Ignite: Night of Adult Learning

When: Saturday, December 16, 6:30pm

Where: Prosserman JCC, 4588 Bathurst St., Toronto

Cost: $18.00

As Jews around the world prepare to celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah, which commemorates the victory of the Jewish Maccabee fighters over the Greeks, and the miracle of the light in the Holy Temple that burned for eight days, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings you the untold stories of the 17,000 Canadian Jews who put on a military uniform in the Second World War. Not only were they fighting for King and Country against the Nazis and the Japanese Army and other members of the Axis, but they were also fighting as Jews, to liberate their European relatives from Hitler’s Final Solution. Hear how they kept their faith in the barracks and on the battlefield and how they dealt with antisemitism at home and abroad, as well as living as Jewishly as possible, under the circumstances, including how they brought the light of Hanukkah to the survivors of the Holocaust when the Allies liberated Europe.