On Wednesday, May 15 (7:15 pm), the Shaare Zion and Shaare Zedek Sisterhoods are co-sponsoring a moderated discussion with two compelling local indigenous leaders for our annual Torah Fund fundraiser.
Linda Shohet will moderate the exchange with Joe Deom and Nina Segalowitz on how indigenous communities are reviving their languages, rituals and culture as a way to reclaim their heritage. Both have points of intersection with Jewish experience — Nina as a Sixties Scoop baby taken from the NWT and adopted by a Jewish-Catholic family in Montreal, Joe as an elder who helped establish the Mohawk Immersion School that consulted extensively at the beginning with Jewish Day Schools.
Jews obviously share a long history of oppression, discrimination and stereotyping, but we have limited knowledge of, or contact with, indigenous communities in our own area, let alone across the country. “This evening is an attempt to deepen our understanding and knowledge and to open channels of communication between our communities,” said Ms. Shohet.
The event will take place at the Shaare Zion Congregation (5575 Côte St-Luc Road). A minimum donation of $18 to the Torah Fund is required. Tax receipts will be issued. The Torah Fund supports the education of Conservative Jewish clergy around the world.