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,

Winter 2019


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.

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

Registration for The Star and the Crescent begins February 1 through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at  


The Bible and Archaeology – Text in Context

with Dr. Shawna Dolansky

Critically examine the role of archaeological research in reconstructing the reality of ancient Israel. From illuminating the world of the patriarchs and discovering what everyday life was like in David’s monarchy, to debating the historicity of the Exodus, the emergence of Israel in Canaan, and the nature of temple worship, biblical scholars use archaeological discoveries to enrich our understanding of the world described in the biblical text from 4000BCE through 539 BCE.

Classes will be recorded for those unable to attend in person. Only those registered will have access to the course.

Tuesdays, January 29 –March 5
10:00 am-11:30 am
$145 Soloway JCC Members • $169 Soloway JCC Non Members

How We Make Jewish Choices (The Jewish Way)– From Birth to Death

with Rabbi Idan Scher
Being Jewish impacts the choices we make from birth to death. Everything we do, from what we eat, to our relationships, are influenced by our Jewish values. Join us on a journey of discovery as we analyze what it means to make “Jewish” choices.

Mondays, January 21 – February 11
10:00 am – 11:30 am
$77 Soloway JCC Members • $87 Soloway JCC Non Members


Jewish Identity in English Literature

with Gefen Bar-On Santor
Jewish characters in English literature reflect cultural perceptions of Jews, as well as questions about identity and belonging that Jewish people have been asking themselves.  We will examine fictional Jews created by both Jewish and non-Jewish English writers from the Renaissance to the present.  We will examine questions of Jewish identity and perceptions of Jewish people through excerpts from the following authors: William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Philip Roth, Chaim Potok, Cynthia Ozick, Mordecai Richler, Leonard Cohen and Tova Mirvis.

Mondays, January 21 – March 4
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$145 Soloway JCC Members • $169 Soloway JCC Non Members
No Class: February 18



Current Events

with Professor Elliot Tepper
In this Global Affairs series, we will discuss current events that are making the news. Hot topics of the week will be explored in depth, providing context and background for stories in the headlines. We will also be exploring some topics that did not make the headlines, but should have. Content determined weekly by emerging issues of importance to Canadians that affect our lives and our world. Come for a lively discussion of the news that matters, led by a veteran Carleton University political scientist and media commentator.

Tuesdays, January 15 – February 19
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$145 Soloway JCC Members • $169 Soloway JCC Non Members

New! The New Far Right

with Dr. Allan Kagedan
Delve into the ideology known as the New Far Right. What does it mean? What are its basic concepts, anthropological, sociological and economic basis? Students will go back in time to understand the origins of the Far Right and to distinguish between it and conservative, fascist, and communist ideologies. Among the numerous topics to be discussed: Why are the messages of the new Far Right to date weaker in Canada than in the U.S.? Will this remain true? Are the new Far Right’s prospects marginal or powerful? Students will see how issues such as immigration, crime and security, and multiculturalism are handled can affect the prospects of the Far Right.

Thursdays, January 17 – February 14
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
$125 Soloway JCC Members • $145 Soloway JCC Non Members


SJCC Ottawa Jewish Chorus

with Rachel Eugster and Aviva Lightstone
This exciting new choral ensemble will recommence in January, 2019 under the baton of well-known Ottawa soprano Rachel Eugster. The Ottawa Jewish Chorus is an inclusive choir open to anyone with an interest in singing and is dedicated to the exploration and performance of Jewish choral music (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino) as well as as pop, classical, contemporary, gospel and world music. During this session the choir will sing at the Yom Hazikaron ceremony and at a closing concert in May.

Thursdays, January 17 – May 2
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
$100 (13 weeks)
No Choir: March 21, April 25

Music Concert Series

Anna Baksheeva, Violinist, and Andrew Mah, Classical Guitarist – Tuesday, January 22
Program TBA

Pianist Katherine Addleman and cellist Daniel Parker – Tuesday, March 5    
Daniel Parker, the exceptional young Ottawa cellist and member of the Trio Tryptich, will join Katherine Addleman to play masterpieces for cello and piano by Bach, Beethoven and others.

1:30 pm– 2:30 pm
$15 at the door – SJCC Social Hall


Drawing with the Right Side of the Brain

with Jinny Slyfield, Member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists, Associate Member of the Society of Canadian Artists.

Have you ever found yourself saying “I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler’ and then resign yourself to giving up trying your hand at art for good? If so, this course is for you. Students learn to draw in a fun and creative way by using the popular Betty Edwards method and will finish 5 or 6 pieces during the course. A model (clothed) will be used during the 4th class. Please note this is a scent free zone. Max. 10 students.

Bring your own supplies: Approx. $40-$50. Wallacks offers student discounts on supplies. 100 sheets of 18 x 24” newsprint, carpenter’s pencil (also available at hardware stores) grease pencil, pencils 4H, H, HB, 2B, 6B, kneadable eraser (no other), conte de Paris sticks dark brown, light brown, white and black, CharKole charcoal – not the twig kind.

Mondays, February 25 – April 1
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
$145 Soloway JCC Members • $169 Soloway JCC Non Members


Conversational Hebrew from Scratch: Evening

Beginner Level 2

For those who have taken Beginner Level 1, or those with a basic Hebrew language foundation. Emphasis is on comprehension and pronunciation.

Wednesdays, January 16 – March 6
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
$165 Soloway JCC Members • $189 Soloway JCC Non Members

Conversational Hebrew for Beginners: Daytime

with Ella Dagan
Each lesson includes 90 minutes of spoken language practice at the Beginner level. Emphasis is on comprehension and pronunciation.

Wednesdays January 16 – March 6
10:00 am – 11:30 am
$165 Soloway JCC Members • $189 Soloway JCC 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. Free Program.

  • Tuesday January 22
    10: 00 am -11:30 am
  • Tuesday, March 12
    10: 00 am -11:30 am

Yiddish Conversation Circle

Wednesdays 1:30 pm-3:00 pm (Bi-weekly)

  • January 16, 30
  • February 13, 27
  • March 13, 27
  • April 10, 24
  • May 8, 22
  • June 5, 19

$50 Soloway JCC Members • $60 Soloway JCC Non Members


Contemporary Israeli dances. Old favourites. Great music. Exercise. All in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Join us Tuesday evenings in the gym at the Jewish Community School, 31 Nadolny Sachs Private (off Carling Avenue and Broadview) from 6:30 to 10 pm, starting Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Learn beginner steps and easier dances to start, progressing to intermediate and advanced dances. We do the latest line and circle dances, as well as old favourites. No experience or partner necessary. All ages welcome.

Cost: $5/evening (pay at the door)

Visit our Facebook page, OttawaIsraeliDance, for details about who we are and what we do. Or email for more information.

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.

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