Adult Education at Temple Israel

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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.


Chanting & Chocolate

Chanting ChocolateChanting & Chocolate is an evening of sacred Hebrew chanting followed by tea and home-baked, triple-chocolate brownies. The chants are a short phrase of sacred text with beautiful melodies and deep spiritual intention. The effect can lead to healing and feeling connected with the Divine.

After leading Jewish chanting in Vancouver since 2004, Lorne Mallin is joining with Ottawa musical friends to launch Chanting & Chocolate at Temple Israel on the last Monday of every month, beginning May 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Listen to Adonai Sfatai.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds go to support five orphans in the Abayudaya Jewish community in Uganda.


Sunday Adult Jewish Exploration

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Are you interested in some “SAJE” wisdom? 

Join us on selected Sunday mornings  from 10am – 11:30am.

The sessions are led by Dara Lithwick

Dara is passionate about all things Jewish – the religion, the culture, the food, and the people. When not working as a lawyer in constitutional and parliamentary affairs, she is pursuing part time rabbinical studies through Aleph, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Dara loves learning and teaching about the law, Torah, and more. Dara and her partner Marci’s eldest child just started at Temple Israel’s Religious School, where their youngest is already chomping at the bit to get started (she’s not yet 2!). Dara has previously served on Temple Israel’s Executive and Board, as well as on its social action committee, and has led various services and programs at Temple over the past decade. She is thrilled to be leading Temple’s SAJE program of interactive learning.

More information and dates

Insight into Judaism

An Educational and Spiritual Journey

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 September 21, 2016 and will run until May 2017.

The course is $450 charitable donation 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.