Dr. David S. Koffman, Assistant Professor, Department of History York University, Canada
David S. Koffman (PhD, NYU, 2011) is a cultural and social historian of Canadian and U.S. Jewries. He holds the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry, and is an associate professor of History at York University, where he teaches Canadian Jewish history, religion in American life, the meanings of money, genealogy as history, modern antisemitism, and religion & capitalism. His first monograph, The Jews’ Indian: Colonialism, Pluralism, and Belonging in America (Rutgers University Press, 2019), explores the American Jewish encounter with Native America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work has appeared in several volumes of collected essays, and in The Journal of American Ethnic History, The Journal of Jewish Education, Contemporary Jewry, and Canadian Jewish Studies. He serves as the associate director of York University’s Israel & Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies.
Elizabeth Moorhouse-Stein, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University, Canada
Elizabeth Moorhouse-Stein's dissertation examines the impact of Israel on Jewish politics in Canada, the United States, and France. Since 1970 Jewish organizations in these countries have shifted rightward politically, have increased their focus on Israel and decreased their focus on local socio-political issues, and have encouraged non-interventionist foreign policies toward Israel. Why has this provoked a division and liberal pushback among American Jews since the mid-2000s, but not among Canadian Jews? Why do French Jews show an 'Israelization' as sociologists have called it? Elizabeth's previous degrees are from McGill and University of Haifa, Israel.
Alan Bariman, Graduate Student, Department of English, McGill University, Canada
Alan Bariman is an MA student at McGill University in the department of English literature and holds a BA from Concordia University in English Literature, graduating in 2017 with high honours and distinction. Interested in Canadian and Israeli culture, his previous studies focused on French Canadian literary criticisms of Canadian Jewish writing about Israel.
Michael Rom, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Yale University, United States
Michael Rom is a PhD candidate in Latin American and Jewish history at Yale University. His dissertation, Brazilian Belonging: Jewish Politics in Cold War Brazil, 1945-1985, examines the relationship between political activism and belonging in the postwar Brazilian Jewish community. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised in Vancouver, Michael currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Janice Rosen, Archives Director, Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives, Canada
Janice Rosen has been the Archives Director since 1989 of the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives, formerly known as the Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee National Archives. Her publications include various surveys of Canadian Jewish archival resources and repositories for Canadian Jewish Studies. She is a co-creator of the Canadian Jewish Heritage Network, a database-driven website showcasing the holdings of several partner Archives and Museums.