Adult Education at Temple Israel

Adult Education
Please refer to the calendar for additional details, dates and times on programs. Our programs and activities reflect a deep commitment to thoughtful implementation of Jewish tradition. We support each other on our personal journeys through communal programs of Learning for all ages. Our programs strive to engage not only the mind, but also the heart.

SAJE – Sunday Adult Jewish Exploration Program

Sunday Adult Jewish Exploration Program will be running with the following schedule: Sundays from 10:00 am until 11:30 am

April 14, 2019: Passover II
led by Rabbi Morais

April 28, 2019: Yom Hashoah/ Yom Hazikaron/Yom Haatzmaut
led by Rabbi Morais & Dara Lithwick

May 19, 2019: Israel
led by Dara Lithwick

Wednesday Talmud Class

Join us on Wednesdays at 1 pm. This class is led by Rabbi Garten.

Insight into Judaism

An Educational and Spiritual Journey

Start date: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Come and join Rabbi Robert Morais this fall at Temple Israel as we delve into Jewish faith, Jewish culture and Jewish life.

Together we will explore Torah and Talmud, the history of the Jewish People, Jewish holy days, ritual and life-cycle events. We will sing together, celebrate “simchas” together, and explore Jewish heritage as it is expressed in film and literature.

Insight Into Judaism includes a weekly Hebrew language component which will have all participants comfortable with essential Hebrew prayers and blessings.

Insight Into Judaism is ideal for anyone, Jewish or non-Jewish, who is interested in learning more about Jewish life and Jewish heritage. It is also for those seeking conversion under Reform auspices.

The course will run on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm. The first class will meet on October 24 and will run until May 2019.

The course is $450 for non members, $200 for members.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course or for any other inquiries, please contact the Temple office at 613-224-1802 or

Books and Bagels

Books and Bagels mornings are listed in the calendar.
A Bagel Breakfast at 9:30 am is followed by the book review and discussion. Pre-registration is not required, nor is it necessary to have read the book to enjoy the session. There is no charge but a voluntary donation to cover the cost of breakfast is appreciated.

Books are available through the Ottawa Public Library or the Greenberg Families Library at the Soloway JCC. The Malca Pass library and Temple Israel Library may also carry some of these titles.

What are you Reading?
Do you enjoy reading books with Jewish/Israeli themes or subjects? Would you like to know what others in our Temple community are reading and to share your recommendations with others?

The Books and Bagels committee is initiating a book corner in the Temple Bulletin. If you have a fiction or non-fiction book of Jewish interest you would like to recommend, please write a brief paragraph describing the book and, most importantly, why you enjoyed it.

Parents, feel free to recommend books your children have enjoyed and encourage your children to submit their own recommendations.

Most books are available through the Ottawa Public Library and the Greenberg Families Library at the JCC and the Temple library.

For more information please contact Lily Cox.