Tickets are on sale now for FEDtalks, the exciting annual kick-off event for our Federation Annual Campaign. Mark your calendar for September 16th at 7:00 p.m., when four speakers will deliver inspiring and impactful TED-style talks at the Vancouver Playhouse.
This event promises to spark new ideas and insights, and to foster conversation about topics relevant to our Jewish community both locally and in Israel.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Vancouver Playhouse | 600 Hamilton Street
Buy tickets here.
$18 until August 16 | $36 after
$10 Students (18 and under), Young Adults (19-35) & First-time Donors
We are pleased to present our 2018 speaker lineup:
Rabbi Irwin Kula
Co-President, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL)
A respected spiritual leader and self-described rogue thinker, Rabbi Irwin Kula is a thought leader at the intersection of innovation, religion, and human flourishing. He is the co-president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL), a leadership training institute, think tank, and resource center co-founded by Elie Wiesel z"l. A seventh-generation rabbi, he inspires people around the world using Jewish wisdom to speak to modern life and has worked with global leaders from the Dalai Lama to Queen Noor.
Rabbi Kula received the 2008 Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award for his work “toward equality, liberty and a truly inter–religious community,” and has been listed in Newsweek for many years as one of America’s most influential rabbis. He is an award-winning author, acclaimed film creator, and popular host and commentator on both TV and radio.
Disability Advocate & Stand-up Comedian
As a teenager, Pamela was diagnosed with the worst case of Tourette’s Syndrome in the United States. Her uncontrollable outbursts often sent her to the hospital with serious injuries. Depressed and suicidal, she spent years wishing her disability away.
Now an internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela has spoken and performed in six countries and was named one of the "36 Under 36" changing the face of the Jewish community by The Jewish Week. Her unique perspective offers insight into the pitfalls and successes of the Jewish community's attempts at inclusion. Funny and inspiring, she casts a vision for a deeply inclusive Jewish future that helps people and communities thrive “because of” and not “in spite of” differences.
A decorated European and World Champion and Olympic medalist, judoku Arik Zeevi also holds the titles of youngest Israeli national judo champion, and is the only Israeli athlete to compete in four different Olympic games. He credits his success in part to the personal growth that happens through taking risks.
Since retiring from competitive judo, Arik now works with the Olympic Excellence Program for youth in Kiryat Shmona—a city in the Upper Galilee Panhandle, Etzbah HaGalil, our Federation’s partnership region. He is passionate about the power of sport to develop youth and communities for the long term.
The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Born in Moldova, Zoya and her family made aliyah when she was eight years old. She and her mother later moved to Vancouver where they struggled to make ends meet, but Vancouver’s Jewish community supported them in every way. “The Jewish community helped us with food, but they didn’t only fill our stomachs. They also filled our souls.”
Now Zoya is the director of strategic partnerships for the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Europe. Having lived in Moldova, Israel, Canada, Mexico, and Hungary, Zoya’s international experience helps drive her passion for cultivating a sense of global responsibility and ensuring a thriving future for Jewish communities worldwide.