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University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad at UWM

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center 3054 N Hackett Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211 USA
Office: (414) 939-3770
Email: chabadatuwm@gmail.com
Web: Chabadatuwm.com

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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

Course Overview

The objective of this course is to explore core elements of Jewish thought, literature and practice.  Judaism spans 4000 years. You can fill up libraries with its literature. Its practices are more vast and complex than perhaps any other society. They are as vast and complex as life itself. So to think we will cover Judaism in one 8 week course is not a very Jewish thought. What we are aiming for is to explore some of its core elements; core to Judaism, and core to us—modern Jews in the 21st Century.

 

These are issues we must be familiar with if we want to say with integrity “I am a Jew. This is not an in-depth exploration to become a scholar, get a PhD, or become “religious”. This is to have a healthy, adult-level, understanding of the core elements of our heritage and identity.

Lesson 1: Identity– What does it mean to be a Jew?

From the dawn of time, the quest for one’s identity has been fraught with confusion and yet, deep meaning. How is it that this search, which has shaped the lives of individuals and nations, still remains a mystery of many labels? In this course, we will analyze the inherent link that binds every Jew to our nation. We will question the state of Jewish being and discover that it is not just a genetic toss of the dice.

Lesson 2: Approaching life on Planet Earth:

Dizzying patterns and definitions of human rights have contributed to the value system upon which society has built itself today. The template of society is defined by the rights that every individual has. But how does one adhere to this system and remain focused on the inherent goodness in others?

Enroll now to discover the right way to peel back the layers concealing the goodness in others and in the world itself.

Lesson 3: Mitzvot– What is the meaning of Jewish practices?

"Perhaps you’ve always thought that Mitzvot are strange and archaic rituals. Some of them seem to be unrelated to being a “good person”.  In this lesson, you will unravel the mystery of Jewish practices and discover the significance behind the menial details.


Lesson 4: Shabbat - In what way can Shabbat enhance life?

Ever wondered why there is such a fuss about ‘Shabbat’? The delicacy and intricacy of its observance has ignited debate and fascination throughout the ages.  In this lesson, discover what the unique blend of Shabbat can bring into your weekend and the powerful boost it can provide into the maze of life beyond.

Lesson 5: Relationships - How can true love turn into lasting love?

“And they lived happily ever after”... Did they? The merciless turn of the clock can turn time into an enemy when love does not last. How can we turn True Love into a love that lasts the tests of time?  It is a quest that forms the basis for one of the most fundamental and powerful human motives. Viewed through the prism of Torah, this lesson will unlock the secret to achieving long-term love, romance and passion.

Lesson 6: Torah - In what way can an ancient legal code inform modern-day dilemmas?

It’s been 3000 years. We’ve gone from wagons to Volkswagens and entered a world of fast paced, moving technology. Has time truly accelerated modern life beyond the reach of Torah?  

Come join the Sages in the ancient study halls to debate the ethical and legal issues surrounding life and death as it was then, and now.

Lesson 7: Mysticism – In what way can every Jewish idea inform daily life?

Every visible structure has an inner power that energizes it. Underneath that mild Clark Kent exterior of daily life, we are moving worlds and causing cosmic explosions. What force is within, that propels Torah thought? In this lesson, we will examine the deepest parts of Torah, known as Chassidic Mysticism and discover its origin and application to us today.

Lesson 8: Paying it Forward

Now what? The future starts with you. What is your vision for the Jewish future?

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Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 24 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 27 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 29 2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 31 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 7 2017 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 14 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 21 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 28 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 5 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 10 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Past Courses

Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
About the Course

 

Perhaps you have struggled before with the elusive search for meaning, and wished you had a personal mentor to guide your growth. What if you had the chance to meet one of the greatest masters of Kabbalah and learn ancient proven strategies for self-realization and contentment?

This fall, you’ll have that chance. Soul Maps, a new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, investigates Tanya, the fundamental text of Chassidic thought. The course is structured as a six-session consultation with the author of the Tanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. During each session, you will receive insight into your inner world and you will discover new strategies for overcoming obstacles to change and progress. You’ll learn to resolve guilt, conflict, and confusion, and to traverse life’s journey with joy, purpose, and direction.

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Thursday, November 19 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Thursday, November 26 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Thursday, December 3 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Thursday, December 10 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Thursday, December 17 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Thursday, December 24 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 2 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 9 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 16 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 23 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 1 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 8 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
About the Course

Course Overview

The Ten Commandments are one of the most well-known passages of the Bible, and are significant to non-Jewish people as well. During the eight weeks of the course, three primary questions will be explored:

1. What, if anything, is Jewish about the Ten Commandments? Aren’t these ethical principles that have been adopted by most religious communities? Does Judaism understand them in a particular way, or is the foundation of the Jewish religion universalistic in its orientation?

2. Why these ten? There are many possible ways to articulate a foundational  manifesto of purpose. Yet the Ten Commandments select only ten of hundreds of possible commandments to be conveyed by G-d directly to the Jewish people. What is special about these ten? In what way do each of them represent a sphere of significance?

3. How does this commandment make a difference to your life? Most of us don’t grapple with whether to murder or not, and idol worship is currently out of fashion. Are these ten still of central relevance to us today? Do they continue to speak to us today?

Course Syllabus

Orientation Session

In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program.

Lesson One: If You Were G-d

In this lesson, you will examine the structure and order of the ten commandments, and explore its role as the foundation of Jewish thought and modern civilization.

Lesson Two: Who Am I?

In this lesson, you will examine the Jewish concept of G-d and the nature of Jewish belief. You will also investigate the contemporary relevance of the concept of idolatry.

Lesson Three: To Be or Not to Be

This lesson concentrates on the Jewish idea of the Sabbath and sanctity in time. You will become familiar with the basic practices governing the Jewish Sabbath, and you will look at the interplay between the Sabbath and the other days of the week.

Field Trip One

You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Shabbat dinner with your instructor.

Lesson Four: The Creators

This lesson looks at how Jewish law codifies the requirement to honor and respect 

parents, and invites you to consider the significance of this commandment to our spiritual development.

Lesson Five: The Breath of Life

This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson Six: Born To Marry

This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Field Trip Two

Lesson Seven: For Love or Money ( Do Not Steal; Do Not Covet)

This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson Eight: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

This lesson focuses on the spiritual meaning of human communication and the
importance of honest and true words. We also examine classical Jewish thinking
regarding the authenticity and truth of the Jewish tradition.

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 10 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 17 2014 7:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 24 2014 7:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 28 2014 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 9 2014 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 10 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 24 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 31 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 7 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 28 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, May 5 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Orientation & Lesson One

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 1 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 22 2014 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 26 2014 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tour a Mikva, Explore a Judaica shop, Go Kosher food hunting and more!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 29 2014 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 5 2014 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 12 2014 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 14 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Special Session before Shabbat Dinner, and Shabbat afternoon, followed by Havdalah Ceremony (4:15-5:15 Saturday afternoon)

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 19 2014 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 3 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 10 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Jaylie Smith
Phone: 414-755-9620
Email: smithjaylie@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 17 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 24 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 27 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Special Pre-Dinner discussion about Shabbat; we will also get together 5:30-6:30pm pm Saturday to have another discussion and celebrate the conclusion of Shabbat together.

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 3 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 8 2015 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tour a Mikva, Explore a Judaica shop, Go Kosher food hunting and more!

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 10 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 24 2015 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, April 14 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 21 2015 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 28 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, May 3 2015 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


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Coordinator Daniel Melnick
Phone: 8477147273
Email: danielpmelnick@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 19 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 26 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 2 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 9 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 16 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 20 2015 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Come early before Shabbat dinner for a lively discussion about Shabbat. We'll get together again Shabbat afternoon (Saturday the 21st,) 4-5:30pm for the closing of Shabbat, followed by musical Havdala.

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 22 2015 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Visit a Mikva, Judaica store and much more!

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 23 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 30 2015 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 7 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 13 2015 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


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Coordinator Joshua Graybow
Phone: 9522208271
Email: jgraybow@gmail.com

Isaac Vineburg
Phone: 9202465514
Email: ivineburg126@yahoo.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 22 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 29 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, March 4 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 7 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 21 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 28 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 4 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 11 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 17 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 18 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, May 8 2016 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM


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Coordinator Nicole Gorelik
Phone: 4147934743
Email: ngorelik@uwm.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

Course Overview

The objective of this course is to explore core elements of Jewish thought, literature and practice.  Judaism spans 4000 years. You can fill up libraries with its literature. Its practices are more vast and complex than perhaps any other society. They are as vast and complex as life itself. So to think we will cover Judaism in one 8 week course is not a very Jewish thought. What we are aiming for is to explore some of its core elements; core to Judaism, and core to us—modern Jews in the 21st Century.

 

These are issues we must be familiar with if we want to say with integrity “I am a Jew. This is not an in-depth exploration to become a scholar, get a PhD, or become “religious”. This is to have a healthy, adult-level, understanding of the core elements of our heritage and identity.

Lesson 1: Identity– What does it mean to be a Jew?

From the dawn of time, the quest for one’s identity has been fraught with confusion and yet, deep meaning. How is it that this search, which has shaped the lives of individuals and nations, still remains a mystery of many labels? In this course, we will analyze the inherent link that binds every Jew to our nation. We will question the state of Jewish being and discover that it is not just a genetic toss of the dice.

Lesson 2: Approaching life on Planet Earth:

Dizzying patterns and definitions of human rights have contributed to the value system upon which society has built itself today. The template of society is defined by the rights that every individual has. But how does one adhere to this system and remain focused on the inherent goodness in others?

Enroll now to discover the right way to peel back the layers concealing the goodness in others and in the world itself.

Lesson 3: Mitzvot– What is the meaning of Jewish practices?

"Perhaps you’ve always thought that Mitzvot are strange and archaic rituals. Some of them seem to be unrelated to being a “good person”.  In this lesson, you will unravel the mystery of Jewish practices and discover the significance behind the menial details.


Lesson 4: Shabbat - In what way can Shabbat enhance life?

Ever wondered why there is such a fuss about ‘Shabbat’? The delicacy and intricacy of its observance has ignited debate and fascination throughout the ages.  In this lesson, discover what the unique blend of Shabbat can bring into your weekend and the powerful boost it can provide into the maze of life beyond.

Lesson 5: Relationships - How can true love turn into lasting love?

“And they lived happily ever after”... Did they? The merciless turn of the clock can turn time into an enemy when love does not last. How can we turn True Love into a love that lasts the tests of time?  It is a quest that forms the basis for one of the most fundamental and powerful human motives. Viewed through the prism of Torah, this lesson will unlock the secret to achieving long-term love, romance and passion.

Lesson 6: Torah - In what way can an ancient legal code inform modern-day dilemmas?

It’s been 3000 years. We’ve gone from wagons to Volkswagens and entered a world of fast paced, moving technology. Has time truly accelerated modern life beyond the reach of Torah?  

Come join the Sages in the ancient study halls to debate the ethical and legal issues surrounding life and death as it was then, and now.

Lesson 7: Mysticism – In what way can every Jewish idea inform daily life?

Every visible structure has an inner power that energizes it. Underneath that mild Clark Kent exterior of daily life, we are moving worlds and causing cosmic explosions. What force is within, that propels Torah thought? In this lesson, we will examine the deepest parts of Torah, known as Chassidic Mysticism and discover its origin and application to us today.

Lesson 8: Paying it Forward

Now what? The future starts with you. What is your vision for the Jewish future?

Read More

Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 26 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 10 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 31 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 4 2016 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 6 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 7 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 14 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 21 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 28 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 5 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 11 2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 21 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 28 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 7 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 14 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, March 31 2017 6:00 P - 9:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 2 2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, April 4 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 25 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, May 2 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, May 7 2017 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM


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