Adult Education at Temple Israel

Visioning and Learning Meeting
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.


Adult Bar / Bat Mitzvah Program

Start date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

If you are an adult, and have never had the opportunity to celebrate your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or you had a bar or bat mitzvah but you would like to do it again as an adult – NOW IS THE TIME!!

Sign up today to begin a very exciting two year study opportunity. The class will meet on Wednesday evenings during the academic year from 7-9pm. The class will be taught by Rabbi Morais and Sue Potechin. The first class will be on Wednesday October 25th.

Participants in this class will learn the skills needed to unlock the secrets of the Torah, and be able to read from our most sacred scroll. The first hour of the class will be dedicated to learning about Jewish theology, prayer, Jewish Holiday’s, life cycle events, traditions, customs, history and values. The remainder of the class time will be dedicated to learning Hebrew, taught by Sue Potechin, our school principal.

By the end of the two years participants will lead a Shabbat service which will include reading from the Torah and Haftarah, as well as presenting their own interpretation of the Torah portion.

Past participants in the program have found it to be an incredible experience of personal and Jewish growth.

Please note that the class size is limited. If you would like more information about the class, or you would like to register, please contact Cathy in the rabbis’ office: or 613.224.1802 ext 5

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Insight into Judaism

An Educational and Spiritual Journey

Start date: Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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 25 and will run until May 2018.

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

25-Oct-17 – What is Religion, What is a Jew
1-Nov-17 – What is Religion, What is a Jew
8-Nov-17 – Jewish Sacred Literature
15-Nov-17 – Jewish Sacred Literature
22-Nov-17 – Shabbat
29-Nov-17 – Shabbat
6-Dec-17 – Jewish Liturgy I
13-Dec-17 – Jewish Liturgy II
10-Jan-18 – Jewish Liturgy III
17-Jan-18 – The Holidays
24-Jan-18 – The Holidays
31-Jan-18 – The Holidays
7-Feb-18 – Life Cycle Ceremonies
4-Feb-18 – Life Cycle Ceremonies
21-Feb-18 – The Jewish Path Through Life III
28-Feb-18 – Purim Celebration
7-Mar-18 – Holocaust
21-Mar-17 – Holocaust
28-Mar-17 – Jewish History-Ancient & Medieval
11-Apr-17 – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Rememberance Day)
25-Apr-18 – Israel
2-May-18 – Israel
9-May-18 – Canadian Jewish Community
16-May-18 – Jewish Worship
23-May-18 – Jewish Worship
30-May-18 – Wrap up

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


SAJESunday Adult Jewish Exploration

Are you interested in some “SAJE” wisdom? 

Join us on selected Sunday mornings  from 10am – 11:30am.
The sessions are led by Dara Lithwick and Rabbi Morais.
Sessions and dates
November 5 session flyer with Dr. Gary Viner and Rabbi Morais

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.


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.