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,

Spring 2019

Jewish Education

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Scholars Course

The Star and the Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam
with Rabbi Steven Garten

This ten week Melton Scholars course explores the historical evolution of the relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims. The Star and the Crescent will broaden understanding and challenge assumptions about both faith groups at a time in our own era when tensions are high.

 March 28 – June 13, 2019
Thursday 10:00 am -11:30 am
No Class: Thursday, April 11 and April 18.

Registration for The Star and the Crescent is through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at    

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Continuation of Year One Core Program

Purposes of Jewish Living with Rabbi Idan Scher
Rhythms of Jewish Life with Rabbi Steven Garten (Ottawa Melton School Director)

March 27 – June 12, 2019
Wednesday 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Classes for Parents

When your child asks why four cups at Pesach, or why do we eat in a hut at Sukkot, do you know the answer?

Foundations of Jewish Living gives parents the opportunity to enrich their own Jewish education and learn about Jewish life in the context of parenting.
Drawing on a range of texts —from the Bible to PJ Library books — the program consists of guided discussions, each focused on themes connected to Jewish holidays or key figures in Jewish life with take-home materials for children.

Please join us for a sample class with Rabbi Steven Garten, Director of the Ottawa Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Wednesday, May 15 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Private

RSVP SJCC Adult Cultural Programs Manager, Roslyn Wollock, (613) 798-9818 ext. 254.
For more information on this course visit

The Good Life
with  Sabina Wasserlauf MSW,RSW and Lauren Shaps MSW, RSW

What are the key components for a good life?  Research shows that once basic needs are met, attitude and emotional intelligence make a significant difference.  This course will explore how Jewish wisdom can inform our choices.  Through text study, in-class exercises, and discussion, we will delve into key outlooks and practices such as MindfulnessGratitudeService and Forgiveness– all which help to create positive habits for a fulfilling and good life.

May 7 – May 28
Tuesday 2:00pm – 3:15pm
$77 SJCC Member • $87 Non Member 



The Twentieth Century as Literary Epoch – 1945-1999
with Dr. Nick Milne

The twentieth century, understood as a distinct era of literary and cultural development, can be said to pivot around the Second World War. As war began, it did so in a world already marked by propaganda, authoritarianism, and industrialized violence. The post war years ushered in the nuclear age, the space age, and eventually the information age. Course participants will encounter the literary responses to both the war itself and the various cultural moments that would occur in its aftermath. Through readings from authors like Elie Wiesel, Sylvia Plath, Tim O’Brien and Margaret Atwood, participants will discover new examples of the past that shaped our present.

March 27 – May 1
Wednesday 10:00 am-12:00 pm
$145 SJCC Members • $169 Non Members
No Class: April 24


General Education

History of Canadian Music – From Indigenous to Folk to Pop
with Mika Posen

This course explores Canada’s rich musical history, from pre-settler times to the current day. Examine Indigenous music, Canadian folk songs, fiddle tunes, classical music, and popular music. Each lecture includes historical context, a significant listening component, and the opportunity for discussion. No previous musical knowledge or experience is required. In partnership with AJA50+.

April 29- June 3
Monday 10:00 am – 12:0 0pm
$145 SJCC Members • $169 Non Members
No Class: Monday, May 20th

Shakespeare Uncovered
with Actor, Playwright, Director Pierre Brault

Join award winning actor and playwright Pierre Brault for more Shakespeare. This fun, interactive class explores six of the Bard’s works. The first week serves as an introduction to Shakespeare, followed by six of his most famous works: Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo & Juliet, Henry V. The course concludes with The Tempest. Through text analysis and scene study, participants will come to a fuller understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare in this relaxing and entertaining course.

April 4 – May 16
Thursday 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
$168 SJCC Members • $183 Non Members



Music Concert Series

Chopin, the Poet of the Piano with Pianist Katherine Addleman
Chopin was a master of melody, but his compositions are also wonders of ground-breaking intricacy. Katherine Addleman will play some of Chopin’s most well-known works as she describes his passionate life story.

Tuesday, March 5
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$15 at the door – SJCC Social Hall A

Bach, Beethoven and Beyond with Pianist Katherine Addleman and Cellist Daniel Parker
Daniel Parker, the exceptional young Ottawa cellist and member of the Trio Tryptich, joins Katherine Addleman to play masterpieces for cello and piano by Bach, Beethoven and others.

Tuesday, April 23  
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$15 at the door – SJCC Social Hall A

Trio Concert Celebrating Felix Mendelssohn with Katherine Addleman, Nina Gordon & Galina Rezaeipour

This all Mendelssohn springtime program with pianist Katherine Addleman, cellist, Nina Gordon and violinist, Galina Rezaeipour, will feature one of the composer’s greatest masterpieces, the Trio #1 in D minor for violin, cello, and piano.

Tuesday, May 28
1:30 pm
$20 at the door – SJCC Social Hall A



New! Evening Program: Tango
with Armand Solomonescu

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? Now is your opportunity. Armand will show students the basic initial steps leading to an evolved tango experience. Students will learn the following steps during this four week session: The WALK( Caminada), 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. (Registration limited to 12 people – not 12 couples)

March 25 – April 15
Mondays   7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$60/person SJCC Members •  $75/person Non Members


Special Interest

Populism, Antisemitism and the Rise of Authoritarianism in Eastern Europe
with Professor Jan Grabowski

Professor Jan Grabowski will present a talk on the rise of authoritarianism and antisemitism in Europe. Nationalism is on the rise around the world and in several countries of Eastern Europe it is openly associated with Holocaust distortion and Holocaust denial. The lecture will shed light on the historical roots of the current political crisis. Jan Grabowski is professor of History at the University of Ottawa and an expert on the history of the Holocaust in Poland.

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 pm
$5 at the door, SJCC Social Hall A


The SJCC presents A Celebration of Jewish Music

Featuring the Ottawa Community Concert Band, The Soloway JCC Ottawa Jewish Chorus and Cantor Jason Green and the KBI Choir (Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation)

Sunday, May 5, 2:00 pm

Shirley Berman Lecture Series

The OJHS, in partnership with the Soloway JCC, presents the first lecture of the series. Guest speaker, Dan McKay will speak about Lillian Bilsky Freiman and her many contributions.

Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 pm
Donations accepted at the door




Mixed Media for Beginner/Intermediate (Daytime)
with Violeta Borisonik

This course offers an overview of several acrylic paint and acrylic medium techniques. Experimentation to convey ideas and building confidence through art will be the focus of this course. Through guided exercises students will cover notions of design, composition, color, texture and will learn how to build up backgrounds and focal points using various painting methods. Stamping, stenciling, photo transfers and collage will be taught. Intermediate students will work on their own projects using elements of design and techniques seen in class.

Supply fee: $30 payable to the teacher on March 27.

March 27 – May 8
Wednesday 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
$153 SJCC Members • $173 Non Members
No Class: April 24



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. Free Program.

Tuesdays 10:00 am-11:30 am
March 12, April 2, May 14, June 11

Yiddish Conversation Circle

Wednesday 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
March 13, 27 April 10, 24 May 8, 22 June 5, 19

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.
No charge for meetings and babysitting options are available.
Upcoming Dates and Topics

Sundays 4:00-5:30

  • February 10, 24
  • March 10 and 24
  • April 7, 28


  • Many ways of celebrating Shabbat/Challah making
  • Life as a minority
  • Israel
  • Purim: facing anti-Semitism
  • Pesach
  • Diversity of the Jewish people

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