Lifelong Learning | Congregation Darchei Noam
At Darchei Noam, we believe that the bonds of community are strengthened through Jewish learning. Whether it is through an in depth look at a Jewish topic in one of our Academy courses, engaging with our scholars-in-residence, participating in the adult B’nei Mitzvah class, attending a special lecture, or joining our weekly Torah study sessions, as a member of our community you have many diverse ways to connect with our tradition, history, politics, and culture.
To view upcoming programming, visit the calendar.
The Darchei Noam Academy
The Darchei Noam Academy, founded in 2012, is dedicated to creating and supporting a community of learners through small group opportunities for Jewish Studies. Our expert teachers guide students through critical, thoughtful and creative readings of traditional and non-traditional Jewish, Israeli and secular sources.
For more details about the Academy, click here.
Every Saturday before Morning Services, members of the Darchei Noam community are invited to attend collaborative discussions about the parashah of the week, led by our Rabbi or a member of our congregation. These weekly sessions are an excellent opportunity to delve into text study in an open format. Torah Study sessions are suitable for all levels of Judaic knowledge, and no knowledge of Hebrew is required.
For information on upcoming Torah Study leaders, consult our calendar of upcoming events.
Adult Learning Programs
Darchei Noam prides itself on offering high-calibre adult education programming on a range of topics of interest to the community. Our mission is to feature a variety of classes, lectures, scholars, events and other activities year-round. No matter your Jewish experience, our Adult Education programming will have something for you. Come learn with us.
Past programs include:
- Jewish Life and Death in the Soviet Union During World War II, in partnership with the Centre for Jewish Studies of the University of Toronto and the Blavatnik Archive,
- annual programming for the Sarah and Chaim Neufeld Holocaust Education Centre's Holocaust Education Week,
- numerous lectures from visiting Rabbi Scholar-in-Residences,
- hands-on sofrut (scribal) workshops from a visiting sofer (scribe),
- film screenings with facilitated discussions,
- learning series on Reconstructionist Judaism and Mordechai Kaplan,
- the Elka Klein Memorial Lecture: Jews, Citizens and Slaves in a Colonial Society – the Example of Eighteenth-Century Suriname,
- Separating Conjoined African Twins: A Jewish Story, a seminar on the circumstances and ethical issues involved in separating conjoined twins from secular and Jewish perspectives.
- and many, many more.
For more about our upcoming programs, please visit the calendar.
Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program
Darchei Noam’s Adult B’nei Mitzvah Program gives adult congregants, who did not celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in their youth, an opportunity to enrich their Jewish development through an inspirational and intellectually engaging year-long course. The program, taught by Rabbi Grimberg, other Jewish professionals and Darchei Noam’s lay leadership, attracts intellectual and spiritual seekers who want to learn about our oral tradition, the Talmud, and the structure of services. The curriculum is designed based on the interests of the participants, and is complemented by a Shabbaton retreat, where students bond through learning, singing, and sharing in the celebration of Shabbat.
To find out more about the Adult B’nei Mitzvah program, including information on the next course offering, contact the office.