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Limmud Winnipeg is a volunteer run festival and celebration of Jewish thought, culture, learning, teaching and fun! Dedicated to the Jewish experience and exploration in all its variety, Limmud is committed to harnessing the energy of people from right across the Jewish community. 

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Saturday, March 12
 

9:30am

Israeli Dance for Children
Saturday March 12, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
Room 105

7:30pm

Doors Open
Saturday March 12, 2016 7:30pm - 7:45pm
Main Hall (Asper Campus)

7:45pm

Havdallah
Havdallah with Shayla Fink, Kinzey Posen & Songs by the Yona Choir.

Presenters
avatar for Yona Youth Choir

Yona Youth Choir

YONA, Hebrew for ‘dove’ and well known as the symbol of peace, is the Chai Children’s Song Theatre group. It is under the choir direction of Lina Streltsov, with piano accompanist Tatyana Smolyaninov. Yona is a group of children ages 7-14 who have performed at a variety of community events such as a Yom H’atzmaut, Yom H’Shoah ceremonies, Chanukah, Purim community events, Limmud, JNF Negev Gala, performances at... Read More →
avatar for Kinzey Posen and Shayla Fink

Kinzey Posen and Shayla Fink

Kinzey Posen and Shayla Fink 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 cofounders 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 →


Saturday March 12, 2016 7:45pm - 8:00pm
Main Hall (Asper Campus)

8:00pm

Jewish Identity Spoken Word Performance
Andrew Lustig is a 'Jewish Spoken Word' artist whose poetry has reached millions, in viral videos and in live performances. Andrew will perform some of his original poetry on Jewish and Israeli identity. Andrew’s performance pieces are written as long monologues that will have you laughing, (hopefully) crying, and feeling connected to the beautiful and complicated shared experiences of the Jewish people. Andrew will also leave space for a short workshop which will allow the participants to create a short communal piece on Jewish identity together.

Presenters
avatar for Andrew Lustig

Andrew Lustig

Andrew Lustig is a ‘Jewish Spoken Word Artist’ whose poetry on Jewish and Israeli identity has reached millions, in viral YouTube videos and in live performances. Andrew has delivered Spoken Word keynote addresses for the JFNA, URJ, Hillel, USCJ, UJIA and BBYO. He has opened up for Presidents and Prime Ministers as well as many well-known actors and comedians. | | A 2013-14 Dorot Fellow in Israel, Andrew is also a Pardes alumnus and... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
MPR

8:00pm

Getting Our Groove Back; How to Energize American Jewry
North American Jewry is at a dramatic demographic and engagement crossroads which will determine whether or not our community will remain a viable cohesive force for good or a fringe group without impact.  We will explore how other Jewish communities have fared such challenges and how we can build a brighter future for our Diaspora. 

Presenters
avatar for Scott Shay

Scott Shay

Scott A. Shay is actively involved in Jewish formal and informal education.  He has served as a board member of the UJA – Jewish Federation of New York, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, the American Hebrew Academy, Birthright Israel and Ohr Torah Stone. | | He is past chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA-Jewish Federation and The Fund for Jewish Education. He, and his wife Susan, are the... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Adult Lounge

8:00pm

Shiksa - A Production of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
Zack is Jewish. Emma is not. When Zack’s parents discover he is living with a “shiksa”, he must choose between the love of his parents and the love of his life. This autobiographical play by Cairn Moore will resonate deeply. 

Presenters
avatar for Winnipeg Jewish Theatre

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre

The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre is entering its 28th exciting season of keeping Jewish culture alive and well in Winnipeg. The theatre’s mandate is to present professional theatre of high artistic quality that reflects the Jewish experience of the past, present and future; to encourage the creation of new Canadian plays of Jewish interest; to encourage the development and participation of Canadian playwrights, performers, production... Read More →


Saturday March 12, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Berney Theatre

9:00pm

Reception
Shmooze, Reception and Live Music with Shayla Fink & Kinzey Posen

Saturday March 12, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Main Hall (Asper Campus)
 
Sunday, March 13
 

9:00am

9:00am

4000 Years of Judaism With Music (and some humour)
From Genesis through the British mandate, WW2 to present, in this session we will share our values, music and humour along the way.

Presenters
avatar for Phil Spevack

Phil Spevack

Raised in a secular Jewish family, Phil has a B.Sc. Science - Physics Major, Calculus & Philosophy Minors, a Music & Theater background and 40+ years a Systems Professional. | | He is Shamus at Temple Shalom, and represents the Jewish people at multi-faith gatherings.


Sunday March 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Student Lounge

9:00am

Major Security Threats Facing Israel
Israeli security & intelligence apparatus have effectively & quietly dealt with some recent security challenges. One (Syria) is known but the other (Sinai) is relatively unknown. 

Presenters
avatar for Shimshon Patrick Elazar

Shimshon Patrick Elazar

Shimshon grew up in Habonim/Dror youth & lived in Israel during the 70’s & 80’s where he served in an IDF combat unit & helped establish Kibbutz Gezer. Shimshon has degrees in Middle East studies & Agriculture and lives with his family in Winnipeg where he works as a grain trader.


Sunday March 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 220

9:00am

News of the Day: How Is Israel is Portrayed in the Media and Your Response
Every day, Israel the tiny country in the Middle East is in the news whether the story involves Israel or not. By using the Israel Daily News Stream, (IDNS) we will explore the news of the day and how we can respond to be heard, not just printed. Be prepared to write responses to the news that day.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Kenzer

Gary Kenzer

Gary Kenzer has been the North American Executive Director of Honest Reporting.com since 2006. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of Magen David Adom USA. Kenzer speaks all over North America in hundreds of venues including Limmud events in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Baltimore, Bay Area near San Francisco, Colorado, Arizona and Boston.


Sunday March 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 222

9:00am

Where is Home? How Diaspora Jews Relate to Israel as a Homeland
The question, where is home generally commands a simple response, but is actually far more difficult to answer if you have left your birthplace or immigrated to a new country.  This session will explore the concept of home in all its complexities and discuss how, as diaspora Jews, we relate to Israel as a homeland, but not a place we call home.

Presenters
avatar for Danita Dubinsky Aziza

Danita Dubinsky Aziza

Danita began her career as an account manager with an international public relations/public affairs firm and later worked as a race relations consultant with the City of Toronto Department of Parks and Recreation. In 1993, Danita founded Healthy Home Services Inc., which was Canada’s first environmental home product and consulting company devoted to helping individuals struggling with allergies, asthma and chronic illness lead healthier... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 224

9:00am

Recovering the Cultural Heritage of IWO (Institute for Jewish Research) in Argentina after the AMIA Bombing.
After the devastating AMIA  (Mutual Israelite-Argentinean Association) bombing on Monday, July 18, 1994 and while rescuers were dealing with those injured or dead, 800 youngsters from Argentina and other countries, volunteered to recover the cultural heritage of the IWO Foundation. IWO was located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the AMIA building, treasuring thousands of books, artifacts and art collections, unique pieces in Judaica and documentation from the Holocaust. 

This heritage rescue is recorded in the documentary “Youngsters Who Preserved the Memory”.  Cynthia, former IWO Cultural Outreach Coordinator, will introduce this documentary that was released in educational and cultural venues across Argentina and abroad. In the past six years it has been exhibited in primary schools under the umbrella of the project “Little Authors, Big Ideas”.  Following the documentary, Ms. Fidel will offer her assessment and reflections on the recovery of the IWO archives and artifacts. 

Presenters
avatar for Cynthia Fidel

Cynthia Fidel

Cynthia Fidel arrived in Winnipeg in 2015 from  Argentina with her family. She has worked for fifteen years in Social and Cultural Programs mainly at the Jewish Community in Argentina: Joint Distribution Committee Latin America, IWO Foundation, Argentinean Friends of the Hebrew University and AMIA. Nowadays she works at the Jewish National Fund of Manitoba / Saskatchewan as the Program and Communications Coordinator. Cynthia holds a B.A... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 223

9:00am

Finding a Place for God

What does God mean to you and your children and grandchildren?

How do we bring God into our lives and our homes?

The Rabbinic notion of bringing God close us called Devaikut. The Rabbis wrote extensively on their personal attitudes and practices that fostered Devaikut, as they went about their daily lives.

We will explore their writings on making a place for God upon awakening and within our speech and prayer lives. Jewish women in the nineteenth century Germany wrote their own prayers reflecting closeness to God. We will look at their selected writings translated from Yissish. Rounding out our discussion, we will translate these past attitudes and practices into our own first century lives.


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 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 Assistant Rabbi to Rabbi... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

10:00am

Purim Family Workshop Hosted By The Rady JCC
Presenters
avatar for Rady JCC

Rady JCC

Rady JCC offers an extensive array of sports, recreation, fitness and wellness programs for children, youth and adults of all ages. Whether you join to take advantage of our state-of-the-art fitness centre, swim in Winnipeg’s best saltwater pool, train with our certified personal trainers, or embrace Jewish values through ourcultural arts programming, you’ll be part of a welcoming community... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Adult Lounge

10:15am

Honey, I Shrunk the Yids: A Look at Jewish Comics & Humour
An entercational (entertaining and educational) look at Jewish comics in various comedic genres as well as Jewish humour. Also, the comedic stylings of Renee Billauer.

Presenters
avatar for Renee Billauer

Renee Billauer

Renee has been involved in the performing arts for many years mostly as a dancer & singer. Her latest passion is doing stand-up comedy, which she has been doing for the past few years. She competed in Rumor’s Funniest Person with a Day Job & made it to the finals last summer. Last year she performed in the RJCC Seniors’ Wellness Series. She has also performed at parties & open mics. She has always loved humour; her... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

10:15am

Meeting With the PLO in the 1980’s: a Different Time and a Different World

In 1982, I was part of a Jewish/Israeli delegation that met with the leadership of the PLO in Paris to express our condolences for the massacres of Palestinian civilians in Sabra and Chatila and to discuss options for achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The content of those discussions were surprising and were in many respects counter-intuitive.  I will discuss that meeting and subsequent meetings, and what they can tell us about the Mideast conflict and the hope, or lack of it, for peace.


Presenters
avatar for James (Jim) Wilets

James (Jim) Wilets

Jim Wilets is a Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University and is Chair of the Inter-American Center for Human Rights. He received his M.A. in International Relations from Yale University in 1994, his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1987, and his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1982. He teaches in the areas of International Law, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights, Immigration Law, Gender and the Law, and European... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 230

10:15am

From Unity to Diversity: Why Our Community is Fracturing and Why it May Be a Good Thing
After a long period of extraordinary unity, the Jewish community is beginning to fracture. Widespread consensuses on Israel, religion, identity, politics and more are splintering. In this topical session, Benjamin Shinewald will explore this emerging “mega trend” in our community and probe what increasingly unites us and what divides us – and whether we are at our best when our community is united or diverse.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Shinewald

Benjamin Shinewald

Benjamin Shinewald is a long-time community leader. He was CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress, served in the Privy Council Office and now leads the Building Owners & Managers Association of Canada.  Benjamin was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship and named “one of Canada’s best and brightest emerging leaders” and a Goldmann Fellowship for being a part of “a new generation of Jewish communal leadership.” He... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 222

10:15am

Gender Creative Children; Beyond the Myths
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you don't expect it to be a rooster...  This presentation dispels common myths about gender creative children.

You will learn about gender identity, what it means to be a gender creative child and how we can support children’s gender diversity.  Using videos, books and personal experience Jackie Swirsky will share her perspectives on how children do best when they are supported for who they are not for who we expect them to be.

Presenters
avatar for Jackie Swirsky

Jackie Swirsky

Jackie has a Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Alberta. She and her husband, Matt, are raising their two children, Jacob and Zev, in Winnipeg.  Jackie recently wrote a children’s book and educational resource, ‘Be Yourself’, which features a gender creative child as the main character and teaches the message of acceptance. It is intended to empower children to be proud of themselves... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 220

10:15am

Jewish Sports Figures in Crises
This session will explore Jewish sports figures and various scandals that have occurred surrounding their actions. We will discuss why these particular negative examples have garnered more public attention than the lesser-known positive Jewish role models in sports.

Additionally we will explore the roles and expectations of sports figures in society and how we can shift attention to positive actions. Are these expectations justified and/or realistic? Why do we expect athletes to behave a certain way? The question of whether Jewish sports figures have an obligation to represent the Jewish people and/or Israel will also be considered.

Do we expect teshuva from a Jewish athlete after tarnishing their reputation? What crisis management strategies have proven successful in reputation recovery for Jewish athletes in the past?

Presenters
avatar for Ariel Shay

Ariel Shay

Ariel Shay is from New York City. She has a BSc from Northwestern University. She recently received a Masters of Management degree from Queen Mary, University of London. Her postgraduate studies were focused on crisis management strategies for high profile public figures in the sports and journalism industries. Ariel enjoys healthy baking, water sports, and aerial yoga. Ariel was also involved with the Black Jewish Freedom Seder program at... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 224

10:15am

Does G-d Care That I’m Ill? Confronting G-d’s Role In Illness, Death or Recovery
Does G-d care that I am ill?  Did G-d cause my illness?  If G-d is responsible for healing, why did he heal me, and not all the other people who are ill?  Is it easier to believe in G-d when you are healthy or when you are ill?  This session will use classic and modern halachic sources, personal insights, and some surprising other sources to discuss these difficult questions, and to provide possible answers that may change the way you view G-d, illness, suffering, and recovery.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Hyman

Steven Hyman

Steven Hyman alternates his professional time between his two loves; Law and Spiritual Care. Steven is a practicing lawyer and has worked in both the government and private sector, and currently is the Manager, Professional Standards for the Manitoba Real Estate Association. When Steven is wearing his Spiritual Care hat, he has served as Coordinator of Spiritual Care for the Simkin Centre of the Sharon Home.  Steven continues his association... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 223

10:15am

Knish Cooking Demo and Workshop
Presenters
avatar for Ethel Amihude

Ethel Amihude

Ethel Amihude refers to herself as "One of the luckiest people in the World”, because she has been able to spend her adult life with children. Ethel, who has 4 children of her own and 4 grandchildren, had the privilege of teaching hundreds of children in Winnipeg, for the Board of Jewish Education. She has a Bachelor Degree of Science in Home Economics and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba. Since Ethel considers... Read More →
avatar for Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky is the Executive Director of Chesed Shel Emes, the non-profit Jewish funeral chapel and Chevrah Kadisha in Winnipeg, Canada.  For nineteen years, she has been a both student and teacher of end-of-life Jewish rituals. Rena  is an experienced Tahara trainer and has travelled in the US and Canada as a facilitator for both new and existing Chevra Kadisha groups. | | She has developed and presented educational sessions at... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 10:15am - 12:30pm
MPR

11:30am

Drama On Stage: Planning a Season for WJT
Come get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Ari Weinberg, WJT’s new Artistic Director, will lead this season-planning workshop, offering insight into the process of programming for a Jewish theatre company and its audience. Attendees will have the chance to read samples of scripts from plays WJT is considering for future seasons and participate in a dialogue about the company’s future.

Presenters
avatar for Ari Weinberg

Ari Weinberg

This is Ari’s first season as Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director. Ari is currently on faculty at Sheridan College, his alma mater, as Internship Advisor. He was intern Artistic Director at Acting Up Stage Company in Toronto, Discovery Coordinator for Markham Theatre and is a certified teaching artist through York University and the Stratford Festival. Directing: Hugh and I (Toronto Fringe); Godspell (Theatre Sheridan... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 224

11:30am

Yakov Agam inspired Art Workshop
In this workshop, you will learn about Jewish artist Yakov Agam and create an artwork inspired by his paintings using a technique called Kinetic Art.

Presenters
avatar for Svetlana Tchernov

Svetlana Tchernov

Svetlana Tchernov is a Judaic & Art teacher at Chabad Torah Tots and is a substitute teacher for the Winnipeg School Division and Pembina Trail School Division. She was born and raised in Ukraine. Svetlana started in education more than 20 years ago as an elementary school teacher. In 1994 Svetlana immigrated to Eretz Yisrael with her family and continued her teaching career as Media Art Teacher in religious and public schools. Since 2006 the... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Art Room

11:30am

Does A Picture Paint a Thousand Words???
A picture can be very powerful, conveying information, emotion, details of a situation in a quick fashion. Pictures like words can be taken out of context. All can lead to misleading the reader in getting the truth on news as it relates to how Israel is portrayed to the public.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Kenzer

Gary Kenzer

Gary Kenzer has been the North American Executive Director of Honest Reporting.com since 2006. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of Magen David Adom USA. Kenzer speaks all over North America in hundreds of venues including Limmud events in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Baltimore, Bay Area near San Francisco, Colorado, Arizona and Boston.


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 222

11:30am

'Overcoming Adversity' Barriers Don't Hold me Back. One woman's Story of Beating the Odds.
Living with change. What does one do when the life they thought they knew gets turned upside down?

Presenters
avatar for Carolyn Lindner

Carolyn Lindner

Carolyn Lindner was born and raised in Winnipeg. She received degrees in Psychology(1997) and Education(2001) from the University of Winnipeg and went on to become a Special Education teacher in Winnipeg's inner city. As a wife, mother and respected professional, Carolyn had always lived her life with intention - active, involved, and always up for new challenges. However, life took a dramatic turn when in 2012, at the age of 40, Carolyn... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 230

11:30am

The Jews of Brazil – From the 1500s to Today
In this session we will explore the fascinating history of the Brazilian Jews from the time of the discovery of the new country to today. We will move from the original Jewish communities of the Northern part of the country to today’s communities in the South, looking at the different waves of Jewish immigration. We will also have a chance to listen to the influence of Brazilian music in Jewish and Israeli music.

This session is made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
avatar for Sandra Lilienthal

Sandra Lilienthal

Sandra Lilienthal was born and raised in Brazil, where she received her MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning. After almost 10 years in the business world, Sandra went through a major change in careers, and for over 20 years has been working with Jewish Education in many different capacities: from Religious School teacher and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor, to Director of Education of two synagogues, to Director of Lifelong Learning. She has taught... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 223

11:30am

A Taste of Chai Mitzvah

Participate in Chai Mitzvah, my internationally recognized program for deepening Jewish life on your own terms and at your own pace. Chai Mitzvah has received accolades from over 2000 people across the United States, Canada and Israel who have already experienced this inexpensive, flexible and easy to implement engagement program.

We provide a monthly source book full of contemporary and ancient texts that serve as a basis for group discussion. In addition, each individual is asked to identify their “Jewish bucket list” of something Jewish that they would personally like to learn, a ritual to take on or deepen, and a social action project.

Come experience the joy of Chai Mitzvah first hand, and receive this month’s Source Book on the Passover Seder free.


Presenters
avatar for Scott Shay

Scott Shay

Scott A. Shay is actively involved in Jewish formal and informal education.  He has served as a board member of the UJA – Jewish Federation of New York, the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, the American Hebrew Academy, Birthright Israel and Ohr Torah Stone. | | He is past chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal of UJA-Jewish Federation and The Fund for Jewish Education. He, and his wife Susan, are the... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

11:30am

Judaism, Science, and the First Seven Days
Space travel has brought many innovations to our daily lives. Did you know that Velcro was originally invented for use in space? Does religion and science have to be at odds? Did you know that the originator of the “Big Bang Theory” was an observant Jew? Does evolution fit into the Torah’s description of the seven days of creation? Learn and discuss how it is possible to be a student of science and still believe in God and religion.

Presenters
avatar for Barry Bender

Barry Bender

Since the age of 18, Barry has worked closely with a variety of Jewish organizations and groups to help promote and foster positive Jewish identities among Jewish youth and adults of all backgrounds. He has conducted programs on behalf of Jewish communities in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, and most states in the United States. He has conducted Jewish awareness retreats for Jewish day school and Jewish public school students, of all... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 220

12:30pm

Lunch and Schmoozing
Lunch is served! Have fun mingling with your fellow Limmuders while you enjoy a wonderful meal during the mid-day break!

Sunday March 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
MPR

1:30pm

Purim Puppet Play

After last year’s huge success, the puppets are back!

Members of the Shaarey Zedek’s Dor Chadash Youth Choir will perform a Purim Puppet Play written by Chazzan Anibal “Yitzchak” Mass scripted from the Top Pop Songs Chart. It will include music by Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Adele, One Direction, Walk the Moon, OMI, and Flo Rida.


Fun for all ages. Bring the whole family!


Presenters
avatar for Dor Chadash Youth Choir

Dor Chadash Youth Choir

The 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 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Music Room

1:30pm

Dream Good Live Better
I want to discuss thinking and living positively, following after your dreams, doing what you love and not settling for a mediocre life. Then I want to discuss how music can affect people’s lives and how one song that I wrote in particular saved someone’s life. I will perform that song as well as a full set of songs that range from personal to upbeat and party type.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Hecht

Jeremy Hecht

Jeremy Hecht is a 21 year old artist out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has been rapping and making music for over 6 years now, and has accumulated hundreds of thousands of views online through social media. He makes personal music from the heart that his listeners can relate to. Jeremy is also co-founder of dreamgood.ca, which is a website that was created with the intention to inspire others through positivity.


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

1:30pm

Recent Discoveries in the Archaeology of Ancient Canaan and Israel: The Results from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel

For 20 years, archaeological research at the site has been conducted on a variety of periods ranging from the Early Bronze Age (c. 3000 BCE) to Crusader times (c. 1200 CD). The site is famous as both the hometown of Goliath of the Philistines, as well as the Crusader fortress of Blanche Garde. In recent years, the site has also been discovered to be one of the major early urban centres in the region, competing in size with better known places such as Megiddo and dwarfing others such as Jerusalem. In this session, some of the recent discoveries by the team working at the ancient archaeological site of Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel will be presented and put into historical context.


Presenters
avatar for Haskel Greenfield

Haskel Greenfield

Haskel J. Greenfield was born in Newark, NJ (USA) in 1953, educated in New York City at Hunter College (B.A. - 1975 summa cum laude; MA - 1980), and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (M. Phil. -1980; Ph. D. - 1985) in Anthropology, with a specialty in Archaeology. He has taught Anthropology and Archaeology at various colleges in New York and at Indiana University before coming to the University of Manitoba in 1989. He is... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 222

1:30pm

What Next? The Factors Affecting Israeli/Palestinian Peace
Times have changed radically since 1982 when the debate over a two-state solution was front and center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Now, that both sides presumably agree, at least publicly, on the end goal, why has it been so difficult to achieve?  What are the additional factors that have emerged that affect the equation for both the Israelis and the Palestinians?

Presenters
avatar for James (Jim) Wilets

James (Jim) Wilets

Jim Wilets is a Professor of Law at Nova Southeastern University and is Chair of the Inter-American Center for Human Rights. He received his M.A. in International Relations from Yale University in 1994, his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1987, and his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1982. He teaches in the areas of International Law, Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights, Immigration Law, Gender and the Law, and European... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 230

1:30pm

Stories of Holocaust Survivors

In this session sisters Regine and Rochelle will be sharing their stories of their journey from France to Winnipeg and how music shaped their life

George Rubenfelf, Rachel Rubenfeld and Regine Rubenfeld Frankel were born in Belfort France. Their parents, Tzivia and David Hersh were very Avant Garde and artistic.

The Rubenfeld children became very involved in many aspects of the arts, music, dancing, singing and were considered prodigies who would make their mark on the world.

Unfortunately, the second World War broke out and darkness fell. The Rubenfeld Family had to flee. The Nazis took over and for the rest of the war the family went into hiding. They survived B”H. They came to Winnipeg in the 1950s and built a new life in the new world.


Presenters
avatar for Rochelle Fink & Regine Frankel

Rochelle Fink & Regine Frankel

In Winnipeg and Montreal, Rachel Fink and Regine Frankel built lives, families, careers in Canada. They used the strengths they took from the dark times, to bring music and Yiddishket to their communities, raising families who in turn contribute to Jewish life.


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 224

1:30pm

Jewish Meditation
We are so busy, it is difficult to slow down sometimes and concentrate on those things in life that are important and meaningful to us. This class will provide you with the tools to look inside yourself and to engage in true introspection about our lives and our connection to God and Judaism. We will be studying the Jewish meditation techniques of Aryeh Kaplan, and actually practice different meditation techniques.

Presenters
avatar for Barry Bender

Barry Bender

Since the age of 18, Barry has worked closely with a variety of Jewish organizations and groups to help promote and foster positive Jewish identities among Jewish youth and adults of all backgrounds. He has conducted programs on behalf of Jewish communities in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Canada, and most states in the United States. He has conducted Jewish awareness retreats for Jewish day school and Jewish public school students, of all... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 220

1:30pm

T’fillah with a Song
Blessings and prayers in musical settings designed to welcome the participant to sing and meditate while saying the words of our ancient texts. Special focus will be on welcoming Shabbat with a mix of old and newly composed melodies. Everyone welcome!

Presenters
avatar for Len Udow

Len Udow

Len Udow is a Winnipeg born and based singer/ musician, songwriter/composer who has been the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Shalom for over 15 years. In the past three years Len has produced 2 CDs,  “Shabbat Shalom” and “Modeh Ani/Look for a Morning", to present to all, and especially to his congregation, the wonder of learning with melody in T’fillah.


Sunday March 13, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Student Lounge

2:15pm

Lego at Limmud Family Program, Noah's Ark in Lego, PJ Library & Bricks for Kids
Join us for a PJ Library Family program with Bricks 4 Kidz.
Listen to the Story of Noah's Ark and build themed related objects with LEGO.
 

Presenters
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Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz classes provide an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build, we play… with LEGO® Bricks. Programs are built around our proprietary model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks.  Our specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz approach to... Read More →
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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... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm
MPR

2:45pm

Shabbat Art Painting a la Martina Shapiro
In this workshop, you will do a Shabbat themed painting following a technique used by expresionist artist Martina Shapiro.

Presenters
avatar for Svetlana Tchernov

Svetlana Tchernov

Svetlana Tchernov is a Judaic & Art teacher at Chabad Torah Tots and is a substitute teacher for the Winnipeg School Division and Pembina Trail School Division. She was born and raised in Ukraine. Svetlana started in education more than 20 years ago as an elementary school teacher. In 1994 Svetlana immigrated to Eretz Yisrael with her family and continued her teaching career as Media Art Teacher in religious and public schools. Since 2006 the... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Art Room

2:45pm

Terrorism and Democracy
The weak don’t win wars, but lately neither do the strong. The 2014 shootings in Ottawa confirm this unbearable stalemate. Democracies face the daunting task of combating terrorism within the framework of rights-based culture. The fault lines for contemporary international conflict are driven by a clash of fundamental belief systems with threats proliferating against the very religious pluralism democracies so vigorously seek to uphold. In spite of their incredible resources, liberal democracies have failed to defeat terrorism. This session aims to critically evaluate Canadian efforts to counter radicalization to violence in ways that uphold religious freedom and diversity.

Presenters
avatar for Tami Jacoby

Tami Jacoby

Dr. Tami Amanda Jacoby is an associate professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her teaching and research interests include Middle East politics, Arab-Israeli conflict, terrorism, gender, and identity politics. Her publications include Women in Zones of Conflict: Power and Resistance in Israel, Redefining Security in the Middle East and Bridging the Barrier: Israeli Unilateral Disengagement. She is currently... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 223

2:45pm

Antisemitism in 2016
In this session, Dr. Chatterley will outline the phenomenon of antisemitism as it exists today. She will discuss how the phenomenon has changed in the new millennium, and what, if anything, can be done to reduce its damaging effects.

Presenters
avatar for Catherine Chatterley

Catherine Chatterley

Dr. Catherine Chatterley is an award-winning writer, a frequent lecturer in Canada and the United States, who specializes in the study of European history, with particular emphasis on the history of antisemitism and the dynamic relationship between Jews and non-Jews in Western history. Dr. Chatterley teaches history at the University of Manitoba and is the Founding Director of the Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism (CISA... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 222

2:45pm

Infertility in the Bible and Treating Infertility with Acupuncture
Ruth Ashrafi will introduce the subject with the traditional Jewish perspectives on infertility. Rebecca Sprintz will provide an Eastern take on fertility & health, this presentation will discuss how to enhance fertility and maintain a healthy pregnancy from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. This will be demonstrated through understanding yin/yang balance, identifying foods that can be helpful or harmful for your body type and discovering when is the ultimate time in your cycle to enhance conception. 

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Ashrafi

Ruth Ashrafi

Dr. Ruth Ashrafi has an extensive background in Judaic studies including a Master's degree in Talmud and a PhD in the field of Midrash from Leiden University in Holland and University College London. She is a Jerusalem Fellow (Hebrew University, Melton Centre), and a graduate of the Principals’ Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Ruth has taught Rabbinic Studies at the university in Holland and various institutions in... Read More →
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Rebecca Sprintz

After returning to Winnipeg from her studies in Victoria BC, she planned on starting a family. It soon became quite apparent what limited support Winnipeg has in regards to fertility and pregnancy care. She then obtained her specialization in prenatal acupuncture and has made it her goal to educate women on their cycles, reproductive and generalized health and proactive care for a healthy pregnancy. | | Rebecca Sprintz is a traditional Chinese... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 230

2:45pm

Introduction to Jewish Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction, while perhaps seeming to come from other religious frameworks, actually has deep roots within Judaism. We modern Jews have mostly abdicated use of spiritual language and exploration to those religions, separated “spiritual” from “Jewish,” and abandoned spiritual concerns for the focus on empirical data. In so doing, we have cheated ourselves of great riches of our heritage and neglected the needs of our very souls. This session will provide a brief introduction to Jewish Spiritual Direction and give an opportunity to experience a taste of what it offers.

Presenters
avatar for Karen Soria

Karen Soria

Rabbi Karen Soria was ordained from the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1981. She served as the first female rabbi in Australia from ordination through 1989, when she returned to the States. She served two part-time congregations in Florida before joining the US Navy as a chaplain in 1992. After 11 ½ years in the US military, she left and moved to British Columbia. Since 2003, she has lived in BC, MB, and ON. She presently resides... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

2:45pm

My Jewish Death - A Documentary Film by Saul Henteleff
In this session Saul Henteleff will present his documentary film MY JEWISH DEATH in which he explores the meaning and practice of Taharah – the ancient Jewish ritual of preparing the Jewish body for burial. The film presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with Saul Henteleff and Rena Borodiitsky, the Executive Director of the Chesed Shel Emes where the film, in large part was made.

Presenters
avatar for Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky

Rena Boroditsky is the Executive Director of Chesed Shel Emes, the non-profit Jewish funeral chapel and Chevrah Kadisha in Winnipeg, Canada.  For nineteen years, she has been a both student and teacher of end-of-life Jewish rituals. Rena  is an experienced Tahara trainer and has travelled in the US and Canada as a facilitator for both new and existing Chevra Kadisha groups. | | She has developed and presented educational sessions at... Read More →
avatar for Saul Henteleff

Saul Henteleff

Saul Henteleff is a teacher and filmmaker in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Saul received his Master of Arts in Media Studies from Concordia University in 1994 and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg in 2011. Saul is also a Chevra Kadisha volunteer with the Chesed Shel Emes. Saul has numerous sound design credits with the National Film Board of Canada and many directing credits on a variety of projects. Saul currently teaches... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 220

2:45pm

Vashti and Esther and the Powerful Theological Lessons We Learn in the Megillah
Reading the Megillah, many questions beg to be asked: are power and physical beauty more important than inner spiritual and ethical values? Is G-d not "in the picture" (He is not mentioned even once in the entire Megillah), and is everything about chance (the real meaning of the term Purim)? As we talk about Vashti and Esther, both strong women with important lessons for 21st century women, we will find G-d peeking through the veil and discover a valuable message from the past that can guide our future.

This session is made possible by a grant from The Covenant Foundation. 

Presenters
avatar for Sandra Lilienthal

Sandra Lilienthal

Sandra Lilienthal was born and raised in Brazil, where she received her MBA in Marketing and Strategic Planning. After almost 10 years in the business world, Sandra went through a major change in careers, and for over 20 years has been working with Jewish Education in many different capacities: from Religious School teacher and Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tutor, to Director of Education of two synagogues, to Director of Lifelong Learning. She has taught... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 224

4:00pm

Yiddish Schmooze
Join Gray Academy students for a fun introduction to the Yiddish language.  Learn some Yiddish slang, some common sayings and join in for a Yiddish sing along!

Presenters
avatar for Gray Academy’s Yiddish Students

Gray Academy’s Yiddish Students

The presenters of this session will be made up of various Gray Academy students who have taken the school’s Yiddish course and are passionate about the Yiddish language.


Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 223

4:00pm

Addiction- My Story from Conscious Separation to Conscious Unity
A fast paced session telling Ian’s personal story from growing up in “normal “ home and a great family with great parents, to becoming a doctor, to organized crime and the sex trade and facing  living on the street. The story deals with never understanding the essence of addiction and recovery from, to experience unity and freedom from self. Is it really addiction or maybe obsession?

Presenters
avatar for Ian Rabb

Ian Rabb

Ian Rabb is the General Manager, Winpark Dorchester Properties Winnipeg with over 5500 properties throughout the city of Winnipeg Winpark Dorchester is a leading firm in the revitalization of housing stock and restoration of apartments. Before his work at Winpark Dorchester Dr. Rabb was a practicing doctor of Optometry in Chicago Illinois. | | Dr. Rabb first had the dream of the Aurora Recovery Centre 5 years ago.  After  7 years sober... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 222

4:00pm

4:00pm

The Anxiety of Pregnancy After Multiple Miscarriages
Most people know of someone who has had a miscarriage, yet people still feel shame and embarrassment when it happens to them. Naturally, miscarriages are extraordinarily difficult on women, but they’re hard on men, too. There’s often no one to talk to, it can be hard to truly relate to what a partner is going through, and then there’s the loss of that baby. Bryan’s wife has had five miscarriages, each one more difficult than the next.

He’ll talk about how these losses impacted him, affected his family, how his wife’s doctor kept them both grounded and how it now feels to have three happy and healthy girls.  

For background, read this Today’s Parent article: 
http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/anxiety-pregnancy-multiple-miscarriages/

Presenters
avatar for Bryan Borzykowski

Bryan Borzykowski

Bryan Borzykowski is former, but still proud, Winnipegger and now Torontonian (don’t hold that against him). He’s an award-winning business journalist and has written for the New York Times, CNBC, BBC, CNNMoney, Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent and Canadian Business, among other publications. He also appears on CTV News every Saturday night.


Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 224

4:00pm

“Love and Smoked Meat” - Jewish Immigrant Story
Eli Herscovitch and Michael Eskin share in storytelling. The Storyteller also plays live music - Klezmer and famous “Standards”. Many were written by Jewish composers. The story is based on the challenges facing Jewish immigrants in Canada. It begins in Bialystoc, Poland with a loving couple that sells smoked meat on the street. They travel to  the “New World”, arriving in Montreal, Canada. The family and their smoked meat deli make some unexpected turns when the two sons conflict over smoked meat, money and love.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Eskin

Michael Eskin

Michael Eskin is a Professor at University of Manitoba as well as Cantor and Folksinger. | | As a writer and performer of CD MOSTLY GENESIS with a little EXODUS, he also presented and performed previously at LIMMUD as well as Co-authoring a Teaching Guide with Jason Marantz for the CD. Michael co-produced with Kinsey Posen a CD based on a Cantor’s Concert held in Winnipeg in 1986 which was released at a concert organized for the Jewish... Read More →
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Eli Herscovitch

Eli has a total of three Juno Nominations, as a member of Danny Koulack’s band  and member of  Finjan for 15 years. He is friends and played in Sid Robinovitch’s band. He’s played at Jazz Festival and received a standing ovation when with Symphony Orchestra at the New Music Festival Gala Opening. | | Eli recorded music for the CBC television series, “Newsroom” and has played in a quartet at Jazz Festival... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Student Lounge

4:00pm

Kabbalah on One Foot
A whirlwind tour of various dimensions of Jewish mystical theory and practices form ancient to modern times

Presenters
avatar for Alan Green

Alan Green

Rabbi Alan Green grew up at Congregation Adat Ariel in Valley Village, California under the wing of Cantor Allan Michelson, one of the great Hazzanim of that day. He received his BA and MA in the History of Religions from UCLA, studied Rabbinic Literature at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and was ordained by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi in 1991.  Rabbi Green’s other significant spiritual influences include His Holiness... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 225 (Beit Midrash)

4:00pm

Teaching Torah in 2016
A new, interactive approach to teaching Torah in the 21st century, featuring an in-depth and eye-opening study of the Parasha of the Week: Vayikra.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Leibl

Matthew Leibl

Matthew has been a part of Shaarey Zedek's clergy team since May 2004, serving as Torah reader and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor.  He graduated from Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate in May 2003 and received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 2006. In 2007, Matthew left Winnipeg to study journalism in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the fall of 2010, Matthew returned to Winnipeg and returned to SZ. He is also a radio host and can be heard... Read More →


Sunday March 13, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 220