UNTOLD Learning Series
UNTOLD Learning Series
Join us for an engaging, experiential speaker series and be inspired by thought leaders as they explore an eclectic range of topics. Spark your curiosity and expand your mind as you learn about Israel, personal health and well-being, history, current events, pop culture, finance and more.
- Monday, Oct 28 -- Pippa Feinstein -- Indigenous-Jewish Relations: how Jewish communities can contribute to reconciliation on Turtle Island
- Monday, Nov 4 -- Whitney Copeland -- Medical Cannabis and everything you need to know
- Monday, Nov 11 -- Rivka Campbell -- A Minority Within A Minority: Jews of Colour
- Monday, Nov 18 -- Marcus Bernardini -- The Ovarian Cancer and the Ashkenazi decent
- Monday, Nov 25 -- Dyanoosh Youssefi -- The Jewish notion of justice and the Canadian criminal justice system
- Monday, Dec 2 -- Rachael Littman -- Are Spirituality and Religion the same thing?
Monday, Oct 28th-------- Pippa Feinstein-- Indigenous-Jewish Relations: how Jewish communities can contribute to reconciliation on Turtle Island
Reconciliation' between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has become an increasingly prevalent subject of discussion and action amongst diverse segments of civil society and governments. However, what does 'reconciliation' mean? This talk will explore how Jewish Canadians can offer unique contributions and insights, given certain similarities (and distinctions) between the histories of Jewish and Indigenous peoples.
Pippa Feinstein is a lawyer, mediator, and researcher based in Toronto. She has her own legal practice and works exclusively with non-profit organizations on a broad range of public advocacy work, including research concerning violence against Indigenous women.
Monday, Nov 4th ---- Whitney Copeland ----Medical Cannabis and everything you need to know
Whitney Copeland from Natural Care will be presenting a lively and informative Cannabis session. You will learn about the cannabis plant and its therapeutic components, as well as cannabis medical benefits, risks, and side effects. You'll also learn about common methods of ingestion and the products that are legally available under the Cannabis Act.
Whitney Copeland has over 15 years’ experience delivering wellness-oriented recreational, educational and healthcare programming. Currently, Whitney is an educator at Natural Care, a medical cannabis clinic serving individuals as well as long-term care and retirement homes.
Monday, Nov 11th ----Rivka Campbell----A Minority Within A Minority: Jews of Colour
Jews of Colour (JOC) is a pan-ethnic term that is used to identify Jews whose family origins are originally in African, Asian or Latin American countries.
What's my story? My story will start with a brief history of the Jews of Jamaica and will culminate with the story of navigating within the Jewish community as a JOC. Sharing stories widens the concept of what it means to be Jewish in Canada and throughout the world.
Rivka, a Jew of Jamaican descent born and raised in Toronto, seeks to build community among Jews of Colour in Canada while opening dialogue among the mainstream Jewish community about the experience of Jews of Colour and our rich diversity. She is the co-founder of the group Jews of Colour - Canada and the sole Canadian recipient of the URJ's JewV'Nation Fellowship. Rivka is a recognized speaker on Jewish Diversity and is filming a documentary on Jewish Diversity.
Monday, Nov 18th-------- Marcus Bernardini--- The Ovarian Cancer and the Ashkenazi decent
It is estimated that up to 15% of the most common form of ovarian cancer is hereditary. This number is even higher in certain ethnic populations including women of Ashkenazi descent. The Prevent Ovarian Cancer Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre was designed to identify “at-risk” women and offer them strategies to define their risk. This presentation will cover the etiology, genetics, and prevention strategies for ovarian cancer.
Doctor Marcus Bernardini, is an associate professor at the University of Toronto and has received Research and Teaching awards such as the 2013 - Chair’s Award for Outstanding Research Potential and the 2014- Award for Teaching Excellence. He leads the UHN robotic surgery program and is the co-director of the Women’s College Prevent Ovarian Cancer Program.
Monday, Nov 25th -----------Dyanoosh Youssefi ----The Jewish notion of justice and the Canadian criminal justice system
Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue- but which system is more just? Is it our Canadian criminal justice system, with due process, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and prisons instead of the death penalty? Or is it the Jewish concept of justice, concurrently replete with compassion and castigation? If we compare the principles and objectives of these two systems, we might be surprised at what we discover, and be tempted to advocate for change.
Dyanoosh Youssefi is a legal studies professor, a writer, a social justice advocate, and a former criminal defense lawyer. Her passion for justice and building community led her to run for Toronto City Council in 2014 and in 2018.
Monday, Dec 2nd -------- Rachel Littman -------- Are Spirituality and Religion the same thing?
Cantor Littman’s prior work as a pastoral counselor repeatedly encountered enormous misconceptions concerning spirituality and religion.
There are many ways in which spirituality and religion overlap and differentiate themselves. The discussion will focus on varied interpretations regarding definitions-particularly over the term “spirituality;” provide you with an awareness of previously unknown internal biases; and the opportunity to develop a spiritual practice in line with your own belief system.
Rachel Littman holds a Doctorate of Ministry Interfaith Pastoral Counselling from Hebrew Union College — underscoring a lifetime spent serving her community through faith and outreach.
With degrees in Interfaith Pastoral Counselling (Doctorate) and in Classical Voice and Sacred Music,
Cantor Rachel Littman promotes principles of inclusion, facilitates spiritual healing across socio-economic, religious, age, and educational lines.
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For Programs that Meet Fewer Than 3 Times
Due to the costs and booking commitments associated with short-term programs, we regret that we cannot offer any JCC Credit for programs, classes, or events that meet fewer than three times per programming season. Additionally, The Prosserman JCC cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing any credit for programs missed as a result of personal scheduling conflicts, illness, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond our control. If you are unable to attend a program in this category, we encourage you to consider your registration fee a form of support for the Prosserman JCC, helping to sustain wonderful programs.
For Programs that Meet 3+ Times
You may receive JCC Credit for withdrawal from a program when your cancellation request conforms to the timetable outlined below. Please note there is a $15 processing fee for all transfers and cancellations.
- Full JCC Credit will be granted for withdrawal from a Prosserman JCC program when a written request is received at least one week before the date of the first class.
- 50% JCC Credit will be granted for withdrawal from a JCC program when a written request is received before the second class.
- After the second class, JCC Credit cannot be granted. (However, you may transfer from one class to another of equal or lesser value if there is space available and with the program director's approval.)
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We recommend registering as early as possible, as many programs have limited space, and other programs depend upon a certain enrollment number to ensure they will run. Your place in a program can only be guaranteed when accompanied by payment.