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..

    Treble clef on an abstract background with orange and greenMondays, October 28 - November 11, 2019
    1:30 - 3:00 pm

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    With Robert Harris, CBC Radio host and Globe & Mail music critic

    Inspired by Harris' 20 part conversations with Michael Enright on CBC's The Sunday Edition, these illustrated music lectures - liberally sprinkled with musical examples - reveal why select compositions have entered the cultural firmament and continue to resonate with us today. 

    October 28           Elvis Presley’s That’s Alright Mama
    November 4         Ludwig van Beethoven's Eroica
    November 11      Civil Right’s anthem We Shall Overcome


    Series: $40; Drop-in: $16 +CIF/HST

    One character jumping at another character.
    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)

    Steven Spielberg on Temple of Doom set
    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.


    Graphic with a cutout of Buffy St Marie on top of a cream background covered in orange flowersThursday, September 19, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    A tribute concert featuring popular folk singing duo Sue & Dwight

    Singer-songwriters Joan Baez, Buffy St Marie and Joni Mitchell were three of the leading musician-activists of the 1960s. All showed remarkable range as vocalists and proved that music could have a powerful impact as an instrument of socio-political change. These remarkable female musicians created harmonious legacies of tolerance and peace. 

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Ken Greenberg Book Cover with headshotThursday September 26, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    Guest speaker: award-winning urban designer Ken Greenberg

    Toronto is in the midst of a startling transformation, developing into one of the world's most culturally and economically dynamic cities. This renaissance is the subject of Toronto Reborn, Ken Greenberg's riveting new account of how the work and decisions of citizens, NGOs, businesses, and governments have all combined to refashion Toronto since the 1970s. From the Bentway project to the revitalization of Regent Park, to the controversial Sidewalk Labs, learn how Toronto is reclaiming public spaces in innovative ways.

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Doug Ford talks to reporters at Toronto City Hall

    Thursday, October 3, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    Guest speaker: Rick Salutin, political columnist for The Toronto Star

    Canadian politics has been mired in corruption since before Confederation. It rose to an early crescendo with the Canadian Pacific scandal that brought down a government. What are some current permutations of this tradition in Ottawa and Queen’s Park- starting with SNC-Lavalin and Doug Ford’s personal preference for OPP chief? 

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Poster for Kiss Me KateThursday, October 10, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With pianist/musicologist Jordan Klapman

    One of the greatest composer/lyricists of the 20th century, Cole Porter is still revered for his witty words and musical sophistication. Despite personal tragedies, Porter's iconic songs comprise a massive portion of The Great American Songbook - and his songs conquered Broadway, the popular music hit parade, and provided the soundtracks for many of Hollywood’s classic musicals. Enjoy this historical lecture complete with live music.

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Sephardi Voices passport

    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm 

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    Guest speaker: Professor Henry Green, International Director of Sephardi Voices

    Close to one million Sephardic Jews fled their native Arab lands after 1948, when discrimination and violence put an end to millennia-old Jewish communities. Learn about this forgotten exodus, and the digital audio-visual project that documents the lives of a Jewish populace on the verge of disappearing. Presented in partnership with Sephardi Voices.
    Thursday October 17

    Be sure to visit The Gallery at the J from October 3-29 to view the Sephardic Voices exhibit. 

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Rouhama Danto Sistine ChapelThursday, October 24, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    Guest speaker: Rouhama Danto

    Famed Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo lived in Florence most of his life. He lost his mother at the age of six, but he already knew that he wanted to be an artist. He was born into a Catholic family, and yet, as a true Renaissance man, Michelangelo was equally inspired by Christian theology and Jewish mysticism - at that time, educated Catholic Florentines studied Hebrew, Torah, Talmud and the Kabbalah. Fascinated by the mystical symbols of Kabbalah, Michelangelo created hidden messages on the ceiling on the Sistine Chapel that were dangerously contrary to the teachings of the Church. Learn about the secrets he concealed amongst his famous frescos.  

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    An example of Peter Harris' Bauhaus architecture in Tel AvivThursday, October 31, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    Guest speaker: Peter Harris

    The Bauhaus lasted only from 1919 to 1932, but in those tumultuous 13 years it became a worldwide leader in all aspects of design. Its forced closure in response to Nazi Germany only served to spread its ideas across the globe – especially in Israel and North America.

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Book cover for A Forgotten HeroThursday, November 7, 2019   
    1:30 - 3:00 pm   
    FREE

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    For Holocaust Education Week
    Meet the Author Event

    Guest Speaker: Shelley Emling

    In one of the most amazing rescues of WWII, Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish head of the Red Cross, rescued more than 30,000 people from concentration camps in the last three months of the war.
    Folke did so by negotiating with the enemy — shaking hands with Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo. Time was of the essence, as Hitler had ordered the destruction of all camps and everyone in them. Recently released publication A Forgotten Hero chronicles Folke’s life and extraordinary journey, from his family history and early years to saving thousands of lives during WWII and his untimely assassination in 1948. A straightforward and compelling narrative, A Forgotten Hero sheds light on this important and heroic historical figure. Presented in partnership with ECW Press.

    FREE – Spaces are limited. Advance registration is required.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg behind a chairThursday, November 14, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    Guest speaker: Hana Werner

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg – aka the Notorious R.B.G. – is an inspiring thinker and activist. Guided by strong values, she chose especially challenging cases before being appointed as a US Supreme Court justice.
    She successfully fought against gender discrimination, unified the liberal block, and is among the most avid questioners on the bench.  

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Poster for Sophie Tucker's Some of These Days coverThursday, November 21, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With singer Honey Novick, accompanied by Neil Gardiner

    An international star of music halls, vaudeville and film, Sophie Tucker was a role model, a ‘big girl’ …   a woman years ahead of her time. Learn how she influenced future generations of women, and enjoy a live performance of some of her trademark songs, including A Yiddishe Mama and Some of These Days, as well as some originals.

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up BabyThursday, November 28, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg

    They say comedy is hard, but when Hollywood gets it right, there’s nothing like it. Emerging in the 1930s, screwball comedies were fast-talking romantic farces that fused silliness with sophistication, and featured fabulous ‘battles of the sexes’ scenes starring Hepburn, Tracy, Grant and Gable. In this lecture, we’ll look at the finest romantic comedies and their various permutations, and enjoy clips from such iconic films as Bringing Up Baby,Adam’s Rib, The Philadelphia Story and It Happened One Night to more recent rom-coms Tootsie and Addicted to Love. They are movies to laugh at and love. 

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Cab Calloway in a TuxedoThursday, December 5, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    With musician Jonno Lightstone

    Cab Calloway – the legendary "Hi De Ho" man – was a larger-than-life showman known for scat singing, dancing, and flashy elegance. He catapulted to fame with performances at The Cotton Club, created signature songs like Minnie the Moocher, and led one of the greatest bands of the Swing Era.
    Enjoy this historical lecture complete with live music.

    Admission: $5/program

    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.

    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Concert: 1:00 - 2:30 pm   
    Reception: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

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    A Swing Era Concert & Dance in Celebration of Chanukah
    Featuring Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats

    Enjoy hot jazz vocals from the 1930s and dance the afternoon away at our concert held in celebration of Chanukah. Known as Canada's Sweetheart of Swing, Alex Pangman captivates with her vibrant vocals and infectious charm, and is joined by Glenn Anderson (drums), Chris Banks (bass), Peter Hill (piano), and John Macleod (cornet).

    Admission: $18.00
    Al Green Theatre

    Thursday, February 13, 2020
    Concert: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
    Reception: 2:30 - 3:30 pm

    Featuring The Ault Sisters and accompanist David Warrack

    Celebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with a live performance of timeless love songs, jazz standards and romantic ballads. Sweet treats and hot chocolate will be served

    Admission: $12 plus HST and CIF 
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