Events

If your business would like to host a Business Lunch Lecture, we can create an exciting and informative program for you. The following are some of the very successful Community Events and Business Lunch Lectures arranged by the Speakers Action Group

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PREVIOUS EVENTS

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May 18, 2017: "THE BALFOUR DECLARATION: ITS SIGNIFICANCE FOR CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM, JEW"
We welcomed Dr. Jordan Peterson, Salim Mansur, and Ezra Levant as the explored the significance of this very important British document. Video from the event will be available shortly!

The Significance of the Balfour Declaration - speakers

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January 22, 2017: "FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"
We welcomed Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dr. Norman Doidge, and moderator Faith Goldy to the North York Civic Centre Council Chambers on January 22, 2017 to explore this very topical issue. Dr. Jordan Peterson has brought to Canada's attention the negative implication of recent laws for free speech, at great cost to himself; Dr. Norman Peterson is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst best known for his much lauded work and publications on the human brain; and Faith Goldy is a fearless political and social commentator often featured on TheRebel.media. Three videos from the event - Dr. Jordan Peterson's presentation, Dr. Norman Doidge's presentation, and the Q&A Period - are now available here.

Freedom of Speech - speakers

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September 20, 2016: "A CONVERSATION: TRUMP, BREXIT MIGRATION - IS THE WORLD ON FIRE?"
Our expert panel of Leo Adler, Aurel Braun, Salim Mansur, Lauren Southern and John Thompson were joined by moderator Dr. Jack Muskat on September 20th, 2016, at Holy Blossom Temple to discuss the balance between individual rights and community interests, maintaining our western culture, and setting aside partisan positions in a candid conversation. Two videos from the event - the main conversation and the Q&A - are now available here.

A Conversation - World On Fire

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April 18, 2016: "FORECAST FOR FREEDOM IN THE MIDDLE EAST"
Gregg Roman, the CEO and Director of The Middle East Forum, gave a thoughtful and insightful analysis of the challenges presented by different countries in the Middle East and the possibility of freedom existing or lack thereof, especially in Syria and Iraq where the presence of ISIS makes the concept of Freedom a distant dream - on April 18th, 2016, at Beth Tikvah Synagogue with the expert panel of Rabbi Jarod Grover, Geoffrey Clarfield, and Sara Akrami, moderated by Miles Smit. Three videos from the evening are now available here - the main lecture, the expert panel, and the Q&A.

Gregg Roman

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December 1, 2015: "HOW CIVILIZATIONS DIE: IMPLICATIONS FOR EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST"
David P. Goldman, aka Spengler, brought his fascinating message to Toronto on December 1st, with a lunch lecture at Blaney McMurtry LLP followed by an evening lecture at The Dan Family Community Centre. Video from the evening lecture is now available here.

David Spengler

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October 26, 2015: "BODY AND SOUL - THE STATE OF THE JEWISH NATION"
We held another showing of this amazing documentary at Beth Tikvah Synagogue on Monday, October 26, 2015. Through expert commentary, this film not only shows the undeniable historical connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, but also succeeds in debunking the propaganda, myths and misinformation that have become deeply entrenched in public discourse. There was a post-screening discussion with Producer/Director Gloria Greenfield.

Body and Soul

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August 24, 2015: "THE IRAN DEAL: PATHWAY TO A NUKE"
Our recent event on August 24 was held at Beth Tikvah, and featured Mark Dubowitz, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan policy Institute. Click here for the full video from the event.

The Iran Deal

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April 30, 2015: "A CONVERSATION: "BALANCING LIBERTY AND SECURITY IN A CIVIL SOCIETY"
our recent event on April 30 was a resounding success, held at the Council Chambers of North York Civic Centre. The panellists and moderator set the mood reacting to Madam Louise Vincent stating, “…had Bill C-51 existed, her brother would still be alive…” Click here for the full video from the event.

A Conversation

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February 22, 2015: "MAKING SENSE OF THE ELECTIONS IN ISRAEL"
Featuring speaker Prof. Reuven Hazan, this was a special Skype Event presented in partnership with CFHU and Beth Tikvah Synagogue on Sunday, February 22. Click here for the Canadian Jewish News article covering the event.

Reuven Hazan

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January 22, 2015: "CANADA AT RISK" and "ISRAEL IN A TURBULENT MIDDLE EAST"
Featured speaker Dr. Mordechai Kedar, with afternoon and evening sessions being held on January 22, 2015. The afternoon session had live music, great food, an expert panel, and Dr. Kedar, while the evening lecture spotlighted Dr. Kedar and his insights. Click here for videos of the main lecture and the panelists and Q&A session from Israel In A Turbulent Middle East.

Mordechai Kedar

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November 12, 2014: "BODY AND SOUL - THE STATE OF THE JEWISH NATION"
This insightful documentary screened on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Although including stalwart defenders of Israel, it also presented a very diverse and human face and an uplifting tone while establishing the link between Judaism and the land along lines of historical, cultural and political continuity through serious-minded documentation. There was a post-screening reception with the producer/director Gloria Greenfeld. Click here to read the Times of Israel essay on the importance of this film by Geoffrey Clarfield.

Body and Soul

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June 2, 2014: "THE J STREET CHALLENGE"
is a fascinating documentary that was screened at Beth Tikvah on June 2, 2014, and featured an excellent panel of experts who discussed the film and answered questions afterwards. Geoffrey Clarfield wrote a review of the screening and the event for The Times of Israel. Click here for the full story.

The Times of Israel article on J Street Challenge

Here is the first part of the article: "Last night I went to a screening of the new documentary film, the J Street Challenge sponsored by the Speakers Action Group of Toronto and facilitated by a well-informed panel of 

Canadian experts (Dr. Judith Cohen, John Thompson and Irving Weisdorf) who answered questions from the audience. The film was produced by Charles Jacobs, an American from the Boston area who is well known in anti slavery activist circles in the North East and the United States. The film comprises generous clips of speeches by J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami, his supporters and critics, most notably lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse, who eloquently and consistently point out what is wrong with the organization."  Click here for the full story.

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April 23rd and 24th, 2014: "EXPOSING MEDIA MYTHS: Death, Lies and Videotape"
Featuring speaker Philippe Karsenty, French media analyst, who dared to expose the truth in reporting the al Dura myth which led to a fine of $40,000 and a long battle in the French Courts, this event was held on April 23rd and 24th, 2014 in both an evening lecture and breakfast lecture format. Click here for videos of the main lecture and the Q&A session.

Philippe Karsenty

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January 31, 2014: "WHEN THE DUST SETTLES IN DAMASCUS: New Realities of The Middle East"
Featuring speaker Dr. Jonathan Spyer,  Middle East analyst focusing on Syria, Lebanon and Israeli strategic affairs, senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center in Herzliya, author and journalist, and frequent guest analyst on electronic media, this even twas held on January 31st, 2014 at Bennett Jones LLP. Click here for videos of the main lecture and the Q&A session.

Jonathan Spyer

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October 24, 2013: "A CONVERSATION: Quebec's Charter of Values"
Our event on October 24, 2013 was exceptionally topical and affects us all - with featured speakers Rabbi Jarrod Grover, Senior Rabbi, Beth Tikvah Synagogue, & Dr. Salim Mansur, Professor of Political Science, Western University. , as they engaged the topical issues around Quebec's recent conflicts concerning the separation of religion and state and its impact on individual faiths and traditions. Click Videos to watch the main conversation and the following Q&A session.

Grover and Mansur

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June 19, 2013: "INSIDE IRAN'S ATOMIC WARHEAD: Tehran's Plan To Nuke Israel - Step-By-Step"
Our previous event on June 19th featured Edwin Black, award-winning international investigative author and talk show host, expect in technology and in its political and historical implications, with his dynamic talk on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. The main lecture and the Q&A session videos are available for viewing by clicking here.

Edwin Black

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May 21, 2013: "ALARMING TRUTHS: Subversion and Security Threats To Our Society"
Speaker: Clare Lopez, talking about home-grown terrorists in Canada - who is putting them up to this and how is it being done?  Please click here to read the Blog Wrath article on the event, "ISLAMIC JIHAD AND WESTERN SILENCE (A LECTURE BY CLARE LOPEZ)".

Clare Lopez

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Apr. 25, 2013: "A SEA OF TROUBLES: The Current Disarray in the Middle East"
Speaker: Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies. Two videos are available from that fascinating evening - his main talk and the following Q&A. Click here to view those videos.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

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Jan. 27, 2013: "POST-ELECTION ISRAEL: in a Dangerous and Turbulent World"
Our January 27, 2013 event with Dr. Mordechai Kedar, distinguished scholar of Arabic literature, lecturer at Bar Ilan U in Israel talking about the recent elections in Israel proved very successful in analysing and providing an explanation for the unexpected voting pattern results in Israel. You can watch the videos here: the first video is his lecture and the second, the Q and A – the latter is interesting in explaining why Israelis were more interested in their social needs than security...for this event we partnered with CIJR and Temple Sinai.

Mordechai Kedar

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Nov. 22, 2012: "MIDDLE EAST REFUGEES: Facts and Fiction"
Our previous event, a business lunch lecture on Thursday November 22 with Dr. Stanley Urman from New York (below), Executive Vice President and Co-founder of New York based Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, was very successful and well-attended with a very active Q and A. Dr. Urman discussed the serious issue of mass violations of human rights, persecution and violence against over 800,000 Jews who were expelled from their homes in Arab countries and Iran after 1947. There were Jewish refugees as well as the Palestinian refugees created in the Middle East which has been ignored by the international community. The Mandate of JJAC is "to ensure that justice for Jews displaced from Arab countries assumes its rightful place on the international agenda and that their rights be secured as a measure of law and equity"View some video of his talk at our Business Lunch Lecture series.

Dr. Stanley Urman

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Oct. 29, 2012: "US ELECTIONS: Implications For The Future of The Middle East"
Featuring Prof. Barry Rubin, Middle East expert, Director of the GLORIA CENTER author of over 23 books and much more, speaking to us from Israel, and introduced by Lawrence Solomon, pictured below.

Lawrence Solomon

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Sept. 10, 2012: "THE ASSAULT ON CIVILIZATION: The Threats Both Within and  Beyond the City Walls"
Featuring speaker Bill Whittle, creator of popular on-line Internet video series, FIREWALL and AFTERBURNER, was well attended and greeted with much enthusiasm. His talk can be viewed on our video page of the event

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May 16, 2012: "THE ASSAULT ON WESTERN VALUES: The Media, Anti-Semitism and Other Gnawing Threats"
Speaker: Bret Stevens, Wall Street Journal 

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February 8, 2012: "THE MIDDLE EAST BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: Iran, Syria, Egypt and Turkey"
Speaker: Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Lecturer on Arabic and Islamic Studies Bar-Ilan University

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November 10, 2011: "MIDDLE EAST CRISES OF 2011: DISASTERS OF 2012 An Optimistic Assessment"
Speaker: Prof. Barry Rubin, Middle East Expert

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June 17, 2011: "TURMOIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST: What is Really Happening"
Speaker: Prof. Barry Rubin, Middle East Expert

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April 7, 2011: "THE NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD: Israel's Security Challenges"
Speaker: Col. Benzi Gruber

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March 11, 2011: "Israeli Apartheid is a Lie"
Speaker: Ishmael Khaldi, Bedouin Israeli Diplomat

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November 7, 2010: "From Kristallnacht to Liberation"
Speaker: Martin Maxwell, Holocaust survivor

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November 3, 2010: "Review of Ellie Wiesel's book The Forgotten"
Speaker: Robert Adams

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October 13, 2010: "The Campus War Against Israel"
Speaker: Richard Cravatts, Professor Boston University

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October 4, 2010: "Holocaust by Bullets"
Speaker: Father Desbois, author and director Christian Jewish Dialogue

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July  6, 2010:  "Know Thy Enemy - After The Flotilla"
Speaker:  Elliot Chodoff, co-author MidEast On Target, Israel
Moderator: John Thompson, Mackenzie Institute

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April 29, 2010: "Seeking Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East"
Speaker: Ibrahim Abu Shindi, Director, Arab/Jewish Community Center, Jaffa, Israel

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March 16, 2010: "THE IRANIAN THREAT: Global Terrorism and Nuclear Weapons"
Speaker: Dr. Raa­nan Gissin Read article

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March 9, 2010:  Sharing My Experiences In Haiti: A Night With Dr. Ofer Merin
Speaker: Dr. Ofer Merin

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February 9, 2010: A Former Muslim Extremist Speaks Out - "JIHAD MYTHS AND REALITIES"
This was an enlightening talk by featured speaker Dr. Tawfik Hamid, Senior Fellow & Chair For The Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomic Institute for Policy Studies, an event which was held at Beth Tzedec, and moderated by Johnathan Kay from the National Post. The video from this event is now available - click here to watch.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid

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January 27, 2010: "Antisemitism on Campus"
Keynote Speaker: Salim Mansur, University of Western Ontario
Guest Speaker: Marina Nemat, Author, "Prisoner Of Tehran"

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December 7, 2009:  "Israel...Facing Crucial Decisions"
Speaker: Professor Asher Susser, Tel Aviv University

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November 10, 2009:  "Antisemitism Then and Now... a Survivor's Perspective"
Speaker: Nate Leipciger, Holocaust Education Centre

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November 5, 2009:  "Nazi Media and Propaganda...How Did It Persuade German Youth?"
Speaker: Professor Amanda Grzyb, University of Western Ontario

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November 3, 2009:  "Lies Used As Weapons...Does Law Offer A Remedy?"
Speaker: Judge Hadassa Ben Itto

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September 10, 2009: "Antisemitism...Globally and in Canada
Speaker: The Honourable Jason Kenney, Canada's Federal Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalsim

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June 17, 2009:  "Jerusalem's Sovereignty...Myth to Fact"
Speaker: Dr. Jacques Gauthier Read article

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April 29, 2009: "Law in a Diverse Society: Working With Disempowered Communities in a Multicultural Nation"
Speaker: Sharon Sionov, Hebrew University

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April 19, 2009: "The Case for Israel - Democracy's Outpost"
A film by Alan Dershowitz.
Speaker: Robert Friedman

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March 26, 2009: "Israel in the News...A War of Ideas"
Speaker: Aryeh Green, Media Central
Moderator: John Thompson, Mackenzie Institute

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March 10, 2009: "Iran, Israel and the U.S. - New Administrations, Old Challenges"
Speakers: Dr. David Menashri, Tel Aviv University; Stewart Bell, National Post. Read article

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February 12, 2009: "Accommodation or Intimidation?"
Speakers: Tarek Fatah, Salim Mansur. Read article

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January 21, 2009: "Defending Freedom on Canadian Campuses"
Speakers: Dr. Lawrence Hart, Dr. Sean Egan, and Orna Hollander. Read article

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November 26, 2008: "Election Update: Israel And The U.S. - New Realities"
Speaker: Yoram Ettinger

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November 17, 2008: "The Cairo Genizah: Medieval History Revealed"
Speaker: Menachem Ben-Sasson. Read article

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November 3, 2008: "The Psychology of Hate Propaganda"
Speakers: Esther Bem, Dino Doria. Read article

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September 25, 2008: "Human Rights Commissions: Censorship or Protection?"
Speakers: Alan Borovoy, Leo Adler, David Matas. Read article

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September 18, 2008: "The Durban II Nightmare"
Speakers: Anne Bayefsky, Aryeh Green. Read article

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June 16, 2008 "Freedom of Speech"
Speaker: Ezra Levant.
Moderator: Marni Soupcoff, National Post.

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April 23, 2008: "The Law and Human Rights...21st Century Challenges"
Speaker: The Honourable Irwin Cotler, MP.
Moderator: The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Canadian Council of Churches.

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April 1, 2008: "Human Rights Under Siege... What Should Canada Do?"
Speakers: Dr. Payam Akhavan, McGill University; Jonathan Kay, National Post.

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February 21, 2008: "Defending Freedom on Canadian Campuses"
Speaker: Dr. Aurel Braun, University of Toronto.

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February 6, 2008: "Hinduphobia and Antisemitism: Common Issues"
Speakers: Dr. Ramesh Rao, Longwood University, Virginia; Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum, Beth Tzedec Congregation. Read article

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November 22, 2007: "Truth and Consequences... Media's Impact on Public Opinion"
Speakers: Robert Fulford, National Post; Aryeh Green, Media Central, Jerusalem. Read article

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September 19, 2007: "The Threat of Terrorism in Canada and its Legal Implications"
Speakers: John Thompson, Mackenzie Institute; Stewart Bell, National Post; David Harris, prominent attorney.

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