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University of Oregon

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad at the University of Oregon

University of Oregon
239 E 14th ave, eugene, OR 97401 USA
Office: (347) 272-5845
Email: rabbi@jewisheugene.org

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Current Courses

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

A Jewish Educational Experience
Do you enjoy fun and lively conversations?

Do you want to challenge the status quo?

Do you have questions about Judaism that are important to discuss?

Do you want to discover how Judaism is relevant and forward-thinking?

Do you want to join a warm community?

Then join the club! Sinai Scholars is for you! This learning experience is different from any class you have ever attended!

Sinai Scholars is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat.

Sinai Scholars is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and Jewish identity, along with a deeper understanding about how these interface with modern life.

Session One
A Question of Identity: Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World

You meet a Jewish person who says, “You know, I don’t know why people consider me Jewish. I do not support Israel; I do not ever visit a synagogue; and I do not celebrate any Jewish holidays.” How would you respond?

What does it mean to be a Jew? Is Judaism a religion, culture, nationality, or some combination thereof?

Since the dawn of time, individuals and groups sought to define and explain their identities, and Jews throughout the ages questioned the meaning of their Jewish identity. Today, the shifting sands of Jewish life require that this conversation persist but with newer insights and profounder definitions.

Session Two
A People with a Purpose: Exploring Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos

If you were G-d and you were going to address a once-for-all-time message to all of humanity, what would you say?

What messages does humankind need to hear today?

Mark Twain noted that while many nations filled the planet with sound and splendor, all of them soon faded and vanished. But the Jews are different, he noted. “All things are mortal,” he wrote, “but the Jew.” For Jews, survival is not celebrated for survival’s sake; survival is seen as a call to a purpose. A dialogue about the nature of this purpose is one crucial step in making this world a better place.

Session Three
Reason and Ritual: On the Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances

In medieval times, a despotic ruler once agreed to release a Jew from jail for one day each year to practice religion. The Jew was now in a quandary. Should that day be Yom Kippur? Passover? Rosh Hashanah? Some other day? How to choose?

What would you choose?

This leads into a broader discussion about Jewish rituals, which often seem foreign and archaic. In what ways can we find meaning and value in some of these observances?

Session Four
An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat

Life is continuous and unrelenting. Might there be some benefit in a creative pause?

Enter the Jewish Sabbath. It is difficult to imagine a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. What meaning did Jews find in their Sabbath that allowed them to shrug off their cultural isolation?

Examining this question is relevant to those who are troubled that today’s society is insufficiently happy and inadequately connected in meaningful ways.

 

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 15 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Tuesday, January 22 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 29 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 5 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, February 8 2019 5:00 PM9:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Shabbos 2 -
Saturday, February 9 2019 11:30 AM2:30 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 12 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 19 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 26 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 5 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 12 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM


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Past Courses

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

A Jewish Educational Experience
Do you enjoy fun and lively conversations?

Do you want to challenge the status quo?

Do you have questions about Judaism that are important to discuss?

Do you want to discover how Judaism is relevant and forward-thinking?

Do you want to join a warm community?

Then join the club! Sinai Scholars is for you! This learning experience is different from any class you have ever attended!

Sinai Scholars is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat.

Sinai Scholars is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and Jewish identity, along with a deeper understanding about how these interface with modern life.

Session One
A Question of Identity: Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World

You meet a Jewish person who says, “You know, I don’t know why people consider me Jewish. I do not support Israel; I do not ever visit a synagogue; and I do not celebrate any Jewish holidays.” How would you respond?

What does it mean to be a Jew? Is Judaism a religion, culture, nationality, or some combination thereof?

Since the dawn of time, individuals and groups sought to define and explain their identities, and Jews throughout the ages questioned the meaning of their Jewish identity. Today, the shifting sands of Jewish life require that this conversation persist but with newer insights and profounder definitions.

Session Two
A People with a Purpose: Exploring Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos

If you were G-d and you were going to address a once-for-all-time message to all of humanity, what would you say?

What messages does humankind need to hear today?

Mark Twain noted that while many nations filled the planet with sound and splendor, all of them soon faded and vanished. But the Jews are different, he noted. “All things are mortal,” he wrote, “but the Jew.” For Jews, survival is not celebrated for survival’s sake; survival is seen as a call to a purpose. A dialogue about the nature of this purpose is one crucial step in making this world a better place.

Session Three
Reason and Ritual: On the Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances

In medieval times, a despotic ruler once agreed to release a Jew from jail for one day each year to practice religion. The Jew was now in a quandary. Should that day be Yom Kippur? Passover? Rosh Hashanah? Some other day? How to choose?

What would you choose?

This leads into a broader discussion about Jewish rituals, which often seem foreign and archaic. In what ways can we find meaning and value in some of these observances?

Session Four
An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat

Life is continuous and unrelenting. Might there be some benefit in a creative pause?

Enter the Jewish Sabbath. It is difficult to imagine a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. What meaning did Jews find in their Sabbath that allowed them to shrug off their cultural isolation?

Examining this question is relevant to those who are troubled that today’s society is insufficiently happy and inadequately connected in meaningful ways.

 

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Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 30 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 6 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 13 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 20 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 27 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 6 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, May 1 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, May 4 2018 5:00 AM - Friday, May 4 2018 9:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Shabbos 2 -
Saturday, May 5 2018 5:00 PM - Friday, May 4 2018 9:15 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, May 8 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, May 15 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, May 22 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, May 29 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, June 5 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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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 -
Sunday, April 15 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, April 22 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, April 29 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, May 6 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, May 13 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, May 20 2018 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 31 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, November 7 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 21 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 28 2018 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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