Saul Rubinek 

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Acclaimed Canadian Actor

Bernie Farber

Canadian Anti-Hate Network

Mina Cohn 

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Abigail Bimman

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Award-winning Journalist 

Dr. Gerald Pulvermacher 

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Event Honourary Chair 
Organization Psychologist, born in Bergen-Belsen & a Child of Survivors


7:00 PM


Abigail Bimman


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November 9, 2021 | 7:00 p.m., EST


November 9, 2021

7:30 PM

“All in the Telling”

Saul Rubinek

7:10 PM

Video message from the Prime Minister of Canada for Holocaust Education Month

Prime Minister Trudeau

8:20 PM


7:20 PM

Welcome from the Mayor of Ottawa

Jim Watson



The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) is the premier hub for Holocaust education in Ottawa with programs that focus on community engagement, remembrance, and outreach to schools. CHES is proud to host the opening night for Holocaust Education Month 2021. The launch coincides with the annual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, which saw the violent turning point in state-sponsored attacks on the Jews of Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia.  This special evening will feature distinguished and award-winning Canadian actor Mr. Saul Rubinek.

Mr. Rubinek, a child of two survivors from Poland, has roots within the Ottawa community. That is where he also started his 50-year career, that included hundreds of roles on stage radio, film, and television. He went on to become an award-winning stage and screen actor in a variety of roles both in Canada and the US, most recently in several successful TV series such as Hunters and The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. He has also directed and produced plays and films including the documentary based on So Many Miracles, his own book about his parents’ survival.


Mr. Rubinek is also a playwright and is providing a rare opportunity to hear from him in a keynote address. During his presentation, Mr. Rubinek will perform excerpts from his new play, All in the Telling which was inspired by documenting his parents’ survival of the Holocaust in his book and film, So Many Miracles. His presentation will focus on how delving into and re-telling the story of his parents ‘survival during the Holocaust in Poland affected three generations of his family.

Ottawa’s Holocaust Education Month opening event typically draws an audience of hundreds, often with standing-room-only and includes government representatives and diplomats. As this year’s event is being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event is expected to draw a national audience, significantly increasing the number of people who will hear Mr. Rubinek’s presentation. 

7:15 PM

Welcome Remarks

Professor Cotler

Welcome from the Honourary Chair 

Dr. Gerald Pulvermacher

7:25 PM

The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) develops educational programs and activities to promote knowledge and understanding of the history and legacy of the Holocaust. The Centre brings together academics, educators, survivors, students, community members, and other appropriate partners. CHES also forges connections with diverse audiences and offers year-round programming whose objectives include combating antisemitism, prejudice, and racism and promoting respect for diversity, social justice and human rights.

CHES relies on the generous donations of its supporters and in-lieu of a registration fee for this event, a minimum voluntary donation of $25 is suggested, for which you will receive a charitable receipt. Your donation will help to support the organization’s important work, and help to offset the cost of this event and upcoming events.

Registration and donation are two separate steps:

Principal Bronze Sponsors:

Peter & Judith Bowie

Barbara & Len Farber and Family

The Pulvermacher Family

Dr. Arthur and Ellen Leader 

Jason and Jenny Shinder


“All in the Telling” an evening with acclaimed Canadian actor 

Saul Rubinek 

Principal Gold Sponsor:

John McHale & Renee Levcovitch Foundation 

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8:50 PM

Closing Remarks

Bernie M. Farber

9:05 PM

Session Close

Abigail Bimman

Jim Watson

City of Ottawa

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The Hon. Professor Irwin Cotler

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Founder & Chair
Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights


7:05 PM

Greeting by the Chair

Mina Cohn