Upcoming Classes

At the heart of Jewish culture there has always been Jewish learning—an engaged and vibrant meeting of minds. 

2017-2018 Academic Courses: 

Winter Course: The Art of Communication

Language is the marvel of the human species. With carefully chosen words, “we can shape events in each other’s brains with exquisite precision.”5 We can sow the seed of an idea; inspire fear, hope, or trust; collaborate; converse; argue; reason; or love. Communication is the constant of our existence: done well, it can alter the landscape of our lives.

Effective communication improves the way we do business; the way we conduct our domestic lives and our relations with friends and acquaintances; and the way we share our deepest emotions, thoughts, and inspirations. From the time of the Greek Sophists, who taught their students to use skilled rhetoric to gain power, through Dale Carnegie’s still-popular How to Win Friends and Influence People, people have always wanted to know how to improve their communication.

Despite the many volumes of self-help literature and the profusion of courses on this topic, there is more to be said. The Art of Communication, a new six-session course by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), distills ancient Jewish wisdom and couples it with the latest developments in psychological research in the quest to find the secrets behind healthy and effective communication.

The Art of Communication predicates its examination of mundane conversation and dialogue on the back of a hallowed principle: the injunction to love your fellow as yourself. Communication requires us to inhabit the reality of another, to enter their mind and identify with their perspective, no matter how foreign it may seem. Thus, loving our fellow as ourselves, that great principle of the Torah, is the bedrock upon which good communication is built.

This course aims to construct a coherent vision of what is worth saying and then to provide practical knowledge of how to go about saying it—as timely a pursuit today as always.

Lesson 1: The Communicating Being

Lesson 2: The Art of Listening

Lesson 3: When to Talk

Lesson 4: How to Talk

Lesson 5: How to Communicate and Influence

Lesson 6: How to Talk to Resolve Conflict

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Spring Course: Existence - Rethinking Everything We Know About Our Universe

Rethink everything you know about our universe. Explore the nature of our world and the meaning of the human condition as you contemplate existential questions about consciousness, the physical, and the metaphysical, to unveil the hidden unity and pervading truth of our existence. 

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Weekday Classes at Lubavitch on the Palisades

Sunday 9:30 am: Parsha class followed by coffee & cake

Monday 9:30 am: Women's Kabbalah class with Rabbi Shain

9:00 pm: Kabbalah class in Hebrew (e-mail Rabbi Gershovitz for location)

Tuesday 8:00 pm: JLI course or class with Rabbi Shain between courses

Thursday 8:00 pm: Talmud class with Rabbi Shain