Cultural and Educational Classes

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

Spring 2018

Registration for Adult Education Programs begins Thursday March 1

Register online here or in person at the SJCC front desk.
For more information contact Roslyn Brozovsky Wollock – Adult Education Manager,, (613) 798-9818 ext. 254

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Continuation of Year Two

To register for Florence Melton Adult School courses please visit
For assistance please call Roslyn Wollock (613) 798-9818 ext. 254

The Dramas of Jewish Living Throughout the Ages

with Rabbi Steven Garten

What are the lessons and dilemmas of Jewish history, from the earliest wanderings of Abraham to the modern experiment in Jewish statehood? How do the turning points in Jewish history influence our lives today? This course investigates how the Jewish past gives meaning to the Jewish present.

The Ethics of Jewish Living

with Rabbi Idan Scher

This course shows how Jewish teachings, through the wisdom of ancient and modern rabbis, scholars and thinkers, shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, inter-personal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research.

Monday 10:00am – 12:15pm
March 19–June 18
No Class: April 2, May 21

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning – Scholars Course

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab Israeli Conflict

with Rabbi Steven Garten

Students are provided with a strong, text-based historical overview from the late nineteenth century through today. The complexity of the conflict will have students looking at issues of religion, culture, history, politics, economics, identity and survival through primary sources. Course material is designed to help students appreciate the basis of the conflicting historical claims made by both sides.

Wednesday 10:00am – 11:30am
April 11–June 13

Jewish Education

From the Bible to Bar Kokhba – 2nd Temple Judaism and Its Aftermath

with Professor Shawna Dolansky

Is Judaism an ethnicity, a nationality, a religion?  How much assimilation is too much? We think of these as modern questions, but they have been explored since the very beginning of Jewish history.  This course looks at the development of Judaism during the Persian, Greek, and Roman periods – from the Bible to Bar Kokhba – to understand the diverse responses of a variety of early Jewish communities concerning the boundaries of their identity.

Classes will be recorded and posted online for those unable to attend. Only those registered will have access.

Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am
April 26 – May 31
$148 M • $163 NM

Art Appreciation

Sculpture, Architecture, and Design in the Gardens and Woods of Italian Renaissance Villas

with Dr. Susanne McColeman

In the sixteenth century, the villas of Italy’s political and ecclesiastical elite often included large areas of land dedicated to formal gardens and woods. In this course, we will explore the art of six of the most extraordinary Renaissance gardens in central Italy: The Medici Villas in Tuscany, including The Villa Medici di Castello, The Boboli Gardens in Florence, The Villa Medici di Pratolino; and the Grand Villas Around Rome; The Villa d’Este in Tivoli, The Villa Lante in Bagnaia, and The Sacro Bosco in Bomarzo.

Mondays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
April 16 – May 28
No Class: May 21
$148 M • $163 NM


Mixed Media for Beginner/Intermediate

with Violeta Borisonik

This course offers an overview of several techniques using acrylic paint and acrylic mediums. 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 such as: action painting, dripping, drybrush, and, layering with a palette knife. Students will also learn techniques such as stamping, stenciling, photo transfers and collage. Intermediate student will work on their own projects using elements of design and techniques seen in class. Participants will complete between 2 and 3 pieces of art during this six week course. Supply fee of $30 payable to teacher on April 11th.

Wednesdays 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
April 11 – May 23
No Class: May 9
$153 M • $173 NM


S’iz Besser in 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. A true mechaye (a pleasure). No knowledge of Yiddish required. Free Program.

Tuesdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am
March 20, May 22, June 12

Daytime: Conversational Hebrew from Scratch

with Sigal Baray

Designed for students who are new to the Hebrew language. The aleph/bet and basic reading skills will be taught, as well as an introduction to basic conversational concepts; numbers, counting, times, days of the week, greetings.

Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:30 am
April 12 – June 7
No class: April 19
$168 M • $189 NM

Israeli Dancing

Tuesday evenings at the Ottawa Jewish Community School, gym, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private (off Carling Avenue and Broadview) from 7 to 10 pm, starting Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
Contemporary Israeli dances, old favourites, great music, exercise, all in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Learn beginner steps and easier dances to start, progressing to intermediate and advanced dances. No experience or partner necessary. All ages welcome.

$5/evening (pay at the door)

Visit Facebook page, ottawaisraelidance or email for more information