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Past adult learning activities at OrH

Adult Learning 2019-20

Adult Learning 2018-19

Adult Learning 2016-17

Guf Va'Nefesh - Body-Mind-Spirit Integration Workshop

A One-Day Workshop for the ORH community
led by OrH Member Tana Saler, Coach, Reiki Teaching Master, Healer, Blogger and Integration Trainer

This one-day workshop is designed for participants to acquire self awareness and self regulation skills for more peaceful, fulfilling and effective living. The workshop involves minimal lectures and plenty of gentle movement (no need for athletic abilities!), breathing, feeling (body awareness), sound, touch and helpful visualization. Full-day workshop with potluck lunch.
The workshop takes place Monday, February 13, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM in Kanata. For more details and information, visit or contact Tana at 613-862-6592.

Conversational Hebrew for Adults

Offered by Temple Israel, open to OrH members.

Service Leaders Training "Boot Camp" - Series I

You’ve always wanted to lead part of a service at OrH, but don’t feel you know the steps.

You love to sing along and think it would be fun to lead a few songs.

You want to contribute more to the community, and wonder if this is your “thing.”

Join in the most gentle of “Boot Camps” with Rabbi Liz, during and following Shabbat morning services on JANUARY 7 (Shabbat Limmud) and JANUARY 21 (Torah Service). On each date we will learn as we pray and sing, and then continue to learn more about the theory and practice of service leading after Kiddush lunch.  There will be opportunities to lead services this winter and spring, but no commitment to leading is expected of participants. Email if you plan to attend.

BONUS! Any and all members of the community jazzed by music can sign up for this free class with the Reconstructionist Learning Network, exploring the music of Shabbat:

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Learn to Chant Torah Trope

This fall Rabbi Liz will be offering a five-session Learning to Chant Torah Trope class for OrH members. Sessions will take place after services and lunch on October 22, October 29, November 12, November 26 and December 10. Anybody can learn trope. Reading knowledge of Hebrew with vowels is required. Knowledge of musical notation is useful but not required. Check out the first session and see if you interested. Free to OrH members. Any questions please speak to Rabbi Liz or contact If you plan to attend, please send a note to

Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach

A Course for Inquisitive Jews, their Significant Others, Those Considering Adult B’nei Mitzvah or Conversion, and Seekers of Knowledge of Jewish Life

Taught by Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton

This 15-week course is designed for those hoping to deepen their understanding of their Jewish heritage, for those exploring Judaism as a spiritual and religious tradition, as well as for those considering conversion to Judaism.

For more information visit the Exploring Judaism page or contact:

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

A learning activity with the guidance of Rabbi Liz Bolton.

Open to all who want to explore, learn, grow and share a mindfulness experience with a Jewish perspective. Offered the second Thursday of each month, beginning September 2016 through June 2017, 7:15-9:15 pm, 30 Cleary Ave, Room 6, lower level. No RSVP or registration fees required. Come to one or all sessions. 

For more information visit the Mindfulness Meditation page or contact:

Jewish Mindfulness Unbookclub

The Mindful Meditation Jewish Learning group is hosting an "unbookclub" for the 2016/17 (5776/77) cycle for the spiritually adventurous.

The group will discuss three rich books on aspects of Jewish spiritual learning and practice. We will delve into ways our tradition guides us both as individuals and within community. Each session will invite participation through readings, structured exchange in small groups or dyads, and large group sharing. Attendees are encouraged to read the corresponding book prior to meeting to optimize the encounter’s opportunities.

For more information visit the Mindfulness Meditiation Unbookclub page or contact

Adult Learning 2015-16

Exploring Judaism: A Course for Inquisitive Jews, their Significant Others, Those Considering Adult B’nei Mitzvah, and Seekers of Jewish Life

This 15-week course is designed for those hoping to deepen their understanding of their Jewish heritage as well as for those exploring or considering Judaism.

Participants will learn about Jewish values and practices through primary text study and seminar-style classes. Highly interactive, the course explores the major value concepts of Judaism, and offers a chance to wrestle with fundamental questions, foundational texts, and traditions, while learning and interacting with others.

Bring an open mind, a copy of the Hebrew Bible/Tanakh (a JPS-Jewish Publication Society edition), and a binder for handouts and notes.

Cost: $180 OrH members $360 Community members

DATES: First and Third Thursdays of the month October

2015 - October 1,15; November 5, 19; December 3, 17

2016 – January 7, 21; February 4, 18; March 3, 17; April 7; May 5, 19

The sessions will be held in Ottawa East near Main and Clegg. For precise location details please email

The course continues with a second 15-week session that can stand alone, or serve as a rounding-out of the concepts and practices for the serious student; to be offered Fall 2016.


Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

A learning activity with the guidance of Rabbi Liz Bolton.

Open to all who want to explore, learn, grow and share a mindfulness experience with a Jewish perspective.

Offered the Second Thursday of each month, beginning October 2015 through June 2016

30 Cleary Avenue, Room 6, lower level

Arrival: 7:15 pm
Practice begins: 7:30 pm
Departure: 9:00 - 9:15 pm

No RSVP or registration fee required. Donation welcome. Come to one, some or all of the sessions.

Click here for our online flyer.


Arendt and Eichmann in Jerusalem

A study group exploring the Jewish writings of political theorist Hannah Arendt, with a focus on reading Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, originally published in the New Yorker in 1961.

Seven sessions; Sunday mornings; meeting monthly in members homes; starting late October 25, 2015; guided by ORH member Patti Lenard, University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Please contact if interested.

Learning After Lunch Series on Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Liz, there will be three series of learning events:

Fall – Who Wrote the Bible? – Three sessions will take place on the 3rd Shabbat of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm on October 17, November 21 and December 19. These sessions are based on the book of the same name by Richard E. Friedman. 

Winter - Prayerbook Hebrew – Four sessions from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on January 16, February 6, February 20 and March 5. These sessions will build on each other but drop-ins are welcome too. Knowledge of the alphabet and how to pronounce words is needed (e.g. you need basic reading skills but understanding is not required) The intention is the learning and decoding of key words.

Spring – Mapping the Siddur – Becoming a Service Maven - Five sessions from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on March 19, April 2, April 16, May 21 and June 4. These sessions will help you learn the reason for what’s happening and why it’s happening in the service. Basically the how and why of what goes on.

Film, Shira and Book Series

Beginning in October, Or Haneshamah will hold a seasonal series of rotating monthly events that include a film viewing, a Shira evening (music and singing) and a book discussion. These events will take place in a variety of locations including member homes.

Fall series

Saturday October 10, 7:30-10:00 pm – Movie – History of the World, Part I (Mel Brooks) Popcorn and herbal teas provided. 

Friday, November 13, 6:00-10:00 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat service, pot luck dinner and Shira to follow (bring your song books and instruments) 

Saturday, December 26, 4:00 pm – Book Discussion –  Playlist Judaism: Making Choices for a Vital Future by Kerry Olitzky. "Every Jewish institution," writes Kerry Olitzky, "is undergoing significant change and is in danger of becoming irrelevant to the majority of North American Jews. All these institutions will have to reimagine themselves if they are to survive and grow."

Winter and Spring series

Details to follow

Tue, April 13 2021 1 Iyar 5781