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, January 19th | 12 noon
Rona Nadler & Joseph Kaiser, “The Making of High Holy Days at Temple Online”

Rona Nadler, Music Director and Cantorial Soloist at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom: Raised in a family of musicians, Rona Nadler enjoys a multi-faceted career in the Montreal music scene as a harpsichordist, vocalist, and music director. Rona has performed across the United States and Canada as a member of the quartet Infusion Baroque, while also serving as Artistic Director of the vocal ensemble One Equall Musick. Rona has appeared in the Montreal Baroque Festival, Montreal Bach Festival, and Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and has collaborated with ensembles such as Ensemble Caprice, I Musici de Montreal, and the McGill Chamber Orchestra. She has also been a vocal coach with Opera McGill, Opera da Camera, and Compagnie Baroque Mont-Royal.

Joseph Kaiser, Cantorial Soloist: Internationally acclaimed Montreal-born tenor Joseph Kaiser is frequently featured at the Metropolitan Opera and enjoys success in opera, oratorio, and concert throughout North America and Europe. He is widely recognized by audiences for his beauty of tone, innate sense of style and elegance.

Rona Nadler

Joseph Kaiser 

Tuesday, January 26th | 12 noon
Theodore Goloff, “Bill 21, as it impacts the Jewish community and others.”

For over four decades, Theodore Goloff has focused his practice on the defence of employers’ rights in all aspects of labour and employment law. After joining Robinson Sheppard Shapiro LLP in 1996, he was both a senior partner and leader of the Labour and Employment Practice Group for nearly two decades. He is representing the Lord Reading Law Society before the Superior Court in the litigation ongoing regarding Bill 21.

Theodore Goloff

Tuesday, February 2nd | 12 noon
Dr. Donald Sheppard, “What COVID taught me: A conversation with an infectious diseases doctor.”

Dr. Sheppard is a Professor and Chairman of the Department Microbiology & Immunology at McGill University in Montreal. He leads the Medical Mycology laboratory and practices clinical infectious diseases at the McGill University Health Centre where he served as the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 2012-2018.

Dr. Sheppard has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Clinician-Scientist award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and a Research Chair from the Funds de Recherche Sante Quebec.  He is an elected fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Dr. Donald Sheppard

Monday, February 8th | 12 noon  {Please note this will be held exceptionally on a Monday}
Louise Penny, “An open conversation with novelist Louise Penny”

Louise Penny, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has been awarded the CWA Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. In addition, she has won the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise Penny lives in a small village south of Montréal.

 Louise Penny

Tuesday, February 16th | 12 noon
Dr. Laurie Betito, “Relationships in the Time of COVID-19″

Dr. Laurie is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in sex therapy and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. For the last three decades, she has been doing radio and television, dispensing sex and relationship advice. She is a regular contributor to various magazines, newspapers and television shows. She is the host of a nightly Canadian syndicated call-in show called Passion, where she discusses issues related to sexuality with her listeners. Dr. Laurie is also President of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec and Past President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum.

 Dr. Laurie Betito

Tuesday, February 23rd | 12 noon
Nicole Beaudry, Eddie Paul, Eddie Stone, “The Aron Museum presents Risen Leaves: Rare Judaica books and the stories they still tell”

Nicole Beaudry worked at the Jewish Public Library (JPL) for 6 years as a reference librarian, archivist, and children’s librarian. Her extensive research on the provenance and printing histories of the JPL’s rare book collection has shaped the workshop initiative. She has a specific interest in the roles of women in the history of the Jewish printing industry.

Eddie Stone, Hebraica Cataloguer, has worked at the Jewish Public Library for over 20 years in various capacities, and his involvement in the Rare Books Initiative culminated in the completion of the cataloguing and description of the collection in 2016. His involvement has extended to research and bibliographic support, as well as to the provenance and history of some of the more challenging volumes in the collection to Canadian culture.

Eddie Paul, Hebraica Cataloguer, developed the Rare Books Initiative in 2014 to mark the JPL’s centennial year. In the spring of that year, he co-curated the exhibit of the rare books “A Roomful of Dwellings”, and 2 years later, co-curated the exhibit, “Decanting Memory” in a collaboration with the Jacob Lowy Collection of Library & Archive Canada. He developed the workshop programme as a way to keep the narratives and stories of these books alive and vital.

 Nicole Beaudry

 Eddie Paul

 Eddie Stone