Central Avenue Synagogue

Central Avenue Synagogue

Sponsoring Agency: North Suburban Lubavitch Chabad

Central Avenue Synagogue
874 Central Avenue, Highland Park, IL 60035 USA
Office: 847-266-0770
Email: michla@nschabad.org
Web: www.nschabad.org

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Past Courses

From Sinai to Cyberspace: How Ancient Wisdom Guides a Modern World -
About the Course

A lot can change in 3,000 years. We've gone from camel backs to Cadillacs, and have entered a world of fast-paced technological advance. We've gone from a Jewish world marked by prophets and pilgrimages to a world where students study Torah in cyber-classrooms and rabbis address ethical question posed by organ transplants.

Yet the elemental questions about our tradition remain the same. How do we know what G-d wants of us in this world? Do we have any evidence that the Bible text is divine and true? How can we understand its cryptic passages? Why are the rabbis so concerned with minute details? Who has the right to interpret the Bible? How do we adapt its laws to modern times and changing influences?

The answers to these questions are addressed in "From Sinai to Cyberspace," the most popular course ever offered by the Jewish Learning Institute. Newly revised on the basis of feedback from students like yourself, this interactive course promises to intrigue and inspire as you explore the history and development of Jewish law and tradition.

The journey "From Sinai to Cyberspace" represents the inner story of our lives and of our people. We invite you to join us for the ride.

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Date & Time 8 Thursdays, May 4th - Jun 22nd 2006
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00
From Sinai to Cyberspace: How Ancient Wisdom Guides a Modern World -
Date & Time 8 Thursdays, May 4th - Jun 22nd 2006
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00

The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care About Israel -
About the Course

 

Explore the spirit of a land that has pulsed with energy and mystery since the dawn of time, a land that has captured our imagination throughout history, a land that breathes with the glory of our past and the dreams of our future. Join us as we examine what Israel was meant to be, and what Israel means to us today.

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Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 1st - Dec 13th 2007
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $50.00
The Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care About Israel -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 1st - Dec 13th 2007
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

You Be the Judge II: An Exhilarating New Exploration of Jewish Civil Law -
About the Course

 

How does an ancient system of law adapt to the modern world? See how Talmudic scholars respond to new advances in technology and society while remaining faithful to eternal principles. You Be the Judge II presents six new cases that invite you to pit your wits against some of the best minds in Jewish history.


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

This course is approved for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits in the province of British Columbia, Canada by the Legal Society of British Columbia, Canada.

This course is approved for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits in the United Kingdom by both the Law Society and the Bar Council. Special thanks to the United Kingdom Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (UKAJLJ).

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Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Feb 12th - Mar 19th 2009
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00
You Be the Judge II: An Exhilarating New Exploration of Jewish Civil Law -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Feb 12th - Mar 19th 2009
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

Beyond Belief: Reflections on Jewish Faith, Reason, and Experience -
About the Course

 

Our beliefs color the way we see the world and help us to make sense of the inevitable challenges that confront us. The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's upcoming winter course, Beyond Belief: Reflections on Jewish Faith, Reason, and Experience, is designed to help students take a closer look at how Jewish beliefs can help bring meaning to their lives and guide their choices.

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Date 6 Thursdays, Feb 7th - Mar 13th 2008
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $50.00

Men, Women & Kabbalah: Wisdom and Advice From the Masters -
About the Course

Viewed through the prism of Kabbalah, gender is an essential quality of the cosmos. From mystical secrets of reincarnation to practical tips on enhancing relationships, Judaism's ancient teachings will bring new depth in understanding life's most challenging issues.

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Date 8 Thursdays, Jan 20th - Mar 10th 2005
Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $35.00

The Messiah Mystery: Toward a Perfect World -
About the Course

No idea in human history has inspired so much hope or ignited so much debate. It is the dream that has motivated prophets, poets, sages and mystics. It is the basis for the beliefs of billions across the globe.

What is this Jewish ideal, "Mashiach" - the Messiah? Where is its source? When did it become so important to Judaism? Why? How is it relevant to the here and now?

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Date 8 Thursdays, May 12th - Jun 30th 2005
Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00

Biblical Reflections: Find Yourself in the Stories of the Bible -
About the Course

 

Everybody loves a good story. A good story takes hold of the imagination and provides a window into the human soul.

The stories of the book of Genesis are the oldest stories in the world, yet they continue to inspire countless retellings and adaptations. They retain their power because they deal with the most powerful of human motives: the quests for love, purpose, identity, and redemption. They also explore the inner obstacles that threaten these goals: lust, greed, hatred and jealousy.

When you explore these stories, you will identify with characters who grapple with the feelings and dilemmas that are at the heart of the human experience. You will see how their stories are also the stories of YOUR life, reflecting your joy and your pain, your struggles and your victories. And you will learn how the Torah’s eternal values provide insight that helps you respond more thoughtfully as you face critical moments of your own.

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Date & Time 6 Thursdays, May 7th - Jun 11th 2009
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00
Biblical Reflections: Find Yourself in the Stories of the Bible -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, May 7th - Jun 11th 2009
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

The Kabalah of Time -
About the Course

 

Examine time and the Jewish calendar through the mystical lens of Kabbalah. Time is a profound organizing element of our existence, and the cycle of the Jewish calendar provides a powerful template for personal growth.

Discover both a practical understanding of the structure of the Jewish calendar as well as mystical insights into recurrent patterns of time.

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Date 8 Thursdays, Feb 9th - Mar 30th 2006
Time 10:00 PM - 11:15 PM
Fee $60.00

You Be the Judge: Behind the Steering Wheel of Jewish Law -
About the Course

States approved to offer CLE Credits: AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, MN, MO, NC, NM, NV, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WA

For over a thousand years, our mostimportant cultural activity has been the study of Talmud. It has sustained us through persecution and exile, shaping the discourse of our people and serving as the crowning achievement of our intellectual tradition. Perhaps you have been curious about the Talmud, but thought it was complex and inaccessible to anyone lacking extensive training. Not anymore. This fall, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is proud to launch "You Be the Judge," an innovative introduction to this magnificent work. You need no prior knowledge of the Talmud and no formal legal training. There are no prerequisites other than an open mind. "You Be the Judge" presents you with real cases brought before Beit Din, the court system of Jewish law. We provide the primary source texts from Talmud and put you in the driver's seat. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss, and argue, based on principle and precedent. You will experience firsthand the exhilarating mental exploration that characterizes traditional Talmud study. Join us this fall in the ancient study halls of Jerusalem and Babylonia. Add your voice to other voices that span the millennia. You take the lead. You Be the Judge.

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Date 6 Thursdays, Nov 9th - Dec 21st 2006
Time 6:00 AM - 6:00 AM
Fee $60.00

The Kabbalah of Character -
About the Course

You are unlike any person who has ever lived before. How can you make the most of the gifts you have been given?
 
The Kabbalah of Character, a new and expanded revision of our popular course "Soul Powers," is designed to help you understand the unique mix of qualities that define your individuality. Drawing on the organizational structure of the Kabbalah, this course examines the nature of the human soul created in the image of G-d.

The Kabbalah of Character is not a quick-fix. You won't learn how to become a perfect person in eight easy lessons. But you will learn strategies for making changes that are lasting and real. Authored by Rabbi Moshe Miller, noted scholar of Kabbalah, the course invites you to choose from among a wealth of reflective approaches to chart your own path to personal growth. It includes wisdom to amaze you and stories to inspire you, as well as journal exercises and practical tools to help you apply the lessons to your own life.
So spend eight weeks learning the secrets that will help you unlock your inner potential.
Because you won't know what you can be... until you hold a mirror to your soul.

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Date & Time 8 Thursdays, Jan 25th - Mar 15th 2007
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00
The Kabbalah of Character -
Date & Time 8 Wednesdays, Jan 24th - Mar 14th 2007
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00

Flashbacks In Jewish History: How our past informs our future -
About the Course

In his parting instructions to his people, Moses stresses the importance of historical perspective, for the present is an outgrowth of our past. By studying history, we are able to relate to current issues with greater understanding.
The story of the Jewish people is a story of a nation that has contributed to world history far more than might be expected from its small numbers. Indeed, it is remarkable how often the Jews have been found at the epicenter of world events. Many surveys of Jewish history have responded to this fact by considering the impact of Jews upon other nations and their contributions to history at large.
This course, however, looks at the Jewish encounter with other cultures in light of what these interactions have meant to us as Jews. The protean ability of the Jewish people to adapt to wildly different contexts has growing relevance to all of us as we enter an era of globalization and increasingly permeable borders.
This April, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is proud to launch a new course, "Flashbacks in Jewish History." Each of the six lessons considers the Jewish people as they grapple with surrounding cultures. Rather than focus on the geopolitical, we have kept an eye towards themes that resonate with contemporary Jewish experience. We expect even those students who do not consider themselves history enthusiasts to find the readings compelling and relevant.

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Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Apr 25th - Jun 6th 2007
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00
Flashbacks In Jewish History: How our past informs our future -
Date & Time 8 Thursdays, Apr 26th - Jun 7th 2007
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00
Flashbacks In Jewish History: How our past informs our future -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Apr 26th - Jun 7th 2007
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00

Talmudic Ethics: Finding Your Way to Good Decisions -
About the Course

 

This course is eligible for CLE credits in the following US States: AL, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MN, MO, NC, NV, NM, NY, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WA and WI


When your heart is pulled in two directions, how do you know which tug to follow? The Talmud lays down principles that can help you disentangle warring intuitions so that you can clearly discern right from wrong. In this course, we invite you to experience the fascinating application of law and logic as the rabbis struggle to determine what is just.

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Date & Time 6 Thursdays, May 15th - Jun 19th 2008
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00
Talmudic Ethics: Finding Your Way to Good Decisions -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, May 15th - Jun 19th 2008
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

Soul 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 & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 13th - Dec 18th 2008
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $50.00
Soul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 13th - Dec 18th 2008
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

Portraits in Leadership: Timeless Tales for Inspired Living -
About the Course

Discover inner courage, determination, and resilience in the life stories of legendary Talmudic figures. Witness the strength of human character in tales that are sure to resonate within your soul and inspire you to unleash the power within.

One part biography,
One part history,
All parts inspiration

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Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Feb 4th - Mar 11th 2010
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00
Portraits in Leadership: Timeless Tales for Inspired Living -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Feb 4th - Mar 11th 2010
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

SoulQuest: The Journey, Through Life, Death, and Beyond -
About the Course

 

The before, during, and after. Life is a journey, but it's also a cycle. Unravel the mystery of death by exploring life, and get answers to your questions on the afterlife and beyond.  

Learn where you come from, where your lost loved ones are to be found, and how the before and after is all about the here and now.

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Date 6 Thursdays, Nov 5th - Dec 17th 2009
Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00

Beyond Never Again: How the Holocaust Speaks to Us Today -
About the Course

Explore the ways in which the Holocaust continues to affect our generation and colors what it means to live as a Jew today. 

The Holocaust forces us to grapple with the existence of evil and suffering. It challenges us to find faith and optimism in the face of devastation and despair. And it humbles us as we encounter heroes of the spirit who fought for truth and decency in the darkest of times.

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Date 6 Thursdays, Apr 29th - Jun 10th 2010
Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00

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 & Time 6 Thursdays, Oct 28th - Dec 2nd 2010
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $50.00
Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life's Tough Decisions -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Oct 28th - Dec 2nd 2010
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $50.00

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 & Time 6 Wednesdays, Feb 9th - Mar 16th 2011
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $55.00
Toward A Meaningful Life: A Soul-searching Journey for Every Jew -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Feb 10th - Mar 17th 2011
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $55.00

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 & Time 6 Wednesdays, Nov 9th - Dec 14th 2011
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Fee $60.00
Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 10th - Dec 15th 2011
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $60.00

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 Thursdays, May 3rd - Jun 7th 2012
Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $69.00
Returning Student Special 10% off

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 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $65.00
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

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 Thursdays, Apr 25th - May 30th 2013
Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $65.00
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

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 & Time 6 Tuesdays, Nov 4th - Dec 9th 2014
7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $65.00
How Happiness Thinks -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 6th - Dec 18th 2014
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $65.00

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 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $65.00
There will also be a class on Thursdays at 10:00 am.

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 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $90.00

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 & Time 6 Sundays, Feb 5th - Mar 19th 2017
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee $60.00
The Dilemma : Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions. -
Date & Time 6 Sundays, Feb 5th - Mar 19th 2017
10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Fee $60.00

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