Roster of 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

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 Board member of Canada Israel Committee, past VP of AMEN (Antisemitism Must End Now)
Topic... WHY THE ICEJ IS IN JERUSALEM

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

Michael Rakhsha, born in Tehran, Iran, discusses life in Iran and the issues faced by the hundreds of thousands of Jewish people who were exiled from Arab lands.
Topic... MODERATOR: THE FORGOTTEN REFUGEES and THE SILENT EXODUS Documentary Films

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.
Topics... THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN PUBLIC SPACE and JESUS AND JUDIASM

John Thompson, author, Other People's Wars: Overseas Terrorism in Canada, spent 29 years with the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies and the Mackenzie Institute, and has emerged as one of Canada's leading experts on domestic and international organized violence and political instability.  He remains a frequent media commentator, essayist and lecturer.
Topic... GLOBAL TERRORISM: IS CANADA AT RISK?

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