When: Saturday, October 25 at 7 PM to Sunday,
October 26 at 6:30 PM
Where: College St. United Church 452 College St. on Saturday
Tickets can be purchased here
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Independent Jewish Voices and the United Jewish People’s Order are pleased to invite you to the first “Doing Jewish Off the Grid: Politics, Identity, and Spirituality” conference. Whether you’re orthodox, Reform, Reconstructionist or secular, politically active or neutral– you are invited to join us for a gathering of workshops and discussions, networking, and brainstorming. Non-Jewish attendees are welcome.
Our intention for this day is to create a space that recognizes the diversity of Jewish perspectives, to movement-build with the progressive Jewish community, and to generate alternative discussion around issues that do not currently hold enough space in the mainstream. This gathering is an opportunity for those marginalized within Jewish community– by race, class, ability, gender, sexual identity, political beliefs, or other factors–to come together to network, form projects, and strategize.
The conference will begin on the evening of Saturday October 25th with the Jewish ritual, Havdalah, signifying the end of Shabbat and the start of a new week. Havdalah will be followed by Daniel Thau-Eleff’s acclaimed one man show “Good People, Bad Things” a personal-political monologue in which the playwright/activist wrestles with the question of evil: Adolph Eichman and the Nazis, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and a couple whose relationship becomes abusive.
TICKETS FOR THE PERFORMANCE AND FOR THE SUNDAY CONFERENCE CAN BE PURCHASED AT: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/doing-jewish-off-the-grid-politics-identity-and-spirituality-tickets-13411804067 or by phone from the Winchevsky Centre 416 789-5502.
On SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th we will be hosting a FULL DAY of workshops at the Steelworkers Hall #25 Cecil St, Toronto#. The opening panel on Sunday morning will address “Doing Jewish Off the Grid After Gaza”. What are the challenges and imperatives facing progressive Jews in the wake of last summer’s assault on Gaza which left 2168 Palestinians dead including more than 500 children and more than 11,000 wounded? Addressing this question will be:
Judy Rebick, renowned journalist, social justice activist, author and founder of Rabble.com.
Dan Freeman-Maloy, an activist and writer based between Québec, Canada and Britain, and a research student at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Palestine Studies. Dan’s writings and speeches can be found at http://www.notesonhypocrisy.com
Reena Katz is an artist, multi-media designer, and educator working with Radiodress productions. In May 2009 The Koffler Centre of the Arts, scheduled to mount her exhibition Each Hand As They Are Called, which was designed to probe the social history of Kensington Market, announced it was disassociating itself from Reena as a result of her support for Israel Apartheid Week, and a petition that she signed “condemning Zionism to the dustbin of history.”
Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton returned to Canada in 2013 to serve as the first congregational rabbi of Or Haneshamah, Ottawa’s Reconstructionist Community. She is a sought-after featured speaker, performer and master teacher at local, national, and international Jewish programs on topics such as interfaith dialogue, GLBTQ/faith issues, and transforming synagogue liturgy. As a lesbian rabbi, Rabbi Liz has been at the forefront of efforts towards greater GLBTQ inclusion.
How to get involved:
PROMOTE – In early October we will have a schedule, posters and promotional fliers that will need distribution. If you could commit to distribute these through your organization’s listserve, your personal friend network, or help us out with postering around town, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENDORSE – We would like to gather a diverse group of participants, and seek to bring together progressive Jewish community of every flavour. Currently, we are being endorsed and funded by the United Jewish People’s Order #UJPO#, and the Independent Jewish Voices #IJV#. If your organization is interested in endorsing this event, please contact us at email@example.com
TABLES – If your organization is doing something original, inspiring or subversive, we would love to hear from you! We will have tables available for booking, and space for information/flyers/zines to be laid out. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP OUT – We are always looking for extra help with planning this conference! Tasks such as note-taking, childcare and set-up/clean-up during the weekend are particularly needed.
**Notes on accessibility**
The Steelworkers’ Hall is wheelchair accessible, and all-gender washrooms will be available. A kosher brunch and light lunch will be provided on Sunday Oct 26th, catered by Conscious Kosher Catering. Childcare and kids programming will be available. Please get in touch with us by October 10th to register any children who will be attending. ASL interpretation will be provided if requested by October 10th. Registration fee will have a pay what you can #PWYC# option. Please get in touch with us for any accessibility requests, concerns or questions at email@example.com
The line-up of workshops with bios is available at this link.
Please invite your friends through our Facebook event page.