Lifelong Learning & Discussion

Join us for various weekly programs including discussion groups, workshops and lectures, led by experts in their field or university professors, about arts and culture, history, current events, religion, travel, and more.

For more details, please contact Sharon Chodirker at 416-225-2112, ext. 124 or sharonc@betelcentre.org.

LIFELONG LEARNING LECTURES

Join us every Tuesday from 10:00 am to 11:30 am for a weekly lecture on various topics including arts, culture, history, religion, current events and more. Admission is $4.25 for members and $8.50 for non-members.


Escape to Russia
Tuesday, July 9
A photographic journey to the land of the Tsars.
Speaker: Susan Brown, Travel Lecturer


Classical Music and Opera – Part 1
French Perfume – Operas by French Composers
Tuesday, July 16
We will be discussing Jules Massenet’s romantic “Manon”.
Speaker: Myriam Shechter, Music Lecturer, Pianist


Classical Music and Opera – Part 2
French Perfume – Operas by French Composers
Tuesday, July 23
We will be discussing Camille Saint-Saen’s epic “Samson et Dalila”.
Speaker: Myriam Shechter, Music Lecturer, Pianist


Classical Music and Opera – Part 3
French Perfume – Operas by French Composers
Tuesday, July 30
We will be discussing Bizet’s Fiery “Carmen”.
Speaker: Myriam Shechter, Music Lecturer, Pianist


The Saga of North American Jewry from Poland to Polo in a Generation – Part 1
Tuesday, August 6
The rich saga of Jewish immigration to North America following the remarkable stories of people who impacted our lives; Irving Berlin, Samuel Goldwyn, David Sarnoff, Helena Rubinstein, Myer Lansky, Samuel Bronfman and many others.
Speaker: Gerald Ziedenberg, M.A., Historical Lecturer


The Saga of North American Jewry from Poland to Polo in a Generation – Part 2
Tuesday, August 13
The rich saga of Jewish immigration to North America following the remarkable stories of people who impacted our lives; Irving Berlin, Samuel Goldwyn, David Sarnoff, Helena Rubinstein, Myer Lansky, Samuel Bronfman and many others.
Speaker: Gerald Ziedenberg, M.A., Historical Lecturer


The Saga of North American Jewry from Poland to Polo in a Generation – Part 3
Tuesday, August 20
The rich saga of Jewish immigration to North America following the remarkable stories of people who impacted our lives; Irving Berlin, Samuel Goldwyn, David Sarnoff, Helena Rubinstein, Myer Lansky, Samuel Bronfman and many others.
Speaker: Gerald Ziedenberg, M.A., Historical Lecturer


Magherita Sarfatti – “The Jewish Mother of Fascism”
Tuesday, August 27
The life story of Benito Mussolini’s Jewish lover who was a brilliant woman, influential art critic, patron and collector. We’ll discuss her contributions to the Italian press, the Italian social party and the new Italian art movement ‘Novecento” (Nine Hundred).
Speaker: Rachel Levin, Art Lecturer, Volunteer Docent; McMichael Art Museum


The Three Leonards – Part 1
Leonard Bernstein – “I want to live in America”
Tuesday, September 3
Learn and celebrate the indelible music legacy of the great conductor & composer Leonard Bernstein, through photos, film clips and analysis.
Speaker: Rosalin Krieger, Jewish Pop Culture Commentator


The Three Leonards – Part 2
Lenny Bruce – Stand-up Comedian, Social Critic, Satirist
Tuesday, September 10
Join this stimulating talk about Bruce’s comedic pioneering Jewish-American comedy, audience reception, and persecution
Speaker: Rosalin Krieger, Jewish Pop Culture Commentator


The Three Leonards – Part 3
Leonard Cohen – Musician, Poet, Mystic
Tuesday, September 17
Learn about the distinctive and globally celebrated Jewish cultural legacy of Leonard Cohen by examin- ing his early life in and special relationship with the city of his birth, Montreal, his musical compositions, relationships, and spiritual exploration.
Speaker: Rosalin Krieger, Jewish Pop Culture Commentator


Life as Depicted in Art – “About Face” – Part 1
Tuesday, September 24
The representation of human emotions through facial expression in art.
Speaker: Rachel Levin, Art Lecturer, Volunteer Docent; McMichael Art Museum


WORKSHOPS & LECTURE SERIES

Archaeology Course
The Archaeology of Ancient Canaan, Israel and Judah
The region in and around modern Israel lies at the crossroads between Asia and Africa and has, as a result, played a key role in the history of humanity. It is the first archaeological evidence of modern humans outside of Africa and it is one of the first areas where agriculture developed. It was the home of the Canaanites, Phillistines, Israelites and Judahites, of the Tanakh.
Instructor: David R. Lipovitch, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 4 – August 29
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • 9 weeks
$76.50 members $153 non-members


Philosophy Course
Aesthetics: The Philosophy of Art
You will learn to appreciate art in all its forms and understand its significance in human life. From 28,000 year old cave paintings to digital masterpieces of today, we always strive to express ourselves in mediums other than language. Even language can become art, poetry exudes things which logical prose cannot. Discover the fascinating world of artists and their struggle to create across history.
Instructor: David Chandross, Ph.D.
Tuesday, July 9 – August 27
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm • 8 weeks
$68 members $138 non-members


Understanding the Middle East Course
Holy Land Revealed
Learn the history of the Holy Land, the cradle of civilization, based on archaeological discoveries from as far back as 5,000 years ago to the present time. Delve into the history, geography, culture and life of this fascinating part of the world. Examine the significance of Jerusalem, Nazareth, Masada and the Judea Desert, and the monolithic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
Instructor: Amnon Zohar, Speaker and Lecturer specializing in Middle East and Global Affairs
Thursday, July 25 – September 19
No class August 22 and 29
10:15 am – 12:15 pm • 7 weeks
$59.50 members $121 non-members


DISCUSSION GROUPS

Men’s Discussion Group
Discussion on topics of interest to men including sports, food, relationships and health. Facilitator: Charles Goldenberg
Wednesday, July 3
Wednesday, August 7
Wednesday, September 4
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost: Free


Women’s Discussion Group
Talking together about food, fashion, relationships, health and more. Facilitator: Miriam Meiri
Thursday, July 4 and 18
Thursday, August 1, 15 and 29
Thursday, September 12 and 26
2:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Cost: Free


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