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.
- Thursday, Oct 31 -- Whitney Copeland -- Medical Cannabis and everything you need to know
- Thursday, Nov 7-- Giselle Sheer Bloch -- One Family’s Gender Journey
- Thursday, Nov 14 -- Rami Sherman -- Why is the Entebbe Hostage Rescue still relevant to so many different groups around the world?
- Thursday, Nov 21 -- Ellin Besner -- A Score to Settle with Hitler: How Canada's 17,000 Jewish fighters helped win WWII, defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust.
- Thursday, Nov 28 -- Asaph Rolnitsky -- Neonatal medicine
- Thursday, Dec 5 -- Michael Soberman -- Israel through the lens of the next generation
Thursday, Oct 31 ----------- 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.
Thursday, Nov 7— 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.
Thursday, Nov 14----- Rami Sherman---- The Entebbe Hostage Group from the Operations Officer of the unit.
Why is the Entebbe Hostage Rescue still relevant to so many different groups around the world?
Rami Sherman was enlisted in the army and accepted into the most elite unit of IDF at the age of 19. Four years later Rami was the Operations Officer of the unit under the command of Yonatan Netanyahu when the Air France airplane was hijacked and rerouted to Entebbe in 1976.
Rami will share his experience and thoughts about this Operation.
Thursday, Nov 21-------- Ellin Besner------- A Score to Settle with Hitler: How Canada's 17,000 Jewish fighters helped win WWII, defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust.
When most people think about Jews and the Second World War, they think about the victims of the Holocaust. Now a new book by Canadian journalist Ellin Bessner tells the untold story of how and why more than 17,000 Canadian Jews put on a uniform and served in the war, as the liberators. And how Canada's tiny Jewish community mobilized men, money, and equipment to win the war.
Ellin Bessner is a professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto, and the author of a new book called “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWll”.
Ellin has spent eight years researching and interviewing over 300 veterans and their families, to tell the untold stories of how and why Canada’s Jewish community mobilized to defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust.
Thursday, Nov 28------Asaph Rolnitsky—Neonatal medicine
Asaph Rolnitsky is a Neonatologist (babies’ intensive care) in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
He graduated Medicine from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, trained in Paediatrics in Schneider Children’s Medical Centre of Israel, and in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine in the University of Toronto.
He is currently studying for a PhD in U of T’s Institute of Medical Sciences.
Asaph leads the Kibbutz community – the Israeli fellows and researchers in Toronto.
Thursday, Dec 5th-----------Michael Soberman-- Israel through the lens of the next generation.
Why be a part of the Jewish community? How do we inspire the next generation to forge a meaningful connection with Israel and their Jewish Community?
Through several stories from some of the most remote and unlikely places on earth, a Jewish educator unlocks and describes the essence of being Jewish and explains how this can be translated into building stronger Jewish communities and deep and meaningful connections with the land and people of Israel. This interactive session will challenge you to think about your own Jewish story and how that can be used to inspire others.
Michael B. Soberman is a Senior Educational Consultant for the iCenter for Israel Education and is responsible for the oversight of the iFellows Masters Concentration in Israel Education for the iCenter, a program for master’s students at ten Academic Institutions. Prior to that, Michael was the Vice-President, Canada Israel Experience and Next Generation Initiatives at the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA. Michael has been invited to speak all over the world on topics of Israel Education, Birthright Israel, next generation, Jewish Camping and experiential education.
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