Enjoy stimulating daytime lectures series about Art, Opera, Film, Music, History and Dance with high profile guest speakers in a welcoming and intimate setting. Programs run from September – June.

    For more information about all Adult Daytime Culture and Education programming, please contact Lisa Roy at 416-924-6211 x155 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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    Mondays, November 18 - December 16, 2019
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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    With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators

    By December 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had written the defining compositions in every available musical genre of his time: symphony, chamber music, masses, and - above all - three types of Operas: Opera Seria, Opera Buffa and Singspiel. Clearly, each of Mozart's mature masterpieces is a source of wonder. But how to interpret them on stage? Iain will discuss a spectrum of directorial approaches to these masterworks, each of which promises to provide fresh insights into these multi-layered experiences. We will not only learn more about Mozart and his great Operas, we will also discover how a variety of brilliant theatrical minds have illuminated these icons of operatic literature.

    November 18          Idomeneo and Entführung
    November 25          The Marriage of Figaro
    December 2            Don Giovanni
    December 9            Cosi Fan Tutte
    December 16          The Magic Flute

    Series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

    Interior of the Paris Opera HouseMondays, March 23 - April 27, 2020 (*no class March 30)
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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    With Iain Scott, one of Canada’s foremost opera educators

    For centuries, Paris has been both a model and a magnet - the richest and most dominant city in Europe. As a model, Parisian fashions in architecture, dress, literature and music radiated across the continent. Parisian cultural influence on Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain is unparalleled. As a magnet, it attracted the world’s greatest artists and innovators – and any success in Paris ensured not only widespread fame but also unprecedented financial rewards. As a result, nearly all of the greatest opera composers, both domestic and foreign-born (e.g. Lully, Rameau, Gluck, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Bizet, Massenet, Debussy, etc.) created their greatest works for Paris. And the city of Paris is the place-setting for many of the world’s most famous and most loved operas, including La Bohème, La Traviata, Manon, and Andrea Chénier.

    In this course, we will use a loose historical framework to trace the development of operas created for the city and to illustrate operas, composed in later times, set in each period of the city’s fascinating history. In so doing, we will not only learn about a great model and“magnet city … but also about the breadth of the art-form of opera itself.


    Monday March 23
          The Ancien Régime and The French Revolution
    Monday April 6           Bohemian Paris and The Citizen King
    Monday April 13         La Gloire - Paris in the Second Empire
    Monday April 20         Opera and Paris in La Belle Époque
    Monday April 27         Paris in the Fin de Siècle and Paris Today

    Series: $90; Drop-in: $22 (+HST/CIF)

    movie poster for Taxi DriverMondays, January 13 - February 10, 2020
    1:30 - 3:30 pm

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    With popular film critic Adam Nayman

    In the late 1960s and 1970s, the traditional structures and economics of American studio filmmaking were buckling amidst widespread cultural and technological change. There emerged a group of young, talented and eccentric directors such as Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas and Spielberg, who were able to work the Hollywood system on their own terms, re-energizing American cinema, and ushering in a new wave of reality-driven, independent and blockbuster films. In this series, film critic Adam Nayman will look at a number of key movies made between 1969 and 1980, from Easy Rider to Heavens' Gate, and the lasting impact these directors made on the industry and the art form.

    Series: $60; Drop-in: $16 (+HST/CIF)
    $10 drop-in for Toronto Jewish Film Society subscribers with valid (TJFS) ID

    Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm

    Experience moments of discovery.

    The Adult Daytime Culture and Education program of the Miles Nadal JCC offers the highest quality of affordable arts programming for adults and seniors in a prime downtown location that is fully accessible. Our weekly afternoon programs feature some of the best guest speakers and performers Toronto has to offer, all in an intimate and welcoming setting. Socialize over refreshments before enjoying a stimulating lecture, concert, cultural program or literary event – a different program every week! Programs run from September – June. We invite you to find something that speaks to you and connects you with our community.

    For more information about all Adult Daytime Culture and Education programming, please contact Lisa Roy at 416-924-6211 x155 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Admission: $5/program (includes refreshments)

    Advance tickets are available for each program on our website or at our Information Desk. A limited number of tickets per program will be available for in-person sales the morning of each program, on a first-come, first-served basis.


    A man with chin length hair and a beard looks to the left of the cameraThursday, January 16, 2020
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm

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    Guest Speaker: comedian Hart Pomerantz
    In 1970, two Canadian ex-Laugh-In writers – Lorne Michaels and Hart Pomerantz – created
    The Hart and Lorne Terrific Hour. This top-rated CBC variety show mixed comedy sketches with musical guests, and starred Dan Ackroyd, Andrea Martin, Jackie Burroughs and Jayne Eastwood. Although it only lasted 11 episodes, Hart and Lorne had an indelible impact on modern sketch comedy, serving as the matrix for Saturday Night Live.
    Admission $5 

    A 1920s style musical poster with showgirls on stage, red text at the bottom says ChicagoFebruary 6, 2020
    REFRESHMENTS: 1:00 PM
    PROGRAM: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

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    Why is Chicago still running after 23 years on Broadway and preparing to headline the 2020 Stratford Festival season? The answer isn’t just in the magic of its original director/ choreographer Bob Fosse, but the synergy he created with Gwen Verdon, his wife, and Ann Reinking, his lover, both on and off the stage.

    Admission $5

    The Ault Sisters PhotoThursday, February 13, 2020
    Concert: 1:00-2:30pm
    Reception: 2:30-3:30pm

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    Featuring The Ault Sisters and accompanist David Warrack

    Celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with a live performance of timeless love songs, hit parade standards and romantic ballads. This versatile vocal jazz trio composed of 3 sisters – Amanda, Alicia, and Alanna Ault – is known for their signature close harmonies, reminiscent of The Andrew Sisters, The Manhatten Transfer and The McGuire Sisters. Sweet treats and hot chocolate will be served.

    Admission: $12 plus HST and CIF 
    Al Green Theatre

    A picture of a white colonial style building with the text "Jamaican Jewish Heritage Centre"February 20
    REFRESHMENTS: 1:00 PM
    PROGRAM: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

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    With guest speaker Rivka Campbell
    Jews of Colour (JOC) is a pan-ethnic term used to identify Jews whose family origins lie in African, Asian, or Latin American countries. JOC may identify as being of Black, Latino, Asian, biracial, or multi-racial heritage, while Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews from North African and Arab lands vary as to whether they self-identify as JOC. A common question posed to JOCs is “What’s your story?” Rivka’s story will include a brief history of the Caribbean, focusing on Jews of Jamaica, and will culminate with the story of navigating within the Jewish community as a JOC. This presentation will widen the scope of what it means to be Jewish in Canada and throughout the world.

    Admission $5

    a group of people sing from a stage, reaching out towards the audience, there are music stands in front of them.January 30, 2020
    REFRESHMENTS: 1:00 PM
    PROGRAM: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

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    Featuring ensemble members from Toronto Musical Concerts
    Get a behind-the-scenes sneak peak at award-winning Canadian musical The House of Martin Guerre which will be performed in the Al Green Theatre April 3-4. Enjoy performances from Leslie Arden's emotionally charged score, learn about this production’s fascinating history, pedigree and staging, and meet some of the cast members and production team.

    Admission: $5

    detail of the scroll of esther, a combination of hebrew and illustrated peopleMarch 5, 2020
    REFRESHMENTS: 1:00 PM
    PROGRAM: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

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    Judaica artist Laya Crust has scribed the entire scroll of Esther and illustrated it with 32 paintings based on 15th century Persian manuscript art. In celebration of Purim and International Women’s Day, learn about the time line of Persian history, the rules for scribing a megillah, and this realm that was until recent years traditionally reserved for men.

    Admission $5

     

    a woman with red hair in a red dress holds a microphone and smirks at the cameraThursday March 12, 2020
    REFRESHMENTS: 1:00 PM
    PROGRAM: 1:30 - 3:00 PM

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    Starring Rebecca Perry, presented by Smile Theatre
    Judy Garland. Lucille Ball. Bette Davis. Betty Hutton – four trailblazers who began their careers in the 1930s, and collectively helped make women more prominent and powerful forces in the film industry. Fighting against studio control, each refused to be “just another ingénue”. This one-woman show features marvellous melodies and scandalous headlines from the Golden Age of Hollywood!

    Admission: $10.00

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    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422
    Email: info@mnjcc.org

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    140344243 RR0001