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Cultural and Educational Classes

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!

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.

*You cannot register for Melton courses through the SJCC. 


One-Time Programs

Ida’s Salon Online presents Third Solitudes

Combining Music and Poetry with Yiddish History and Culture

Ida’s Salon Online is a series of classical mini-concerts on period instruments. This concert includes poetry and song, as well as a screening of “Third Solitudes” in tribute to Yiddish poet, Ida Maze. Join us for stories and histories of the golden age of Yiddish in Montreal. Presented by and featuring Gili Loftus (historical keyboardist and Ida’s Salon Online creator) and Noa Haran (composer and singer).

Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 pm
$18 SJCC Members • $25  Non Members

The Legacy of Janusz Korczak Through the Life of Leon Gluzman

​Join guests David Gluzman and Jonah Bonn, Leon Gluzman’s son and grandson, as they take us on a journey of discovery of the impact Janusz Korczak had on Leon’s young life in Poland as his pupil and ward. David will share his experience of going back to Poland with his father to see the orphanage he was in until he came to Ottawa in 1930. Both gentlemen (and other members of the family) will speak about how his early experience shaped Leon’s life.

This event has been postponed.
For more information, contact Sue at ​or call (613) 798-9818 ext. 254

This program is sponsored by the Adult Education department of the Soloway JCC, the Greenberg Families Library, Ottawa Jewish Archives and the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada.


Basic Space Science (Zoom)

How big is the moon? How far away is the Sun? What is the distance to Mars? Astronomers answered these questions and more by 1700. In this course, students will learn astronomy the way humanity did, step by step. Students will see how math, applied to observations, allowed us to decode the laws that govern the solar system. This course will be of interest to anyone who likes science, history, or astronomy. While the instructor will do all the math, students are encouraged to use Excel or Google Sheets to do their own calculations.

Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm
May 18 – June 22
$80 SJCC Members • $90 Non Members
Instructor: Scott Ship


From the Ashes of the Holocaust: The Journey of Sefer Torah 1336

The Sefer Torah in the Greenberg Families Library is often the subject of curiosity and questions about where it came from, why it’s damaged, and how it ended up here. Please join us for a three-part series from the Memorial Scrolls Trust, where we will answer these and many more questions about the remarkable Torahs that were saved from the ashes of the Holocaust. This series is free and is facilitated via Zoom. In partnership with The Greenberg Families Library, and The Ottawa Jewish Archives. 

Monday, May 30 at 7:00 pm
Join us again with Lois Roman in the last of our three-part series, where we will explore the Memorial Scrolls Trust collection of Torah binders; they hold over 400 making it one of the largest collections in the world.



Hebrew Chug (on Zoom)

Want to practice your conversational Hebrew but you don’t have anyone to practice with? Join Sue for a weekly informal hour of conversation and an opportunity to meet other Hebrew speakers. (Not intended for fluent speakers)

Thursdays 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Spring: April 7 – June 30 (no class on May 5)
$40 SJCC Members • $45 Non-Members
Instructor: Sue Potechin

Intermediate Yiddish Conversation Circle (on Zoom)

For lovers of Yiddish. Classes are conducted at an intermediate level.

Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Spring: April 20 – July 6
$40 SJCC Members •  $40 Non Members
Instructors: Ellen Caplan and Judith Weinman


Success, Prosperity, and Their Discontents in Literature (on Zoom)

The wish to achieve and enjoy success and prosperity is one of the most common human drives. And yet, fiction shows how that drive can have unintended consequences that can greatly complicate life’s ethical and emotional dimensions. We will study six works from different contexts and periods that each, in its own way, explores success, prosperity and their discontents: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Henry James’s Wings of the Dove, Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday, Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians, Vivek Shanbhag’s Ghachar Ghochar and Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House. The first three works are available freely on the Internet, while the remaining works are not available freely. The course will be taught in such a way that people who have not read the works in advance can engage in the discussion.

Thursdays 2:30 – 4:00 pm
May 12 – June 16
$150 SJCC Members •  $165 Non Members
Instructor: Gefen Bar-On Santor

Taste of Melton Series

A Taste of the Book of Ruth

Discover contemporary meaning in timeless texts during this “taste” of the Book of Ruth.  Delve into the life of this heroic woman who changed the course of history, leaving a legacy that influences our lives today. The full 10-week course explores themes of Jewish identity, gender, God’s role in
human affairs, and comedy.

Wednesday, June 1
10:00 – 11:15 am
Instructor: Rabbi Debra Eisenman
To register:  

Rabbi Debra Eisenman represents the seventeenth generation of Rabbis in her family. She graduated from the Joint Program of Columbia University and List College at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. She continued there to earn both a master’s degree and rabbinical ordination. Rabbi Eisenman received an honorary Doctor of Divinity, from JTSA in early 2021 for her work in adult education. She has held pulpits in Illinois and New York and then moved to Boca Raton where she became the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tikvah. She transitioned to becoming the head chaplain at the hospice care center in Boca Raton. Rabbi Eisenman has been a Florence Melton Instructor for ten years and was honored to receive the title of “Master Instructor.”  She is committed to bringing innovative, interactive, pluralistic, and spiritual learning to the adult Jewish community. 

Taste of Parashat Hashavua

Rabbi Scher will take a deep dive into the Torah portion in search for truth and Jewish law on when dishonesty is allowed.

Wednesday, June 15
10:00 – 11:15 am
Instructor: Rabbi Idan Scher
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A Taste of Israeli Literature: The Graphic Novels of Rutu Modan as a Picture of Israeli Society

Gefen will show how Israeli illustrator and comic book artist, Rutu Modan’s graphic novels are a reflection of life and dilemmas in Israeli society. Rutu Modan is a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, and former editor of the Hebrew edition of MAD magazine. She received a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for her book Exit Wounds in 2008.

Monday, June 20
10:00 – 11:15 am
Instructor: Professor Gefen Bar-On Santor
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A Taste of Genesis: Exploring Eden: A Close Reading of Genesis chapters 2 and 3

Participants we will explore and discuss both commonly known and vastly unknown insights into the Garden of Eden.

Wednesday, June 22
10:00 – 11:15 am
Instructor: Professor. Shawna Dolansky
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