2016 CSJO Conference

Price: $120.00

Date: May 27, 2016


We meet in Toronto at beautiful Glendon Campus of York University, located at Bayview and Lawrence, a short bus or subway ride from downtown Toronto.  The setting of Glendon – the wooded ravine, rose garden, open parklands and Don riverbank – will make you feel as if you are staying in the countryside. Below, you will find the information you need to get there, to stay there, to learn there, to be entertained there, and to enjoy old and new friends there.

Download our full conference brochure, incl. registration package, here.

CONFERENCE THEME: Our Tradition of Solidarity

KEYNOTES:  Saturday, May 28 at 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.


RICHARD BORSHAY LEE is a University Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and a long-time member of the United Jewish People’s Order. His research interests include human rights and indigenous peoples, ecology and history, and AIDS. He is internationally known for his studies of hunting and gathering societies. His work has been heralded as stimulating a paradigm shift in thinking about deep human history. Lee’s research findings – that sharing and cooperation, not aggression, have been the key to our success as a species – have influenced philosophers, political scientists, psychologists and biologists. In addition to his activism with indigenous peoples, Lee has focused on anti-Apartheid work in southern Africa and in Israel and Palestine.

LUCAH ROSENBERG-LEE was adopted by two Toronto-based professors at the age of 2 months old from the Dominican Republic, and got to travel with them throughout his childhood as they worked. He has spent time in sociology and equity studies at The University of Toronto and avidly engages his current passion, making documentary films. “Passing”, which depicts Lucah’s experience being a trans-man of colour in society today, premiered at the Inside Out Film Festival in May of 2015, and has continued to be shown in film festivals across the United States, Canada and Europe.


CONCERT – Saturday, May 28 at 8:00 p.m.

JOSH DOLGIN, better known as ‘SOCALLED’ Josh Dolgin, better known by his stage name Socalled, is a Canadian rapper and record producer, known for his eclectic mix of hip hop, klezmer, and other styles such as drum & bass and folk music.


Depicting history from a uniquely progressive perspective, Avrom’s art was profound, direct and biting without being morose. Avrom Yanovsky (1911–1979) was a Canadian political cartoonist whose works have been shown in galleries in Ontario. A political activist and unionist throughout his life, as, his prolific body of work reflected the times.

A Future without Hate or Need: The Promise of the Jewish Left in Canada, by Ester Reiter

Driven from their homes in Russia, Poland, and Romania by pogroms and poverty, many Jews who came to Canada in the wave of immigration after the 1905 Russian revolution were committed radicals. A Future without Hate or Need brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community, their shared experiences and community-building cultural projects, as they attempted to weave together their ethnic particularity – their identity as Jews – with their internationalist class politics. The author will be at the conference to answer any questions you may have about the book and to pre-order if you wish.


Register online by clicking the REGISTER link on the bottom left of this page. Conference fees are on par in US and Canadian dollars, however, online payment is only available in US dollars. A service fee of $8 is added to each registrants online payment.

For American's, payment can be made by check, money order, or cashier’s check or online.
For Canadians, payment can be made by cheque, bank draft, or credit card by calling or mailing in card information.

Member registration: Please choose any package 1-14.

Nonmember registration: There is a $35.00 fee for nonmembers. Please choose any package 1b-14b.

Please note: For online registration, it is only possible to register one person at a time.

For all registrations postmarked after May 5th, $35.00 per registrant must be added to the conference fee.

A completed page 7 (CSJO Emergency Medical Form) of the conference brochure must be enclosed with the registration form for every registrant under the age of 18. A completed page 8 (lower half – Declaration of Responsibility) of the conference brochure must be enclosed with the registration form for every registrant age 13 – 24 (teens and young adults).


Available Spaces: Unlimited