Events

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Irena presenting at Historic Calgary Week 2019

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Heritage Tour for Seniors in front of McDougall Centre

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Students and teachers from Halpern Akiva Academy visiting the Little Synagogue 

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Irena speaking at Calgary Jewish Academy

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Irena reading at Flywheel Reading Series

Alexandra Writers Society Reading Feb 28

Irena reading at Alexandra Writers' Centre Society open mic night

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Presenting at Dr. Jennifer Eiserman's Museum and Heritage Studies class at the University of Calgary

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HeritageTour for Seniors in front of Memorial Park

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Shalom Salam organizing committee

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The Board of Directors and dignitaries at the grand opening celebration of the Little Synagogue on the Prairie

Irena creates and organizes events, educational programs, tours and participates in literary readings.

 

Literary Readings

Writers Unplugged: An Open Mic Night events organized by Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society reading excerpts from Gershon's Kiss — January, 2019 to January, 2020

Flywheel Reading Series organized by filling Station Magazine. Together with Josephine Lore and Kim McCullough. Read a chapter from Gershon’s Kiss — April 11, 2019

(YYC) WGA VOICES: Pub Night, Readings & Panel Discussion (On Writing) organized by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Together with Ian Kinney, Kat Main, Bob Stallworthy, Moji Taiwo and Erin Emily Ann Vance. Read a chapter from Gershon’s Kiss — March 28, 2019

2021

Interviewed over Zoom Dr. Bonnie J. Kaplan and Dr. Julia Rucklidge at the launch of their book, The Better Brain, on Monday, July 5, 2021. Event hosted by Owl's Nest Books, Calgary.

Co-chaired and moderated over Zoom, "Tikkun Olam: Healing yourself as essential for healing the world with Dr. Allan Donsky," for B'nai Brith Calgary Lodge #816 — Sunday, June 6, 2021

Presented over Zoom "The Little Synagogue on the Prairie" at Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, Winnipeg — Sunday, May 30, 2021

2020

Guest speaker telling the story, “The Little Synagogue in Me: How the Montefiore Institute came to Heritage Park” to grade 3 students and teachers at Calgary Jewish Academy — February 28, 2020

 

2019

Gave a talk “The Montefiore Institute Turns 10 at Heritage Park,” part of Historic Calgary Week 2019, to an audience of 60 at the Railway Orientation Centre at Heritage Park — August 5, 2019

Developed and presented Calgary Heritage Tour for Seniors organized by Calgary JCC and Jewish Family Service Calgary. Toured cSpace King Edward, Eau Claire and McDougall Centre where the group met the Honourable Lois E. Mitchel, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta — July 18, 2019

Pitched idea, developed program and presented talk to PJ Library families on the 10th Anniversaries of PJ Library in Calgary and The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at Heritage Park. Program was followed by a concert in the Montefiore Institute where Irena introduced the three musical acts: Seniors Quartet, Paul Finkleman and the JCC Klezmer Band — June 23, 2019

Pitched idea, developed program and was one of the educators (nursery and pre-kindergarten, kindergarten to grade 2, grades 3 and 4, grades 5 to 8) for a year-end school trip by Halpern Akiva Academy on the 10th Anniversary of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at Heritage Park — June 20, 2019

Guest speaker telling the story, “The Little Synagogue in Me: How the Montefiore Institute came to Heritage Park” to students (grades 2AB, 3A, 4A, 4B, 5) and teachers from Calgary Jewish Academy — May 31, 2019

 

Talk on “How The Little Synagogue on the Prairie came to Heritage Park” to fellow interpreters part of Montefiore Institute training at Heritage Park

— May 15, 2019

 

2018

Talk on “How The Little Synagogue on the Prairie came to Heritage Park” to fellow interpreters part of Montefiore Institute training at Heritage Park

— May 9, 2018

 

2017

Guest lecturer on The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project to students in Introduction to Museum and Heritage Studies 201 class in the Faculty of Art at the University of Calgary — November 29, 2017

Developed and presented Calgary Heritage Tour for Seniors organized by Calgary JCC and Jewish Family Service Calgary. Tour included visit to Reader Rock Garden, Eau Claire, Lougheed House Gardens and Memorial Park

— July 25, 2017

 

Talk on “How The Little Synagogue on the Prairie came to Heritage Park” to fellow interpreters part of Montefiore Institute training at Heritage Park

— May 15, 2017

 

Tour of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie to members of the P2G Committee (from six Canadian Jewish Federations and Northern Israel, from Metulla, Kiryat Shmona, Mevo’ot Hermon Regional Council, Upper Galilee Regional Council and Yesod Hama’ala) during their meetings hosted by Calgary Jewish Federation — May 15, 2017

2016

Guest lecturer on The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project to students in Introduction to Museum and Heritage Studies 201 class in the Faculty of Art at the University of Calgary — November 29, 2016

 

Presentation and tour of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie to exchange students visiting from Har Vagai in Israel and their hosts, students from Calgary Jewish Academy, at the Montefiore Institute, Heritage Park

— November 9, 2016

 

Talk on The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Turns 100 part of Historic Calgary Week 2016 (July 22 — August 1, 2016) at Temple B’Nai Tikvah — July 26, 2016

 

Spoke on a panel about The Little Synagogue on the Prairie (Montefiore Institute) at Community Day, part of Association for Canadian Jewish Studies Conference, co-sponsored by Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta, at Calgary JCC — May 29, 2016

 

Talk on “How The Little Synagogue on the Prairie came to Heritage Park” to fellow interpreters part of Montefiore Institute training at Heritage Park

— May 9, 2016

2015

Talk on “How The Little Synagogue on the Prairie came to Heritage Park” to fellow interpreters part of Montefiore Institute training at Heritage Park

— May 27, 2015

2014

Guest speaker about The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at Sharing Bread and Stories event organized by The Canadian Council of Christians and Jews held in the Montefiore Institute at Heritage Park — June 19, 2014

2013

Talk on “The Exciting Life and Times of JB Barron and the Barron Building” part of Historic Calgary Week 2013 (July 26 — August 5, 2013) at Temple B’Nai Tikvah — August 1, 2013

Talk on “The Oil Barrons: How the Oil Industry was Anchored in Calgary” to an ESL class at the Bertha Gold Seniors Apartments — June 18, 2013

 

Presentation about The Little Synagogue on the Prairie at a meeting of Council of Christians and Jews at Montefiore Institute, Heritage Park — June 13, 2013

 

Talk on “The Oil Barrons: How the Oil Industry was Anchored in Calgary” at a weekly breakfast meeting of Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial at Danish Canadian Club — May 1, 2013

 

Joint talk (with Ali Tork) on “Jews of Persia: Their History and Rug Weaving Techniques” part of Shalom Salam: A Celebration of Persian Jewish and Bukharian Culture (February 20 — March 9, 2013) at Calgary JCC

— February 28, 2013

2012

Talk on “The Oil Barrons: How the Oil Industry was Anchored in Calgary” part of Heritage Weekend 2012 (October 19 & 20, 2012) at John Dutton Theatre, Central Library, organized by Calgary Public Library — October 20, 2012

 

Talk on “The Exciting Life and Times of the Barron Building” part of Historic Calgary Week 2012 (July 27 – August 6, 2012) at Central United Church

— August 1, 2012

2011

Pitched idea to Calgary Heritage Initiative, created concept, emceed and chaired event, Adaptive Reuse Community Heritage Roundtable at Temple B’Nai Tikvah — November 24, 2011

Guest speaker for seniors clients of Jewish Family Service Calgary at the Montefiore Institute, Heritage Park — June 30, 2011

 

Speaker on The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project at Community Heritage Roundtable at John Dutton Theatre, Central Library

— March 17, 2011

 

2010

Speaker at PechaKucha Night Calgary #6 at John Dutton Theatre, Central Library — November 24, 2010

Guest speaker at Seniors Cultural Exchange Project (with Ismaili, Chinese and Jewish communities) at Temple B’Nai Tikvah — October 21, 2010

 

Guest speaker at Knights of the Round Table lunch at the Ramada Hotel

— September 28, 2010

 

Chaired event and presented at 4th Annual General & Special Meeting of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project Society at Selkirk Gallery Room, Heritage Park — September 21, 2010

 

Talk on The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project part of Historic Calgary Week 2010 (July 23 — August 2, 2010) at Temple B’Nai Tikvah — July 25, 2010

 

Guest speaker for grade 4 students of Calgary Jewish Academy at the Montefiore Institute, Heritage Park — June 7, 2010

 

Speaker and tour guide of the Montefiore Institute at Pump Up the Volume National Young Leadership Retreat (May 14 — 16, 2010) organized by Calgary Jewish Community Council and UIA Federations Canada — May 16, 2010

 

Guest speaker about The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project at B’nai Brith Calgary Lodge #816 monthly dinner meeting at Calgary JCC

— March 16, 2010

2009

Chaired event and presented at 3rd AGM of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project Society at Calgary JCC — October 14, 2009

 

Chaired and organized event and gave speech along with other dignitaries at the Grand Opening Celebration of the Montefiore Institute at Heritage Park

— June 28, 2009

 

Chaired event and gave remarks at Mezuzah Ceremony in the Montefiore Institute at Heritage Park — June 16, 2009

 

2008

Sod Turning Ceremony at Heritage Park — October 16, 2008

 

Chaired event and presented at 2nd AGM of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project Society at Heritage Park — August 21, 2008

 

Guest speaker about The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project at Beth Tzedec Congregation — February 23, 2008

 

Guest speaker about The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project at Temple B’nai Tikvah — January 18, 2008

 

2007

Chaired event and presented at 1st AGM of The Little Synagogue on the Prairie Project Society at Calgary JCC — September 25, 2007