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Adult Education Programs

Adult Education at Temple Emanu-El presents a myriad of programs for adults throughout the week. Check the monthly calendar on this web site for dates and times or call the Temple Office for detailed information (416-449-3880).

In addition, ongoing learning opportunities include:

  • Shabbat Learning - Discuss, debate and dispute - everyone and all perspectives welcome!  No prior Torah study required. Shabbat (Saturday) mornings, 9:00 am October - June.
  • Introduction to Hebrew - Adult Hebrew:  Join our 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 (Wednesday mornings). Non-members, please email for course fee information.
  • 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.

2021-22 Programs

Our Summer-Fall 2022 book review lineup is here! 
*NEW* in spring-summer 2022 - Elaine Newton will host 2 movie reviews!

All 2021-22 book reviews will be held on Zoom. Registration is required.

Please register for each review separately.
Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30 pm
The Zoom room will open at 12:15 pm; please plan to log in early with any "tech" questions you might have.
*Zoom link will be emailed to participants upon successful registration.

PLEASE NOTE: Temple Emanu-El book reviews are live and are NOT RECORDED.

Temple Members: No charge; Non-Members: $10

Thursday Books and Biscotti reviews are open to non-members at a cost of $10.
Please let your friends know they are welcome!

  • July 7, 2022 - *Movie* Review
    The Power of the Dog directed by Jane Campion
    Reviewed by Elaine Newton
  • August 25, 2022
    The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
    Reviewed by Elaine Newton
  • October 20, 2022
    The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
    Reviewed by Cathy Tile
    CLICK HERE to register for October 20.
  • November 10, 2022
    Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
    Reviewed by Elaine Newton
    CLICK HERE to register for November 10.
  • December 15, 2022
    What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad
    Reviewed by Tina Urman
    CLICK HERE to register for December 15.

If you have any questions, please contact Carli at or leave a message at 416-449-3880 ext. 215; your call will be returned within one business day.
Books & Biscotti would not be possible without the leadership of Temple Emanu-El members, Lisa Freed and Gail Shapira.
We thank them for developing this incredible program over 10 years ago
and appreciate their continued dedication to our book club. 


Thank you for joining us for our December 2020 (Dr. Allison Sekuler) and February 2021
(Dr. David Alter) lectures!

We will not be hosting future lectures, as part of our "General Lecture Series", on Zoom. 
Please CLICK HERE to visit our online calendar and keep up with all of our programming!
We can't wait to welcome you back to our temple Social Hall to enjoy learning together in person.
Although it might be a while, please watch this space, or join our lecture mailing list to be informed of our next in-person lecture.

If you would like to be added to our General Lecture Series mailing list, please email Carli Portman.


Sunday Night at the Movies

Watch this space for future movie nights!

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Fri, September 30 2022 5 Tishrei 5783