posted on august 9, 2011
Faces of Israel debuted in Canada this evening with a strong turnout of 150+. Though the film itself was previewed at the recent Le Mood festival, tonight was the first full-fledged Canadian Faces of Israel program and I was excited to share the project “north of the border”.
The program was hosted at The Shaar and cosponsored by many local groups including Shaar HaShomayim, The Ghetto Shul, Dorshei Emet, Shaare Zion, Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Shaare Zedek, Bet-El and Gen J. The audience was representative of the sponsoring institutions and it was interesting to see a uniquely Quebecouis perspective on religion and state issues in Canada.
The group seemed more in favor of a separation of ‘synagogue & state’ than many of my American audiences, yet at the same time took a fairly conservative stance on issues relating to Israel. Many participants stayed after the presentation to ask questions, and I was pleased at the respectful nature of discussion throughout the evening.
It was a challenge to present Faces of Israel on Tisha B’Av, but it was also rewarding to deliver a meaningful program and help the time quickly pass for those who chose to fast. I hope that this will be my first but not my last Faces of Israel presentation in Canada, and look forward to working with the community in the future!
For those who are interested in picking up a Faces of Israel DVD, copies are available at the Shaar HaShomayim office. Thanks and enjoy!
written by amy beth oppenheimer