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Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Moving From Hate to Hope
Monday, June 17, 2019
Tree Planting Ceremony | 7:15 pm
Event | 7:30 pm
Holy Blossom Temple|1950 Bathurst Street
Join Farah Nasser of Global TV in conversation with Marnie Fienberg, daughter-in-law of Joyce Fienberg z”l from Tree of Life in Pittsburgh and Imam Hassan Guillet from Québec as they talk about their work of fostering interfaith understanding.
Marnie Fienberg is a former United States Federal government contractor with more than 20 years’ experience with strategic communications, planning, strategy and culture change. Her past clients included the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She led multiple projects that created or changed cultures as goals and Administrations changed over time.
Since her mother-in-law, Joyce Fienberg was murdered at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, she has switched careers to focus on social action – fighting hate and anti-semitism at the grass-roots level. Her first project, along with partner Lauren Kline, was “2 for Seder” encouraging thousands of Jews across the United States and Canada to actively invite at least two people of other faiths to a Seder for the first time, educating and providing positive, first-hand experiences about Judaism. She is focusing on continuing this effort for 2020 as well as other projects to empower and encourage all groups to take a direct and positive stance against hate.
One of Toronto’s most recognizable faces in news, Farah Nasser is an award-winning journalist, bringing extensive experience to her role as anchor on Global News at 5:30 & 6.
Nasser’s status as a trusted journalist with a strong political background – having covered elections at every government level – has earned her the opportunity to moderate key political debates, including the main 2018 Ontario provincial election debate, and the only broadcast 2018 Toronto mayoral debate.
Nasser has been praised for furthering public discourse with her thought-provoking reporting. She created notable buzz on social media as the force behind #FirstTimeIWasCalled and #LivingInColour, two digital series’ exploring the experiences of marginalized peoples.
She is also a back-to-back winner of the RTNDA Sam Ross Award for her viral commentaries 93 Killed a Day at the Barrel of a Gun (2018) and What if the fighting in Aleppo was happening in Toronto? (2017); the latter story was viewed 3.5 million times and used as a teaching aid in schools to explain the Syrian conflict.
Nasser began her career with Rogers TV before accepting a position with Newstalk 1010, where she worked her way up to a reporting role. After landing this first major reporting gig, Nasser went on to hold various roles with Toronto 1, A-Channel News, Citytv, and CP24 before joining Global News.
A graduate of Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program, she also attended the University of Westminster in London, England and later interned for CNN in New Delhi, India.
When not reporting on the day’s headlines, Nasser spends her time volunteering in the community. She regularly speaks at community events and has worked with organizations such as Journalists for Human Rights, the Aga Khan Foundation and the Economic Club of Canada.
Nasser lives in Toronto with her husband and her two young kids. She can often be found looking for hidden gems around the city, having dance parties with her kids, or doing Pilates.
Imam Hassan Guillet
Imam Hassan is an internationally known cleric from Quebec. The Imam who speaks 6 languages fluently moved to Canada from Lebanon in 1974. A retired engineer and lawyer he also has a background in international human rights and has worked with the Canadian Red Cross.
Imam Hassan received international acclaim after speaking at the funeral for three of the victims of the St. Foye mosque shooting. His elegant and poignant words reached audiences around the world. His acknowledgement of the Islamophobic murderer, Alexandre Bissonette as himself a victim touched many hearts, said the Imam:
“Alexandre before being a killer was a victim himself. Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than bullets in his head.”