss the implications for Jewish spirituality and the challenges and opportunities for those thinking about becoming vegetarian.  


Presenters
avatar for Mia Elfenbaum

Mia Elfenbaum

Mia Elfenbaum has been interested in the connections between vegetarianism and Judaism for years. She became a vegetarian (pescatarian) as a teenager when she could no longer face the Friday night chicken dinner. Mia and her family keep a kosher, vegetarian home. She is eager to discuss the issues and share what she has learned. In her professional life, Mia develops multimedia resources and courses on Early Child Development at Red River... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Room 230

14:45

History of Manitoba Synagogues

This session is based on the exhibit “Synagogues” produced by Stan Carbone and Susan Turner under the auspices of the Jewish Heritage Centre. It will offer a general overview of synagogues in relation to the social and cultural development of Manitoba Jewry. As the historian Harry Gutkin noted, “wherever Jews laid down roots, the synagogue and religious rituals were…the centre for all their community activities: weddings, bar mitzvahs, a cheder, a Sunday school, a lecture hall, a library, a social centre and a place for funerals.”  The session will include a tour of the exhibit.


Presenters
avatar for Stan Carbone

Stan Carbone

Stan Carbone is Director of Programs and Exhibits with the Jewish Heritage Centre. He is also Vice-Consul of Italy in Winnipeg. Stan was born in Italy in 1957 and graduated with an M.A. in History at the University of Manitoba (1981) and was a Gold Medal recipient in the Department of Political Science, University of Winnipeg (1979). He has written two books on the history of Italians in Winnipeg and produced an award-winning documentary on... Read More →
avatar for Susan Turner

Susan Turner

Susan Turner is a curator, exhibit designer, and visual artist. She designed the JHCWC’s exhibitions A Stitch in Time: Winnipeg Jews and the Garment Industry (2013) and Synagogues (2016) and co-curated them with Stan Carbone. She also curated and designed the JHCWC exhibitions Mazel Tov: a Chaseneh - the Jewish Wedding (2005), Samuel Freedman: Man of Law (2006) as well as smaller exhibitions including Ark Covers of Adas Yeshurun Shul... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Music Room

14:45

The Canadian Jewish Story in Four Biographies: From Ezekiel Hart to Rabbi Kahanovitch to Leonard Cohen to Judy Feld Carr

Canada's Jews sometimes feel as though they have no history in this young country, but our roots stretch back to the Hart family who settled in Quebec at the end of the 18th century. In this short lecture on Canadian Jewish history, I will discuss the lives of four great Canadian Jews: Ezekiel Hart, Rabbi Yisroel Kahanovitch, Leonard Cohen and Judy Feld Carr. These four individuals fought battles for civil rights, religious continuity, artistic integrity and freedom. I hope to show how Canadian freedoms and Jewish energy changed the world.


Presenters
avatar for Sharon Graham

Sharon Graham

Sharon Graham is a Ph.D. candidate in Canadian History at the University of Manitoba. She holds Masters Degrees from York University and the University of Manitoba, specializing in Synagogue Architectural History and German Jewish history. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the history of the Winnipeg Jewish Orphanage.


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Room 223

14:45

Life of a JewTuber

Jaron Rykiss is a YouTuber and is Jewish too; therefore he is a “JewTuber.” It isn't an easy job. Jaron will be sharing his stories and tips about being a JewTuber.


Presenters
avatar for Jaron Rykiss

Jaron Rykiss

Jaron Rykiss is a YouTuber and is Jewish too; therefore he is a “JewTuber.”  He started creating videos when he was seven; now at 15, he has a YouTube channel with over 2500 subscribers.  He has also branched out into creating music, his most well-known song being “Netflix Lover”.  He has most recently created an EP of rap songs.  This past year Shaw TV did a story about his short film... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Room 220

14:45

Romance in the Bible: A Look at the Great Loves

Who knew? In this Holy Torah of ours we find inspiring stories of love and episodes of romance.

What might a close look at these narratives and texts reveal about Judaism, love and even ourselves? 

This session was made possible with generous support from the Covenant Foundation.


Presenters
avatar for Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Kletenik

Rivy Poupko Kletenik, a Covenant Award Winner, is in her eleventh year as Head of School of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. Rivy has taught several long-standing weekly classes for the community including a Women’s Talmud Class, now  in its 23rd year. Her column “What’s Your JQ” appeared in the JT News and now runs in the new “Jewish in Seattle Magazine”. | | On the national level. Rivy’s articles have... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Room 224

14:45

"STILL LIFE": Dealing with a Parent in Persistent Vegetative State. Play by Bruce Sarbit. Reading (by Harry Nelken and Celia Sarbit) followed by discussion

How will Abe die? In “Persistent Vegetative State”, attached to a full range of monitoring and life-support equipment, for Abe lacks a "health care directive" or "living will." Abe's son, religiously Jewish, the accountant in Abe's horse-and-cattle-trading business, and daughter, a secular Jewish social worker, feud over how to respond to imminent hospital action as they explore their disparate relationships with their father and each other. "Still Life" examines the end-of-life issues that, with our increasing longevity and progress in medical technologies, challenge our times, our deaths and our lives.


Presenters
avatar for Bruce Sarbit

Bruce Sarbit

Bruce Sarbit is a retired psychologist whose last major gig was a 27 year stint at Brandon University. He has, in his dotage, turned to writing essays and plays, some of which have been produced, notably "All or Nothing" with Harry Nelken and "The Line" with Brian Richardson. Bruce has enjoyed writing and directing recent JHCWC's programs, including "Needles and Pins", an evening on Adele Wiseman and the recent evening of Synagogue Music. Bruce... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 14:45 - 17:00
Room 222

16:00

Dirty Little Secret: Addiction in the Jewish Community

Growing up in Winnipeg’s Jewish community, addiction was not something we heard much about. We wanted to believe we’d all become doctors and lawyers, certainly never drunks and junkies. Not us. Not me…well- loved, well-educated and well-mannered. Realizing that the disease of addiction did not discriminate based on neighbourhood, faith or family was crushing. Mine is a story of shame, loneliness, growth and recovery. Join me as I discuss the need for dialogue around the “A word” in Jewish homes, schools, and circles, the demand for resources and the “dirty little secret” that hurts our community to keep.


Presenters
avatar for Carli Rothman

Carli Rothman

A journalist and substance use counsellor, writing about and working with British Columbia’s drug-dependent population, Carli is passionate about the nationwide epidemic that is addiction. A recovering addict and alcoholic herself, born and raised in Winnipeg’s Jewish community, Carli endeavours to advocate for youth and young adults struggling with dependence and doing so in secret. Her goal is to encourage the elimination of... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Room 230

16:00

Unity Under the Night Sky: Exploring Stories of Culture, Teaching, and Human Interconnectedness from Churchill to Tel Aviv

This session will highlight the interconnectedness of people and the human spirit from diverse cultural, geographic, and political backgrounds found by coming together under the awe and wonder of the night sky. Through images and narrative storytelling, this session will articulate the journey of travelling the world to share and listen to the myths and authentic interpretations of celestial patterns from different people, perspectives and voices, towards seeking science education’s role in developing a more accepting, aware, educated and community-minded world.


Presenters
avatar for Richard Hechter

Richard Hechter

Richard Hechter is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Acting Department Head of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. His teaching and research include physics education, ethno astronomy and social reconstructionism in science education, chasing the aurora borealis around the world and using popular culture in the science classroom. He is currently working on a project in Canada... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Room 223

16:00

Music with Neshama (Soul)
The newly formed Gray Academy singing troupe, “Neshama Choir” perform Hebrew and Yiddish songs. They have been performing throughout the Jewish community including the Rady Centre, Stay Young, Gwen Secter, school assemblies and community events.

Presenters
avatar for Gray Academy’s Neshama Choir

Gray Academy’s Neshama Choir

Made up of students from grades 10 - 12, Neshama is Gray Academy’s newest singing troupe. In its first few months, Neshama has performed at a variety of community functions as well as within the school community.  With Hebrew and Yiddish favourites, the members of Neshama look forward to making their Limmud debut!


Sunday March 5, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Room 220

16:00

Responding to ISIS: Saving Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria

Iraq and Syria are considered the “Cradle of Civilization” where the first cities and writing emerged thousands of years ago. Today, many of these cities have been completely destroyed or are under threat of destruction by the terrorist organization IS/ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Dr. Greenfield is an archaeologist who works in the Near East and has conducted fieldwork in Turkey and northern Iraq under the threat of ISIS. Her lecture outlines the level of destruction that has occurred to some of the world’s oldest cities and empires, and how local and international archaeologists continue to fight back by returning to the “Cradle of Civilization” to document, excavate, and preserve archaeological and heritage sites in a race against time.


Presenters
avatar for Tina Greenfield

Tina Greenfield

Dr. Tina Greenfield received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK with a specific interest in Near Eastern Archaeology. Dr. Greenfield has worked on archaeological sites in Canada, Serbia, Romania, Israel, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey, and South Africa. She teaches at the University of Winnipeg, is a co-director of the Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Lab at the University of Manitoba, and is a Visiting Research Scholar at the... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Room 224

16:00

All Under The Tent: The Beauty of Inclusion in Judaism

This session will explore how Judaism engages the subject of inclusion and in particular, how and why inclusion serves to enrich the lives of both Jewish and larger communities everywhere.


Presenters
avatar for Rabbi Bill Tepper

Rabbi Bill Tepper

Rabbi Bill Tepper is presently the Rabbi at Temple Shalom in Winnipeg on a monthly basis. Rabbi Tepper holds B.A., M.A., and Bachelor of Education degrees. For fifteen years he taught high school Drama and English. Rabbi Tepper received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati and he was ordained in 2008. | | Rabbi Tepper served eight years as spiritual leader of Mizpah... Read More →


Sunday March 5, 2017 16:00 - 17:00
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)