Welcome to The Speakers Action Group

LATEST EVENT:

FORECAST FOR FREEDOM IN THE MIDDLE EAST:  Gregg Roman, the CEO and Director of The Middle East Forum, gave a thoughtful and insightful analysis of the challenges presented by different countries in the Middle East and the possibility of freedom existing or lack thereof, especially in Syria and Iraq where the presence of ISIS makes the concept of Freedom a distant dream – only in Israel do we see Freedom flourishing. Mr. Roman was hosted by: Speakers Action Group Beth Tikvah Synagogue and Mozuud Freedom Foundation in Toronto on April 18th, 2016, at Beth Tikvah Synagogue with the expert panel of Rabbi Jarod Grover, Geoffrey Clarfield, and Sara Akrami, moderated by Miles Smit. Three videos from the evening lecture are now available here - the main lecture, the expert panel, and the Q&A.

Gregg Roman

CRITICAL ISSUES:

"Is It Time For The Jews To Leave Europe?" is an incredible and indepth article produced by The Atlantic, with deep insights, fantastic imagery, an interactive map showing Jewish population by country over time, and a video interview with editors from The Atlantic discussing the problem. This is a definite must-read, and we have posted it on our site here.

RECENT EVENTS:

How Civilizations Die: Implications for Europe and the Middle East:  David P. Goldman, aka Spengler, brought his fascinating message to Toronto on December 1st, with a lunch lecture at Blaney McMurtry LLP followed by an evening lecture at The Dan Family Community Centre. Video from the evening lecture is now available here. For event details click here.

David P. Goldman


Body and Soul - The State of the Jewish Nation:  We held another showing of this amazing documentary at Beth Tikvah Synagogue on Monday, October 26, 2015. Through expert commentary, this film not only shows the undeniable historical connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, but also succeeds in debunking the propaganda, myths and misinformation that have become deeply entrenched in public discourse. There was a post-screening discussion with Producer/Director Gloria Greenfield.

Body and Soul - The State of the Jewish Nation


The Iran Deal - Pathway to a Nuke:  our recent event on August 24 was held at Beth Tikvah, and featured Mark Dubowitz, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan policy Institute. Click here for the full video from the event.

The Iran Deal: Pathway to a Nuke


A Conversation:  our recent event on April 30 was a resounding success, held at the Council Chambers of North York Civic Centre. The panellists and moderator set the mood reacting to Madam Louise Vincent stating, “…had Bill C-51 existed, her brother would still be alive…” Click here for the full video from the event, and click here for event details.

Our panel


Making Sense Of The Elections In Israel with featured speaker Prof. Reuven Hazan was a special Skype Event presented in partnership with CFHU and Beth Tikvah Synagogue on Sunday, February 22. Click here for the Canadian Jewish News article covering the event.

Prof. Reuven Hazan


Canada At Risk - and - Israel In A Turbulent Middle East with featured speaker Dr. Mordechai Kedar were held in afternoon and evening sessions on January 22, 2015. The afternoon session had live music, great food, an expert panel, and Dr. Kedar, while the evening lecture spotlighted Dr. Kedar and his insights. Click here for videos of the main lecture and the panelists and Q&A session from Israel In A Turbulent Middle East.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar - 2015


Body and Soul: The State of The Jewish Nation is an insightful documentary that screened Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Although including stalwart defenders of Israel, it also presented a very diverse and human face and an uplifting tone while establishing the link between Judaism and the land along lines of historical, cultural and political continuity through serious-minded documentation. There was a post-screening reception with the producer/director Gloria Greenfeld.

Body and Soul - The State of the Jewish Nation


The J Street Challenge is a fascinating documentary that was screened at Beth Tikvah on June 2, 2014, and featured an excellent panel of experts who discussed the film and answered questions afterwards. Geoffrey Clarfield wrote a review of the screening and the event for The Times of Israel. Click here for the full story, and here for the event page.

Times of Israel article on J Street Challenge

"Last night I went to a screening of the new documentary film, the J Street Challenge sponsored by the Speakers Action Group of Toronto and facilitated by a well-informed panel of Canadian experts (Dr. Judith Cohen, John Thompson and Irving Weisdorf) who answered questions from the audience. The film was produced by Charles Jacobs, an American from the Boston area who is well known in anti slavery activist circles in the North East and the United States. The film comprises generous clips of speeches by J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami, his supporters and critics, most notably lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, who eloquently and consistently point out what is wrong with the organization."  Click here for the full story.


Exposing Media Myths: Death, Lies and Videotape with featured speaker Philippe Karsenty was held on April 23rd and 24th, 2014 in both an evening lecture and breakfast lecture format. Click here for videos of the main lecture and the Q&A session.

Dr. Jonathan Spyer


When The Dust Settles In Damascus: New Realities Of The Middle East with featured speaker Dr. Jonathan Spyer was held on January 31st, 2014 at Bennett Jones LLP. Click here for videos of the main lecture and the Q&A session.

Dr. Jonathan Spyer


A Conversation: Quebec's Charter of Values - Our previous event on October 24, 2013 was exceptionally topical and affects us all - with featured speakers Rabbi Jarrod Grover & Dr. Salim Mansur. Click Videos to watch the main conversation and the following Q&A session.

Rabbi Grover and Dr. Mansur


Inside Iran's Atomic Warhead: Tehran's Plan To Nuke Israel - Step-By-Step - Our previous event on June 19th featured Edwin Black with his dynamic talk on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. The main lecture and the Q&A session videos are available for viewing by clicking here.

Edwin Black


Clare LopezALARMING TRUTHS: Subversion and Security Threats To Our Society - Our previous event featured the excellent speaker Claire Lopez. This dynamic lecture was reviewed and analyzed by Blog Wrath in a personal op-ed piece that dramatically reviews and presents a great overview. Please click here to read the Blog Wrath article, "ISLAMIC JIHAD AND WESTERN SILENCE (A LECTURE BY CLARE LOPEZ)".

 


Tawfik HamidJihad Myths & Realities was an enlightening talk by featured speaker Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Senior Fellow & Chair For The Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomic Institute for Policy Studies, an event which was held at Beth Tzedec. The video from this event is now available - click here to watch.

Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi

A Sea of Troubles: The Current Disarray in the Middle East - Our event on April 25th, 2013, featured Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi.

Two videos are available from that fascinating evening - his main talk and the following Q&A.

Click here to view those videos.


Dr. Mordechai KedarPost-Election Israel: In a Dangerous & Turbulent Middle East - Our January 27, 2013 event with Dr. Mordechai Kedar, distinguished scholar of Arabic literature, lecturer at Bar Ilan U in Israel talking about the recent elections in Israel proved very successful in analysing and providing an explanation for the unexpected voting pattern results in Israel. You can watch the videos here: the first video is his lecture and the second, the Q and A – the latter is interesting in explaining why Israelis were more interested in their social needs than security...for this event we partnered with CIJR and Temple Sinai.

Middle East Refugees - Facts and Fictions - Our previous event, a business lunch lecture on Thursday November 22 with Dr. Stanley Urman from New York (below), was very successful and well-attended with a very active Q and A. Dr. Urman discussed the serious issue of mass violations of human rights, persecution and violence against over 800,000 Jews who were expelled from their homes in Arab countries and Iran after 1947. There were Jewish refugees as well as the Palestinian refugees created in the Middle East which has been ignored by the international community. View some video of his talk at our Business Lunch Lecture series.


US Elections: Implications for the Future of the Middle East featured Dr. Barry Rubin speaking to us from Israel, and was introduced by Lawrence Solomon below.

Lawrence Solomon


The Assault on Civilization: The Threats Both Within And Beyond The City Walls presented by speaker Bill Whittle was well attended and greeted with much enthusiasm. His talk can be viewed on our video page of the event

Bill Whittle photos