Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center

Sponsoring Agency: Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center & Chabad of Mid-Suffolk

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center
74 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725 USA
Office: 6315433343
Email: bslavin@syjcc.org
Web: www.suffolkyjcc.org

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Upcoming Courses

Wrestling with Faith - Register Now
About the Course

 Most people, even the most devout, struggle with issues about God. We sit in the synagogue during the High Holidays and affirm the essentials of Judaism in theory, but when it comes to trusting God with our daily lives, we share a secret, painful fear that God isn't really looking out for us.

Many have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with genuine Jewish faith—so when they see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, they feel forced to choose between science and their faith.

Wrestling with Faith was created for tackling questions like these, the “big issues” that keep people from intimate faith with God. In Wrestling with Faith, we acknowledge the often unspoken doubts and questions that all people share—as we share their invitation for us to dig deeper for the answers.

In Wrestling with Faith, JLI offers a steady and inspiring voice to help us reaffirm and understand our faith in a world where nothing seems solid or permanent. Drawing upon 3,000 years of Jewish knowledge, as well as a storehouse of literary, psychological, and theological insights, the course examines the fears and doubts that challenge us. It is in these struggles to find meaning that the course lays out a path for belief in a world struggling to find faith; but perhaps more important, it helps us find our own rhythm within which to walk that path.

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Date & Time 6 Sundays, Oct 21st - Nov 25th 2018
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Couples: $158.00 ($20 discount)
Availability Register Now
Wrestling with Faith - Register Now
Date & Time 6 Mondays, Oct 22nd - Nov 26th 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00
Couples: $158.00 ($20 discount)
Availability Register Now

Past Courses

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 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $79.00

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 Wednesdays, Jan 21st - Feb 25th 2015
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $79.00

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 4th - Jun 8th 2015
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $79.00
Multiple Signups Special $14 off per student with minimum 2 signups

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 Mondays, Oct 26th - Nov 30th 2015
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special $15 off per student with minimum 2 signups

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 & Time 6 Mondays, Feb 8th - Mar 14th 2016
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special: $12 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
The Jewish Course of Why -
Date & Time 6 Sundays, Feb 7th - Mar 13th 2016
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special: $12 off per student with Minimum 2 signups

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 Mondays, May 16th - Jun 20th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special $12 off per student with minimum 2 signups

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 & Time 6 Sundays, Nov 13th - Dec 25th 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special: $10 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life -
Date & Time 6 Mondays, Nov 14th - Dec 26th 2016
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special: $10 off per student with Minimum 2 signups

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 12th 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special: $10 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
The Dilemma : Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions. -
Date & Time 6 Mondays, Feb 6th - Mar 13th 2017
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00
Multiple Signups Special: $10 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 & Time 6 Sundays, May 7th - Jun 18th 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Survival of a Nation: Exploring Israel Through the Lens of the Six-Day War -
Date & Time 6 Mondays, May 8th - Jun 19th 2017
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00

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 Sundays, Oct 29th - Dec 3rd 2017
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Couples: $158.00 ($20 discount)
Great Debates in Jewish History -
Date & Time 6 Mondays, Oct 30th - Dec 4th 2017
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00
Couples: $158.00 ($20 discount)

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 Sundays, Jan 21st - Feb 25th 2018
Time 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $89.00
Couple Discount $10 off

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 Mondays, Apr 23rd - May 28th 2018
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $89.00

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