Adult Education

Our adult education 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. We are a community of life longer learners.

Insight into Judaism

An Educational and Spiritual Journey

Join Rabbi Mikelberg this fall at Temple Israel as we delve into Jewish faith, Jewish culture and Jewish life. This year long journey will be embarked on as individuals and in community. Torah will be our guide.

We will explore tradition and texts, history of the Jewish People, Jewish holy days, ritual and life-cycle events. No previous experience necessary.

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. Students are asked to commit to attend weekly classes from September through May.

This adult education course will run on Monday evenings from 7 pm until 9 pm. The course is $720 for non members and $360 for Temple members. Materials included.

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

Wednesday Talmud Class

For over 20 years, a committed core of students augmented by community members has been solving the mysteries of where our practices and values originate. We unpack the hidden histories and words of the ancient rabbis through the pages of the Talmud and modern explanations

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

Books and Bagels

Strangers with the Same Dream - Book and Bagels, an adult education programBooks and Bagels will resume  September 13, 2020 at 10 am.
Strangers with the Same Dream by Alison Pick will be reviewed by Gerald Halpern.

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.