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Jewish Educational Manna

“Intellectual Food for the Wondering Jew”


JEM is co-sponsored by the Martin Bass Fund for Human Resources of Or Shalom, Temple Israel, and Jewish London, with additional support from the Selma Rothfeld Family Endowment Fund of the London Jewish Community Foundation and numerous individual donors. 

The goal of JEM is to provide stimulating, high-quality Jewish knowledge to busy adults who have a wide variety of Jewish learning backgrounds.

JEM Programs for 2023-2024 


JEM Programs will be held on Zoom. 

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Meeting ID: 847 7099 0945
Passcode: jzGjr5
Closed captioning is available. 

Getting Their Act Together: The Formation of an Asylum-Seeking Community in Israel October 16, 2023Oded Oron 
The Canadian Jewish Experience October 23Allan Levine  
Sponsor: Congregation Beth Tefilah 
What’s in a Name? On the Uses and Abuses of Jewish Names October 30 Kalman Weiser 
Rescuers of Jews during the Nazi Era: Who were They and Why did They do it? November 6Eric Gartner 
Music among the Crypto-Jews of Portugal November 13Judith Cohen
The First Female Spy in Palestine November 20Adam Hummel 
The Jews of the Great Silk Road: Yesterday and Today January 29, 2024 Manashe Khaimov 
The Goldschlager Collection of Holocaust Memoirs at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library February 5 Nadav Sharon 
How did Chanukah and Purim Catch On? The Establishment of ‘Minor’ Jewish Holidays and Judea-Diaspora Relations February 12  Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich
Indigenous Peoples and Jews in Canada: A Tangled History  March 4 David Kaufman 
Canadian Jewish Debate on Israel March 11 Robert Brym and Ben Murane 
Recording History: Jews, Muslims, and Music across Twentieth-Century North Africa March 18 Christopher Silver 

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