Take a look at our next featured courses:

 

Larger Than Life - Weaving G‑d into the Details
Starting Tuesday, November 20, 7:30pm
For centuries, Jewish values have shaped the moral compass of Western society. This course expllores and provides the students with an in-depth understanding of the key Jewish values that were so influential in molding our civilization.
Instructor: Mrs. Chanie Baitelman
Book Fee: $25
 
 
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Discovering Talmudic Principles
Tuesday November 13, 20 and 27, 2018 7:30-8:30pm
This Talmud course is an in-depth analysis of the various methods of acquisition used for real estate property as discussed in the third chapter of the Talmudic tractate Bava Batra.
Instructor: Rabbi Binyomin Bitton
Fee: $36
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Starting October 24, 2018 7:30-9:00pm
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Most people, even the devout, struggle with beliefs about G‑d. It is easy, for example, to affirm the basic tenets of Judaism during a prayer service, but when it comes to trusting G‑d with our daily decisions, many share a secret, painful fear that G‑d isn’t really looking out for them. Many of us have been brought up under the assumption that mainstream science is incompatible with our Jewish faith. So when we see compelling evidence for biological evolution, for example, we feel forced to choose between science and our faith. Wrestling with Faith was created to tackle questions like these—the “big issues” that keep people from an intimate relationship with G‑d. The course acknowledges the often unspoken doubts and fears that all people share, and seizes their invitation for us to dig deeper for the answers.
 
Talmudic Ethics - Finding Your Way to Good Decisions
Starting October 15, 2018 7:30-9:00pm
 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.
Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
Instructor: Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman
Fee: $40/person or $70/couple
Location: New Westminster Secondary School Library, 835 8th Street
 
Torah Studies - Kabbalah & Contemporary Issues
Tuesdays 11:00am-Noon, Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm
torah stuies.jpg12 lessons that probe into the depths of contemporary Torah thought, with a special focus on issues surrounding spirituality, the human psyche, love, and relationships. Every experience offers meaningful and timely lessons – from the most timeless of texts. You will walk away surprised, inspired, and knowing more about who we are as Jews, and who you are as an individual.
Instructor: Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman
By donation

 

Take a look at our upcoming 2019 courses:

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Crime and Consequence
Starting Wednesday, February 6, 7:30pm
What’s the right way to treat wrongdoers?
Marathon runners murdered in the name of G‑d. Pensioners left penniless in the name of greed. Children abused by the people they trusted to protect them.

Your heart screams: is there a punishment harsh enough for criminals of this kind? 

And yet, with more lives on the line, you find yourself equally questioning modern “justice”:

Why do we punish criminals in the first place?
Can we justify a history of convicting—even executing—the wrong people?
As a society, what are we doing to slow the tide of crime before it comes to this?
With this highly-anticipated course from JLI, explore the Torah’s take on crime, incarceration and rehabilitation. Revisit famous cases of wrongful conviction through the lens of Talmudic law. Explore themes of betrayal and acceptance as when someone close to you commits a crime.

As you test your tolerance for injustice of every kind, uncover practical ways to fix the system—and maybe just repair the world.
Instructor: Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman
Fee: $95
 
 
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With All My Heart
Begins May 15, 2019, 7:30pm
More than half (55%) of Americans say they pray every day, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, while 21% say they pray weekly or monthly. But what is the purpose of prayer? Can we cause G‑d to change His mind? Is He in need of incessant praise? This course aims to make prayer more personally meaningful by addressing some of the philosophical, emotional, and practical barriers that make it difficult to pray. And by examining the history of how the Jewish prayers developed, as well as the meaning of the most notable prayers, participants will become more comfortable with tapping into Jewish prayer as a means of connection to their heritage.
Instructor: Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman 
Fee: $95