Chabad House

Chabad House

Chabad House
219 Randolph St., Oak Park, IL 60302 USA
Office: 708.872.7771
Email: rabbi@oakparkjewish.org
Web: www.oakparkjewish.org

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Upcoming Courses

Communication: Its Art and Soul - Register Now
About the Course

Can you express yourself effectively in 140 characters or less? Should you?

The rise of the internet, mobile phones, and social media has completely changed the way we relate, interact, and communicate with one another—and it’s high time we reclaim this lost art.

In Jewish philosophy, communication is more than just a tool: it is who we are. Humans are defined as communicative beings with a communicative soul, and aligning ourselves with this soul is our raison d’être.

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society

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Date & Time 6 Sundays, Jan 21st - Feb 25th 2018
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
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Communication: Its Art and Soul - Register Now
Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Feb 21st - Feb 25th 2018
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
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Past Courses

Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism -
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 Tuesdays, Nov 8th - Dec 13th 2011
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special $0 off per student with minimum 5 signups

Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics -
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 Tuesdays, Jan 24th - Feb 28th 2012
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 5% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Fees include textbook and online recordings of class. This Course is approved by the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois for 9 professional responsibility (Ethics) credits. Additional $100 for CLE.
 
To include CLE credits in the registration, enter CLE in the Promo Code.
(CLE classes must be attended in person)

 


The Art of Marriage -
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 Tuesdays, May 1st - Jun 5th 2012
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential -
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 6 Tuesdays, Oct 30th - Dec 4th 2012
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Living with Integrity: Navigating Everyday Ethical Dilemmas -
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 Tuesdays, Jan 29th - Mar 12th 2013
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $100.00

This course has been accredited by the MCLE Board & the Commission on Professionalism of the Illinois Supreme Court and is eligible for up to 9 MCLE or Proffesional (Ethics) Credits.


Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Personal Meaning in the Legends of our Sages -
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, Apr 21st - May 26th 2013
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Life in the Balance: Jewish Perspectives on Everyday Medical Dilemmas -
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, Oct 27th - Dec 1st 2013
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 5% off per student with minimum 2 signups

There is an additional $100 for CLE/CME Credits. To receive credits with the course type in "CME/CLE" in the Promo box


To Be a Jew in the Free World: Jewish Identity Through the Lens of Modern History -
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 2nd - Mar 9th 2014
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 5% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Paradigm Shift: Transformational Life Teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe -
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 Sundays, May 11th - Jun 15th 2014
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 5% off per student with minimum 2 signups

How Happiness Thinks -
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 Sundays, Nov 9th - Dec 13th 2014
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

The Art of Parenting -
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 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Judaism Decoded: The Origins and Evolution of Jewish Tradition -
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 Sundays, May 3rd - Jun 14th 2015
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Journey of the Soul: An Exploration of Life, Death, and What Lies Beyond -
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 Sundays, Oct 25th - Dec 6th 2015
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 5% off per student with minimum 2 signups

The Jewish Course of Why -
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 Sundays, Feb 21st - Mar 27th 2016
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Light breakfast is served

Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets -
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 Sundays, May 15th - Jun 26th 2016
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Light breakfast served

How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life -
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 Sundays, Nov 13th - Dec 25th 2016
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 5% off per student with minimum 2 signups

The Dilemma : Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions. -
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 Sundays, Jan 29th - Mar 5th 2017
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War -
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 Sundays, May 14th - Jun 25th 2017
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Light breakfast, coffee and tea will be served.

Great Debates in Jewish History -
About the Course

Debate is not only encouraged within Judaism but resides at the very heart of our history and theology. Great Debates in Jewish History explores six fundamental conflicts that pitted the greatest Jewish minds against each other—six instances of divergent perspectives, including several that are still debated today.

Discover stirring and surprising accounts that span two millennia of Jewish disputation, reflecting the panorama of Jewish history and its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges. Encounter the gripping narratives of six fascinating eras, the intellectual tension and points of view they unearth, and the light they shed on the most fundamental of Jewish beliefs.

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Date 6 Sundays, Oct 29th - Dec 10th 2017
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $100.00

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