Cultural and Educational Classes

Contact: Roslyn Wollock
(613) 798-9818 ext. 254, rwollock@jccottawa.com

Winter 2018

REGISTRATION FOR ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS BEGINS ON NOVEMBER 23rd

To Register for any of the below courses please do so online at www.jccottawa.com or in person at the front desk of the SJCC

 

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Continuation of Year Two

The Dramas of Jewish Living Throughout the Ages

with Rabbi Steven Garten

What are the lessons and dilemmas of Jewish history, from the earliest wanderings of Abraham to the modern experiment in Jewish statehood? How do the turning points in Jewish history influence our lives today? This course investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present.

And

The Ethics of Jewish Living

with Rabbi Idan Scher

This course shows how Jewish teachings, through the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research.

March 19–June 18
Monday 10:00am – 12:15pm

No Class: April 2, May 21

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Scholars Course

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict

with Rabbi Steven Garten

Students are provided with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict will have students looking at issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival through primary sources. Course material is designed to help students appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by both sides.

April 4–June 6
Wednesday 10:00am – 11:30am

To register for Florence Melton Adult School courses please visit  www.events.org/MeltonOttawa 

For assistance please call Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254

 

Jewish Education

Polish Jewry and The Holocaust – 1939-1945

with University of Ottawa Professor Jan Grabowski

This five week course will focus on the initial German policies directed against Jewish populations and, at the same time, will follow the reactions of the Jewish community in the face of new existential threats. The lectures will shed light on the creation of the ghettos, on the strategy of Jewish leadership, on the plight of the Jewish masses, and the genesis of the ‘Final Solution’. The survival strategies pursued later by those Jews who avoided the 1942-43 deportations to extermination camps will be discussed. While learning about German perpetrators and Jewish victims, students will also explore the attitudes of Polish society and the Polish Catholic Church to the persecuted Jewish populations.  Although the course is geographically centered on Poland, it will place the discussed events in a broader, European, context.

January 22–March 5
Monday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
$124M • $136NM

No Class: January 29, February 19

The Jewish People – Who We Are, How We Got Here

with Rabbi Idan Scher (Congregation Machzikei Hadas)

During this new four week series of classes, students will be offered a glimpse into the history and philosophy of Judaism’s major denominations. A case study will be examined, after which Rabbi Scher will offer insight as to how the different denominations might respond and what sources are used to inform those responses. A brief overview of the  many shades and thoughts of Orthodox Judaism will be looked at. During the final class, Rabbi Scher will go beyond Netlix’s “One of Us” to provide a brief history and philosophy of Hasidism.

January 22–February 12
Monday 10:00am – 11:30am
$75M • $85NM

 

Literature

Literary Laurels: Prize-Winning Writing and the Culture Industry

with Nick Milne Ph.D University of Ottawa

Reading both selections and full works where possible, we will consider the impact of different awards — like the Giller Prize, the Vine Awards, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, or the Nobel Prize for Literature itself — upon how literary canons are formed, readerships are mobilized, and both cultural and artistic debates are circumscribed. We will also consider the way in which reading programs like Canada Reads navigate the popular, political, and economic dimensions of the literary world. How are award winners chosen? What happens to a piece of literary art (or an author!) when it is declared “a winner?” And how should political or moral concerns influence the choices we make about the art we honour? Through readings of authors from Rudyard Kipling and Rabindranath Tagore to Alice Munro, A.S. Byatt and Kazuo Ishiguro, students will engage with these questions and more.

January 16 – February 20
Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm
$148M• $163NM

General Education

Shakespeare in the Afternoon

with Director, Actor, Producer, Pierre Brault

Join award winning actor and playwright Pierre Brault for more Shakespeare!  This fun, interactive class will explore six of the Bard’s work that have not yet been covered in this popular course: The Tempest, Richard II, Anthony & Cleopatra, All’s Well that Ends Well, Loves Labor’s Lost as well as one more play to be determined by the class. Through text analysis and scene study, participants will come to a fuller understanding and appreciation for Shakespeare in this relaxing and entertaining course.  No previous experience is required.

February 8 – March 15
Thursdays 1:00pm – 2:30pm
$148M • $163NM

The Sakura and the Sail: Japan and the West

With Professor Natalia Vessalova

The “Western” culture we call our own has been transformed by the unique influence of a single Asian country. Since the Western “discovery” of Japan in the 16th century, the two civilizations have gone through numerous stages of relationship, from mutual curiosity to rejection and hostility, to attraction and cooperation – which have found distinctive reflection in the fine arts which we enjoy (music, literature, film, architecture, haute couture) and daily objects we use. We will explore the captivating history of Japonisme on one side and Westernization on the other, as expressed in the work of classical and contemporary artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers – from Sei Shonagon and Hokusai to Van Gogh, Puccini, and Martin Scorsese.

January 18 – February 22
Thursdays 10:00am – 11:30am
$148M • $163NM

Behind the Headlines: Current News and World Events

with Professor Elliot Tepper (Carleton University)

In this Global Affairs series, we will discuss current events that are making the news. Hot topics of the week will be explored in depth, providing context and background for stories in the headlines. We will also be exploring some topics that did not make the headlines, but should have. The content will be determined weekly by emerging issues of importance to Canadians that affect our lives and our world. Come for a lively discussion of the news that matters, led by a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator. Perspective and analysis will be provided by the lecturer, followed by discussion with participants. In partnership with AJA50+

January 16 – February 20
Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
$148M • $163NM

Facing Facebook 

with Sarah Lynne Levine

Now is the time to get with the program. During this 4 week mini course you will become familiar with the following Facebook features and more. Upon completion of this course your children/grandchildren will be amazed at how savvy you’ve become. **To participate, students must be accompanied by a tablet, ipad or laptop. In partnership with AJA50+

  • Opening a Facebook account
  • Security features
  • What is a Friend, News Feed, Status, Timeline
  • Profile, group and page (business vs personal page)
  • Posts—organic, viral and paid
  • How do I use the like button?
  • To tag or not to tag?
  • Likes and Pages
  • Groups, Messenger, Events
  • Mobile vs Tablet

How to:

  • Save a photo from Facebook
  • Posting public vs. private
  • Create a photo album
  • Connect with people
  • Do’s and Don’ts

January 16 – February 20
Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
$75M • $85NM

Art Appreciation

Sculpture, Architecture, and Design in the Gardens and Woods of Italian Renaissance Villas

with Dr. Susanne McColeman

In the sixteenth century, the villas of Italy’s political and ecclesiastical elite often included large areas of land dedicated to formal gardens and woods. In this course, we will explore the art of six of the most extraordinary Renaissance gardens in central Italy: The Medici Villas in Tuscany, including The Villa Medici di Castello, The Boboli Gardens in Florence, The Villa Medici di Pratolino; and the Grand Villas Around Rome; The Villa d’Este in Tivoli, The Villa Lante in Bagnaia, and The Sacro Bosco in Bomarzo.

Returning April 2018.

Music

SJCC Shira Ottawa Choir

Join conductor Ben Sajo and accompanist Aviva Lightstone as they lead the JCC choir through its 18th season. The choir sings a wide repertoire of songs in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, English and French. Shira Ottawa performs at community events throughout the year. If you love to sing and have a passion for Jewish music this choir is for you.

Join us for our Open House: Tuesday, September 12,
6:45 pm–8:45 pm Teen Lounge, SJCC.

Rehearsals:
Tuesdays 6:45pm – 8:45pm
September 26, 2017 – May 22, 2018
$204

The choir will break from December 12 – February 27.

Canadian Jazz: Going Strong for More Than a Century

with Karl Nerenberg

This course will celebrate all that (Canadian) jazz. The work of Canadian jazz musicians including Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Nikki Yanofsky, Michael Buble, Sophie Milman, pianist Oliver Jones, and the late flutist Mo Koffman will be examined. We will consider the over-sized contribution Jews in Canada and elsewhere, have made to this art form, particularly as song writers. This class is for all, those with none or considerable music knowledge.

January 17 – February 21
Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm
$148M • $163NM

Concert Series

with Katherine Addleman and Friends

Monday, January 22
A Celebration of Violin and Piano with Katherine Addleman and Anna Baksheeva

Anna Baksheeva, a brilliant young Russian violinist from Vladivostok by way of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, joins Katherine Addleman in a mid-day musical journey from Mozart and Beethoven to a touch of Tango.

Monday, February 26
Felix Mendelssohn’s Life and Music with Katherine Addleman

Felix Mendelssohn was born with unparalleled talents. But although he seems to have led a charmed life, there were often troubling undercurrents roiling the waters. Katherine Addleman presents Felix Mendelssohn’s story, illustrated at the piano by some of Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words and other compositions by the composer.

Monday, April 9
Fun and Games in the Goldberg Variations with Katherine Addleman

Usually we think of Johann Sebastian Bach as a rather severe composer, focused on religious redemption and the immortal soul, but the popular Goldberg Variations are something of an anomaly. They are full of humour, tricks, and even slightly bawdy references, along with some of the most sublime music ever written.

Monday, May 14
Transcendent Trios with Katherine Addleman, Anna Baksheeva and Daniel Parker

Daniel Parker (cello) and Anna Baksheeva (violin) join pianist Katherine Addleman in performances of the stirring late-life piano trio in D minor by Gabriel Fauré followed by Franz Schubert’s trio in B flat major, one of the greatest masterpieces in western music.

Admission for the first three concerts is $15/concert — $20 for the final concert. Admission fee payable at the door on the day of the concert. All concerts from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.

Art

Judaic Paper-cutting for Beginners

with Hy Cooper

Learn the history of the beautiful time honoured art of paper-cutting. Create your own expressive work, and be amazed at what creations are possible by simply employing knife, scissors and paper. Supply kit of $15 payable to instructor during the first class.

January 23 – February 6
Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00pm
$71M • $82NM

Language

S’iz Besser in Yiddish – It’s Better in Yiddish –For Lovers of Mamaloshen

with Shirley Steinberg and Rubin Friedman

Join writer, director Shirley Steinberg and humorist Rubin Friedman for a Yiddish smorgasbord, where you’ll enjoy a melange of stories, humorous Yiddishisms, song and improvisation. A true mechaye (a pleasure). No knowledge of Yiddish required. Free Program.

TBA – Please check the SJCC website in December for winter dates.

Conversational Hebrew from Scratch

with Sigal Baray

Designed for students who are new to the Hebrew language. The aleph/bet and basic reading skills will be taught, as well as an introduction to basic conversational concepts; numbers, counting, times, days of the week, greetings and more.

January 18 – March 8
Thursday 9:30am – 11:00am
$168 M • $189 NM

Israeli Dancing

Contemporary Israeli dances, old favourites, great music, exercise, all in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Tuesday evenings at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, gym, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private (off Carling Avenue and Broadview) from 7 to 10 pm, starting Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

Learn beginner steps and easier dances to start, progressing to intermediate and advanced dances. No experience or partner necessary. All ages welcome.

$5/evening (pay at the door)

Visit www.ottawaisraelidance.ca Facebook page, ottawaisraelidance or email judy@ottawaisraelidance.ca for more information

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