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Jack Botwinik

Biography

Jack Botwinik is a speaker, author and freelance writer. He has spoken at many events (see list below).

Jack's autobiography, Chicken Soup with Chopsticks: A Jew's Struggle for Truth in an Interfaith Relationship, is recommended by Aish HaTorah, The Jewish Press, Rabbi Michael Skobac of Jews for Judaism, and many others.

He has written for Jewish Action, Binah, The Canadian Jewish News, Aish.com, and other publications. He is the former Dating Columnist for Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.

Jack grew up in a culturally rich environment, speaking five languages. He attained a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.

His interesting career choices have led him from welfare office, to prison cell, to parole squad. He now works for Correctional Service of Canada in Ottawa. Jack's experience in dealing with destitute and under-privileged people, and his re-examination of his religious heritage, significantly altered his outlook on life.

In addition to speaking in public, and appearing on radio and TV, Jack helps couples in interfaith dating relationships by listening and talking to them one-on-one. Jack enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.

Author Appearances

  • Sun Feb 6, 05 (Ottawa, Canada) Author talk: Chicken Soup with Chopsticks
  • Wed Feb 16, 05 (Ottawa, Canada) Rogers TV 22, Author interview on DayTime show
  • Thu Feb 17, 05 (Kanata, Canada) Book reading at Chapters Kanata
  • Sun Feb 20, 05 (Ottawa, Canada) Book signing at Chapters Rideau
  • Sun Apr 10, 05 (Baltimore, USA) Shalom USA Radio, Author interview
  • Mon May 9, 05 (Toronto, Canada) The Terrace Gardens, Author talk
  • Tue May 10, 05 (Toronto, Canada) The Pride of Israel Synagogue, Author talk: Up-close & Personal
  • Sun Jan 29, 06 (Barrhaven, Canada) Book signing at the new Indigo Barrhaven
  • Sun Apr 16, 06 (Toronto, Canada) The Village Shul, Author Talk: The Four Questions of Interfaith Dating
  • Mon Apr 17, 06 (Thornhill, Canada) Aish HaTorah, Author Talk: The Four Questions of Interfaith Dating
  • Fri Apr 21, 06 (Toronto, Canada) Pine Villa, Author Talk: Chicken Soup with Chopsticks
  • Fri Jul 21, 06 (Ottawa, Canada) Jewish Youth Library of Ottawa, Author Talk: Chicken Soup with Chopsticks
  • Sun Aug 6, 06 (Ottawa, Canada) Beth Shalom West, Author Talk: Does God Care if I Marry a Gentile?
  • Sun Sep 10, 06 (Montreal, Canada) Cummings Jewish Centre, Book Discussion: From Inter-dating to Orthodoxy
  • Thu Oct 19, 06 (Montreal, Canada) CH TV, Author interview on In Montreal show
  • Wed Mar 21, 07 (Ottawa, Canada) JET Campus Lecture Series on Intermarriage, Panel Discussion at Carleton University
  • Thu Apr 05, 07 (Toronto, Canada) Barbara Frum Branch, Toronto Public Libraries. 2 - 3pm. Author Talk: The Four Questions of Interfaith Dating
  • Thu Apr 05, 07 (Vaughan, Canada) Bathurst Clark Resource Branch, Vaughan Public Libraries. 7 - 8 pm. Author Talk: The Four Questions of Interfaith Dating
  • Sat Feb 23, 08 (Ottawa, Canada) NCSY Event at Congregation Machzikei Hadas. 10:30 - 11:30am. Discussion: Dating & Interfaith Dating
  • March 2008 (New York, USA) OU Radio: Obesity and Orthodoxy (3rd interviewee)
  • Fri & Sat, Mar 28 & 29, 08 (Montreal, Canada) Congregation Beth Ora Shabbaton. Friday night - Dating 101. Shabos daytime - Chicken Soup with Chopsticks: A Jew's Struggle for Truth in an Interfaith Relationship
  • Mon Mar 23, 09 (Toronto, Canada) Pine Villa. 10:30am. Author Talk: The Four Questions of Interfaith Dating
  • Thu Mar 26, 09 (Ottawa, Canada) Rambam Day School. What it is like to be an Author, to Grade 2 and 3 students
  • Tue Apr 14, 09 (Montreal, Canada) King David. 10:30am. Author Talk: The Four Questions of Interfaith Dating
  • Sun Sep 20, 09 (Ottawa, Canada) NCSY Event at Congregation Machzikei Hadas. 11:05 - 11:50am. Discussion: Interfaith Dating & Chicken Soup with Chopsticks
  • Fri Dec 9, 11 (Ottawa, Canada) Shabbat Dinner & Author Talk at Congregation Machzikei Hadas 5:00pm -- From Interdating to Orthodoxy
  • Sat Feb 18, 12 (Ottawa, Canada) NCSY & Torah High Shabbaton -- Jewish Dating: Interactive session on Jewish vs Secular Approach to Dating
  • Tue Sep 18, 12 (Ottawa, Canada) Congregation Machzikei Hadas. 11:00am. Rosh HaShannah Lecture: A "Chinese" Rosh Hashanna Message
  • Fri Mar 15, 13 (Ottawa, Canada) Correctional Service of Canada. 11:45am. Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask … Being an Orthodox Jew
  • Sun Apr 21, 13 (Ottawa, Canada) NCSY & Torah High Shabbaton -- Jewish Dating: Interactive session on Jewish vs Secular Approach to Dating
  • Fri Sep 6, 13 (Ottawa, Canada) Congregation Machzikei Hadas. 11:00am. Rosh HaShannah Lecture: Think or Sink - A Jewish Approach to Living

Author Articles

Jewish Action Magazine: Torah “R” Us: Are Too Many Toys Bad for Our Children?

Correctional Service Canada: Judaism: Healing Oneself and Creating Community

Aish HaTorah: To Tell or Not to Tell

Jewish Action Magazine: Rising to the Occasion: Reviving the Practice of Standing up to Honor One’s Parents

Jewish Action Magazine: Frum and Fit

Aish HaTorah: Still Not Married

Aish HaTorah: Handicaps

Ohr Somayach: Intermarriage, A Jewish Obsession

Aish HaTorah: Chicken Soup with Chopsticks

InterfaithFamily Magazine: Won Ton or Kreplach? How We Raise Children in Our Chinese-Jewish Family

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