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UNTOLD Learning Series

UNTOLD Learning Series at PJCC – Spring 2020


Location: Prosserman JCC - 4588 Bathurst St.

Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Dates:  Mondays from May 11th to June 22nd - No class on May 18

Fees: Members: $40 + tax for 6 lectures / Non-Members: $50 + tax for 6 lectures

OR register for individual lectures on our website

For more information, please contact Andrea@srcentre.ca or 905 303 1821 x 3006


UNTOLD Learning Series 

Join us for an engaging, experiential speaker series and be inspired by experts in their fields as they explore an eclectic range of topics. Spark your curiosity and expand your mind as we learn about Israel, personal health and well-being, history, current events, pop culture, finance and more.



  • Monday, May 11 ----------Rabbi Julia Appel ------Fighting Antisemitism Through Relationship
  • Monday, May 25 ------ Amnon Zohar----Understanding the Middle East
  • Monday, June 1 ------ Ann Samson -- The Jews of India, a Historical & Sociological Overview
  • Monday, June 8 --- Giselle Sheer Bloch --- One Family’s Gender Journey
  • Monday, June 15 ---------- Stacey Anbar ---- The Roller Coaster Ride called Infertility
  • Monday, June 22---------- Seagal Eben-Ezra--- From Baby Boomers to Millennials



Monday, May 11 ----------Rabbi Julia Appel -----Fighting Antisemitism Through Relationship

"Fighting" antisemitism on campus could involve filing complaints, creating protests, petitioning, and involving police or administration. We'll discuss what a relationship-based alternative approach might look like, building relationships across difference to increase understanding and collaboration. We'll look at Jewish texts for inspiration and discuss methods for relationship-building, feedback, and allyship that work. We'll also look at case studies to apply our new techniques.

Rabbi Julia Appel currently serves as the Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi for Hillel at the University of Toronto. A frequent contributor to the CJN, Rabbi Appel serves on the Executive of the Toronto Board of Rabbis. Her fields of interest are young adult outreach, institutional change, neo-Chassidism, spirituality and contemplative practice, Jewish wisdom literature, feminism, antisemitism, and equity and inclusion in Jewish community. She holds a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University and M.A. in Jewish Studies and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College



Monday, May 25 --- Amnon Zohar----Understanding the Middle East

Future world peace and prosperity will largely depend on what happens in the Middle East. The "Arab Spring" of 2011 created more conflicts and civil wars of even greater complexity than the Arab-Israeli 100 years conflict. The gigantic Sunni-Shia war for Islam supremacy between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the civil wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the rise of radical Islam in the form of ISIS and Al Qaeda ,the effects of climate change, the  abuse and corruption of autocratic regimes and the rival Superpowers all vying for influence in the most contested real estate on earth.  Understanding the Middle East offers a much deeper understanding of the key issues and conflicts, filters media sensationalism and partisanship and facilitates interpretation of current events from a deeper cultural and political perspective 

Amnon Zohar is a hi-tech business entrepreneur and founder of internet and social media companies. He was born and educated in Israel and is a graduate of the Israeli Academy for Computer Sciences. He studied Political Science and International Relations at York University for three years. After spending forty years in Canada, he went back to Israel for a sabbatical year as a student, at the University of Tel-Aviv, majoring in International Relations, Islamic, Middle East and Global Security studies.  He possesses an in-depth understanding of the political and social environments in the Middle East and his lecture series “Understanding the Middle East” offers a unique perspective that would appeal to all Canadians  



Monday, June 1------ Ann Samson- The Jews of India, a Historical & Sociological Overview

The Lecture focuses primarily on the history of the three main Jewish communities in India – the Bene Israel, Cochin and Baghdadi Jews. It will include a brief overview of the community structure, synagogues, cemeteries and Jewish day schools.

Born and raised in Bombay, India, in an observant Jewish home, Ann Samson immigrated with her husband to Canada in 1966.  She holds a Master of Education degree in Administration & Supervision from New York’s Niagara University, and a Bachelor of Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Bombay.  Mrs. Samson is a founding member, Past President and currently Director on the Board of Congregation BINA (A Community of Jews from India). She is a leading spokesperson for the Indian Jewish Community and has lectured extensively on the subject. She is a long-standing member of Beth David, Toronto.



Monday, June 8 --- Giselle Sheer Bloch----One Family’s Gender Journey

Giselle Sheer Bloch will share her personal experiences and emotions navigating her son’s disclosure about his transgender identity. She will also share with you how her new understanding shaped her thinking and how she moved forward as an ally and an advocate. She will touch on the importance of gender-inclusive language, the meaning behind privilege, and how we can all be allies to the trans community.

Giselle’s lifelong passion for helping others began at the age of 14, when she volunteered at a children’s center to engage with severely disabled youth.  Over the past 40 years, she has volunteered at Women’s Shelters, organized fundraising events, and chaired parent councils at her children’s schools, just to name a few.

More recently, Giselle’s volunteer interests have taken a different turn.  You’ll see why as you hear her story about her three unique and diverse adult children, two of whom identify as LGBTQ.



Monday, June 15 ---------- Stacey Anbar--- The Roller Coaster Ride called Infertility

This roller coaster is the one that a lot of people have been on, but few want to talk about. It's also the club that no one wants to be a part of, and it's affecting more couples than ever. The journey through infertility is overwhelming, depressing and financially stressful. Couples often struggle to find peace in their relationship when battling infertility, and this can lead to other challenges in their relationships, and lives. Come join me for a real conversation about the infertility battle and hear how I found peace through my 10-year battle with infertility. This is a workshop you don't want to miss!  

Stacey Anbar, R.S.W is a registered Social Worker, Child Protection Manager and Life Coach.

When she's not looking after her 4 small children and enjoying spending time with her husband, Stacey manages a team of Child Protection Workers at the Children's Aid Society. She has been a Social Worker for almost 19 years and has specialized in the areas of child protection, addiction, and has provided therapy to countless families. Stacey's passion includes motivating women and men to change their lives, one small step at a time. She runs weekly classes for women, runs a therapeutic practice part time, and enjoys running events in the Jewish Community. 



Monday, June 22 ---------- Seagal Eben-Ezra--- From Baby Boomers to Millennials.

Today’s family is a fusion of generational identities from Baby Boomers who grew up making phone calls and writing letters to Millennials who use technology to connect and maintain relationships. From World War II to technology and start-up companies, society has made significant changes that have impacted the ways we interact and relate to each other, shaping our family eco- system into a captivating organism that is more dynamic than ever.

This talk will take a look at these generational identities from Baby Boomers to Gen Z and how they have influenced today’s unique family structure. It will further shed light on how to create pathways for connection, sense of belonging and growth in the digital era.

Seagal Eben-Ezra M.A (Psych) is a psychotherapist with 25 years of clinical experience working with adults, couples, children and families. In her teaching and her clinic, she uses an integrated approach rooted in existential and developmental psychology, attachment theory, and current neurobiological research. Her unique perspective into the relational systems of families is inspired by her work with foster kids, parenting her own children, professional practice, and ongoing personal growth and reflection.

Her practice involves expertise in couple and family dynamics, intimacy, self-growth and parenting. She applies a multidimensional approach in her work with children and youth who struggle with emotional, social and behavioural challenges incorporating expressive-art and play based modalities.

Seagal Eben-Ezra holds a Master of Counselling Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, a Bachelor of Psychology from York University, and a post graduate specialization in Couples and Family therapy. As a relationship expert, she offers parenting courses, professional development and leadership seminars across North America and Israel.  


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Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Monday, May 11, 2020
Classes End: Monday, June 22, 2020
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
Monday, May 11
11:00am - 12:30pm
Rabbi Julia Appel
Fighting Anti-Semitism
11:00am - 12:30pm 1 CA$0.00 CA$17.50 AASULS1SP20P
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
Monday, May 25
11:00am - 12:30pm
Amnon Zohar
Understating the Middle East
11:00am - 12:30pm 1 CA$0.00 CA$17.50 AASULS2SP20P
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
Monday, June 01
11:00am - 12:30pm
Ann Samson
The Jews of India, a Historical & Sociological Overview
11:00am - 12:30pm 1 CA$0.00 CA$17.50 AASULS3SP20P
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
Monday, June 08
11:00am - 12:30pm
One Family’s Gender Journey
11:00am - 12:30pm 1 CA$0.00 CA$17.50 AASULS4SP20P
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
Monday, June 15
11:00am - 12:30pm
Stacey Anbar
The Roller Coaster Ride called Infertility
11:00am - 12:30pm 1 CA$0.00 CA$17.50 AASULS5SP20P
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
Monday, June 22
11:00am - 12:30pm
Seagal Eben-Ezra
From Baby Boomers to Millennials
11:00am - 12:30pm 1 CA$0.00 CA$17.50 AASULS6SP20P
UNTOLD Learning Series
Spring 2020
May 11 - June 22
11:00am - 12:30pm
11:00am - 12:30pm 6 CA$0.00 CA$50.00 AASULS7SP20P

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