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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.

The Many Faces of Lilith

Tuesdays 9:30am-11:00am: September 1st – 22nd, 2020

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 August 25, 2020 will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 4-week course is $75/student (regular fee $85).

NANCY PAZNER led the group that founded the AJE program and served as its first director. She has
facilitated 2 previous AJE courses: How Did the Bible Come to be? and Judaism in the Age of the Internet.

THE MANY FACES OF LILITH Lilith has been an abiding and oftentimes self-
contradictory presence in Jewish folklore for centuries. She has been
characterized as a demon of the wild places; as Adam’s first wife; as a
murderer of newborns; and a seducer of men. She has also been characterized
as the archetypal independent, egalitarian woman; as an avatar of sexual
freedom; and most recently, as a pop culture star.

The course will look at the sources and evolution of the different facets of
Lilith, and how the different elements of her character reflect the concerns and
anxieties of different times.

At Home in Canada: Canadian Anti-Semitism and Jewish Responses

Tuesdays 9:30am-11:00am: November 3rd – 24th, 2020

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 October 27, 2020 will get a $10 discount. The Early Bird fee for this 4-week course is $75/student (regular fee $85).

JENNIFER SHAW LANDER is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research at Western University and is a previous AJE Facilitator.

AT HOME IN CANADA: CANADIAN ANTI-SEMITISM AND JEWISH RESPONSES:

From Esther Brandeau, the first Jew to step foot in what is now Canada, to the recent upswing in anti-Semitic incidents; the Jewish community has been affected and shaped by homegrown antisemitism.

This AJE course will examine the history of anti-Semitism in Canada, from the refusal of the Upper Canada legislature to admit a legally elected Jew to its ranks, to more recent events such as the holocaust denial of Ernst Zundel and James Keegstra in the 1980s and human rights cases involving anti-Semitism in the 2000s.  This course will also include an examination of the Jewish community’s responses to anti-Semitism, including some lighter moments, and our ongoing battle to eradicate such hatred.