Below is a listing of Zelikovitz Centre events that have or will occur in 2020.

Association for Canadian Jewish Studies Speaker’s Series

Date: Ongoing
Location: Virtual

The Association for Canadian Jewish Studies is pleased to announce plans for a series of online events exploring contemporary and past issues relevant to the Canadian Jewish experience.

The first events will take place this July and August and will draw from papers that would have been presented at the postponed annual conference.

There will also be presentations and discussions relevant to the challenging moment of racial tensions and anxieties relating to the COVID pandemic.

They are also calling for proposals for a second stage of presentations, beginning in the Fall of 2020.

Check out the poster for more details!

Canadian Society Society for Jewish Studies – Annual Meeting


Date: May 26 and 27, 2020
Location: TBA, Carleton University

The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies (CSJS) will hold its 15th annual meeting in Ottawa on May 26 and 27, 2020 at Carleton University, hosted by the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies.

The Canadian Society for Jewish Studies/Société canadienne des etudes juives was founded in Winnipeg in 2004 with the goal of promoting and facilitating the development of Jewish Studies in Canada.  CSJS provides a venue for the presentation of Jewish studies research for researchers in Jewish studies living in Canada and elsewhere. Individuals who are interested in this field are encouraged to become more involved with the organization and participate in its growth.

All sessions will be open to the public.

For further information, see the CSJS website:

Limmud Ottawa 2020


Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Location: Soloway Jewish Community Centre, 21 Nadolny Sachs

Each year Limmud surprises with its broad range of ideas, presentations and the diversity of its participants

Limmud Ottawa 2020 will provoke, astound and delight. Following is just a hint of what will be an amazing day of learning.

“The most famous rabbi in America (according to the Washington Post and Newsweek) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will be presenting; Dr Tanhum Yoreh queries the impact of religious values on environmental behaviors; Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, trained  at the Mir Yeshiva, in Jerusalem, and Beth Medrash Govoha​ (BMG)​ in Lakewood, New Jersey and who is a staunch advocate for trans rights; Professor Dani Kantz director of Two Foxes Consulting and senior research fellow at Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany explores various intersecting issues ranging from interfamilies, and interchildren, to citizenship to intergenerational transmission in Israel and Germany, and Avi Benlolo, ​prominent human rights activist, president, and chief executive officer of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC), the Canadian branch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Join us to meet and learn from the remarkable presenters Limmud is bringing to Ottawa.

For further information and to register visit (Note, Carleton students are free with Student I.D.)

Previous Events

Public Lecture – Jodi Magness

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020 (7:00 PM)
Location: Soloway Jewish Community Centre

Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism (since 2002).

Dr. Magness specializes in the archaeology of ancient Palestine (modern Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods. Her research interests include Jerusalem, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient synagogues, Masada, the Roman army in the East, and ancient pottery.,

She will be giving a public lecture at the SJCC Sunday Feb 23rd, 7 pm, on the excavations she has been directing, since 2011, in Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.

These excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman (fifth century) synagogue building paved with stunning and unique mosaics, including biblical scenes and the first non-biblical story ever discovered decorating an ancient synagogue.