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

Come and 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 2020 through May 2021.

The course will run on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The first class will meet on September 14, 2020 and will run until May 2021.

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 reception@templeisraelottawa.com or 613-224- 1802 .

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

Books and Bagels will resume September 13, 2020 at 10 am. We are pleased to continue offering Books and Bagels reviews via Zoom until we can safely resume meeting at Temple Israel. No registration or RSVP is necessary.

September 13, 2020
Strangers with the Same Dream by Alison Pick will be reviewed by Gerald Halpern. This novel examines the competing ideals underlying the Zionist movement, by exploring the deep and conflicting feelings of Jewish pioneers who fled the violence and anti-semitism of Eastern Europe to forge a new way of life – the establishment of kibbutzim.

Gerald is a member of Temple Israel and a regular reviewer for Malca Pass Book Club.

He has had a career in performance measurement and evaluation and is an active volunteer in the community.

October 25, 2020
Books and BagelsThe King of the Jews by Leslie Epstein will be reviewed by Angus Smith. Angus will revisit Epstein’s 1979 imagining of life and death in the Lodz Ghetto, to see what it has to tell us about individual and institutional compromise in the contemporary world.

Angus is a corresponding member of Temple Israel. He lives in rural Nova Scotia with his partner, film producer, director and farmer Camelia Frieberg, a lot of poultry and two rambunctious border collies.

Where can I get the books?

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.

For more information please contact Lily Cox.