WFJCSHD Conference Program
The 2019 WFJCSH&D conference will be held November 1- 4 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. This conference is only open to survivors and their descendants accompanied by their spouses/partners.
Check in for the conference opens Friday, November 1st at 12 noon. There are Orthodox and Conservative/Reform Friday night Shabbat services and a Welcome Cocktail Reception. A festive Shabbat dinner begins at 7 pm. After dinner there are gatherings for survivors by country of origin, for 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations, for all generations of the Kindertransport, and for spouses and partners. Saturday and Sunday are full days of speakers, workshops, and panels starting right after breakfast.
Our keynote speakers on Saturday are Dr. Robert Krell, on ”The Future of Our Past; Informing and Inspiring Next Generations” and Dr. Catherine Chatterley whose topic is “Antisemitism 2019: Not Our Grandparents’ Antisemitism or Is It?” Sunday, Professor Chris Friedrichs will speak on “Historians and Survivors as Partners in Telling the Truth of the Shoah;” and Robbie Waisman and Eloge Butera on “Two Survivors: From Buchenwald to Rwanda: Reflections on Human Rights Activism.”
Workshops specifically for Survivors, 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, Spouses or Partners will explore how being part of the survivor community has affected their lives with many relevant topics for each group. In addition, there will be inter-generational workshops and panels on Holocaust education, literary responses to Holocaust memory and experience, identity and spirituality. Special sessions will include a Yiddish singalong, hands on art workshop, an art exhibit, and updates from the Claims Conference.
After dinner on Saturday, there is music and dancing until the wee hours. Sunday evening includes a brief commemorative service and a very special musical program, followed by dancing. Monday, the conference concludes at 11 am with a panel discussion and closing ceremony. A post conference trip to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre will have people back to the hotel by 4 pm. (There is currently a wait list for this visit).
Please join us for a memorable three day experience as we gather together as a truly remarkable survivor community.
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