Adult Jewish Education Program

Adult Jewish Education at the Jewish Community Centre is a program of interactive, seminar-style Adult Jewish learning. Topics include the full range of Jewish experience: belief, philosophy, arts, culture, history, Israel, and the interface between Judaism and the rest of the world. The courses are pluralistic in nature and provide a comfortable and stimulating environment for Jews from all different backgrounds.

Six of the Best

Tuesdays 9:30am-11:00am: February 9th – March 16th, 2021

Early Bird Special: Register early and save! Please note that places are limited and will be reserved on a ‘first pay, first served basis’. All reservations received and accepted by February 2, 2021 will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 6-week course is $99/student (regular fee $109).







Now a Canadian citizen, Patricia Lawrence is a retired Chartered Physiotherapist and hospital services manager from the UK.  There, her main hobby was and much of her time was devoted to ‘The Theatre’.  For 38 years she was Chairman of the Ashcroft Theatre Club, Croydon (part of the prestigious Fairfield Halls complex).  Patricia was also the Vice-chairman of the National Federation of Playgoers’ Societies and subsequently the Founder and Co-ordinator of Audience for Regional Theatre.

Patricia chose the title ‘Six of the Best’ partly because these six Jewish actors, all Oscar &/or Golden Globe winners, were among the best in their generation of twentieth century performers, during the period from the mid-1940s to the mid-60s.  They also had their faults; and in those days, they were perhaps considered deserving of ‘six of the best’ for bad behaviour!

Four of the six were born Jewish; two were converts.  During this course we will review their life histories and we shall see how some of their lives crossed.  We will also consider how their family members and their being Jewish impacted on them, and examine some of the common threads in their respective lives.