Chabad Center

Chabad Center

Sponsoring Agency: Illini Chabad

Chabad Center
509 S Fourth St, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
Office: 2173558672
Email: rabbi@illinois.edu

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Current Courses

Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War - Register Now
About the Course

Experience an inspiring and thrilling account of what was then considered the most improbable and astonishing victory in all of military history.

Drawing on ideas of great Jewish writers and thinkers from throughout the ages, Survival of a Nation presents the Six-Day War as you’ve never experienced it before.

Its six sessions confront the impossible yet important questions of our time with affectionate and fervent patriotism, while also remaining realistic, and morally anchored.

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Date 6 Mondays, Jun 5th - Jul 31st 2017
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $79.00
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Past Courses

Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism - Register Now
About the Course

Does Judaism believe in guardian angels? Why do Jews use matchmakers? Who wrote the handwriting on the wall? A fun course in Jewish cultural literacy, full of surprising facts, myths, and mysteries surrounding Jewish tradition and practice.

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Date 6 Sundays, Nov 6th - Dec 11th 2011
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 10/09/2011
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 We look forward to an amazing semester!


Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics - Register Now
About the Course

Is Judaism socialist or capitalist? Who is responsible for preventing poverty? Is unionization a Jewish ideal? Must Walmart pay its workers a livable wage? Where would you draw the line? An ethical, Talmudic, and legal debate on the economic issues of our time.

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Date 6 Sundays, Jan 22nd - Feb 26th 2012
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 12/28/2011
Returning Student Special 5% off
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The Art of Marriage - Register Now
About the Course

Judaism views a loving marriage as a spiritual as well as a human ideal. 

“The Art of Marriage” is a six session course that will show participants how to attain that for themselves and their spouses, with timeless lessons from both modern and ancient Jewish texts such as the Talmud and Zohar.

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Date 6 Sundays, Apr 29th - Jun 3rd 2012
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 03/29/2012
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The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential - Register Now
About the Course

 Are you all you can be? How can you unleash the infinite power of your soul within? This course provides a mystical roadmap to living a life of happiness, fulfillment, and self-actualization by revealing how you can thrive and be more than just alive.

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Date & Time 6 Sundays, Oct 28th - Dec 2nd 2012
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 09/30/2012
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The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential - Register Now
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, Oct 30th - Dec 11th 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fee $89.00
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Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas - Register Now
About the Course

Are you obliged to keep all commitments? What are the responsibilities of the sandwich generation? Are the ungracious deserving of our charity? How far should we go to give the benefit of the doubt? A discussion on personal ethics and the Jewish view on laws that test the limits of our integrity.

This course is eligible for CLE credits in the following US States: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

This course is also eligible for CPD credits in England and British Columbia.

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Date 6 Sundays, Feb 3rd - Mar 10th 2013
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/11/2013
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 Available for Continuing Legal Education Credit


Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of our Sages - Register Now
About the Course

Everyone loves a good story. Knowing this, the sages of the Talmud used stories to encode messages about life that are far too deep and profound to communicate directly. This course decodes some of these extraordinary Talmudic mysteries to uncover layer within layer of insight into the nature of life, the universe, G-d, and man.

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Date 6 Sundays, May 5th - Jun 9th 2013
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 03/31/2013
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Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas - Register Now
About the Course

Modern medicine has brought us near miracles. It's also brought us some of the most difficult decisions we'll ever have to face. Are we obliged to prolong life even at the cost of terrible suffering? Should we legalize the sale of organs, such as kidneys, to save the lives of transplant patients? May a woman with a multiple-fetus pregnancy opt for fetal reduction, thus forfeiting the lives of some to possibly save others? When it seems that every available option is morally questionable, how do we decide?

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Date 6 Sundays, Nov 17th - Dec 22nd 2013
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 09/30/2013
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
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To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History - Register Now
About the Course

What was it like for our ancestors to say goodbye to the shtetl, to set out to discover new lives for themselves, along with all of the liberties the free world had to offer? At the dawn of the enlightenment, how did our parents adapt their Judaism to the developments of a modern age? And what can we learn from their struggles to connect deeply with our own Jewish identities?

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Date 6 Sundays, Feb 9th - Mar 16th 2014
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/12/2014
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Availability Register Now

Paradigm Shift: Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe - Register Now
About the Course

Paradigm Shift is an elevator ride to the heights of what is possible. Synchronize yourself with the mission for which you were placed on earth, and learn to recognize the inherent goodness and perfection in yourself, in others, and in every circumstance of your life.

Distilled into six succinct lessons, this empowering course offers a revolutionary outlook on life, culled from the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

This course is offered in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, May 27th - Jun 30th 2014
Time 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 05/09/2014
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Availability Register Now

How Happiness Thinks - Register Now
About the Course

Since the dawn of time, man has been ever-fascinated by the workings of the human brain. Only recently, scientists have been discovering the underlying dynamics that shape and influence our frame of mind--new ways to cope with anxiety and stress, steps that we can take to crystallize our self-concept, and practical tools we can use to build the resilience and grit to ride through any challenge life throws our way.

Surprisingly, Torah and the Talmud have for centuries advocated various approaches to achieving happiness; ideas that are only now being confirmed through scientific observation.How Happiness Thinks offers a Jewish roadmap to happier living. Every lesson contains poignant insights into how our minds operate with practical steps you can take to boost your happiness levels to places unimaginable.

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Date 6 Wednesdays, Nov 5th - Dec 10th 2014
Time 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee $79.00
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The Art of Parenting - Register Now
About the Course

As parents, we worry about the well-being of our kids; about their future, and about our role in shaping it. In The Art of Parenting, we scale the challenges that face us as parents and explore timeless insights from Jewish wisdom to instill values, foster independence, and ensure the long-term success and emotional well-being of our children.

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Date 6 Sundays, Jan 25th - Mar 1st 2015
Time 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special $0 off before 01/08/2015
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 5% off
Availability Register Now

Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition - Register Now
About the Course
Just as science follows the scientific method, Jewish tradition has its own system to ensure its authenticity remains intact.
Judaism Decoded sheds light on the mysteries surrounding biblical interpretation. How do we know our interpretation is true? If it is true, why is it subject to differences of opinion? And with so many interpretations to choose from, how do we know which one reflects its original intent?
Discover the sheer elegance of the “source code” on which Torah law is built; enjoy the razor-sharp reasoning, intelligent debate, and compelling arguments of the Talmudic dialectic; and get a fascinating, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the most intellectually sophisticated religion in existence.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, May 5th - Jun 9th 2015
Time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 04/01/2015
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Availability Register Now

Journey of the Soul: An Exploration of Life, Death, and What Lies Beyond - Register Now
About the Course

Journey of the Soul explores the mysteries surrounding the spiritual dimension of our existence—our destiny that continues even after we’ve shed our earth-bound body suit. We examine the transition of the soul into the hereafter, the kinds of legacies that are valued even after we’ve forsaken this earthly existence, and the accompanying emotional journey and rituals that help the soul and those closest to it prepare for its new reality.

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Date 6 Mondays, Oct 26th - Nov 30th 2015
Time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 10/04/2015
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The Jewish Course of Why - Register Now
About the Course

Give your Judaism the intellection you know it deserves. Prepare to tackle the quizzical, queer, and seemingly-unanswerable questions about Jewish belief and practice.

Ever wondered why there are so many Jews in Hollywood? Why Jews eat gefilte fish and cholent and wish each other mazal tov and l’chaim? Why the Bible sanctions slavery and animal sacrifices? What is the cause of antisemitism? What does Judaism say about Christianity? About the role of women in Jewish life? You will also gain insight into mysterious Jewish practices, strange biblical narratives, and enigmas of Jewish identity.  

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Date 6 Mondays, Feb 8th - Mar 14th 2016
Time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/18/2016
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Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets - Register Now
About the Course

In Strength and Struggle we unlock the secrets of great character by exploring some of the most dramatic narratives and inspiring personalities in all of history. Set in the midst of our nation’s formative years, an era in which our ancestors fought to carve out a civilization among hostile neighbors, these thrilling tales of judges, kings, and prophets reach into the essence of the human condition. Their heroes and antiheroes teach us eternal lessons of struggle and triumph, courage and humility, hope and resilience.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, May 17th - Jun 21st 2016
Time 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Fee $89.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 04/29/2016
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Availability Register Now

How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life - Register Now
About the Course

Whether it’s at home, in the office, or in your personal life, everyone craves success. This course provides uniquely Jewish ways of thinking to help you develop a growth mindset, identify and cultivate your signature strengths, deal with your weaknesses, and overcome the obstacles to your success.

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Date 6 Mondays, Nov 14th - Dec 19th 2016
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $79.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Availability Register Now

The Dilemma : Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions. - Register Now
About the Course

Accredited for Continuing Legal Education (in most states)

Apply mind-bending, brain-twisting, hair-splitting Talmudic reasoning to solve real-life modern dilemmas—situations that actually happened yet seem impossible to solve. What do you do when your gut tells you one thing, and your brain tells you another? Prepare for a mental expedition to mind-wrestle with situations that force us to choose between two reasonable truths.

Analyze, discuss, and debate Talmudic texts with live interactive polling for an authentic taste of original, dynamic Talmud study.

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Date 6 Mondays, Jan 23rd - Feb 27th 2017
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $79.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/09/2017
Availability Register Now

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