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Ohio University

Ohio University
33 N Court St, Athens, OH 45701 USA
Office: (740) 590-7474
Email: rabbi@jewishbobcats.com
Web: www.JewishBobcats.com

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Current Courses

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

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 23 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbos Night -
Friday, January 26 2018 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Orientation Shabbat Dinner

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 13 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Friday, February 16 2018 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner at OSU - date tentative

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 27 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 6 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 15 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Date/time subject to change


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 24 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, January 31 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 7 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 14 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 7 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 21 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 11 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 15 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
date/time to change


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AEPi Course

Shabbat Dinner info TBD


Flash PromoSinai Scholars 2.0: Fascinating Facts
About the Course

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, January 22 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Dinner at 5:45)

Lesson 2 -
Monday, January 29 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Dinner at 5:45)

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 5 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Dinner at 5:45)

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 19 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Dinner at 5:45)

Lesson 5 -
Monday, February 26 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Dinner at 5:45)

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 5 2018 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
(Dinner at 5:45)


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Past Courses

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

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 12 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 17 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, September 26 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 3 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 20 2017 4:00 PM - 0:00
Sinai Scholars weekend at OSU Chabad!

Field Trip -
Friday, October 20 2017 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, October 24 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, October 31 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 AM

Graduation -
Wednesday, November 15 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Coordinator Madeline Gelberg
Phone: 2242614561
Email: mg895113@ohio.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.