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GUBBAY HELFER, Sharon (Membre Principale)


Independent Researcher, Oral Historian, Video-Biographer

Dr. Gubbay Helfer earned a PhD in Jewish Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts, both in 2006, from Concordia University. Since then, she has been a lecturer at Concordia, at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the Université de Montréal. She has also been a postdoctoral fellow both at the Université de Montréal, where she completed an oral history of pioneers of Jewish/Catholic dialogue in Québec, and at COHDS for the Montreal Life Stories project, where she produced a Palestinian Canadian Life Stories pilot project and website, now in the hands of the participants as a Facebook page. Since then, Sharon has continued to work as a scholar-practitioner in the area of difficult dialogues and as a certified facilitator and trainer with the Compassionate Listening Project, leading workshops and practice groups. Current projects include Life Stories of Montreal Rabbis and Imams, recently initiated together with Azeddine Hmimsa of the Université de Montréal; and an exploration of the role of dialogue and listening at the Centre for Services in Reparative Justice.  

Recent publications and presentations

La Choah a-t-elle change notre façon de “penser” Dieu?” presented to Dialogue judéo chrétien at Temple Emanu-el Beth Sholom and published on line in French by the International Council of Christians and Jews. English version, The Shadow of the Shoah.

« L’hospitalité dans le judaïsme. » Dieu hôte et accueil de l'autre, l'hospitalité des religions abrahamiques, colloque organized by the l’Institut de pastoral de Dominicains and the Centre Justice et Foi, 26-27 February 2016. Published online in the Webzine Vivre Ensemble Vol. 24 No. 84, Hiver 2017.

« Listening to the Peacemakers : Report of a Compassionate Listening delegation to Israel and Palestine  in November 2015. » Presented to the Oral historians’ lunch at COHDS December 4, 2015 and to Synagogue Dorshei Emet, March 12, 2016.

« La contribution possible d'un projet d'histoire orale sur la communauté juive de Sherbrooke au vivre-ensemble québécois » L'histoire orale en vaut-elle la peine? Avantages et contributions d'une pratique en milieu francophone. Département d’histoire, Université de Sherbrooke. 10 avril 2015.

« La miséricorde face à la violence dans le judaïsme. » Colloque La miséricorde face à la violence by the Al Rawdah mosque and the Groupe InterFoi. 29 November 2015.



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