Women as Agents of Change: Maintaining Tradition, Realizing Potential
Ottawa: Monday, November 10 2014 @7PM
Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private
Toronto: Tuesday, November 11 2014 @7PM
Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard
At the age of 17, Amal Elsana-Alhjooj established Israel’s first Bedouin women’s NGO, AJEEC (The Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation). AJEEC addresses every unmet need for these women and their communities. Promoting health, economic equality, shared society and education for Israel’s Bedouin community, AJEEC is at the forefront of change in the Negev.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate nominee Elsana-Alhjooj will join Naomi Shachter, Associate Director of SHATIL, Dr. Rania Okby, world’s first female Bedouin physician and the directors of AJEEC-NISPED, Ariel Dloomy and Kher Albaz.
Closing the Middle Class Housing Gap in Israel and Canada
Vancouver: Thursday, November 20 2014 @7PM
Temple Sholom, 7190 Oak
Crushed by lower incomes and rising costs for child care, taxes and saving for retirement, Israel and Vancouver’s middle classes are facing bleak housing options, impacting every aspect of their lives.
Join housing experts Gil Gan-Mor of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Dr. Penny Gurstein of the University of British Columbia and Dr. Paul Kershaw, Founder of Generation Squeeze, as they highlight the root causes of Israel and Canada’s difficulties in rethinking housing for middle class families.
About the speakers:
Attorney Gil Gan-Mor joined ACRI in 2007 and is currently the coordinator of ACRI’s Right to Housing and Right to Education initiatives. Mr. Gan-Mor received his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from American University in Washington DC in 2007, and holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University. Previously, Mr. Gan-Mor spent two years as an attorney at HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, where he provided legal assistance to Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He has also served on a voluntary basis as the Legal Advisor to the Israeli Association for Gays, Lesbians, Transgendered Individuals and Bisexuals, and as the director of an online legal forum set up by the Youth Pride organization.
Dr. Penny Gurstein is Professor and Director of the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Centre for Human Settlements at UBC. She specializes in the socio-cultural aspects of community planning with particular emphasis on those who are the most marginalized in planning processes. Her research focuses on developing strategies and interventions that encourage diversity, equity and urban sustainability in the planning and design of communities. She is currently the co-Principal Investigator of Housing Justice, a Peter Wall Solutions Initiative project, focusing on housing access and affordability.
Dr. Paul Kershaw is a farmer morning and night. By day, he is an academic, public speaker, media contributor and volunteer. In these latter roles, he is one of Canada’s leading thinkers about family policy, receiving two national prizes from the Canadian Political Science Association for his research. ‘Armed with a laptop and a raft of statistics,’ The Province newspaper describes Kershaw as ‘a one-man road show trying to change Canada one talk at a time.’ Change is necessary, he argues, because Canada no longer works for all generations. At the University of British Columbia, in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, Kershaw is the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) Scholar of Social Care, Citizenship and the Determinants of Health.
Ameer Got His Gun: Israeli Movie Night
Toronto: Sunday, December 7 2014 @7PM
Camera Bar, 1028 Queen St West
Ameer Abu Ria is about to enlist in the IDF. Ameer is exempt from military service because his enlistment may ‘endanger Israel’s security’. That is because Ameer, an Israeli citizen, is a Muslim Arab. And yet, Ameer has decided to volunteer. An eternal optimist, he wishes to be both a proud Arab and an enthusiastic Israeli, while his only enemy is reality. Join us for the Toronto premiere of this insightful documentary.
Against the Grain: Orthodox Feminism in Israel
Toronto: Sunday, February 22 2015 @7PM
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave
Vancouver: Monday, February 23 2015 @7PM
Temple Sholom, 7190 Oak
Co-sponsored with Temple Sholom
From pressure to sit at the back of public buses to attacks on schoolgirls for dressing “immodestly”, an Orthodox woman requires tremendous strength and commitment to push back against efforts to marginalize women in Israel.
Join NIFC and feminist pioneer Hannah Kehat, founder of Israel’s first Orthodox feminist organization, Kolech (‘her voice’). Kehat is a dynamic leader of the discourse in Israel around feminism and religious pressure on women.
Food for Thought: A New Generations Shabbat Dinner Series
Various locations across Canada: Friday, April 24 2015 @7PM
For participants under 40
Come together for an evening of community-hosted Shabbat dinners across the country. Whether you’ve spent time in Israel or are just looking for a place to think, learn and talk, we hope you will join us. Discuss, plug in and get involved in making positive change.
In Conversation with Author Sayed Kashua
Toronto: Sunday, June 14 2015 @7PM
Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave
Montreal: Monday, June 15 2015 @7PM
Moyse Hall Theatre, 853 Sherbrooke St. West, Arts Building, McGill University
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear from award-winning author and screenwriter Sayed Kashua in Canada. Considered the “Israeli Seinfeld”, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs and Jews in Israel, caught between two worlds with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style. Join us for a conversation and screening of the hit Israeli TV show “Arab Labor” (Avoda Aravit), created and written by Sayed Kashua.