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Cultural and Educational Classes


For more information contact Sue Potechin
Adult Education & Cultural Programs Manager • (613) 798-9818 ext. 254


  1. To register click on the purple Login/Register tab at the top right of the page and follow the prompts.
  2. All of the below courses and lectures will be held via Zoom. After registering you will receive your Zoom invitation the day before classes begin.
  3. Course registration is stopped three days before courses/lectures begin.

Stimulate your mind and your soul at the SJCC. Learn a new language, take a literature course to discuss current affairs, or, be part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. It’s always a good time to learn something new!


Exploring a Forgotten World: A Social History of Medieval Jewry as Revealed in the  Cairo Genizah

with Dr. Barry Dov Walfish 

This course will reveal how a collection of worn-out scraps, fragments of texts and other manuscripts and documents found more than 1,000 years old open an otherwise hidden era of history.  We will learn the story of the Genizah (a storeroom for timeworn sacred manuscripts and documents) as well as examine the selected contents of the Genizah.  Through translations of the original texts, the course will explore the daily lives and behaviors of Jewish men, women and families living along the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages.

Wednesday 10:00 am – 11:30 am via Zoom
April 14, 2021 – June 16, 2021

Exodus – Shemot II:  From Revelation to Revolution

with Rabbi Steven Garten

This course follows the development of the emerging Jewish nation from its awe-inspiring encounter at Mount Sinai through the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness.  The high points of divine revelation in “Ten Commandments”, “Encountering God,” and “Face to Face with God” are sharply contrasted with the low points of the “Golden Calf: Revolt and Reversion.” The text addresses some of the specific laws and regulations that were to become part of Jewish living as well as the meaning, purpose, and relevance to our lives today. Please note, it is not necessary to have completed Shemot l in order to take this course.

Thursdays beginning on April 15, 2021 – June 17, 2021
10:00 am – 11:30 am via Zoom

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Yiddish Conversation Circle

with Ellen Caplan and Judith Weinman

Open to all lovers of Yiddish.

This group meets on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm, from April 7-June 16
$36 JCC Member and Non-Member. Maximum 10 students.

Special Interest

Jewish Music in Jewish Canada

with Professor Hernan Tesler-Mabé

In 1952, the highly-influential Canadian Jewish writer Israel Rabinovitch (1894-1964) published Jewish Music, Ancient and Modern. Within this volume filled with rich essays devoted to Jewish music, Rabinovitch articulated his highly poetic vision that “the power of these melodies, rooted in the Jewish soul” tied “the contemporary Jew at one with the generations of the past.”

What were these melodies that Rabinovitch called “Jewish music”? How exactly did this music unite Jews across generations? And, why was he making these decisions?

Hernan Tesler-Mabé will lead an animated discussion on the subject of Jewish music and how its definition across the 20th Century shaped the culture of the Canadian Jewish community.

Hernan Tesler-Mabé teaches in the departments of History, Modern Languages and Literature, and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. His most recent publication (Mahler’s Forgotten Conductor: Heinz Unger and his Search for Musical Meaning, 1895-1965, published by University of Toronto Press, 2020) was awarded the 2020 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Best Biography. Dr. Tesler-Mabé is President of the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies and Coordinator of the Vered Jewish Canadian Program at the University of Ottawa.

Thursday, April 15, 1:00 pm
$8 SJCC Members • $10 Non-Members