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HISTORICAL LECTURES & DISCUSSIONS

 

The Miles Nadal JCC offers the highest quality affordable arts programming for adults and seniors. Our lecture series and special events feature some of the best guest speakers and performers Toronto has to offer, all in an intimate and welcoming setting. We invite you to experience moments of discovery and connect with our community. For more information please contact lisar@mnjcc.org.  If there are no programs when the button below is clicked, it simply means we are not offering anything at the present time.  Stay updated by subscribing to Culture at the J

The Hidden Jews of Brazil

Brazil is home to approximately 120,000 Jews, the majority of whom are the descendants of Conversos (in Hebrew Bnei Anusim) – Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition. While many were aware of their Jewish heritage, and practiced in hiding, they were left to fend for themselves for over 500 years, often in opposition, or even contempt of many Jewish officials… until Rabbi Ventura created Synagogues Without Borders. Presented in partnership with Sephardi Voices. Guest speaker: Rabbi Gilberto Ventura

The Significance of the Feldberg Collection 

Siegbert Feldberg was a German-Jewish clothing manufacturer and art collector who bartered clothing with struggling artists of the Weimar Republic in exchange for their paintings. By 1933, he had amassed over 50 self-portraits, including those of Käthe Kollwitz, Max Liebermann and Oskar Kokoschka, as well as many Jewish artists the Nazis declared 'degenerate'. When the Feldbergs fled Berlin, they preserved this unique art history collection. 

Guest speakers: University of Toronto professors Peter Harris and Pia Kleber