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.


4 Great Jewish Comic Actors and Actresses of the Late 20th Century – Part 1
Tuesday, July 3
Madelaine Kahn, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner and Walter Matthau carved out distinct comedic spaces on stage and film, in the 1970’s. In this intriguing lecture series, learn about their Jewish identities, comedic choices and cultural legacies.
Speaker: Rosalin Krieger, Cultural Critic Artist, Editor, Writer and Lecturer


4 Great Jewish Comic Actors and Actresses of the Late 20th Century – Part 2
Tuesday, July 10
Madelaine Kahn, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner and Walter Matthau carved out distinct comedic spaces on stage and film, in the 1970’s. In this intriguing lecture series, learn about their Jewish identities, comedic choices and cultural legacies.
Speaker: Rosalin Krieger, Cultural Critic Artist, Editor, Writer and Lecturer


4 Great Jewish Comic Actors and Actresses of the Late 20th Century – Part 3
Tuesday, July 17
Madelaine Kahn, Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner and Walter Matthau carved out distinct comedic spaces on stage and film, in the 1970’s. In this intriguing lecture series, learn about their Jewish identities, comedic choices and cultural legacies.
Speaker: Rosalin Krieger, Cultural Critic Artist, Editor, Writer and Lecturer


The Untold Stories of Canada’s Jewish Fighters in Uniform During World War II
Tuesday, July 24
Author Ellin Bessner will discuss her new book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and World War II” and in a lively, interactive presentation will describe her six years of research to track down the experiences of the more than 17,000 Canadian Jews who fought in WWII, who have not been properly acknowledged for their important contribution to the Allied victory and the double risk they faced as Jews of being captured.
Speaker: Ellin Bessner, Author and Journalist


Nazi Looted Art – Part 2
Tuesday, July 31
The stories of Jewish art dealers and collectors who were victims and the quest of their descendants to get their properties back, the discovery of some collections in museums and the legal effort involved in the restitution, and the recent discoveries of paintings in a Swiss bank and an apartment belonging to the families involved in the looting during the war.
Speaker: Rachel Levin, Art Lecturer


Israel’s Absolute Legal Title to Jerusalem
Tuesday, August 7
The controversy surrounding this subject in light of the recent decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem makes it a particularly current one.
Speaker: Warren Green, Lawyer, Real Estate Developer, Historical Lecturer


Curacao – The Japanese Saga of the Polish Jews
Tuesday, August 14
After the occupation of Poland by Germany in 1939, a small part of the three-million Polish Jews appeared in Lithuania. The handful of people, such as Sugihara, and improbable circumstances, saved them from inevitable death. Don’t miss this incredible story!
Speaker: Victor Rodos


The Bank of Canada “Currency Museum” in Ottawa
Tuesday, August 21
Where money comes to life. Discover the origin of paper money in Canada, the use of tokens, the role of the Bank of Canada, counterfeit detection and the production of bank notes.
Speaker: Jerry and Lynda Lasky, Lecturers, Coin and JFK Memorabilia Collectors


The Jewish Schools of Paria
Tuesday, August 28
Most of the Jewish painters who came from Russia to Paris between 1900 and 1940 fled the pogroms and antisemitism which threatened their lives and hindered their careers: Mark Chagall, Julius Pascin, Chaim Soutine, Jacques Lipchitz and others.
Speaker: Rachel Levin, Art Lecturer


The Trilogy: “An Eye for an Eye”. “The Minyan” and “Hate Never Dies” and New Book “The Light After the Dark III”
Tuesday, September 4
Discussion of the trilogy and the author’s new book about children who survived the Holocaust, came to Canada and made a difference, including stories of miracles, determination and love.
Speaker: Alvin Abram, Author and Storyteller


 

WORKSHOPS & LECTURE SERIES

Archaeology Course
Prehistoric North America
An introduction to the 14,000 years or more of prehistoric archaeology of Canada and the United States. Learn about North America’s first inhabitants, the Paleo-Indians. Discover the mound builders of the prehistoric Midwestern U.S. See the cliff-dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo, and find out how people lived in Ontario before the arrival of the Europeans.
Instructor: David R. Lipovitch, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 26 – September 6
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • 9 weeks
$76.50 members $153 non-members


Philosophy Course
Into the Mystic: The Philosophy of Consciousness, Love and Being
Come on a journey across time and culture to understand how we can change our awareness to achieve feelings of love, belonging and mindfulness. Explore the world of positive psychology, which includes the study of altered states of consciousness and our search for meaning in life, and visit the new field of behavioural neuroscience, which examines how we regulate our brain chemistry to create feelings of satisfaction, enjoyment, social comfort and love itself.
Instructor: David Chandross, Ph.D.
Tuesday, July 10 – August 28
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm • 8 weeks
$68 members $138 non-members


DISCUSSION GROUPS

What’s Your Story?
Everybody has a story that needs to be told! Learn how you can record the “happy and heartbreaking” memories of your life for future generations to read. Every week, under the guidance of a volunteer, you will complete a memoir/story that you will be proud to share. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Facilitator: Carolyn Peters
Wednesday, July 18
Wednesday, August 1 and August 15
Wednesday, August 29 and Sept 12
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Men’s Discussion Group
Discussion on topics of interest to men including sports, food, relationships and health. Facilitator: Charles Goldenberg
Wednesday, July 4
Wednesday, August 1
Wednesday, September 5
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Free


Women’s Discussion Group
Talking together about food, fashion, relationships, health and more. Facilitator: Miriam Meiri
Wednesday, July 11 and 25,
Wednesday, August 8 and 22,
Wednesday, September 5 and 26
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Free


Course Registration Policy