Upcoming Events

Due to circumstances beyond our control, programs may be subject to substitution or rescheduling

2015 Annual Shira Herzog Symposium

The Backstory: Behind What you Know About Israel



For every action in Israel, there is a social, economic and political impact. From the individual to the masses, who is affected by Israel’s changing priorities? Join us and our guest speakers as we uncover the backstories behind Israeli events, and help us celebrate New Israel Fund of Canada’s 30th anniversary.


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With Aluf Benn, Editor-In-Chief of Haaretz, Ronit Heyd, Executive Director of Shatil and Jonathan Kay, Editor-In-Chief of The Walrus Magazine.

Toronto: September 8, 2015 @ 6:00 PM
Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge St.

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Vancouver: September 9, 2015
Museum of Vancouver, Joyce Malley Learning Centre,
1100 Chestnut St. 
With Jonathan Kay and Ronit Heyd
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*Due to circumstances beyond our control, the event in Ottawa has been cancelled. We are rescheduling our events in Ottawa for later this fall. New Israel Fund of Canada apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Aluf Benn is the editor-in-chief of Haaretz Newspaper. He has followed the country’s leadership, foreign policy, and national security, covering six prime ministers from Yitzhak Rabin through Benjamin Netanyahu’s second term, and reporting on Israeli-Arab wars and peace efforts since the Oslo Accords in 1993. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Newsweek, and he is a regular contributor to The Guardian. Benn holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a degree from Tel Aviv University.

Read from a selection of Aluf Benn’s commentary here

Jonathan Kay, a former comment-pages editor of the National Post, is editor of The Walrus Magazine. In addition, he is a columnist for the National Post op-ed page, and a blogger for the National Post’s FullComment web site. His freelance articles have appeared in various U.S. publications, including Commentary magazine, the New York Post, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic and Newsweek. He has received Canada’s National Newspaper Award, both for Critical Writing and Editorial Writing. His book “Among The Truthers” was published by HarperCollins in 2011.

Read from a selection of Jonathan Kay’s commentary here

Ronit Heyd joined Shatil in 2001 and was appointed Executive Director in 2010. She oversees the management of all Shatil projects, consultation and training, coalition activities, fundraising and administration and serves as the primary link between Shatil and the New Israel Fund and its Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Shatil’s Executive Director she coordinated our Religious Pluralism Project, and more recently, directed the Social and Economic Justice Initiative. Ronit received a B.A. in Psychology and Multi-disciplinary studies and an M.A. in Social Psychology.

Learn more about Shatil here.


Anat Hoffman: From the Back of the Bus to the Top of the Agenda

Anat Hoffman (Event #1)

Monday, November 16 & Tuesday, November 17 2016 @ 7PM, 
Temple Sholom, 7190 Oak, Vancouver

Co-Sponsored with 

Temple Sholom




Anat Hoffman is the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC), the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel. Previously, Hoffman held a seat on the Jerusalem City Council, where she stood in opposition to the policies of the city’s right-wing and ultra-Orthodox administration for fourteen years. She has dedicated her adult life to the Jewish principle of tikkun olam (“repairing the world”).

For more information about this event, contact Temple Sholom: (604) 266-7190


Food for Thought: A New Generations Shabbat Dinner Series

Shabbat Dinner (Event #2)








Various locations across Canada

Friday, November 13 2015 @ 7PM: Immigration, refuge and seeking asylum in Israel




Friday, May 13 2016 @ 7PM: Jewish values and sovereignty




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, you’re welcome to join up. Back by popular demand, these dinners will combine facilitated discussions with food, friendship and fun.


Israeli Film Night: Mussa


Mussa (Event #3)








Ottawa: Wednesday, December 2 @ 7PM, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive

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Montreal: Tuesday, December 1 2015 @ 7PM
The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts CinemaSpace, 5170 Chemin de la Côte-Ste-Catherine

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Toronto: Thursday, December 3 2015 @ 7PM,
Innis Town Hall Screening Room, 2 Sussex Avenue

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Refugees from Darfur, Mussa and his parents have been living in Tel Aviv’s worst neighborhood for six years. At twelve years old, Mussa doesn’t speak. In a strange stroke of policy, he is bussed to an elite private school every day. Leaving behind addicts and prostitutes each morning, he silently navigates an upscale world, and forges a bond with a teacher who is also a refugee. When a series of unexpected crises hit, Mussa’s precarious place between two disparate worlds is heartbreakingly revealed.


Call it Democracy: An Evening with Sharon Abraham-Weiss of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)

Sharon A-W (Event #4)Toronto: Sunday, March 13 2016 @ 7PM, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave.

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Vancouver: Monday, March 14 2016 @ 7PM, Temple Sholom, 7190 Oak

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Co-sponsored by
Temple Sholom





How do Israel and Canada compare when it comes to women’s rights, cyber protection and freedom of speech? Join NIFC and Sharon Abraham-Weiss, the Executive Director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization. Abraham-Weiss, a leading Israeli attorney and expert of Israeli human rights, has represented ACRI in landmark cases that have changed the fabric of Israeli society.


In Conversation with Writer Assaf Gavron

Assaf Gavron (Event #5)Toronto: Sunday, June 5 2016 @ 7PM, 
Venue TBA

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Ottawa: Monday, June 6 2016 @ 7PM, 
Carleton University Art Gallery, 1125 Colonel By Drive

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Montreal: Tuesday, June 7 2016 @ 7PM, 
The Rialto Hall, 5723 Avenue du Parc

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With a string of international literary awards and bestselling novels to his credit, Assaf Gavron has earned his place as a foremost Israeli author under 50. In his most recent successes The Hilltop and Tel Aviv Noir, Gavron portrays an unvarnished, authentic Israeli society.  “His clear and honest writing blasts right through the clichés and the politically correct surface to touch the chaotic, ambiguous core of the Israeli identity.” (Etgar Keret). Gavron will join us for three exclusive Canadian appearances.




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