Online Activities

Grow with Rabbi Grushcow

Wednesdays at noon, beginning November 18

The Talmud is a central Jewish text, famously full of legal debates, but also full of stories. These weekly classes will explore different tales from the Talmud, and what they reveal about human nature, relationships, ethics, and God. Beginning with a brief orientation to the Talmud and its place in Jewish tradition, we will study stories compiled in two books: The Land of Truth by Jeffrey Rubenstein, and A Bride for One Night by Ruth Calderon. Each session will stand on its own, so come every week or just drop in.

This initiative is part of The Open Doors Institute and made possible by funds raised at the recent gala honouring Marc Gold.

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The Music of Prayer 

The Music of Prayer, February 11, 18, 25, 12-1 PM

Music Director Rona Nadler leads three sessions exploring different musical settings of three important prayers in our liturgy – L’cha Dodi, Kaddish, and Psalm 150. We will delve into the history and meaning of the liturgical texts, and then explore how different cantors and composers have expressed that text through music.
Members: free
Non-members: $30/all three sessions
Email Rona Nadler for details

Jewish Voices in Early Music

Dates:  March 4, 11, & 18, 12-1 PM

In the spirit of Temple’s popular Lunch Together program, this three-part series explores Jewish contributions to European classical music from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Scholar-performers Elam Rotem, Alicia DePaolo, and Rebecca Cypess will introduce us to exceptional Jewish musicians from Venice, Vienna and Berlin. Moderated by Music Director Rona Nadler who holds a Master’s in Early Music Performance from McGill University.
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Join us for Lunch Together Online: engaging topics, stellar speakers. Stay home and enjoy a good online conversation via Zoom.

This program is made possible with funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, Government of Canada, and by Linda Kivenko, in memory of her sister, Mona Kaufmann.

Tuesday, March 30th | 12 noon
Will Prosper, “A Film Director and Civil Rights Activist on Racism and Grassroots Change”

Will Prosper is a documentary filmmaker and civil rights activist. A former RCMP officer, he co-founded Montréal-Nord Républik, a citizens’ movement against police brutality and economic oppression. He is also the co-founder of the Hoodstock Social Forum, a space for dialogue and social innovation for the cocreation of inclusive, safe and dynamic urban spaces. Over the years, Will has contributed to important civil society institutions in Quebec, such as the Popular Commission on Political Repression, the Ligue des droits et libertés, the Coalition for Equality and Against Systemic Racism, and the Faut qu’on se parle Collective. He writes and frequently appears in the media on questions of social justice and human rights. Co-sponsored with the Peace Network for Social Harmony

Will  Prosper 

Tuesday, April 6th | 12 noon
Lee Pollock “Winston Churchill and the Jews”

Lee Pollock is an acclaimed writer, historian and public speaker on the life and times of Winston Churchill. He has written about Churchill for the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, and the Daily Beast; he has appeared on CBS, the BBC and other media outlets in the U.S. and Britain. Lee has spoken about Churchill’s legacy and leadership at venues ranging from the U.S. House of Representatives, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Supreme Court, to leading universities, history museums, non-profit institutions and clubs.

Lee is a Trustee, Advisor to the Board and Member of the Operating Committee of The International Churchill Society and previously served as the Society’s Executive Director. He is also a recipient of the Society’s prestigious Chartwell Award.

A native of Montreal, Canada, Lee is a graduate of McGill University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He is the author of a forthcoming book, Action This Day: Adventures with Winston Churchill.

Lee Pollock

Tuesday, April 13th | 12 noon
Gail Chamberland and Nadine St-Louis “Symbolism and iconography as a way of storytelling, Indigenous ways of passing down culture and traditions”

Nadine St-Louis is a social and cultural entrepreneur and Founder of Sacred Fire Productions, a non-profit Indigenous cultural organization, whose mandate is to promote Indigenous art, artists, and cultures through projects and events that raise public awareness, break down stereotypes and promote intercultural dialogue for the inclusion and career advancement of Indigenous learning and growth Dedicated. Dynamic. Diverse. 19 artists.

In 2015, she launched the Ashukan Cultural Space, the first cultural and economic incubator in the heart of Old Montreal giving to more than a hundred artists an exhibition, sales, and professional development space.

Gail Chamberland is a recognized Indigenous artist with over 25 years of experience and her work has been exhibited at several large gatherings on Turtle Island. Her belief in the preservation of traditional heritage and the contemporary design of First Nations art and crafts fuels her vision as an artist. Gail is a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation with the majority of her family coming from the unceded territory of Wikwemikong in northern Ontario.

Gail attended Concordia University and graduated with a Fine Arts degree with a specialization in drawing and painting.

Co-sponsored with the Peace Network for Social Harmony.

Gail Chamberland

Nadine St-Louis

Tuesday, April 20th | 12 noon
Pamela Schuller “What Makes Me Tic: Comedy, Disability, and the inclusive community”

As a teen, Pamela Schuller had the worst-diagnosed case of Tourette Syndrome in the country, a touch of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and a whole lot of pent-up anger. She spent years depressed, suicidal, and wishing her differences away. Over time, she started looking at her life differently and turned her obstacles and challenges into the very fuel that propels her.

Now an internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela’s stories of growing up in a body she had no control over are engaging, powerful, a little bit heart-wrenching, and unapologetically funny.

She has grown that skillset into a repertoire that teaches kids and teens to be proud of who they are, communities to be deeply inclusive, and corporate teams to be innovative and learn to make smart, bold moves. Pamela was named one of the “36 Under 36” who are changing the face of the Jewish community by The Jewish Week because she gets audiences of every age comfortable, laughing, and learning together through storytelling and humor.

Pamela Schuller 

Tuesday, April 27th | 12 noon
Elie Benchetrit “Montreal Sephardic community and its history”

Born in Tangier, Morocco, Elie Benchetrit recounts the history of Montreal’s communautaire séfarade, beginning in Morocco and other regions in North Africa, tracing the stories of firstgeneration immigrants to Canada. He is currently the Secretary General for the Canadian Sephardi Federation, and a consultant-translator at Federation CJA and other Jewish agencies. Fluent in Spanish – as well as French and English – in 2017 he published a novel called El Mazal de los pobres about Tangier’s Jewish life and community after Morocco’s Independence in 1956.

He settled in Montreal in 1988 after living in Morocco, France, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He also lived in Israel on a kibbutz during the 6-Day War.

Elie Benchetrit

Tuesday, May 4th | 12 noon
Sarah Tuttle-Singer “Jerusalem, a love story”

Sarah Tuttle-Singer lives in Israel with her 2 kids and cat, in a village next to rolling fields. Sarah is the New Media Editor at Times of Israel – the fastest growing news site in Israel. Author of “Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered”, published in 2018, she writes about her life for a variety of online news outlets and magazines, including Times of Israel, Kveller, and Jezebel. She is a work in progress.

Sarah Tuttle-Singer

Tuesday, May 11th | 12 noon
Rabbi Mark Fishman “Morality and Legacy: Personal Reflections on Rabbi Jonathan Sacks”

Rabbi Mark Fishman, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Tikvah, hails from London, England. Following his undergraduate studies in Philosophy at Manchester University, he went on to pursue his passion for Jewish learning by studying in Jerusalem, Israel. Rabbi Fishman completed his rabbinical studies under the leadership and training of Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin in Efrat, Israel. He studied at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem with Rabbi Grushcow, where he is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow.

Rabbi Mark Fishman

Tuesday, June 8th | 12 noon
Rabbi Leigh Lerner, Rabbi Emeritus, “Italian Jewry from Crisis to Crisis. An historical overview with special emphasis on the rise of Mussolini and the Fascist state and its effects on the Jews.”

From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rabbi Lerner received his A.B. from Duke University and was ordained at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio. His first pulpit was at Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, MN, where he soon became Senior Rabbi and served for 17 years.

In 1989, Rabbi Lerner was appointed Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom. He learned French, became a Canadian, and earned a vital place in the hearts of our congregants. Since his retirement, Rabbi Lerner has learned Italian and has been helping to build Reform Judaism in Italy, particularly in Florence, but also in Milan and Rome.

Rabbi Leigh Lerner