NEVER AGAIN - A Global Voice for Humanity -
Kirsten Urdahl-Serr Wednesday, November 1, 2021 8:00 PM EST – via ZoomIn this session, participants will be introduced to the creation story of North American Indigenous people by drawing on the 2003 Massey lectures “The Truth About Stories”, award-winning author and scholar Thomas King shares how Sky Woman falls from the sky. He retells this creation story through variations to underscore the dynamism of oral storytelling. This session will start with an introduction to Thomas Kings’ lectures and will also include current and historical impacts of the Canadian Indian Act and distinctions between peoples who are described as First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.
Kirsten Urdahl-Serr is the District Principal of Aboriginal Education in School District No 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows which is located on the shared, traditional, and unceded territory of Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation. While Kirsten is of European descent, her upbringing on Vancouver Island allowed her to appreciate and value the worldview of Coast Salish peoples. With an undergraduate degree in Sciences and a MA in Leadership, Kirsten’s formal and informal education places her in a unique stance to view the world through the perspective of people who have lived on this land since time immemorial.
As we commemorate Kristallnacht, join Holocaust Survivor Max Eisen and AGPI's Founder and Chairman Avi Benlolo for a virtual living-room chat about their own journey in Holocaust education and the future of humanity and the Jewish people, given the rise of Antisemitism. Max and Avi have worked together in Holocaust education for nearly three decades. In the last ten years, they have led together nearly 10 educational groups to Auschwitz - what have they learned and what are their observations? Learn more about their incredible journey together and how this close friendship began 30 years ago and continues to this day.
Cry of the Giraffe (Annick Press) is based on the true story of an Ethiopian Jewish teenager named Wuditu* who, together with her younger sister Lewteh*, was violently separated from her family while they were waiting in a Sudanese refugee camp to be secretly airlifted to Israel. Not long afterward, Wuditu was separated from her sister and tricked into a form of slavery known as ‘debt bondage.’ So, how did Wuditu become a slave? What was it like to buy a human being? On November 18, 2021, at 8:00 PM, Canadian/Israeli journalist, author and activist, Judie Oron will discuss the real-life events behind her award-wining novel and explain how those life-altering events led to a determination to expose the plight of thousands of other young Ethiopian female slaves.
Imam Mohammad Tawhidi is an Islamic scholar, educator, best-selling author, speaker, and one of the leading voices in the global movement of social Islamic reform. He has dedicated his life to ideologically tackling the spread of Islamic extremism and has delivered speeches at conferences, parliaments, mosques, Islamic centers, churches, synagogues, temples and universities across the Middle East, Europe, America, Asia, and Australia. He is licensed by Islamic leaders of the highest order to lead and represent the Muslim community.
Theodore Herzl inspired the modern State of Israel. What can we learn from him today about his passion to evade Antisemitism by building a Jewish state which he believed would save his people?
Join AGPI's Founder and Chairman on December 1, 2021 at 8.00 pm as we explore Herzl and Antisemitism then and now.
Join us in Marking Raoul Wallenberg Day:
Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, and diplomat who went to Hungary in 1944 as an agent of the newly created United States War Refugee Board (WRB). He was able to save thousands of Jews from German Nazis (personally led by Adolf Eichmann) and Hungarian Fascists, who were both determined to kill as many Jews as possible. The Soviet army arrived in Budapest in late 1944 and laid siege to the city. After driving the Nazis out of Budapest, the Soviet commander sent a transport to pick up Wallenberg on January 17, 1945. Wallenberg was detained on suspicion ofespionage and subsequently disappeared, never to be seen again by anyone outside the Soviet Union. The motives behind Wallenberg's arrest and imprisonment by the Soviet government, remain mysterious.
This presentation will focus on how one man saved so many lives, followed by an examination of his suspicious disappearance.
Professor Nurnberger is one of North America's most sought after speakers and professors in the area of human rights. In this lecture, he will discuss heroes of the Holocaust and specifically about - Nicholas Winton, Irena Sendler, Oscar Schindler, and Raoul Wallenberg. His lecture will likely be multi-part as there is a lot of ground to cover.
Professor Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D. taught international relations at Georgetown for 38 years. He was a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for over eight years. Dr. Nurnberger was the first director of “Builders for Peace”, an organization established in 1993 to promote economic and social development in the region. An acclaimed speaker, he presents at the Smithsonian and other major national institution.
What does “Non-Legally Binding” Mean when defining Antisemitism? A Town Hall with MPP Robin Martin, MPP Will Bouma, and the IHRA
MPP Robin Martin – Eglinton-Lawrence
MPP Will Bouma – Brantford-Brant
TBA – IHRA
Wednesday, January 27, 2022
8:00 PM EST – via Zoom
In early 2020, MPP’s Robin Martin and Will Bouma co-sponsored a Private Members Bill, the Combating Antisemitism Act, to address the rise of antisemitism in Ontario by adopting the IHRA Working Definition of Anti-Semitism. This bill prompted the Government of Ontario to formally adopt the definition in October 2020. But what is the implication of adopting the IHRA definition, and what does non-legally binding mean? With hate crimes against Jews annually topping lists of most reported hate crimes locally, nationally, and globally, how does this bill work to shed light on instances of antisemitism and how might it be used in education and academia, diverse communities, and in our government to out and dismantle antisemitism once and for all. This town hall brings the two co-sponsors of Bill 168 together with the IHRA to discuss why they brought the bill forward in the Ontario Legislature, how they envision the definition being used by the province, and what that means in conjunction with the IHRA and the fight against antisemitism and other forms of hate?
Based on his time in Nazi concentration camps, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning identifies the search for existential meaning as the most powerful human need. At the heart of Frankl’s theory of logotherapy is a conviction that being with meaning is fundamental to human resilience and fulfilment. How does this apply to current circumstances, for those enduring similar atrocities, and those who care to make a difference? In this discussion, cultural anthropologists and transformational life coach Dr. Jonathan S. Marion brings together his cross-cultural research and work to explore the application of Frankl’s key ideas across cultural contexts, including implications and applications for various human rights issues today.