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Academy of Jewish Learning

Can you describe the thrill of discovery when you learn something new? At Temple Sholom we strive to capture that feeling whenever we learn together. For Jews, learning is a lifelong pursuit. We establish the habit as children and hone the skills through regular study. Temple Sholom offers adults a variety of ways to keep themselves intellectually fit and spiritually energized.



jeffreysallkinTemple Sholom is pleased to welcome Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin as its scholar-in-residence during the weekend of February 17-19, 2017.

Rabbi Salkin is recognized as one of the most thoughtful Jewish writers and teachers of his generation. He has helped people of all ages find spiritual meaning in both the great and small moments in life. A noted author whose work has appeared in many publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, and the Congressional Record, Rabbi Salkin is editor of A Dream of Zion: American Jews Reflect on Why Israel Matters to Them; and author of Being God’s Partner: How to Find the Hidden Link Between Spirituality and Your Work; and Righteous Gentiles in the Hebrew Bible: Ancient Role Models for Sacred Relationships, among other books.

“Fixing The Broken Hallelujah: The Music of Leonard Cohen”
Temple Sholom U – Spotlight Event
Friday, February 17, 2017
6:30pm: Service
7:30pm: Dinner & Presentation
The music of Leonard Cohen is rooted deeply in the Jewish tradition. How does his life and work bear testimony to Judaism and what Jews can say to the world today?

“The Gods Are Broken!”
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 12:00pm (Lunch & Learn Following Services)
The story of the young Abraham is the “primal trauma” of Jewish history, one critical to the development of a certain Jewish comfort with rebelliousness and one that, happening in every generation, has helped Jews develop a unique identity. Rabbi Salkin will show how the story continues to reverberate through the ages, even in its connection to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

“Where Are The Men?”
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 7:30pm
Location TBD
It’s the most-discussed phenomenon in American Jewish life today: the men are disappearing – from the pews, from the classrooms, from leadership. What can we do? Clue: find the “stuff” in the Torah that has men’s names on it. The subject of The Modern Men’s Torah Commentary (Jewish Lights).
Sponsored by the Temple Sholom Men’s Club, this program is for men only.

Putting God on the Guest List: How to Reclaim the Spiritual Meaning of Your Child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Smashing the idols of the 21st Century.
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 10:15am – Noon
Bar and bat mitzvah is the most popular North American Jewish life cycle ceremony. But it has also been the victim of its own success. How can we spiritually “upgrade” bar and bat mitzvah? How can we restore value and meaning to this important moment in a young person’s life? Based on Rabbi Salkin’s well-known series of bar and bat mitzvah books, published by Jewish Lights.
For Grade 4 – 7 students and their parents.



Temple Sholom University (TSU) templesholomu
Every month learn from some of the brightest and most accomplished minds at Temple Sholom. Join us for an early Shabbat service followed by a thought-provoking discussion and a dinner. Each discussion will be led by a professor, an educator or a member of our congregation who is an expert in their field.

November 18, 2016: TSU Spotlight: Rabbi Bregman and Jordana Shani – Hillel BC’s Mission to Rwanda
December 9, 2016: Temple Sholom Scholars
January 20, 2017: Temple Sholom Scholars
February 17, 2017: TSU Spotlight: Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin –  The Music & Prayers of Leonard Cohen
March 17, 2017: Temple Sholom Scholars
April 28, 2017: TSU Spotlight: Israeli Reform Rabbi Benjie Gruber
May 26, 2017:  Temple Sholom Scholars

Torah Study
First & Third Saturday of every month, 8:30 – 10:00am
JerryGrowe3With Jerry Growe
The cycle of Torah reading is unending and can be entered at any point in the year or at any point in one’s life. On the first and third Shabbat morning each month we gather to review the stories and the teachings of that week’s “Parasha”. The sessions are led sometimes by our rabbis and other times by congregational members. Whether the presentations are formal or not, there is always ample time for personal comment and reflection. And, don’t assume that you know the story, as each year something new is brought to the table.

Tracking the History of Eight Scrolls
November 29, 2016 at 7:30pm
dscf0984With Evelyn Lazare
Evelyn Lazare, a long-time member of Temple Sholom, volunteered to document the provenance of the eight Sifrei Torah housed in the synagogue’s ark, believing the process would take a few weeks at best it is now a 40-page illustrated book! Evelyn’s presentation describes how she approached her role as Torah detective and includes the back-stories omitted from the more formal, written document.
Books will be available for purchase ($18) at the program.


Adult Hebrew
NaomiWith Cantor Naomi Taussig

Hebrew 1: For Beginners with no prior Hebrew experience (or it’s been so long you don’t remember).
Tuesdays at 8:00pm, October 18, 2016 – March 7, 2017 (19 sessions).
No classes December 20 & 27.
Materials & course fee: Members $75, non-members $125.
Please register here or call the Temple office at: 604.266.7190.

Hebrew 2: Beyond the Letters and Vowels
Pre-requisite: Students must have full letter and vowel recognition.
Wednesdays 1:30pm, October 19, 2016 – March 8, 2016 (19 sessions).
No classes December 21 & 28.
Materials & course fee: Members $75, non-members $125
Please register here or call the Temple office at: 604.266.7190

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (iEngage Series)
iengage-logoTuesdays, 7:30-9:15pm, January 10 – February 28, 2017
With Rabbi Dan Moskovitz
Explore one of the most divisive issues affecting the Jewish people today. Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants will explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape our own political understandings. $50 materials fee – includes a ticket to the award winning play Wrestling Jerusalem on March 1 or 2, 2017 at the Rothstein Theater as part of the Chuzpah Festival.

Temple Sholom and 2017 Chutzpah!  Festival Co-Present  –  Wrestling Jerusalemchutzpah2017-logo-purple-green-black-feb16-march13-300dpi 
March 1 & 2, 2017 at 8:00pm
The Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Ave., Vancouver, BC
wrestling-jerusalemWRESTLING JERUSALEM follows one man’s journey into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Giving voice to seventeen different characters, men and women, Jews and Muslims, soldiers and farmers, intellectuals and ordinary citizens, playwright/actor Aaron Davidman paints a portrait of the people that live in and around Jerusalem embattled by fear and mistrust. Impassioned and deeply personal, the play explores universal questions about identity and human connection, shedding light on one of the most divisive issues of our time. The critically acclaimed play has toured throughout the U.S and Canada. and has been made into a feature film.
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What it Means to be Jew-ish Today 
Tuesday, March 14 & 21, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm
0a18fee2-7ede-4a20-aeeb-19ae6bb41475With Rabbi Philip Bregman, Rabbi Emeritus
Two years ago I was listening to the late night comic Seth Meyers explain that his paternal grandfather was Jewish and that his in-laws (he’s married to a Jewish woman) consider him Jew-ish enough. Interesting that the word Jewish has certainly been part of my entire life, and yet I never broke the word down into 2 syllables Jew-ish. So what about you? Are you Jewish or are you Jew-ish and what’s the difference?
During our 2 week session we’ll explore this as it relates to the world we grew up in and the world that we now live in. We’ll also look at the world of the millennials (being that most of my time these days is spent on various campuses throughout the Lower Mainland). And of course we will factor Israel into the discussion and our relationship to her. Are you Zionist or Zion-ish, or neither?

To Be Remembered for a Blessing: End of Life Planning – Canadian & Jewish Law
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30pm
jeremycostinWith Rabbi Dan Moskovitz & Jeremy Costin
How does Canadian & Jewish law deal with the ethical and moral decisions involved in planning for your estate to pass to your successors, particularly within a family from one generation to the next? How does Judaism view succession, and what are the moral obligations it wants you to consider?
Rabbi Moskovitz will be joined by Jeremy Costin, an experienced wills and estates lawyer at Kornfeld LLP, whose experience runs from corporate reorganizations and tailor-made trust solutions to bringing peace of mind to families with young children or disabled dependents. Jeremy is a PLTC guest instructor at the Law Society of B.C., a director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, and a director of the Jewish Lawyers Association of British Columbia.


CareyBrownSiddur 101: How Jews Pray
Sundays, October 23 & 30, 10:30am-12:00pm
With Rabbi Carey Brown
You will have a more meaningful prayer experience when you understand the siddur! Learn how the flow of the service brings us on a spiritual journey each day. Recognize the meaning behind our most central prayers.

“Relax – It’ll be OK!” – Proactive Parenting through a Jewish lens
November 6, 13 & 20, 2016 at 10:15am
anne1With Anne Andrew
Patterns of behaviour that can lead to depression, bullying, addictions, eating disorders and suicide are set in the first six to eight years of a child’s life. The good news is that they can be identified and remedied at any age. This course has developed out of Anne’s personal experiences in seeking a cure for her daughter whose turbulent teen years provoked a healing journey for the whole family. Anne discovered that cure in Jewish wisdom. Expect to be challenged to rethink some accepted norms and adopt specific helpful attitudes. You’ll come away with a set of tools and strategies for raising happy, courageous, mentally healthy kids.
Session 1: Self-worth: The key to happiness.
Session 2: Innocence maintenance: Your role as a guilt-buster.
Session 3: Kindness versus grades.

rabbi-dan-new-small-2013The December Dilemma – Intermarried and inter-in-lawed Dialogue
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 10:30am
With Rabbi Dan Moskovitz
A check-in for interfaith families and extended families in our community as we approach the Christmas/ Chanukah season. Topics will  include: How to discuss Christmas with your Jewish children. How to handle the in-laws and the invitations? Christmas Tree, Chanukah Bush and other significant symbols.

nature-of-wow“Nurture the Wow”
January 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017 at 10:15am
With Rabbi Carey Brown
This four-part Book Club and discussion series with Rabbi Carey Brown will be using a new book by Danya Ruttenberg.

Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, Scholar in Residence
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 10:15am-Noon
jeffreysallkinBar and Bat mitzvah is the most popular North American Jewish life cycle ceremony. But it has also been the victim of its own success. How can we spiritually “upgrade” Bar and Bat Mitzvah? How can we restore value and meaning to this important moment in a young person’s life? Based on Rabbi Salkin’s well-known series of Bar and Bat Mitzvah books, published by Jewish Lights. For Grade 4 – 7 students and their parents.


Men’s Health: Stuff You Should Know
hister_art_07Thursday, November 17 , 2016, 7:00-9:00pm
With Dr. Art Hister
Temple Sholom member, Dr. Art Hister, is a full time “media doctor” since 1991, he has worked as a health analyst for many media outlets including the BBC, CBC radio and TV, and BCTV’s Global News. He also consults for several health and wellness organizations. Dr. Hister will take us through an ‘owner’s manual’ on having a male body and the stuff we should know about keeping it in good working order. For more upcoming Men’s Club events click here.


bambi_cowl_2_etsyKnitting Group Seminar – An Evening of Knitting Inspiration
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00pm 
Featuring Amanda Kafka Creator of The Crafty Jackalope.
Cost: $5.00 payable at the door. To ensure your spot, please RSVP to Elaine Book at 604.200.0539 (voice mail) or by no later than October 17, 2016.

Rosh Chodesh Renewal
October 31, December 1 & 31, 2016 and January 28, 2017, 6:00pm at location varies
A celebration of the women’s festival for the new moon through communal Torah study, using “The Torah, A Women’s Commentary”. Study sessions are held monthly on a date close to Rosh Chodesh at the home of a participant and another participant acts as study leader. Cost: $5.00 for a light dinner provided by the hostess. New members welcome. Contact Barbara Heller, for details.

Book and a Bite
An interactive book reading group for members of Temple Sisterhood. The purpose is to meet and discuss a chosen Jewish book about various topics. Members submit titles at meetings which are held every 6-8 weeks. Meetings are held at Temple Sholom with a $2.00 charge for refreshments. Contacts are Alisa Streat & Iris Dayson at:

For more Sisterhood’s upcoming event page click here.

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A Taste of Judaism… Are You Curious?
May 3, 10, 17, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Everyone is welcome to this free 3 session class for beginners – Jewish or not – that explores the topics of Jewish spirituality, ethics and community values.
* See also “The December Dilemma” course under the Parent Learning section.


9 Adar Project: A Conversation about Disagreements in the Jewish Community
March 2017
The 9th of Adar is the day, approximately 2,000 years ago, on which the initially peaceful and constructive conflict (machloket l’shem shamayim) between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai, erupted into a violent and destructive conflict over a vote on 18 legal matters leading to the death of 3,000 students. The day was later declared a fast day, however, it was never observed as such. Temple Sholom will lead an open dialogue for our community about Constructive Conflict. This program will be dedicated to increasing community awareness around the values and skills of constructive conflict as well as awareness of how these conflicts impact our Jewish community and congregation.

A Symposium on First Nations from the Perspective of the Jewish Community
April 2017
In partnership with CIJA and local First Nations leaders

JIC Class with Rabbi Brown & Cantor Taussig

Tuesday nights, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
First hour: Hebrew
Second hour: Judaica
Cost: $1,300

First Class: September 13, 2016
This class is for Jews and Non-Jews who wish to explore Judaism and learn Hebrew in an intensive 18 week seminar. This class is also designed for those that are interested in conversion to Judaism. A meeting with Rabbi Brown is required before a student can register for the course.
For more information and to register please call: 604.266.7190 or