The Jacob Ballas Centre

The Jacob Ballas Centre

Sponsoring Agency: The Jewish Welfare Board

The Jacob Ballas Centre
24-26 Waterloo Street, Singapore 187950 Singapore
Office: 6563372189
Email: rabbimabergel@jwb.org.sg
Web: www.singaporejews.com

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Past Courses

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 6 Wednesdays, Feb 11th - Mar 18th 2009
Time 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee S$40.00

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 6 Wednesdays, May 6th - Jun 10th 2009
Time 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee S$40.00
The fourth lecture of Biblical Reflections will be held on Tuesday 26 May

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 6 Wednesdays, Nov 12th - Dec 17th 2008
Time 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee S$40.00

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 6 Wednesdays, Feb 10th - Mar 17th 2010
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$70.00

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 Wednesdays, Nov 18th - Dec 23rd 2009
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$70.00

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 Wednesdays, Apr 28th - Jun 9th 2010
Time 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Fee S$70.00

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 6 Mondays, Nov 1st - Dec 6th 2010
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00

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 6 Mondays, Feb 7th - Mar 14th 2011
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00

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 Mondays, May 9th - Jun 13th 2011
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00

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 6 Mondays, Nov 7th - Dec 19th 2011
Time 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Fee S$100.00
Multiple Signups Special S$25 off per student with minimum 150 signups
Returning Student Special S$20 off

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 Mondays, Jan 23rd - Feb 27th 2012
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

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 Mondays, Apr 30th - Jun 11th 2012
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Multiple Signups Special S$25 off per student with minimum 150 signups
Returning Student Special S$15 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 Mondays, Nov 19th - Dec 24th 2012
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Early Bird Special S$0 off before 10/15/2012
Multiple Signups Special 15% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special 15% off

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 Mondays, Jan 28th - Mar 4th 2013
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Early Bird Special S$15 off before 01/23/2013
Multiple Signups Special S$25 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special S$25 off

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 16th - May 20th 2013
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Early Bird Special S$0 off before 20//
Multiple Signups Special S$0 off per student with minimum 20 signups
Returning Student Special 20% off

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 Mondays, Nov 11th - Dec 16th 2013
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Multiple Signups Special 20% off per student with minimum 100 signups
Returning Student Special 20% off

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 Mondays, Feb 10th - Mar 17th 2014
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Multiple Signups Special S$15 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special S$20 off

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 Thursdays, May 21st - Jun 9th 2015
Time 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
Fee S$100.00
Early Bird Special S$20 off before 04/30/2015
Multiple Signups Special S$20 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special S$20 off
Please note that each class may be held in a different location. an update will follow

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