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Join us for Lunch Together Online: engaging topics, stellar speakers. Stay home and enjoy a good online conversation via Zoom.
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, June 8th | 12 noon
Rabbi Leigh Lerner, Rabbi Emeritus, “Italian Jewry from Crisis to Crisis. An historical overview with special emphasis on the rise of Mussolini and the Fascist state and its effects on the Jews.”
From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rabbi Lerner received his A.B. from Duke University and was ordained at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio. His first pulpit was at Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN, where he soon became Senior Rabbi and served for 17 years.
In 1989, Rabbi Lerner was appointed Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. He learned French, became a Canadian, and earned a vital place in the hearts of our congregants. Since his retirement, Rabbi Lerner has learned Italian and has been helping to build Reform Judaism in Italy, particularly in Florence, but also in Milan and Rome.
Tuesday, June 15th | 12 noon
David Levy, Consul General, “The Abraham Accords – a paradigm change in the Middle East”.
David Levy is Consul General of Israel for Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces and Permanent Representative of Israel to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) since February 2018.
A first generation Israeli, Mr. Levy grew up in the city of Rehovot. At the age of 18, he volunteered to the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) rescue and medical evacuation unit. His academic background is in law (LLB) and political science (BA) and diplomacy and security (MA magna cum laude), both from Tel Aviv University.
He joined the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002 and, since then, his diplomatic career has taken him to Yaoundé, Cameroon (2003-2005), Riga, Latvia (2005-2009) and Seoul, South Korea (2012-2016), where he served as Deputy Head of Mission. More recently, he served as Political Counselor at the UN and International Organizations, Human Rights Department. Mr. Levy is married to Maya and a proud father of four children.
Tuesday, June 22nd | 12 noon
Sean Henry (CBC)
Award-winning journalist Sean Henry is the host of Daybreak, CBC Montreal’s weekday morning radio show. Sean is a veteran journalist and broadcaster. In his different roles at CBC, from TV news anchor to VJ to newsreader to reporter, Sean has delivered journalism that Montrealers and Quebecers count on. He is a Montrealer through and through, with an extensive knowledge of and connection to the many parts of the city and the people in it.
Sean joined the Montreal newsroom in August 2012 after seven years at CBC Windsor. While in Windsor, Sean regularly anchored for both CBC-TV and Radio, worked as a court reporter and video-journalist. One of the highlights of Sean’s time in Windsor was covering civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ funeral in Detroit.
Prior to moving to Windsor, Sean reported from the Quebec City courthouse and the National Assembly for Global Quebec.
Tuesday, July 13th | 12 noon
Jeff Parness, “Transforming tragedy into hope, and the Power of Human Connection in the age of Covid”
Jeff Parness serves as Executive Director and Board Member of New York Says Thank You Foundation. Over 700,000 people of all ages have volunteered in NYSTY’s various programs including its signature 9/11 Anniversary “barn-raising” program; historic 50-state restoration of The National 9/11 Flag; Hurricane Sandy First Responder Rebuilding Fund; 9/12 Generation citizenship education initiative; Build for LIFE rebuilding program for cancer victims in disaster areas; and its growing Stars of HOPE therapeutic community arts program which has accelerated the healing process of tens of millions of disaster survivors in 187 communities in 26 countries. Jeff also co-founded CJ’s Bus Foundation which provided emergency child care services for children in the immediate aftermath of disasters, and Tony’s Room Foundation which built “clean-rooms” for kids with Leukemia.
Tuesday, August 10th | 12 noon
Deborah Corber, “Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: Not Just for Governments”
Deborah Corber, LL.M. is the founder and principal of Corber Consulting, a practice dedicated to the advancement of Reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians. Corber Consulting provides a wide range of advisory and negotiating services to assist governments, businesses and not-for-profit organizations in their drive toward Reconciliation. Prior to founding Corber Consulting Deborah Corber was a Consultant in Aboriginal Affairs, providing legal, policy, strategic and negotiating services to government clients dealing with a range of Aboriginal issues. Deborah’s driving imperative was the development and implementation of forward-looking, creative and responsive policy and negotiation strategies that would serve to advance the reconciliation of Crown and Aboriginal interests. Mandates included Chief Federal Negotiator in self-government negotiations with the Mohawks of Akwesasne, Senior Federal Legal Counsel to tri-partite negotiations with Ontario and the Six Nations of the Grand River (Caledonia), Senior Federal Legal Counsel to tripartite negotiations with British Columbia and the B.C. First Nations Health Council, and Federal Legal Counsel to land negotiations with the Oujé-Bougoumou Cree Nation and the Government of Québec.
More recently Deborah Corber served as Consultation Lead for Canada responsible for consultations with 45 impacted Indigenous communities in British Columbia on the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project (2018-19) and in June 2020 was appointed Chief Federal Negotiator for Canada, responsible for leading self-government and land claim negotiations with the Manitoba Métis Federation.