Frequently Asked Questions

Is the event an interview or a concert?

It’s a little bit of both — the evening’s program features an interview with Achinoam Nini (Noa) about her life and her activism, accompanied by short performances of her top songs with guitarist Gil Dor. Noa will be interviewed by Evelyn Tauben, a Toronto-based curator, producer and writer.

Who is Noa?

Learn more about this leading voice of Israeli music and conscience here.

Who is Shira Herzog and what is the Symposium?

This is the eighth annual symposium by the New Israel Fund of Canada, devoted each year to educating Canadians about human rights and equality issues within Israel and the Occupied Territories. Past speakers have included David Grossman, Peter Beinart, Talia Sasson, Ayelet Waldman, Ari Shavit, Janice Gross Stein, Aluf Benn, Palestinian citizens, Sudanese refugees, and other leaders of Israeli civil society.

Shira Herzog was a Canadian-Israeli leader, a loving critic of Israel, and major supporter of the New Israel Fund of Canada who died of cancer in 2014. Learn more about her here.

Who is Evelyn Tauben?

Evelyn Tauben is a curator, producer and writer based in Toronto and originally from Montreal. She is a recognized expert in contemporary Jewish art and culture with over 15 years of experience in museums, galleries and arts organizations including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the National Museum of American History, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Koffler Centre of the Arts. Most recently, Tauben launched an artist-run window gallery, FENTSTER, which features site-specific installations connected to the Jewish experience displayed in a storefront window on College Street. Tauben produces exhibitions, theatre, world-music concerts, literary events and cultural conversations featuring Canadian artists and internationally acclaimed luminaries. Her writing has been published in the award-winning book Graphic Details (McFarland, 2014), The Forward, and The Canadian Jewish News where she contributed a regular arts column. Tauben is a Fellow in the 2018 Toronto Arts Council’s Leaders Lab and has previously completed a writing residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

How do I get to this event?

Transit: The nearest subway station is Bloor-Yonge, which is on both the University-Spadina line and the Bloor-Danforth line. When you exit the Bloor-Yonge station, go one block north on Yonge Street until you reach 789 Yonge Street (at the intersection of Yonge Street and Asquith Avenue).
Driving: The event is located at the Toronto Reference Library at 789 Yonge Street, one block north of Bloor and Yonge.

Is there parking nearby?

There are several paid parking lots within walking distance to the venue, including those at 46-70 Cumberland Street, 19 Park Road, and 625 Church Street.

Is this event accessible?

Yes, the venue is fully wheelchair-accessible and service animals are welcome on the premises. A person with a disability who is accompanied by a support person can have that person accompany them at no additional cost. For additional accessibility information, please contact Hannah Cohen at or 416-781-4322.

What time is the event?

Doors will open at 7:30 pm and the program will begin at 8:30 pm.

How long is the event?

The program will run for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Will there be food or drink?

Since there won’t be food or drink, we recommend eating out nearby. For a list of restaurants near the venue, click here.

Will this event have WiFi?

Yes, there will be free WiFi at the venue.

How do I gain access to the event?

Buy your tickets here. There are no paper tickets to this event — once you register online, your name will be on our registration list.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Hannah Cohen at


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