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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





Temple Emanu-El was thrilled to offer a free video lecture-concert
by Musicologist, Lecturer and Musician, Dr. Mike Daley.

We are hopeful to offer another lecture - watch this space for more information.
If you would like to be added to our lecture series mailing list, please email Carli Portman ( to be added to the list.

May 4, 2020 - The Life and Music of the Great Songwriter and Composer, George Gershwin

Registration has ended.
Registration closed on Sunday, May 3 at 8:00pm.

Dr. Mike 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.

In this video lecture-concert, Dr. Daley 
presents the life and music of the great songwriter and composer George Gershwin. 
Not only did Gershwin help to create a modern American classical idiom with "Rhapsody in Blue" and "An American in Paris," he wrote (with his brother Ira) some of the most enduring popular songs of all time, including "Summertime," "Someone To Watch Over Me" and many more. Mike will sing and play several Gershwin classics as part of the presentation.

While this video lecture-concert is free of charge, if you would like to make a donation to help ensure the continuation of our renowned Lecture Series, please click here to donate (type: General Donation / dedication: In honour of the Lecture Series), or send a cheque made out to "Temple Emanu-El" ($10 minimum donation; receipts will be issued).
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.


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.

Please note: All in-person lectures have been cancelled for Spring 2020.

  • 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 28, 2020
    The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
    Virtually reviewed by Elaine Newton


Sunday Night at the Movies 

All in-person programming at Temple Emanu-El has been cancelled for spring 2020.

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

Cancelled: 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

CancelledMay 3    Film title to be announced


Tue, June 2 2020 10 Sivan 5780