Congregation Sha'arei Israel-Chabad

Congregation Sha'arei Israel-Chabad

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad of Raleigh

Congregation Sha'arei Israel-Chabad
7400 FALLS OF NEUSE RD, Raleigh, NC 27615 USA
Office: 9198478986
Email: rabbilev@jewishraleigh.org
Web: jewishraleigh.org

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Current Courses

Wrestling with Faith - Register Now
About the Course

Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G-d. It is easy, for example, to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G-d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G-d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G-d. The course acknowledges the often unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for the answers.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, Oct 23rd - Dec 4th 2018
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
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There is also a Wednesday evening class from 7:30-9, beginning October 17th at 4104 Grace Park Drive in Morrisville. We may be offering a Wednesday morning class from 9:30-11 at Sha'arei, beginning Oct. 24th. Please let us know if you are interested in that option.

Past Courses

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 $90.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

 Classes also offered in Cary on Wednesday evenings at 7:30, beginning November 7th, held at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.


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 5th 2013
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $80.00 +$10.00 book fee
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 10% off

This course has been approved by the North Carolina Bar Association for 7.25 CLE credits, 4.25 of which are good for ethics.

Class is also offered on 6 Wednesday evenings beginning January 30th at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce.


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 Tuesdays, Apr 23rd - Jun 4th 2013
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $90.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

 No Class on May 14th, due to the observance of Shavuot.


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 Tuesdays, Oct 29th - Dec 10th 2013
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $90.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Class also offerred at 7:30 on Wednesday evenings at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce

No Class on November 26-27th in commemoration of Thanksgiving


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 Tuesdays, Feb 4th - Mar 11th 2014
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $90.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Class will also be offered in the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce (260 Town Hall Dr) on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and in Sha'arei Israel on Sunday mornings (beginning Feb. 2nd) from 10:00-11:30 AM.


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 Tuesdays, May 6th - Jun 17th 2014
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $70.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Sunday morning option available beginning May 4th from 10:00-11:30 AM at Sha'arei Israel

Wednesday evening option available beginning May 7th from 7:30-9:00 PM at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce (260 Town Hall Rd).

No class on June 3-4 due to the observance of Shavuot.


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 Tuesdays, Nov 4th - Dec 13th 2014
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $70.00
No class on November 25th.

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 Tuesdays, Jan 20th - Feb 24th 2015
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $70.00
Friday morning option is also available beginning January 23rd from 9:15-10:45

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 Tuesdays, May 5th - Jun 9th 2015
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $70.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
This course is also offered on Wedensday evenings at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce (260 Town Hall Dr), beginning May 6th at 7:30 pm.

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 Tuesdays, Oct 27th - Dec 8th 2015
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $79.00
Multiple Signups Special $12 off per student with minimum 2 signups
In addition to the Tuesday evening option, there is also a 9:15-10:45 Wednesday morning class at Sha'arei Israel and a Wednesday evening class at 170 Towerview Court, Suite 101 in Cary.

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 Tuesdays, Feb 9th - Mar 15th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $79.00
Multiple Signups Special $11.5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Class also offered on Wednesday evenings, starting Feb. 10, at 140 Towerview Office Court, Ste 101, in Cary. Depending on numnber of interested participants, We might be offering a Wednesday morning class at 9:15 am. Please email info@jewishraleigh.org if interested.

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 Tuesdays, May 17th - Jun 21st 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $79.00
Multiple Signups Special $11.5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Partial scholarships avaiable upon request

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 Tuesdays, Nov 8th - Dec 20th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
No Class during week of Thanksgiving. Class is also offered on Wednesday evening at 140 Towerview Ct. in Cary. You may alternate classes between Raleigh and Cary locations.

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 Tuesdays, Jan 31st - Mar 7th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 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 Tuesdays, May 2nd - Jun 13th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Class will also be offered on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM at Sha'arei and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM at 140 Towerview Court in Cary.

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 Tuesdays, Nov 7th - Dec 12th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 off per student with minimum 2 signups

Communication: Its Art and Soul -
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 6 Tuesdays, Jan 23rd - Feb 27th 2018
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Wednesday morning class option may also be available. Please email rabbilev@jewishraleigh.org if you are interested in this morning option.

What Is? Rethinking Everything we Know About Our Universe -
About the Course

Imagine that you were able to rethink everything you knew about the universe, the laws of nature, your own consciousness, and the very idea of existence and reality. Imagine the new insights you will gain, the fresh perspective with which you will embark on the journey of life each morning.

What is? does exactly that. Drawing on the wisdom of Chassidic teaching, the most basic building blocks of existence are reexamined from the bottom up, revolutionizing our understanding of life, reality, and our place in the world.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, Apr 24th - May 29th 2018
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $75.00
Multiple Signups Special $5 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Wednesday morning class, 9:30-11:00 am at Sha’arei Israel will likely be offered as well. Please contact us if interested Class is also offered on Wednesday evening at 7:30, starting April 25 at Chabad of Cary 4104 Grace Park | Morrisville NC