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Commemoration Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943- 2017

Sunday April 16, 2017

2:00 p.m.​

Workmen's Circle Centre​

471 Lawrence Ave. W.​

In the program

Ghetto Songs & Poems

Guest Speaker (in English)

Bernie M. Farber

Commemoration 74th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Bernie M. Farber is the former chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress and a social activist. He has testified before the Canadian courts as an expert witness on hate crime, and in August 2015 he was appointed CEO of the Mosaic Institute, a Canadian NGO that promotes pluralism, peace and conflict resolution internationally. He has written on human and civil rights issues and the holocaust for New York Times, Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, the Huffington Post, NOW Magazine, as well as other newspapers across North America.

The Toronto Workmen’s Circle annual commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is our way of honouring those who perished in that heroic stand against Nazi brutality. But, more than that, it is our opportunity to show that we are honouring our pledge never to forget the martyrs of the Uprising and, indeed, to ensure that their inspirational story is known by successive generations therefore invite you to attend this year’s commemoration of the Uprising yourself, of course. But we also urge you to bring family members and friends –especially the younger ones – to join us for an event that promises to be a deeply moving and informative experience.

Holocaust Education Week Program

November 6 2016, at 11:00 - Yiddish lecture by Boris Sandler, former editor of the Yiddish 'Forverts'
November 6, 2016 at 2:30 - Yiddish workshop led by Boris Sandler.

Both the lecture and the workshop are free to attend. The morning lecture requires no reservation. You must pre-register for the workshop by calling 416-631-5702.  The venue for both is the Workmen's Circle Centre, 471 Lawrence Ave. W.

See flyers below for all details.



Celebrate Sholem Aleichem’s 100th Yortsayt


From New York, the Toronto Workmen's Circle presents: Tales from the Train: Sholem Aleichem 100 Years Later, a critically acclaimed program of dramatic recitations (in Yiddish and English) drawn from the great writer's works, performed by the noted Broadway and film stars, Allan Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson, with the celebrated Yiddish entertainer, Shane Baker.

Sunday September 18th at 2:00 pm

471 Lawrence Ave. W.

​Admission purchased in advance: $15 for Workmen's Circle members; $20 for non members

Tickets available at the door: $25

To purchase in advance : call (416) 787-2081  or email wcarto@yahoo.com

See flyer and cast biography below for more information


Commemoration Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 – 2016

Sunday April 17, 2016
2:00 p.m.
Workmen's Circle Centre
471 Lawrence Ave W.
In the program
Ghetto Songs & Poems
Guest Speaker (in English)
Dr. Paula Draper


Keeping Our Pledge

The Toronto Workmen’s Circle annual commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising is our way of honouring those who perished in that heroic stand against Nazi brutality. But, more than that, it is our opportunity to show that we are honouring our pledge never to forget the martyrs of the Uprising and, indeed, to ensure that their inspirational story is known by successive generations.

We therefore invite you to attend this year’s commemoration of the Uprising yourself, of course. But we also urge you to bring your family members and friends – especially the younger ones – to join us for an event that promises to be a deeply moving and informative experience

Dr. Paula Draper is a Holocaust historian who specializes in memory history. Dr. Draper holds a Ph.D. from the Department of History and Philosophy of Educational Theory OISE/U of T where she majored in ethnic and immigration studies. In 1986 she created and oversaw the Holocaust Documentation Project of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. Dr. Draper has been involved in a multitude of Holocaust-related projects, including the Royal Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals in Canada, the second trial of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, and as Lead International Trainer for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation. Dr. Draper has published widely on the topic of Canada and the Holocaust, and is now researching the post-war experiences of Canadian Holocaust survivors.

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