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JLI - The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute in Central Switzerland

JLI - The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute in Central Switzerland

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What is JLI?
Serving learning centers in over 900 communities and on the internet, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the world's preeminent provider of Jewish learning. The Central Switzerland affiliate of JLI opened in 2010.

An aha! moment in every lesson.
JLI's mission is to make Jewish learning accessible and personally meaningful to every person, regardless of background or affiliation. JLI's insightful curricula utilizes cutting-edge pedagogic techniques, embracing the multiple intelligence model and utilizing multimedia and an array of approaches to engage, educate, and inspire all kinds of minds in a dynamic Jewish learning experience.

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Past Courses 2010-2017 
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.


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Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Nov 10th - Dec 15th 2010
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   
Medicine and Morals: Your Jewish Guide Through Life's Tough Decisions -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Nov 18th - Dec 23rd 2010
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
   

 

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 Wednesdays, Feb 23rd - Mar 30th 2011
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   
Toward A Meaningful Life: A Soul-searching Journey for Every Jew -
Date & Time 6 Thursdays, Feb 24th - Mar 31st 2011
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
   

 

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 6 Wednesdays, May 18th - Jun 22nd 2011
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 19th 2011
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
   
Fascinating Facts: Exploring the Myths and Mysteries of Judaism -
Date & Time 6 Wednesdays, Nov 9th - Dec 14th 2011
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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, Feb 20th - Mar 26th 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
   
Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethics -
Date & Time 6 Tuesdays, Feb 21st - Mar 27th 2012
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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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 6 Wednesdays, May 9th - Jun 13th 2012
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential -
About the Course

 Are you all you can be? How can you unleash the infinite power of your soul within? This course provides a mystical roadmap to living a life of happiness, fulfillment, and self-actualization by revealing how you can thrive and be more than just alive.

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Date 6 Tuesdays, Nov 6th - Dec 11th 2012
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 12th - Mar 19th 2013
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Apr 30th - Jun 18th 2013
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Nov 5th - Dec 10th 2013
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Feb 25th - Apr 1st 2014
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, May 13th - Jun 17th 2014
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Nov 4th - Dec 9th 2014
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 6 Tuesdays, Feb 17th - Mar 24th 2015
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, May 12th - Jun 16th 2015
Time 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Oct 27th - Dec 1st 2015
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Feb 23rd - Mar 29th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

Strength and Struggle: Lessons in Character from the Stories of Our Prophets -
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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 Tuesdays, May 17th - Jun 21st 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Nov 8th - Dec 13th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

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 Tuesdays, Feb 28th - Apr 4th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   
 

 

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 6 Tuesdays, May 9th - Jun 20th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

 

 

2016/17 

 

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 Tuesdays, Nov 8th - Dec 13th 2016
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

 

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 Tuesdays, Feb 28th - Apr 4th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

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 6 Tuesdays, May 9th - Jun 20th 2017
Time 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
   

 

 

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