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. Course registration is stopped three days before courses/lectures begin.
  3. You cannot register for Melton courses through the SJCC.


Jews on the Roof – In Person

2023 Ottawa Jewish Comedy Festival features a hilarious line-up of Jewish comedic talent from all over Canada. When your history is full of pogroms and persecution, what else can you do but laugh? Join us for a night of laughs and chutzpah – though we can’t promise it’ll all be kosher! Hosted by Ben Bankas and Headlined by Sheba Mason. Jackie Mason’s daughter!  Line up includes: Mike Khardas, Natalie Norman, David Goodman, Ronen Geisler, Michael Lifshitz, Orli Matlow and Michael Friedman.

Tuesday, March 21 at 8:00 pm
Bytown Cinema, 325 Rideau St

Purchase tickets here.  (Early bird tickets are only $25 with regular admission of $30 per ticket.)
SJCC member discount available by contacting Sue Potechin at or 613-798-9818 ext 254.
Check out the event’s Facebook page.

Humans of Tel Aviv – On Zoom

In celebration of 75 years of Israel’s independence, Erez Kaganovitz combines photojournalism with storytelling giving the viewer a look into the diversity, multiculturalism and vibrant civil society of Tel Aviv. The project puts a human face on an extraordinary place and challenges preconceptions that people outside of Israel may have while communicating a sense of our shared humanity. Sponsored in partnership with the Embassy of Israel, the Greenberg Families Library, and the Vered-Israel Cultural Centre. Powered by Microgrants.

Sunday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (8:00 pm Israel)
Presenter: Erez Kaganovitz, Photojournalist and Speaker

March 26-April 28
Photo Exhibit at the SJCC



Watercolour for the Beginner & Intermediate Beginner – In Person

During this 8-week course, long-time watercolour instructor, Janet Agulnik, will guide you through the basics of drawing and painting. By the end of the course, you will have completed a number of your own beautiful creations. Beginner kits are available at De Serre in Bells Corners. Ask for Michelle and let her know you are looking for “Janet’s Beginner Kit”. If you don’t require a full kit, after registering, please email for a list of supplies. Please also purchase a white, rectangular tray at the dollar store. Registration deadline March 3rd – Class size limited to 10.

Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
March 20 – May 15
$225 SJCC Members • $240 Non-Members
Instructor: Janet Agulnik
No class: April 10 with Joyce of Art Creative Magic! – In Person

Get out, mingle, and have a laugh. This is not an art class. You’ll learn a few tricks with step-by-step instructions, but this is far from serious. Perfect for anyone looking to have a great time, not take themselves too seriously, and do something different for a bachelorette, date night, birthday, or some me-time.

Wednesday, February 22
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Joyce Menyasz
Register here.

Cheers to Art Returns! – In Person

Join us for another 4 weeks of clever creations. Create, have fun and bring a friend! Choose 1 or all 4! No skills required. Fee includes supplies and refreshments. (Please note: May 10 and 31 should be taken together). In partnership with the Greenberg Families Library and powered by Microgrants. For more information, contact Sue at

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
March 8, March 29, May 10 and 31

Each session: $20 SJCC Members • $25 Non Members
All 4: $70 SJCC Members • $90 Non Members
Instructor: Carlie MacPherson


Imagining Jezebel in Graphic Detail – On Zoom

Shawna Dolansky and her research team have been experimenting with a new method of graphic reconstruction that aggregates textual, archaeological, and other historical information available toward gaining a deeper understanding of the positions that women held, and the roles they played, in the ancient world. Part of an ambitious project to make ancient women’s lives more visible, the Women of the Ancient World (WOAW) website is in a beta testing mode that features the work completed to date on the biblical figure of Jezebel. Join Shawna in a walk-through of the site, as she discusses this new graphic and interactive approach to research and dissemination of historical information, as well as the differences between the way biblical authors depicted Jezebel, and the (potentially) historical figure of this Phoenician princess-turned-Israelite Queen – and the all-important question underlying the research project: how do we know what we know about the past?

Tuesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  
March 28 – April 18
SJCC Members $150 • Non-Members $165
Instructor: Dr. Shawna Dolansky



New! ASL (American Sign Language) Level 1 – In Person

Students learn to handle basic everyday communication: exchanging information, beginning with exchanging names and moving to talking about one’s background; identifying others; making requests; giving reasons; giving opinions; giving simple directions. Topics center around personal information and the immediate environment. Grammar is introduced in context with an emphasis on developing question and answer skills. Students rehearse conversation strategies for getting attention, asking for clarification, and correcting information to minimize misunderstanding. In partnership with the child and youth department of the SJCC. This course is open to youth and adults 16 years of age and older.

Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
January 29 – March 5
$130 SJCC Members  • $145 Non-Members
Instructor: Diane Fletcher- Falvey

Hebrew Chug –  On Zoom

For lovers of conversational Hebrew looking for a weekly informal hour of conversation and an opportunity to meet other Hebrew speakers. New people are always welcome to join at any time! We meet all year round. (Not intended for fluent speakers.)

Thursdays 4:30 – 5:30 pm
January 12 – March 30
Instructor: Sue Potechin

Hebrew for Beginners 1 – In Person 

Learn to read and speak Modern Hebrew in an interactive environment. This is a first look at the Hebrew language for those who have not taken Hebrew before.

AM: Mondays, 10:00 – 11:30 am
January 30 – March 27
No class: February 20

$125 SJCC Members • $140  Non-Members
Instructor: Sue Potechin

Intermediate Yiddish Conversation Circle – On Zoom

For lovers of Yiddish looking to practice reading, translating and conversation at an intermediate level. Meets all year round.

Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15 pm
October 12 – December 21
January 5 – March 29
Instructors: Ellen Caplan and Judith Weinman


Canadian Indigenous Literature and the Journey Toward Reconciliation - Hybrid: In-Person or Online 

A key part of Canada’s journey toward reconciliation with Indigenous people is listening to their voices.  This course attempts to help engage in this journey through a study of a variety of works that depict the Canadian Indigenous experience.  These will include Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse, Michelle Good’s novel Five Little Indians, Waubgeshig Rice’s novel Moon of the Crusted Snow and the collection Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past.  In addition, we will study short texts such as essays, poems, myths and literature for children (when possible, Internet links to these shorter materials will be provided).  The course will be taught in such a way that you will be able to engage even if you do not have time to read all the texts in advance.

Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm
February 14 – March 21
$150 SJCC Members  • $165 Non-Members
Instructor: Gefen Bar-On Santor


Ukulele for Beginners – In Person

A ukulele course for all abilities! Come learn the basics of playing the ukulele and you’ll be strumming and humming along in no time! Learn how to hold and tune the uke, (bring your own tuner or purchase one from me!), the most commonly used chords and how to read them, and simple strumming. Then we’ll put it all together and play a few tunes!

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
January 17 – March 7
$125 SJCC Members  • $140 Non-Members
Instructor: Angèle Jodouin

New! SJCC Singers! – In Person 

Do you love to sing and want to have fun exploring all kinds of choral music? This inclusive choir is open to anyone with an interest in singing with others. All are welcome! Guided in part by the preferences of participants, the repertoire will include Jewish choral music, as well as a range of other selections both classical and contemporary, from Yiddish to Mozart to Broadway. The ensemble is conducted by soprano Rachel Eugster and accompanied by Aviva Lightstone.

Please note: We will ask participants to remain masked and socially distant in a room equipped with a HEPA filter. We encourage participants to be fully vaccinated.

Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 pm 
January 12 – March 30 (10 sessions – this allows for 2 weeks off)
SJCC Members $125 • Non-Members $140
Director: Rachel Eugster
Accompanist: Aviva Lightstone

The Music of Gabriel Fauré with pianist, Katherine Addleman, and soprano, Sophie Bertrand – In Person

Gabriel Fauré was the foremost French composer of his generation. His life spanned the late Romantic era, through French Impressionism and into the ultra-modern second Viennese school of the 20th century. He wrote many instrumental masterpieces, but is particularly known for his vocal works, both choral music and art songs. We will present some of his most beautiful songs, many of which will be familiar.

Friday, March 3 at 1:00 pm 
Admission: $15 (members and non-members)






Florence Melton School Of Adult Jewish Learning, OTTAWA

Fees are in USD. Please select lower fee ($219) for Canadian residents. 

From Adam to Abraham: The First 20 Generations (Genesis/Bereshit Part I)– Hybrid: In-Person or Online 

Explore the first book of the Torah—from the creation of Adam and Eve to the story of Abraham and Sarah, including the very first sibling rivalry that ended in murder. We’ll discuss multiple universal narratives which serve as the foundation of the Jewish faith. We’ll examine the themes of family, faith, honor, and power and discuss how these stories have influenced our people—throughout history and to this very day.

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 am 
January 10 – March 7
Instructor: Rabbi Steven H. Garten