Chabad Chai Center

Chabad Chai Center

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad of West Bay

Chabad Chai Center
3871 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886 USA
Office: 4018847888
Email: rabbilaufer@netzero.net
Web: www.rabbiwarwick.com

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Current 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 6 Mondays, Jan 22nd - Feb 26th 2018
Time 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $70.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/01/2018
Availability Register Now
Scholarships available

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 6 Wednesdays, Jan 24th - Feb 28th 2018
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $70.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/01/2018
Availability Register Now
Scholarships available

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 Mondays, Oct 25th - Dec 6th 2010
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $100.00

Scholarships Available, email us or call (401)884-7888


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 Mondays, Feb 7th - Mar 14th 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 07/24/2011

Scholarships available, please email us or call 884-7888

Toward A Meaningful Life: A Soul-searching Journey for Every Jew -
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, Feb 8th - Mar 22nd 2011
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Fee $60.00

Scholarships available, please email us of or call 401.884.7888


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 & Time 6 Mondays, May 9th - Jun 13th 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 04/30/2011
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special: 10% off

Scholarships available

Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat in a 24/7 World -
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, May 10th - Jun 13th 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $60.00
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 04/30/2011
Returning Student Special: 10% off

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 Mondays, Nov 7th - Dec 12th 2011
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available

Please call 401.884.7888

Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism -
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, Nov 8th - Dec 13th 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available

Please call 401.884-7888


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 & Time 6 Mondays, Jan 23rd - Feb 27th 2012
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 01/10/2012
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available, please call (401) 884-7888

Additional fee for CLE credits.

Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics -
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, Jan 24th - Feb 28th 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 01/10/2012
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available, please call (401) 884-7888

Additional fee for CLE credits.


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 & Time 6 Mondays, Apr 30th - Jun 4th 2012
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 04/13/2012
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available, please call our office 401.884.7888

The Art of Marriage -
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, May 1st - Jun 5th 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 04/13/2012
Multiple Signups Special: 10% off per student with Minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available, please call our office 401.884.7888


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 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $80.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 12/31/2012
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Non Lawyers use Promo Code "non-cle" for a $20 discount.

Scholaships available, please call us at 401.884.7888


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 Mondays, Apr 22nd - Jun 3rd 2013
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 04/08/2013
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

 Scholarships always available

Please call our office 401.884.7888


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, Jan 6th - Feb 10th 2014
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $80.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 11/25/2013
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups

Non Lawyers use Promo Code "non-cle" for a $20 discount.

$60 for entire course

$20 if you would like to keep the book

$20 for credits

Scholarships available, please call our office (401)884-7888


Justice and the War on Terror -
About the Course

Part 1: Negotiating with Terror
In 2011, Israel set 1,027 prisoners free in exchange for the release of Gilad Shalit. More recently, the rise of ISIS and the murders of James Foley and Steven Sutloff and others have forced us to revisit this heart wrenching debate: Should we pay hefty ransoms or release dangerous criminals in exchange for the life and freedom of an innocent hostage?

Part 2: Torturing to Save Lives
The recent "Torture Report" alleges that the brutal interrogation techniques used by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11 were ineffective. But what if they did yield valuable information--would they have been justified? While the evils of terror must be combated, human rights must also be protected. How are we to balance these competing values?

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Date Wednesday,, May 6th 2015
Time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00

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 Mondays, May 12th - Jun 16th 2014
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 04/12/2014
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
This class is approved for CEU credits. Click here to learn more.

Scholarships available

Please call


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 Mondays, Nov 3rd - Dec 8th 2014
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Scholarships available, please call our office 401.884.7888

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 $80.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/04/2015
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Baby Sitting available Scholarships available

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 Mondays, May 11th - Jun 22nd 2015
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $80.00
Early Bird Special 10% off before 04/10/2015

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 Wednesdays, Oct 28th - Dec 9th 2015
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 09/12/2015
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Scholarships always available Please call our office 884.7888

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 Wednesdays, Feb 10th - Mar 16th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/20/2016
scholarships available Please call us at 401-884-7888

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 Wednesdays, May 18th - Jun 22nd 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 04/29/2016
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Scholarships available

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 Wednesdays, Nov 16th - Dec 28th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Multiple Signups Special 10% off per student with minimum 2 signups
Scholarships available

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 Wednesdays, Feb 1st - Apr 12th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special 10% off before 01/15/2017
$60 for course $20 for book (optional) $20 for CLE credits Scholarships available, Just call us 401-884-7888

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 & Time 6 Wednesdays, May 10th - Jun 21st 2017
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Scholarships available
Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War -
Date & Time 6 Mondays, May 8th - Jun 19th 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $60.00 +$20.00 book fee
Scholarships available

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 & Time 6 Mondays, Oct 30th - Dec 11th 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $70.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 10/10/2017
Great Debates in Jewish History -
Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Nov 1st - Dec 13th 2017
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $70.00 +$20.00 book fee
Early Bird Special: 10% off before 10/10/2017

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