Cultural and Educational Classes

Stimulate your mind and your soul at the SJCC with inspirational classes taught by inspiring educators. Learn a new language, take an art class, study Shakespeare or be part of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Education. Its always a good time to learn something new!

Contact: Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254,

Fall 2019

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Scholars Course

Jewish Medical Ethics: A 21st Century Discussion with Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka — SOLD OUT

Within the field of ethics, one of the most challenging frontiers is medical ethics. While contemporary medical knowledge preserves life, modern advances have raised moral and ethical issues related to the sanctity and dignity of life – issues whose scope was unimaginable a generation ago. A new ten-lesson Melton course on Jewish Medical Ethics explores Jewish approaches to a number of challenging dilemmas including human cloning, surrogate motherhood, assisted suicide and genetic manipulation.

Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
October 3 – December 5, 2019

To register for Florence Melton Adult School courses please visit

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

Year Two Core Program  — SOLD OUT

Participants may register the Year Two Core Program without having taken the First Year

Ethics of Jewish Living with Rabbi Deborah Zuker  

Ethical issues such as justice, life and death, sexuality and community, with case studies from Talmudic, rabbinic and contemporary literature.

Crossroads of Jewish History with Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg (September –December) and Rabbi Steven Garten (March – June)

Dramatic developments, experiences and issues from different periods in Jewish history as reflected in historical texts.

Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:15 pmSeptember 18 – December 11, 2019
Returns March 18 – June 17, 2020

With generous support from the Danbe Foundation.


Women and Writing in the 20th Century with Nick Milne

Readings cover the story of women writers (and writing about women) from the twilight of the Victorian age to the dawn of the millennium. Participants will encounter not only works from the three waves of modern feminist thought, but also women’s contributions to everything from war writing to mystery to science fiction and beyond. Course readings encompass the literary, cultural, and philosophical history of what would become a women’s century. Participants should read Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper in preparation for the first class; it is available free online:

Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
September 25 – November 6
$150 SJCC Members • $175 Non Members
No Class: October 9


After The Cold War: Conflict and Development in Europe and Post-Soviet Countries with Dr. Milana Nikolko

Why did the Soviet Union collapse? How did the end of the Soviet era affect the rest of the world? What happened to Socialist bloc countries, and what kind of problems are former Soviet republics facing now? Case stories of German Unification in 1990, anti-EU sentiments, the rise of populism in Eastern Europe after 2015, Russia’s ‘realpolitik’ strategy, and the military conflict in the Ukraine will be looked at.

Monday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
October 7 – November 25
$150 SJCC Members • $175 Non Members
No Class: October 14, 21

The Cultural Migration to Ottawa of the Jewish, Irish, Italian, Chinese and Lebanese Communities with author/columnist Phil Jenkins

Ottawa historian, author and columnist Phil Jenkins, author of An Acre of Time, a well-known local history of the settlement of Le Breton Flats, will give a series of 5 lectures on the theme of the ‘cultural’ migration to Ottawa. Each lecture will feature four acts; where they came from, how and when they came, where in the city they settled and how they contributed to the life of the city. In partnership with AJA 50+

Thursday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
October 3 – October 31
$125 SJCC Members • $145 Non Members


Hebrew Calligraphy with Hy Cooper                           

During this three week course students will practice creating the beautiful form and basic structure of the Hebrew alphabet. Hy has been an artist of Hebrew Calligraphy for the past 35 years. His work includes the preparation of Ketubot, and Brit Milah and B’nei Mitzvah certificates. In addition he has given calligraphy workshops for beginners at various schools to show the exquisite art of Hebrew calligraphy and Judaic papercuts.

Please bring the following supplies which can be found at Wallacks, De Serre or any art supply store:

Black waterproof calligraphy ink, Nib size B4 (with or without reservoir), Nib holder, small brush for ink. (approx. cost $15-$20).

Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
October 16 – 30
$70 SJCC Members • $85 Non Members

Watercolour for Beginners with Janet Agulnik

Learn to draw and paint in watercolour. Learn the basics of painting, and in a short time you will be creating lovely works of art. Teaching beginners is Janet’s specialty. Beginner kits are available at De Serres in Bells Corners. Ask for Michelle and let her know you want “Janet’s Beginner kit.” A complete list of required supplies is available by emailing
(Maximum 10 participants) In partnership with AJA 50+

Learn more about Janet from her appearance on CTV’s Regional Contact.

Monday 9:45 am – 11:45 am
October 7 – November 25
$150 SJCC Members • $175 Non Members
No class: October 14, 21


SJCC Ottawa Jewish Chorus with Rachel Eugster and Aviva Lightstone

This recreational choral ensemble under the baton of Ottawa soprano Rachel Eugster, and with musical accompanist Aviva Lightstone, is an inclusive choir open to anyone with an interest in singing. The ensemble is dedicated to the exploration and performance of Jewish choral music (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino) as well as other repertoire, such as pop, contemporary and world music.

Thursday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
September 19 – December 5

Music Concert Series

Across the Americas with classical guitarist Andrew Mah

Classical guitarist Andrew Mah, widely known for his virtuosity, versatility and heartfelt musicality, takes you on a journey through an eclectic program of solo guitar and jazz vocals, focusing on the Americas from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Toronto, Canada. Works by Piazzolla, Beauvais, York and Jobim.

Lovers of classical guitar may have heard Andrew’s performance at this summer’s Music and Beyond.

Tuesday, September 17
1:30 pm
SJCC Social Hall A
$15 at the door

‘Lady Composers – Presented by Lady Musicians’

Female composers have been ignored for hundreds of years, but these days they are making their mark as equals in the classical music world. In this program, Anna Baksheeva (violin), Sophie Bertrand (soprano) and Katherine Addleman (piano) present a varied selection of music written by women past and the present.

Monday, November 18
1:30 pm
$20 at the door


Tango on Sunday Afternoons with Armand Solomonescu and friends.

Are you enticed by the vision of Al Pacino dancing the tango in Scent of a Woman? Always wanted to learn the dance of romance? Armand guides students through the basic initial steps leading to an evolved tango experience. Students learn the Walk-Caminda, The Embrace –  El Abrazo, the Cross Over Step – La Crusada, and finally, the associated Basic Step – Los Ocho Pasos. Couples and singles welcome. No experience necessary. (Maximum 12 participants, 6 couples)

Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
October 27 – November 17
$75 SJCC Members/person • $90 Non Member/person


Daytime Conversational Hebrew for Beginners with Ella Dagan

Each lesson includes 90 minutes of spoken language practice at the beginner level. Emphasis is on comprehension and pronunciation.

Thursday 10:00 am – 11:30 am
October 3 – November 21
$165 SJCC Members • $190 Non Members

S’iz Besser Oyf 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. No knowledge of Yiddish required.

Tuesday 10:00 am-11:30 am
September 17, October 29, November 19
Free Program

Yiddish Conversation Circle

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm   
All levels welcome

  • September 18
  • October 2, 16, 30
  • November 13, 27
  • December 11

$35 SJCC Members • $45 Non Members


A Journey Through the Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter with Alti Rodal

The majority of Ashkenazi Jews in the world today are descendants of Jews from lands that are today Ukraine. Alti Rodal, historian and co-director of Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter, will provide a multi-media  overview of the long history of Jews on Ukrainian lands and their interactions with Ukrainians, and others, in the context of empires and changing political regimes, times of crisis, and centuries of co-existence and cross-cultural fertilization in music, language, folk art, folklore, literature, and cuisine.

Sunday, December 1
10:30 am
SJCC Social Hall A
$10 at the door

Yiddish Café  POSTPONED. New date TBA

A convivial, joyful Yiddish gathering replete with wit, skits, comic capers and, of course, a nosh. More details coming soon. $10 at the door. Bilig Vi Borscht.

Global Warming with Peter Black and Gerald Oakham

Gerald Oakham is a retired professor of Physics and was recently appointed Distinguished Research Professor at Carleton University. Peter Black is the former Assistant Director of Policy Analysis in the Federal Office of Energy Efficiency, responsible for delivering programs to mitigate global warming. Together they will address the causes of global warming, how it affects humanity and what individuals and governments can do to combat this issue.

Monday, September 23, 7:30 pm

Shirley Berman Lecture Series

In partnership with the Ottawa Jewish Historical Society

Thursday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Details TBA

Polish-Yiddish Cinema Yesterday and Today with Professor Rebecca Margolis

Yiddish cinema is undergoing a revival in international productions that feature Yiddish dialogue. This talk presents two Yiddish films; Classic 1937 avant-garde Dybbuk and the 2015 drama Demon and discuss the uses of the Jewish supernatural before and after the Holocaust.

Sunday, October 27, 10:30 am

Remembering Leonard Cohen – Afternoon Concert and Singalong

Sunday, December 8, 1:30 pm

Expanding the Circle

A program for interfaith families at the Soloway JCC

Join us for a series of discussions, hands-on workshops on holiday traditions and social events.

Explore ways that your family can be part of our community, puzzle over how the different traditions in your family co-exist and share experiences with other families,

First class Sunday September 22, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Soloway JCC

Free program, babysitting available.

For information contact Maxine Miska, Assistant Executive Director, Soloway JCC at (613)798-9818 ext. 263,


For seniors who enjoy a weekly day out with their peers. Activities include gentle exercises, music program, speakers, entertainment, games, lunch (bring your own or purchase onsite).

Tuesday 9:30 am – 2:15 pm
Fall: September 10 – December 10
Winter: January 13 – March 16
Spring: April 14 – June 16

Creative Connections received generous support from the Congregation Beth Shalom of Ottawa Legacy Fund
For information please contact