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Hamilton Jewish Literary Festival
From Sinai to the Shtetl and Beyond:
Where is Home for the Jewish Writer?
June 5 – 7, 2009

Temple Anshe Sholom
215 Cline Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4A1
905-528-0121 for directions.


Friday, June 5

6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Service with literary readings by guest authors
7:45 - 10:00
Oneg Shabbat featuring Steve Stern’s talk, Radical Nostalgia.  For information about Steve Stern, see  

Saturday, June 6
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch, included in registration.
12:30 - 1:00
Songs and stories, performed by Allan Merovitz. Listen to one of Allan's previous great concerts, recorded by the CBC:

1:00 - 2:45
Panel Discussion: Where Is Home for the Jewish Writer?  moderated by novelist, Nora Gold.
Isa Milman, poet, Victoria, BC,
Sharon H. Nelson, writer, Montreal, QC,
Edeet Ravel, novelist, Guelph ON,
J.J. Steinfeld, Charlottetown, PEI,
Steve Stern, Saratoga Springs, NY 
The panellists will respond to the theme by reading from their works and discussing questions such as

·         Does writing root you in a "home" land?
·         Do you have a portable shtetl, or did you leave it in Bubbie's kitchen?
·         How do themes in your writing link you to the Jewish community from  
          Sinai to the shtetl to the kibbutz?
·         Are you linked to the Yiddish writers of our past or the Jewish writers 
          of today?
·         What is your mameloshen?  How does it speak in your writing?
·         What voices speak to you when you write?

2:45     Break
3:00 - 4:30

Concurrent Workshops I  (for details click here)

7:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Literary Cabaret and Havdalah ceremony, with readings from the festival anthology (included in your registration package) and klezmer music performed by Allan Merovitz who, it is hoped, will teach us a Chassidic wedding dance.
Our festival anthology includes poetry and prose selected from submissions we received from writers across Canada. The writers tell us of homes lost and homes found.  Their work speaks to our yearning for a home that might be found in our cultural traditions, in memories of our ancestors, in our identities as Canadians, in Israel, and elsewhere.
Sunday, June 7
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops II (for details, click here)

11:15 - 11:30     Nosh

11:30 - 12:30
Dramatic reading of J.J. Steinfeld’s play, The Finest Performance of the Greatest Actor of the Yiddish Theatre, followed by Q and A with the author.