International conference on anti-semitism to be held in Hamilton

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Published October 28, 2022 at 8:21 am

International conference on anti-semitism to be held in Hamilton
The Art Gallery of Hamilton will be one of the venues hosting the Hamilton Jewish Federation's first-ever #nomoreantisemitism International Conference. (Tourism Hamilton photo)

The Hamilton Jewish Federation will host the first-ever #nomoreantisemitism International Conference next month.

The three-day event, beginning Nov. 19, 2022, will feature keynote speakers, a book exhibit, and displays and booths hosted by community organizers.

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The event can be attended in person and virtually.

“Our #nomoreantisemitism International Conference is a first for Hamilton Jewish Federation; with the increase in hate crimes targeting the Jewish community, it could not be timelier,” said Gustavo Rymberg, Hamilton Jewish Federation CEO. “When anyone’s civil or human rights are under threat, antisemitism is likely to grow.”

“We must address antisemitism and educate the public, while always being alert and ready to call out acts of hate.”

Dr. Robert Rozett from the International Institute for Holocaust Research and acclaimed author Dara Horn, who wrote People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present, will be featured keynote speakers on Nov. 19.

The Nov. 21 keynote speakers include Alana Newhouse, editor-in-chief of Tablet Magazine and Elisha Wiesel, the only child of the writer, professor, political activist, Nobel laureate, and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel.

On Nov. 20, the event will focus on advocate and educator track sessions at the Braley Health Centre and Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Advocate track sessions are aimed at the general public, and will include local politicians from the three major parties — MP Dan Muys (PC), MP Lisa Hepner (Liberal), and MPP Sandy Shaw (NDP).

The educator track sessions are designed for educators from all levels. Speakers in this track will share new tools and curricula to further support educators in teaching about antisemitism in their classrooms.

Event and ticket information can be found online at jewishhamilton.org.

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