Roster of Current Speakers
Leo Adler, Counsel, Adjunct Professor, International Criminal Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, former Director of National Affairs, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Canada, a member of the International Association of Defense Attorneys and the Canadian Forensic Society, will discuss national security issues in Canada.
Topic... INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
Dov Altman, Executive President, Canadian Friends of Bar Ilan University. Bar Ilan has achieved an international reputation in the sciences and humanities, and is fast becoming one of Israel’s scientific incubators, actively involved in technology transfer and commercialization. Altman discusses medical research and important discoveries in Israel regarding Alzheimer's and other illnesses.
Topic... TECHNOLOGICAL AND OTHER BIOTECH BREAKTHROUGHS IN ISRAEL
Dr. Norman Epstein, founder, Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan, explains Canada's role in raising awareness about the extreme racial intolerance and human rights abuses in the region – a present-day genocide.
Topic... GENOCIDE IN DARFUR
Gerda Frieberg, founding chair, Toronto Holocaust Centre, Past Chair, Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region, awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, discusses her experiences during the Holocaust.
Topic... GROWING UP IN THE SHADOW OF NAZIS
Donna Holbrook, National Director, International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Canada (ICEJ), works closely with the Jewish community and the Israeli government to support Israel and to speak out against racism and antisemitism. Donna is a Board member of Canada Israel Committee.
Topic... THE IMPORTANT ROLE AND ACTIVITIES OF THE ICEJ IN JERUSALEM
Dr. John B. Howarth, Middle East Representative, High Adventure Ministries, is former Executive Director, Christians United for Israel Canada, former Professor of Theology at Canada Christian College. A scholar of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Dr. Howarth is a Board member of Israel Antiquities Authority Friends in Canada.
Topic... QUMRAN AND THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Nate Leipciger, survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and member, International Auschwitz Council, has been involved in Holocaust education for the past thirty years. Nate has accompanied many March of the Living trips to Poland and Israel, is the recipient of Poland's Officer's Meritorious Service Medal for his work to foster better relations between Poles and Jews. He recounts his experiences in the Holocaust and draws a parallel to the growth of antisemitism in Canada today.
Topic... A SURVIVOR'S EXPERIENCES
Rabbi Michael Stroh, former Executive Director, Toronto Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Har Zion, member of the Reform Movement Commission on Adult Jewish Growth, and the Israel Advisory Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto. Rabbi Stroh has taught at many Canadian universities, the Rabbinical Seminary of Hebrew Union College, and teaches regularly at Kolel.
Topic... THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC ARENA
John Thompson, author, Other People's Wars: Overseas Terrorism in Canada, Chief Editor and Commentator of The Mackenzie Institute, a think tank that focuses on terrorism, political extremism, warfare, and organized crime, and is "concerned with the social and political stability of Canada". John often appears as a television contributor on terrorism and military issues.
Topic... CANADIAN SECURITY AND THE NEW MIDDLE EAST
Rochelle Wilner, former Vice-President, Canadian Coalition for Democracies, former President, B'nai Brith Canada, discusses issues related to the alarming rise of antisemitism experienced by students on campus.
Topic... MEDIA'S IMPACT ON PUBLIC OPINION