Join us for Lunch Together: engaging topics, stellar speakers.
Our 2023Winter Lunch Together series will be online.
This program is made possible with funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada, and by Linda Kivenko, in memory of her sister, Mona Kaufmann.
Tuesday, February 21st at 12:00 PM
“Stories that Shape Us: Storytelling, Disability and Community Care” with Ophira Calof (Part of our JDAAIM programming)
Ophira Calof (pronouns: she/they) is a multi-award winning disabled writer, performer and consultant who works to “crip the script,” centring disability knowledge and experience. Their credits include TallBoyz (CBC), Kids In The Hall (Amazon Prime), sketch comedy revue Generally Hospital (Canadian Comedy Award Nominee) and their solo show Literally Titanium, which has been featured in both academic and performance spaces as a case study in accessible production. Currently, Ophira is the creative director for the Accessible Writers’ Lab, a national initiative presented by AMI, RAFFTO and sponsored by the Canada Media Fund, to experiment with what an accessible tv writers’ room might involve.
Tuesday, March 21st at 12:00 PM
“The Battle for Secular Instruction in New York City Yeshivot” with David J. Shapiro
David J. Shapiro is a New York attorney. He recently won an historic victory for his client – the mother of a child attending an Haredi yeshiva in Brooklyn – when a judge ordered the education agency to investigate whether the yeshiva was supplying the secular education mandated by law. The agency did so and concluded that the yeshiva was breaking the law. David will tell the story of how the case made its way through the agencies and the courts and, along the way, take questions about the important issues this case raises for children attending Haredi Yeshivot in the U.S. and Canada.
Tuesday, April 18th at 12:00 PM
Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure with Menachem Kaiser
Menachem Kaiser is a writer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Toronto, Canada, has a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Michigan, and was a Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, New York, BOMB, Vogue, and elsewhere.
Menachem Kaiser’s brilliantly told story, woven from improbable events and profound revelations, is set in motion when the author takes up his Holocaust-survivor grandfather’s former battle to reclaim the family’s apartment building in Sosnowiec, Poland. Soon, he is on a circuitous path to encounters with the long-time residents of the building, and with a Polish lawyer known as “The Killer.” A surprise discovery—that his grandfather’s cousin not only survived the war, but wrote a secret memoir while a slave laborer in a vast, secret Nazi tunnel complex—leads to Kaiser being adopted as a virtual celebrity by a band of
Silesian treasure seekers who revere the memoir as the indispensable guidebook to Nazi plunder.
(In partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Museum)