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Benjamin Rubin

Poet, playwright

Benjamin Rubin was Festival Chair of Limmud Toronto 2018. Under his pen name, eBenBrandeis, he composes poetry, lyrics and YouTube videos. He edited a book of contemporary Jewish humor, translated from Hebrew a biography of life in pre-war Pinsk, Poland, and was creator of NewHouseOfIsrael, an online Zionist conceptual art project. Having lived in Israel for four years, he has maintained a special interest in Israeli contemporary music. He has an abiding interest in the Golden Age of Hebrew poets from Andalusia, and the Muslim-Christian-Jewish convivencia of Spain. Writer, producer and director of the Zoom teleplay series, “Golden Age Travel”, about 12th century Hebrew poet and Arabic Jewish philosopher, Yehuda HaLevi, travelling through time. Episodes of the series have been performed online at Limmud Festivals in Toronto, Boston, Seattle and Winnipeg.  The latest episode, "Berlin 28, Paris 38, Jerusalem 61", premiered at Limmud Toronto in November 2021, exploring the Golden Age of Weimar German Jews by getting to know the minds and hearts of two of its celebrated heroes: cultural philosopher, Walter Benjamin, and political philosopher, Hannah Arendt. Since retiring from the practice of law, he and his wife split their time between Toronto and Tel Mond, Israel.  www.ebenbrandeis.com