Below is a listing of all Zelikovitz Centre events that occurred in 2018.

November 29, 2018: “Kristallnacht: An After History” with Dr. Helmut Walser Smith
November 8, 2018: Lecture by Dr. Robert Ehrenreich for students of the ZC
November 7, 2018: Holocaust Education Month 2018 Launch Event
November 6, 2018: Malca Pass Book Discussion Group
November 5, 2018: Public Lecture: “Let the Artefacts Speak” with Dr. Robert Ehrenreich
November 4-5, 2018: HEM Pop-Up Museum
April 13, 2018: 2018 ZC Grad Student Colloquium
March 18, 2018: Jewish Ottawa’s Limmund Festival 2018
March 18, 2018: Zelikovitz Centre Public Lecture with Carol Meyers: “Holy Land Archeology”
February 6, 2018: “Julius Rosenwald: The Amazing Story of Jewish Values in Action”


“Kristallnacht: An After History” with Dr. Helmut Walser Smith


Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Siskind Room 503, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University
Cost: Free

Speaker: Dr. Helmut Walser Smith, Martha Rivers Professor of History at Vanderbilt University

The November Pogrom of 1938, the Night of Broken Glass, was one of the decisive moments of the history of the Third Reich. For the first time, tens of thousands of ordinary people, if not more, participated in a ritual of violence and degradation directed against their Jewish neighbors. In more than a thousand communities, synagogues were burned down, destroyed, and desecrated. Historians know a great deal about the event. They know less about how this event became part of collective memory in the postwar years. Using method from digital humanities, this talk will address the question of when and how Germans in the Federal Republic thought about and memorialized a central event that had shown Nazi Germany to be a persecuting society.

Helmut Walser Smith (Yale, Ph.D., 1992) is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of History and Director of the Digital Humanities Center at VanderbiltUniversity. He is the author of German Nationalism and Religious Conflict, 1870-1914 (Princeton, 1995) and four edited volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Modern German History(Oxford, 2011), His book, The Butcher’s Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town (New York, 2002), received the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, was an L.A. Times Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and has been translated into French, Dutch, Polish, and German, where it received an accolade as one of the three most innovative works of history published in 2002. Smith has also authored The Continuities of German History: Nation, Religion, and Race across the Long Nineteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and is presently working on a book, supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and scheduled to appear with W.W. Norton and C.H. Beck (in translation) in 2019, tentatively entitled “Our Modern Germany.” A New History of Nation and Nationalism, 1500-2000.

Presented with the support of the History Department, EURUS, the Zelikovitz Centre and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES).


Lecture – Dr. Robert Ehrenreich (for students of the Zelikovitz Centre)


Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Carleton University
Cost: Free, but open only to registered students of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies (not open to the public)


Holocaust Education Month 2018 Launch Event

Dr. Michael Berenbaum – Kristallnacht: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End


Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue
Cost: Free

November 9th, 2018 marks exactly 80 years since the occurrence of Kristallnacht, the infamous Night of Broken Glass. This terrible evening saw the destruction of many Jewish businesses and synagogues throughout Germany and Austria and paved the way for the crescendo of events that would eventually culminate in the Holocaust. In our current climate of increasing intolerance and bigotry it is more important than ever that we learn the lessons of history so that no such genocides are permitted to recur.

Keynote address by Dr. Michael Berenbaum, one of the founders of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Dr Berenbaum will examine Kristallnacht: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End.

Of special interest this year is the inclusion of a concert performed by Niv Ashkenazi, a classical violinist, on a violin that was miraculously salvaged from the ashes of Holocaust and lovingly refurbished by Amnon Weinstein in Israel. This “Violin of Hope” will pay tribute to the six million whose voices were silenced forever. Our community will be the first in Canada to host such a concert.

Please read The Glebe Report’s article “Violins of Hope: reclaiming a lost heritage” to learn more about Mr. Ashkenazi and his prized violin.

Presented by the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship in cooperation with Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue.


Malca Pass Book Discussion Group

Date: November 6, 2018
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Avenue, Ottawa
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Susan Landau-Chark of the Zelikovitz Centre at Carleton University will review and lead a discussion about The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis.


Public Lecture – Dr. Robert Ehrenreich: Let the Artefacts Speak: Returning Humanity to Holocaust Victims


Date: November 5, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Dr., Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2

Six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. The number is staggering. It is the equivalent of almost seven Ottawas. How can we represent the magnitude of this crime without reducing the victims to mere numbers? How can we show, as Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg said so well, that “There were not six million Jews murdered; there was one murder, six million times”? How do we convey that these were real people with real lives and families. In this presentation, I will discuss how personal items can turn the huge numbers of victims back into individuals and return their humanity, based on three case-studies: personal items discovered near shooting pits in Ukraine; damaged photographs from Poland; and a piece of mica from the Theresienstadt Glimmerwerke (mica works).

Robert M. Ehrenreich is Director of National Academic Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to joining the Museum, Dr. Ehrenreich was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution; a research associate at the University of Illinois, Urbana; a senior staff scientist at The National Academies; and an associate research professor at George Washington University. He is the author or editor of four books, an international journal, and over 30 articles and reviews on the Holocaust, Holocaust studies, and European history and prehistory. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Ultimate History Project, an advisor to the WAVE Trauma Centre in Northern Ireland, and an External Examiner for Queen’s University, Belfast. Dr. Ehrenreich was awarded an A.B. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. from Oxford University.

A program of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and Temple Israel in cooperation with the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES)


Holocaust Education Month – Pop-Up Museum


Date: November 4, 2018 (12:30 – 4:00 PM), November 5, 2018 (6:30 – 7:15 PM)
Location: Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Dr., Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2
Cost: Free and open to the public

In honour of Holocaust Education Month, the “Pop up Museum” will display Holocaust artefacts brought in by community members with explanations provided by Dr. Robert Ehrenreich of USHMM.

To learn more about this event, visit the Holocaust Education Month Pop-Up Museum 2018 web page: https://carleton.ca/hempopup/.

A program of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies and Temple Israel in cooperation with the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship.


2018 Graduate Student Colloquium

Date: April 13, 2018


Limmud Ottawa 2018

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa
Cost: Free, but reservation required


Public Lecture – Carol Meyers: Holy Land Archaeology: Where the Past Meets the Present

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa
Cost: Free


Julius Rosenwald: The Amazing Story of Jewish Values in Action

Date: February 6, 2018
Time: Drinks and silent auction: 6:30 PM, film screening: 7:15 PM
Location: Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private, Ottawa
Cost: $10.00