Chabad, JCC offer ‘Myths and Mysteries of Judaism’

Posted Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2011
S. Louis Jewish Light

Chabad's Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will be partnering for the first time with the Jewish Community Center to present "Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism," a newly developed six-session course commencing Monday, Nov. 21.

Spanning a wide range of intriguing subjects, Fascinating Facts includes sessions on Jewish myth and urban legend, biblical stories and events, Jewish foods, the Hebrew language, life cycle events and mysteries of the occult. The course will address issues such as the Jewish view on Satan and the evil eye, whether angels have wings, and why pork is considered the quintessential non-kosher food.

"This course was designed as a fun and insightful overview of our Jewish heritage with the objective to promote Jewish cultural literacy within the community," said Rabbi Yosef Landa of Chabad of Greater St. Louis, the course presenter. "We aim to enlighten even the most seasoned trivia buffs with a treasure trove of ‘Who knew?' Jewish factoids."

The course sessions will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. over six consecutive Mondays starting Nov. 21 at the Arts and Education Building of the JCC Staenberg Family Complex.

Like all JLI programs, Fascinating Facts is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue or temple.

Interested students may call 314-725-0400 or visit for registration and other course-related information. 

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