Maintaining Our Society during and after COVID-19:WHAT FAITHS ADVISE US IN DIFFICULT TIMES OF CRISIS

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Peter Noteboom : Peter Noteboom is General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches and was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation. He is President of Global Learning Partners, Inc. and a Commissioned Pastor in the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

Hakan Yesilova

Hakan Yesilova is the editor of The Fountain Magazine and a public speaker on faith. As an editor, translator, and writer, Yesilova has contributed to a number of publications on Islam and interfaith dialogue, including A Tribute to the Prophet Muhammad, The Sacred Trusts, and Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance.

Thabo Cecil Makgoba 

Born 15 December 1960[1]is the South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. He had served as Bishop of Grahamstown.

He graduated from Orlando High, Soweto, and took a BSc degree at Wits University before going to St Paul’s College, Grahamstown to study for the Anglican ministry. He married the daughter of Cecil Manona, Lungelwa Manona. Since then he has obtained an MEd degree in Educational Psychology at Wits, where he also lectured part-time from 1993 to 1996.[1] He was made Bishop of Queenstown (Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown) on 25 May 2002 and became Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004. Until he moved to the Diocese of Grahamstown as bishop suffragan, Makgoba’s ministry had been spent in the Diocese of Johannesburg, first as a curate at the cathedral and then as Wits’ chaplain. After that he was put in charge of St Alban’s Church and later of Christ the King, Sophiatown. He became Archdeacon of Sophiatown in 1999. He became Archbishop of Cape Town on 31 December 2007, the youngest person ever to be elected to this position.[2] He is a Procter Fellow (2008) from the Episcopal Divinity School in the United States.

He is currently the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (2012).

He also graduated with a PhD degree from the University of Cape Town in December 2009. {Thesis on:Workplace Spirituality}. He was awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship to study for his doctorate. An Adjunct Professor at GSB(UCT) Allan Gray School for Values.(Wikipedia

Bio for Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich

Rabbi Flanzraich – better know to us as “Rabbi Aaron” – was born in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv where he majored in Political Science and English Literature. Additionally, he was admitted into the University’s prestigious Advanced Talmudic Institute where he began his pre-Rabbinic studies. During this time, the Rabbi also became the first undergraduate in the university’s history to teach an accredited course. In 1992, Rabbi Flanzraich received a dual ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and Yeshivat Sha’ar Ephraim.
The Rabbi has been the Senior Rabbi of Beth Sholom Synagogue since 1998 and over this time has been a part in instituting a Kosher Food Bank for the needy, a summer work program for Jewish teens, providing help for the homeless with the Out of the Cold program, reimagined how afternoon Hebrew School delivers education and with Cantor Moses redesigned Shabbat morning with “Shabbat Beth Sholom”.
Rabbi Flanzraich is a past president of the Toronto Board of Rabbis, a member of Israel Bond’s Rabbinic Cabinet, the incoming president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Toronto, the author of a on Jewish fundamentalism called, “The Small Still Voice”.  He can be seen on TVO’ s interfaith programming, and is a frequent guest on “Passages”, CTS’s Jewish programming hour.  The rabbi is also involved with interfaith dialogue, and is a frequent speaker to Christian and Muslim groups.
Despite living in Toronto for 26 years he is an ardent New York Islanders fan although there is this nagging rumour he attends games at the Air Canada Centre. Our rabbi is married to Lisa and they adore their 4 beautiful children: Cody, Ari, Talia and Joseph. Evan y”h is lovingly remembered by them all.