The Avonova

The Avonova

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad's West Side Center for Jewish Life

The Avonova
219 West 81st Street. Club Room, New York, NY 10024 USA
Office: 212-799-0809
Email: Rabbi@WestSideCJL.com
Web: WestSideCJL.com

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Past Courses

Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life's Tough Decisions -
About the Course

- A man wonders if his dying father should remain on life support.
What would you do?

 - A parent wonders if they should tell their child he has a potentially serious genetic disorder.
What would you do?

 - A woman wonders if she’s morally obligated to give a kidney to her cousin who has to undergo dialysis daily.
What would you do?

Chances are, like most people, you don’t know what you would do — or even where you would turn for guidance. But with medicine’s increasing role in our lives, most of us will have to face such issues at some point or another.

That’s why you’ll want to know about a remarkable new course called Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide through Life’s Tough Decisions. It’s based on two premises: (1) that Jewish wisdom has much to say about these matters; and (2) that the best time to deal with them is now, while the pressure is off.

Actually, there’s a third premise: that today's complex medical issues are fascinating, profound, and likely to kick up amazingly lively classroom discussion.

No easy questions. No easy answers. Medicine and Morals, is your chance to get real with the subject of medical ethics —discuss actual case histories, and get a sense of direction to weather the toughest challenges you’ll ever face.

Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide through Life’s Tough Decisions, coming this October to your local JLI chapter.


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

Canadian physicians attending this activity may record MOC (Maintenance of Certification) Section 1 credits.

This course is approved for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits in the United Kingdom by the Royal College of Physcians for medical professionals, and by both The Law Society and the Bar Standards Board for Solicitors and Barristers. Special thanks to the United Kingdom Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (UKAJLJ).

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Date 6 Tuesdays, Oct 26th - Nov 30th 2010
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00

Join any one class for free.

Scholarship opportunities are available, please contact our office for more details.

No one will be turned down due to lack of funds.


Toward A Meaningful Life: A Soul-searching Journey for Every Jew -
About the Course

Life can be a treadmill - as we go through the motions day after day without ever asking why or seeking what really matters to us. This course, prepared by the author of the best-selling book, Toward a Meaningful Life, is determined to change that. Here are strategies, tips, and suggestions for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but in actually making it a part of your daily existence. Whether you are dealing with family relationships or job satisfaction, this course  will help you look beyond a crisis to find the lessons within. Most important of all, these sessions will help you see life as the mysterious, challenging, and satisfying wonder that it really is.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, Feb 8th - Mar 15th 2011
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00
Early Bird Special $10 off before 02/04/2011
Multiple Signups Special $20 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 10% off

All Classes will be given by Rabbi Yisrael Kugel. 
Scholarship opportunities available. No one will be turned down due to lack of funds.

Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

212-799-0809 - Rabbi@WestSideCJL.com 

Any single class is free!

Course Overview:

  • Discovering Your Personal Mission Statement
    No business can function without a mission statement, and neither can you. This lesson will help you establish the foundation of a meaningful life — why you’re here, why you matter, and how you can make sense of the patterns of your thinking, behavior, and feelings.
  • Marriage, Love, and Intimacy
    How can you nourish the richness and depth of a loving relationship? We’ll explore the spiritual factors that can make a relationship greater than the sum of its parts — with a passion that’s eternal, purposeful, comfortable, and which truly reflects our Jewish values and attitudes.
  • Home and Family
    Building a home, raising a family — these are the most important sources of warmth and security in our lives. Learn how to nurture and strengthen these vital bonds that embrace us with comfort and connection.
  • Work, Charity, and Wealth
    We all need to earn a living, but that doesn’t have to consign us to a plodding drudgery that leaves us feeling half-alive. We’ll explore the ins and out of job satisfaction, as well as ways to put money in its proper perspective and keep materialism from overpowering our G-d-given, spiritual natures.
  • Pain, Loss, and Anxiety
    Pain can intrude on our lives at any time. All-consuming, it is a call for attention that launches the natural process of healing. We'll explore ways of coping with difficulty, finding a balance between grieving for what has been lost and feeling hope for the future.
  • Religion and Faith
    Faith is not only the stuff of childhood. It can open us up to the mystery of life, the wonder that defies reason. In this session, we work toward a personal grappling with truth as well as a more mature, dynamic relationship with our Creator.
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Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat in a 24/7 World -
About the Course

We invite you to explore the mystical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of Shabbat as we unlock a model for achieving balance and serenity in the modern age.

Over six weeks, we’ll uncover timeless principles for how to achieve a life of inner peace while making each workday more productive and fulfilling.

Sign up today for a remarkable experience.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, May 10th - Jun 14th 2011
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00
Multiple Signups Special $15 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 20% off
Why do we tend to focus on what's urgent instead of what's truly important?
Imagine. 24 hours of digital silence. No phones. No computers. No TV. Just valuable time with the people you love, to do all the things you've needed to do but never quite found the time for.
We invite you to explore the mystical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of Shabbat as we unlock a model for achieving balance and serenity in the modern age.
Over six weeks, we’ll uncover timeless principles for how to achieve a life of inner peace while making each workday more productive and fulfilling.
Sign up today for a remarkable experience. 
Avonova – Club Room
219 West 81st Street
New York, NY 10024
6 Tuesdays beginning May 10 - June 14
8:00-9:30 PM
All Classes will be given by Rabbi Yisrael Kugel. 
Scholarship opportunities available. No one will be turned down due to lack of funds.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.
212-799-0809 - Rabbi@WestSideCJL.com 
Any single class is free!
Course Overview
·       The Gift of Rest
What role does net worth play in how we define our success? The gift of Shabbat provides a priceless sense of self-worth in our most basic state, without feeling the need to achieve.
·       The Gift of Investment
The serenity and enjoyment of Shabbat is the culmination of a week’s work. Jewish culture’s emphasis on preparing for Shabbat presents a model for getting more out of life’s experiences by maximizing the effort we invest into shaping them.
·       The Gift of Love
The light of the Shabbat candles and heightened spiritual awareness on Shabbat illuminates the need to value the uniqueness of others and to invest in family and interpersonal relationships. This lesson outlines a clear roadmap for how to approach conflict resolution.
·       The Gift of Pleasure
In this time of great bounty, we have never found it harder to negotiate moderation with healthy pleasure. Shabbat’s definition of holiness is a prototype for how to synthesize spirituality and enjoyment.
·       The Gift of Purpose
Shabbat offers a transcendent frame of mind to objectively evaluate our work and add meaningful focus to our pursuit of a satisfying career. Shabbat’s neat construct of thirty-nine creative activities offers a framework to define a life of purposeful accomplishment.  
·       The Gift of Every Moment
From the multisensory experience of Havdalah, we learn how to introduce serenity into the chaotic moments. By identifying the spirituality within the mundane, we transform our week into one that is entirely Shabbat.

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 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00
Early Bird Special 15% off before 10/29/2010
Multiple Signups Special 20% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 20% off

No need to sign up for the full course
You are welcome  to join any specific class that you find interesting without signing up for the full course, the suggested price per class is $20. You can reserve for single classes 
here

November 8, 
The Avonova - Club Room
219 West 81st St. 10024

Know Something About the Bible?

Is “an eye for an eye” meant to be taken literally? Was the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge an apple? Did the Jews actually cross the Red Sea? We leap beyond a Hebrew School comprehension of the Bible, as we explore the deeper significance of its stories and their profound lessons for life.
November 15,
The Avonova - Club Room
219 West 81st St. 10024


From Womb to Tomb

Why celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah? What’s with breaking glass under the wedding canopy? Peppered with astounding insights along the way, we’ll journey from birth through burial, infusing meaning and relevance into the customs and traditions of the Jewish life cycle.
November 22,
The Corner - Club Room
200 West 72nd St. 10023

Sponsored by Joachim Azria in memory of Raham ben Julie Azria and Lional Yosef ben Yaelle Levy


Angels, Blessings, and Evil Eyes
What is the evil eye? How does it work? Are we accompanied by guardian angels? Do they have wings? Join us as we enter the hidden world of the occult and investigate the fascinating interaction between matter and spirit.
November 29,
The Avonova - Club Room
219 West 81st St. 10024 

Foods and Feasts

Ever wondered what it is about Jews and food? What makes food kosher? Why is pork considered the quintessential non-kosher chow? With tasty surprises along the way, we’ll learn a thing or two about Jewish diet in this mouth-watering, eye-opening session.
December 6,
The Avonova - Club Room
219 West 81st St. 10024

Sponsored by Aviva Schwartz in honor of the continuous good health of Elana Chaya bas Masha Gittel.

It’s All Hebrew to Me
From abracadabra to kippa and Yom Kippur, this lesson dives beyond semantics into the depths of Hebrew etymology. We’ll uncover insights into seemingly arbitrary Hebrew names, and discover words that offer perspective into the heart of key Jewish concepts.
December 13,
The Avonova - Club Room
219 West 81st St. 10024

Myths, Misconceptions, and Urban Legends
Sometimes the truth can be stranger than fiction. Do Jews believe in Satan? Can a Jew convert out of the faith? Peering into a world of untold mystery, we’ll explore common Jewish myths rooted in non-Jewish beliefs, everything from the bizarre to the downright outrageous.

 

Any questions? Email us!
We usually reply within 2 hours during normal business hours.


Course Overview and Lesson Locations & Sponsorships


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 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00
Early Bird Special 15% off before 01/17/2012
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 10% off

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 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00
Multiple Signups Special 15% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 10% off

 See www.westsidecjl.com/jli for more details


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 Mondays, Oct 29th - Dec 4th 2012
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $80.00

Hi There!

You can sign up for single classes and for the full course via the link below

Please make sure to see the exact dates of classes noted below, as the first 2 or not on Tuesdays.

Also, please RSVP via this link www.WestSideCJL.com/JLI

I look forward to seeing you at The Kabbalah of You.

Kind regards,
Rabbi Yisrael Kugel

JUST HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF?

Every worthwhile endeavor in life can be enhanced and exponentially deepened when you are in touch with your innermost self.

The inspiration and wisdom of The Kabbalah of You will help you encounter your deepest core and forge your own path to fulfillment.

Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this course is a map to help you handle anything life throws your way. 
 

Join us for Six Tuesdays*  
*Notice date changes for first 2 classes. 
Class one - Monday October 29. 
Class two - Wednesday November 7.
 
Starting October 30, 2012 
8:00-9:30pm

Location: 
The Avonova - Clubroom 
219 West 81st St. 
New York, NY 10024

Fee: $80 full course (textbook included) - $20 single lesson.  
Couples Discount: 10% 
Join any single class free of charge (with no obligation to continue)

For more information: 
Call: 212-799-0809  
Email: Rabbi@WestSideCJL.com

 Click here to sign up for a remarkable experience today.

Course Overview

Through the examination of the entire spectrum of what it means to be human, The Kabbalah of You offers recipes, tips, and techniques for not only discovering where your true meaning lies, but in actually making it a part of your daily existence. These sessions will help you see life as the mysterious, challenging, and satisfying wonder that it really is.

*Monday, October 29 
What does it mean to be human? The Jewish mystics teach us that we are nothing less than “Divinity in disguise.“ Then why, so often, do we not feel that way? Discover the power of your soul and its boundless force that is waiting to be unleashed.

*Wednesday, November 7 
What kind of life are you creating for yourself? Why is it so difficult to act upon your deepest convictions? The dissonance between what we believe and how we behave can be frustrating and even paralyzing. Explore ways to make what you do a reflection of who you are.

Tuesday, November 13 
We continue to pursue external sources of happiness, even while we know that happiness must come from within. How do you tell the difference between what you want and what you need? How do you express who you truly are? Find out why there’s so much more to joy than just being happy.

Tuesday, November 20 
In an age of hard facts, is faith still relevant? We insist on rational answers to our questions, but are those answers the foundation of our faith? Is faith a blind leap, or the result of an intellectual pursuit? Learn how to access your inner faith. 
 

Tuesday, November 27 
Can you love another person if you don’t love yourself? Can you love a complete stranger? Discover why you cannot be true to yourself without connecting with the part of you that is one with others. 
 

Tuesday, December 4 
What’s better than perfect? Imperfection. We can all be better than perfect—if we struggle to be the best we can. Understand how the heightened passion and thirst of one who grapples in the dark can more than compensate for the failings of imperfection.

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The Kabbalah of You offers participants profound insights into the drivers 
of human behavior. Even more important, it it offers a path for all of us to 
craft a more meaningful life. 
Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D. 
Dollard Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, and Law; Columbia University

Modern psychology was mostly started and developed by Jews....This course 
is a welcome restoration of the wealth of Jewish wisdom to the field of 
psychological health and personal growth. 
Lisa Aiken, Ph.D. 
Author and Clinical Psychologist; Jerusalem, Israel

The Kabbalah of You course is designed to...teach you a new way of thinking 
about yourself and the world.  The course is a wonderful opportunity for 
growth and personal self-transformation. 
Edward C. Halper, Ph.D. 
Professor of Philosophy; University of Georgia 

 


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