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Adult Education Programs

The Adult Education Committee of Temple Emanu-El presents a myriad of programs for adults on Wednesdays, as well as Monday afternoons and special events. Check the monthly calendar on this web site for dates and times or call the Temple Office for detailed information.

In addition, ongoing learning opportunities include:

  • Torah Study - Discuss, debate and dispute - everyone and all perspectives welcome!  No prior Torah study required. Shabbat mornings, 9:00 am beginning in October.
  • Introduction to Hebrew - Alef Bet and Shalom Rav:  Join one of our many fun and effective introductory Hebrew classes, designed for adult learners with or without any prior Hebrew studies.  These small classes focus on siddur (prayer book) Hebrew and serve to increase Shabbat service familiarity. Scheduled on an on-going basis.
  • Torah Chanting and Service Honours - Learn how to chant Torah or to be comfortable accepting any honour in our service (such as a Torah aliyah or chanting the Haftarah blessings) in small classes.

2020 Programs



Mondays  1:30 pm  to  3:30 pm


May 4, 2020 - Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Dr. David Alter, Cardiologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Alter is the Chair in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the UHN-Toronto Rehab Institute and Adjunct Senior Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. This lecture will discuss the myths and truths around sedentary behaviour as a risk factor for disease, disability and death. It will examine how and why sedentary behaviour has been linked with disease and what, if any, solutions exist that may reduce the health hazards associated with sedentary behaviour.

May 11, 2020 - Louis Armstrong's West End Blues - How Jazz Changed the World

Robert Harris, Music Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

Mr. Harris was the host and producer of CBC Radio 2 "I Hear the Music" from 2000 to 2008. He has appeared regularly on CBC Radio's "The Sunday Edition" and is the author of two books. Music doesn't just reflect our world, it can change it. In the first decades of the 20th century, a brash, brand-new music emerged from New Orleans to help create a new America and a new spirit in the world - the music of jazz.

May 18 - Victoria Day - No Lecture

May 25, 2020 - Contemporary Intelligence/National Security Issues

Dr. Arne Kislenko, Associate Professor of History, Ryerson University and Adjunct Professor, International Relations Program, Monk Centre, University of Toronto

Dr. Kislenko has received several teaching awards and is the author of several books, contributed chapters, and published journal articles. He has served as a security consultant to the Federal government. This lecture will examine the effects of the "intelligence revolution" throughout the 20th century, with reference to two world wars, technological changes and the "Cold War". It will explore the realities and perceptions of the intelligence world and the challenges these services face today and the future of spying in the post-Cold War world.

June 1, 2020 - Assessing the Middle East Chessboard (Russia, Iran, the West and Israel)

Dr. Aurel Braun, Professor, International Relations Program, University of Toronto

Dr. Braun is also a Fellow of Trinity College at U. of T. and an Associate of the Davis Center at Harvard. He served a three-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development. In this strategic Middle East area, Iran and Russia continue to pose grave threats. The US and other democracies bear considerable responsibility for the state of affairs. Some of the recent past has had profound negative effects on key current developments.

June 8, 2020 - Folk Music in 1960s Yorkville

Dr. Mike Daley, Musicologist, Lecturer and Musician

Dr. Daley holds a Ph.D. in Music from York University. He has taught undergraduate courses at several Ontario Universities and courses for seniors at U. of T., Ryerson, George Brown and Glendon College. This lecture will discuss the rise and fall of folk music in Toronto's Yorkville Village. Dr. Daley will sing and play musical examples ranging from Ian and Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot to Buffy Sainte-Marie and Joni Mitchell.


We are not currently accepting pre-registrations for the Spring 2020 Lecture Series.

 If you have any questions, please contact Carli at or leave a message at 416-449-3880 ext. 215.


Thursdays 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Doors open at 12:30pm; Biscotti (& other nibbles), 1:00pm
Temple Members: No charge; Non-Members: $10

In addition to the Lecture Series, there will be Thursday Books and Biscotti reviews. These events are open to non-members at a cost of $10. Please let your friends know they are welcome!
The biscotti (and other nibbles) will be in the Social Hall from
1:00 - 1:30 pm; followed by a one-hour book review.
Copies of the books (titles below) may be reserved, by members, through the Temple office.

  • September 19, 2019
    Washington Black by Esi Edugyan - Reviewed by Cathy Tile
  • October 17, 2019
    Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan - Reviewed by Elaine Newton
  • November 14, 2019 by Nathan Englander - Reviewed by Janna Nadler
  • March 26, 2020
    The Iron Tracks by Aharon Appelfeld - Reviewed by Harriet Morris
  • April 23, 2020
    Embers by Sandor Marai - Reviewed by Cathy Tile
  • May 21, 2020
    The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
    Reviewed by Elaine Newton


Sunday Night at the Movies 

Movies begin at 7:00
Free admission | Free popcorn
All are welcome

April 5    The Nazi Games: Berlin 1936, 2016 (60 minutes) 

Using never-before seen archival footage and new research, this documentary reveals how the Olympics, as we know them now, were shaped by the collaboration of interests between Hitler and ambitious Olympic planners, including collusion with authoritarian regimes, corruption and planning the fate of a Jewish high jump athlete. After initial distrust, the IOC and the Nazis found common ground and turned the 1936 Games into the biggest Olympic show the world had ever seen.  

Mark your calendars for the next Sunday Night at the Movies

May 3    Film title to be announced


Tue, April 7 2020 13 Nisan 5780