Beginning on Tuesday April 24 at 7:30 PM, Rabbi Mendy Katzman of Chabad of Staten Island will be offering What Is? Rethinking Everything We Know about Our Universe--a fascinating, new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI).
The website description of the course reads: Drawing on the wisdom of Chasidic 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.
"I find that many people, particularly in Staten Island, are looking to deepen their experience of life," Rabbi Katzman of Chabad, the local JLI instructor in Staten Island, stated. "This JLI course invites participants to live more deeply, by deepening their thinking, insight, and awareness of the fundamentals of life and of our universe."
What Is? explores six of the most intriguing questions that have ever challenged mankind: Is the world real? Is time travel possible? Why does evil exist? Who is G-d? What is consciousness? Are we bound by fate?
"Our goal is to invite participants to seek out a deeper understanding of their world," explained Rabbi Zalman Abraham, of JLI's Brooklyn headquarters. "By doing so, we hope to give people the tools to experience a richer, deeper, and more meaningful life."
Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of 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, temple, or other house of worship.
Interested students may call 718-370-8953, or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information. JLI courses are presented in Staten Island in conjunction with Chabad Lubavitch of Staten Island.
Members of the local media are invited to observe a class and/or conduct an interview in advance with the local course facilitator. Interviews with national facilitators and course creators also may be scheduled, upon request. Contact Mendy Katzman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 718-370-8953 for additional media-related information.
JLI, the adult education branch of Chabad-Lubavitch, offers programs in more than 800 locations in the United States and in numerous foreign countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Venezuela. More than 400,000 students have attended JLI classes since the organization was founded in 1998.