Nurit Barkan-Ascher was born and grew up in Israel. She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (1992).Currently living in Vancouver, she is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in life transitions, trauma and resiliency.
Craig Chouinard is a graduate student at the University of New Brunswick, and has recently completed his M.A. thesis in Atlantic Canadian Labour History. A native of New Saint John, he conducted research on the history of the Saint John Jewish community under the auspices of the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum.
Ben Kayfetz, now retired, was Executive Director of the Joint Community Relations Committee (initially called the Joint Public Relations Committee) of Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai Brith from 1947-1984, and is the author of a number of articles on the Jewish community of Toronto.
Norman Ravvin, a native of Calgary, teaches contemporary literature at Erindale College, University of Toronto. He has published on Leonard Cohen, Philip Roth, Edgar Allan Poe and Bruno Schulz. His novel, Café des Westens, won the Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism New Fiction Award.
Ray Shankman, born in Toronto, has taught at Lakehead University, Ben Gurion University and for the past twenty-one years has been at Vanier College, where he teaches English (Bible and Poetry) and coordinates Jewish Studies. He has published poetry in various journals and small magazines in the U.S. and Canada, and has written articles on the Bible. He has also published one book of poems, For Love of the Wind.