Jewish Discovery Center

Jewish Discovery Center

Sponsoring Agency: Jewish Discovery Center

Jewish Discovery Center
216 Miller Rd., Waverly, PA 18471 USA
Office: 570-587-3300
Email: rabbi@jewishnepa.com
Web: www.JewishNEPA.com

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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 8 Tuesdays, May 9th - Jun 13th 2006
Time 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fee $90.00

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 6 Tuesdays, Oct 30th - Dec 4th 2007
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00
Includes pastries, coffee and tea. Students can switch to Sunday morning class at their convenience. Jewish Learning Institue courses are made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of NEPA.

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 4th - Mar 11th 2009
Time 7:00 PM - 8:20 PM
Fee $95.00

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 & Time 6 Tuesdays, Jan 29th - Mar 4th 2008
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fee $95.00
Beyond Belief: Reflections on Jewish Faith, Reason, and Experience -
Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Jan 30th - Mar 5th 2008
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Fee $95.00
Delicious lunch included!

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 & Time 8 Wednesdays, Jan 19th - Mar 9th 2005
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Fee $90.00
Men, Women & Kabbalah: Wisdom and Advice From the Masters -
Date & Time 8 Thursdays, Jan 20th - Mar 10th 2005
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Fee $90.00

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 6 Wednesdays, May 18th - Jun 22nd 2005
Time 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $90.00

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 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00

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 & Time 8 Tuesdays, Feb 7th - Mar 28th 2006
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Fee $90.00
The Kabalah of Time -
Date & Time 8 Thursdays, Feb 9th - Mar 30th 2006
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Fee $90.00

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 Tuesdays, Nov 7th - Dec 12th 2006
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $90.00

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 Tuesdays, Feb 6th - Mar 20th 2007
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $90.00
The Kabbalah of Character -
Date & Time 8 Sundays, Feb 4th - Mar 18th 2007
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Fee $90.00

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 6 Mondays, May 12th - Jun 16th 2008
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00

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 Mondays, Nov 10th - Dec 15th 2008
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00
Soul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 13th - Dec 18th 2008
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Fee $95.00
Lunch included! (We will not meet on Thanksgiving)

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 3rd - Mar 10th 2010
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00

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 & Time 6 Mondays, Nov 2nd - Dec 7th 2009
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00
Special rate for seniors over 65: $30 (Sponsored by the Jewish Foundation for the Elderly)
SoulQuest: The Journey, Through Life, Death, and Beyond -
Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Oct 28th - Dec 9th 2009
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00

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 Sundays, Apr 25th - May 23rd 2010
Time 10:30 AM - 11:45 PM
Fee $90.00

Seniors price: $30
Delicious Panini Brunch! (10:00-10:30am)


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 21st - Dec 2nd 2010
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00
Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life's Tough Decisions -
Date & Time 6 Sundays, Oct 24th - Dec 5th 2010
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Fee $95.00
Includeds delicious breakfast!

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 21st 2011
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $95.00
Early Bird Special: $10 off before 10/02/2011
Multiple Signups Special: $20 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 10th - Dec 22nd 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Fee $95.00
Early Bird Special: $10 off before 10/02/2011//
Multiple Signups Special: $20 off per student with Minimum 2 signups

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, Feb 14th - Mar 27th 2012
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special $15 off per student with minimum 2 signups

Approved for 1.5 PACLE credits per lesson ($15 per credit)

Option: Register by the class: $20 per + $18 book fee

Lesson one: Feb 14 (Insider Trading)
Lesson two: Feb 21 (Minimum Wage)
Lesson three: Feb 28 (Bankruptcy)

Lesson four: March 13 (Unions)
Lesson five: March 20 (CEO Compensation)
Lesson six: March 27 (Freeloading)


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 Tuesdays, Feb 5th - Mar 12th 2013
Time 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $99.00
Multiple Signups Special $25 off per student with minimum 2 signups

PA CLE optional:  $15 per credit


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, Oct 21st - Nov 25th 2013
Time 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special $15 off per student with minimum 2 signups
Returning Student Special $10 off

 CME/CLE credits additional fee


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 Wednesdays, Feb 19th - Mar 26th 2014
Time 7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Fee $100.00
Multiple Signups Special $25 off per student with minimum 2 signups

UJA Campaign donors save 50% use promo code: UJA 
(Cannot be combined with multiple sign-ups discount)

Classes will also stream live online


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 Mondays, Nov 14th - Dec 19th 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $99.00
Multiple Signups Special: $20 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
How Success Thinks: Jewish Secrets for Leading a Productive Life -
Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Nov 16th - Dec 21st 2016
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $99.00
Multiple Signups Special: $20 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 Wednesdays, Mar 1st - Apr 5th 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Fee $99.00
Multiple Signups Special: $10 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
*CLE ADDITIONAL
The Dilemma : Modern Dilemmas. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions. -
Date & Time 6 Fridays, Mar 3rd - Apr 14th 2017
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Fee $99.00
Multiple Signups Special: $10 off per student with Minimum 2 signups
*CLE Additional

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