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jLearn is a unique program offering focused mini courses aimed at exploring new realms of Jewish thought and philosophy. Whether it’s Jewish history, ethics or digging beneath the surface of our rituals and traditions, jLearn focuses on the “why” and the “how” of Judaism. Participate in a course that interests YOU. 

Deepen your Jewish learning experience with short but chock-full-of-information courses that will have you thinking in a whole new way.

jLearn will begin during the week of October 15th. The times of each class will be determined to accommodate the schedules of participants.

For more information please contact Rochel Chein.

All texts and readings will be presented in English. The classes are crafted in such a manner as to be equally accessible and intriguing to students with advanced Judaic knowledge, those with no prior knowledge, and all in between. 

jLearn courses will be offered with a four person participation minimum. If you are interested in a particular class and the times offered do not fit into your schedule, please do let us know which times you have available, and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

From Sinai to Cyberspace: The Origins and Evolution of the Oral Law
Mrs. Rivkah Slonim

Who gives the Rabbis their power? How we be sure that this is not a case of "broken telephone"? Can changes be made in Jewish law today? This and many other questions are answered in this course.

Six sessions: 75 minutes each
This class will meet on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
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Jewish Survival Skills – Practical Halacha on Campus
Rabbi Zalman Chein 

Learn about matters of Jewish law that university students commonly encounter.  Can I ask my roommate to flip the lightswitch on Shabbat? Can I leave my coffee machine on a timer? Explore these and many other relevant issues.

Five sessions: 60 minutes each
This class will meet at 8:30 PM on Tuesdays.

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The Jewish Course of Why
Mrs. Rivkah Slonim

Fifty fun, complex, and controversial questions about Jews and Judaism will be explored in this course.  Appropriate for beginners, advanced and everyone in between!

Six sessions: 75 minutes each.
This class will meet at 5:30 PM on Thursdays.

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The Tastes of Judaism
Mrs. Rochel Chein

Latkes and hamantashen, kosher symbols and big holiday meals...explore Judaism’s take on all matters culinary, and prepare and taste classic Jewish cuisine.

Five sessions: 90 minutes each
This class will meet at 8:00 PM on Tuesdays.

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Curious, Zany and Fantastical Talmudic Tales
Mrs. Rivkah Slonim

In this fascinating course, participants will glean profound life lessons and find personal meaning in stories that defy the imagination, in accounts of theology riddled debates, in the fine art of anthropomorphism, in a showdown between heaven and earth, and finally, in a discussion of what constitutes a ticket to paradise. Prepare to challenge your mind and provoke your spirit.

Six sessions: 90 minutes each
This class will meet at 3:00 PM on Tuesdays.

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Tour the Temple
Rabbi Zalman Chein

For 830 years, there stood an edifice upon a Jerusalem hilltop which served as the point of contact between heaven and earth. What was the Temple all about? What were its functions and what did it actually look like? Take a tour through the Holy Temple, walk through its corridors and discover the marvels of G‑d's dwelling place in our world.

Five sessions: 60 minutes each
Day and time to be determined by interested participants.

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Paradigm Shift 
Mrs. Rivkah Slonim

See the world in a whole new and fascinating way through the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Six sessions: 90 minutes each
This class will meet on Thursdays at 8:00 PM.

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The Festivals in Jewish Law: A Talmudic Take
Rabbi Zalman Chein

Take a deeper look at the festivals and their Mitzvot that we encounter each year. Comb through the Talmud and the Codifiers in this text-based class.

Six sessions: 60 minutes each
This class will meet on Wednesdays at 8:30 AM.

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