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Adult Education Programs

The Adult Education Committee of Temple Emanu-El presents a myriad of programs for adults on Monday & Thursday afternoons. 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 - Alef Bet and Adult Hebrew:  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.

2020-21 Programs

We're excited about our Fall line up!
All Fall 2020 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.

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!

  • January 14, 2021
    Apeirogon by Colum McCann 
    Virtually reviewed by Cathy Tile
  • February 18, 2021
    The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
    Virtually reviewed by Elaine Newton
    CLICK HERE to register for February 18.
  • March 25, 2021
    The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
    Virtually reviewed by Tina Urman
    CLICK HERE to register for March 25.

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.


Monday, February 1 @ 1:30pm on Zoom

We are pleased to welcome Dr. David Alter, Cardiologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, U. of T. who will lecture on 
"Is Sitting the New Smoking?" 

Dr. David Alter is the Chair in Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research, University Health Network - 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.

CLICK HERE to register.

If you would like to be added to our lecture series mailing list, please email Carli Portman.


Sunday Night at the Movies

Watch this space for future movie nights!

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Wed, January 27 2021 14 Sh'vat 5781