The Canadian Jewish Experience—A Tribute to Canada 150
An Exhibit Produced in Ottawa and Enhanced with Local London Flavour & Programs
On November 18-19 the London Jewish Community Centre will host the exhibit Canadian Jewish Experience, a new exhibit created to honour Canada on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation this year. After launching in Ottawa on Canada Day it has been traveling to numerous communities around the country. Here in London we are complementing the exhibit with local artifacts and exciting programing. The Temple Israel Gift Shop will also be here for all of your Hanukkah needs.
The exhibit opens at 7 pm on Saturday evening, November 18. At that time London Jewish organizations are also coming together to create a time capsule to be re-opened 150 months from now.
At 7:30 pm Professor David Koffman of York University, will be leading the presentation “First Nations – Jewish Encounters”. This program traces the key threads in the history of Jews’ encounters with First Nations, from Jewish merchants’ first interest and arrival in the territory we now call Canada to recent efforts at building solidarity around Reconciliation and the question of Jewish indigenousness in the Middle East. The program will be part primary-source study, part lecture; it outlines the times, places, and meanings of Jewish engagements with First Nations people and themes, and suggests that Canadian Jewish history can be seen as part of the long and troubling history of colonialism, not just the tale of immigrant challenges and achievements, as Canadian Jewish history is so often presented.
David S. Koffman is an assistant professor in the Department of History at York University. He teaches courses on Canadian Jews, religion in American life, antisemitism, religion & capitalism, genealogy, and how we make money meaningful. He earned his PhD in History and Hebrew & Judaic Studies from NYU in 2011, and holds Master’s degrees in Jewish Studies, Anthropology, and Public Administration. His first book, about encounters between American Jews and Native Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries, is expected to be published in 2017. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Canadian Jewish Studies.
Following the time capsule event and Dr. Koffman’s presentation please join us for a dessert reception.
On Sunday morning, November 19, the exhibit and gift shop will be open from 10 am – 12 noon. At 10:30 am Shai Wallach, a producer of Radio Gesher at Western Hillel, will be joined by the program’s student podcast contributors for a discussion of the their programs and the outlook for Canadian Jewry and Israel from the perspectives of these young journalists. This is a great way to support pro-Israel efforts on campus and to meet outspoken voices here in our community. The event will also include coffee and breakfast nosh.
Canadian Jewish Experience Exhibit Hours & Gift Shop Hours—Saturday, November 18
7 pm – 9 pm, Sunday, November 19, 10:00 am – 12 noon
London Jewish Community Time Capsule 7:00 pm Saturday, November 18
First Nations—Jewish Encounters, 7:30 pm Saturday, November 18
Panel Discussion with Western Hillel’s Radio Gesher Contributors, Sunday, November 19 10:30 am