New Beginnings: Young Canadians’ Intra-Jewish Dialogue: What are #JewishPriorities – Identity, Policy, Politics

June 22 2017

UPDATE: Event has been postponed to September 2017

Stay tuned for more information.

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Tom Chervinsky

Vice President, Innovative Research Group

Shira Honig

Senior Policy Advisor

Spencer Burger, JD., MBA

Articling, Stikeman Elliott LLP. 

Moderated by Anna Press

Senior Policy Advisor

When: Tursday, June 22nd, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:30PM

(Registration begins 6pm, Event will start 6:30pm)
Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, U of T

569 Spadina Avenue


Limited space available !

Discussing: Identity, Policy, Politics

  • How does Canadian Jewish identity influence political engagement?
  • How should Canadian Jewry weigh foreign policy versus domestic considerations?
  • What is the relationship between the Jewish community and Canadian politics?


Speaker Bios:

Tom Chervinsky is a Public Affairs, Communications and Market Research professional, with experience working on political campaigns, environmental causes, and within the Jewish community. In addition to his day job as a Vice President at Innovative Research Group, Tom chairs CIJA’s LGBTQ+ advisory committee and is a board member of Ve’ahavta: A Jewish Humanitarian Response to Poverty.
Shira Honig is a policy advisor, strategist, writer and speaker. She has volunteered on several political campaigns, including for Hillary for America in 2016 and for Liberal MP Adam Vaughan in 2015; has worked as a climate change advisor for Islands First and the Permanent Mission of the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations; and occasionally writes jokes and political satire. She currently works as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario government and holds a Master’s degree in international policy from New York University.
Spencer Burger is a former Policy Advisor to previous federal Cabinet Minister James Moore and is a commentator on CTV’s True North Politics Panel. He recently completed a JD/MBA at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and will be articling at Stikeman Elliott LLP. He is passionate about Canadian and international political issues.
Moderated by:
Anna Press is a senior policy advisor with the provincial government, who has also worked for the federal government and at universities. She has participated in anti-racism initiatives, from a research program in Germany and Poland on Holocaust education to creating a documentary about Jewish jokes. After graduating with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a B.Ed., she taught for two years in Turkey. This caused her to question identity, privilege, and learn more about ethnic conflict leading her to complete a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution. She currently resides in Toronto.

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