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.


On Writing a Jewish Novel
Tuesday, October 30
Come hear the author Sharon Hart-Green read from her novel “Come Back for Me” (2017) and learn what inspired her to write this powerful book. Sharon’s debut novel “Come Back for Me” was chosen as the inaugural fiction offering by the New Jewish Press. It was recently named an Editor’s Choice Book by the Historical Novel Society.
Speaker: Sharon Hart-Green, Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Translator


Humour, Laughter and Other Serious Matters
Tuesday, November 6
Marcel has authored two books, the hilarious and thought provoking book entitled, “Birth, Death and Other Trivialities”, which is a humourous philosophical look at the human condition, and his most recent work, “Poutine on the Orient Express: An Irreverent Look at Travel”. Uniquely qualified to deal with life’s so called serious issues in a whimsical and entertaining manner, you don’t want to miss this presentation!
Speaker: Marcel Strigberger, Lawyer, Author and Publishe


A Journey by Ferry through the Isolated Communities of Labrador and Québec
Tuesday, November 13
Beauty, serenity and personal impressions of Labrador and Quebec as reflected through Robert’s camera lens.
Speaker: Robert Shechter, Digital Photography Instructor, Travel Photographer, Lecturer


“Alley-Oop to Aliyah: African Hoopsters in the Holy Land”
Tuesday, November 20
The author of this book will discuss the incredible true story of four decades of African American hoopsters travelling to Israel to play professional basketball. In that time, many have fallen in love with the country and chosen to return year after year.
Speaker: David A. Goldstein, Author, COO of U SPORTS, Adjunct Professor of Sports Law at the University of Toronto, Lecturer


We Sang, We Danced, We Performed: A Musical History of Jewish Entertainers
Tuesday, November 27
Documentary of Jewish Excellence in the field of music; enjoy learning about Jewish singers, dancers and musicians who reached the top of the charts in all aspects of music.
Speaker: Larry Gaum, Documentary Filmmaker


Personality Types – Part 1
Tuesday, December 4
Drawing on 9 Greek myths, this presentation will help you figure out your personality type. You will also view images of beautiful Renaissance paintings as well as receive a typed summary of the speaker’s remarks.
Speaker: Alistair Macrae, Lecturer and Educator


Personality Types – Part 2
Tuesday, December 11
Drawing on Homer’s much-loved account of the wanderings of Odysseus, this presentation will help you figure out your personality type. You will also view images of beautiful Renaissance paintings as well as receive a typed summary of the speaker’s remarks.
Speaker: Alistair Macrae, Lecturer and Educator


Personality Types – Part 3
Tuesday, December 18
Drawing on Dorothy Gale’s travels in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, this presentation will help you figure out your personality type. You will also view images of colour slides and receive a typed summary of the speaker’s remarks.
Speaker: Alistair Macrae, Lecturer and Educator


WORKSHOPS & LECTURE SERIES

Archaeology Course
Cultures of the Ancient Near East in a Nutshell
The earliest great civilizations were all founded in the ancient Near East. Those cultures were the first to domesticate plants and animals, build cities, have kings and communicate in writing. They had complex religions, built elaborate architecture and produced stunning artwork. The worlds of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Egyptians, Nubians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Hurrians, Israelites, Phoenicians, Persians, Armenians and others will be discussed.
Instructor: David R. Lipovitch, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 11 – December 6
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm • 9 weeks
$76.50 members $153 non-members


Philosophy Course
History of Everything: Great Ideas and How They Changed the World
Go back in history and see where great ideas came from and how they changed our lives. Where do ideas come from and how are they carried through history, often with no proof to support them? Where do new religions come from? Where did ideas about energy, light, motion and sound come from? Are we simply the sum of our ideas, or can we make a contribution to society by bringing a new idea into play? Come learn about what ideas are, how they propagate and how they affect our lives!
Instructor: David Chandross, Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 9 – November 27
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm • 8 weeks
$68 members $138 non-members

How to Look at Art
Looking at art is a meaningful and lasting experience! Learn various techniques to look at art, analyze its forms, decipher symbols and understand its elements; these are tools an artist uses to communicate his/her thoughts and feelings to the viewer. The series of workshops will involve discussions and learning activities, accompanied with illustrations of relevant art works.
Instructor: Rachel Levin,
Monday, October 15 – November 5
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm • 4 weeks
$38.25 members $76.50 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. Must register in advance, please call 415-225-2112, ext. 113.
Facilitator: Carolyn Peters
Friday, October 5 – December 14
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm


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


Women’s Discussion Group
Talking together about food, fashion, relationships, health and more. Facilitator: Miriam Meiri
Thursday, October 11 and 25
Thursday, November 15 and 29
Thursday, December 13
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Free


Course Registration Policy