JLI ADULT EDUCATION

Judaisms Gift to the World

January 2020

Once considered preposterous, many of Judaism’s revolutionary teachings are today’s universal values that are taken for granted. The history of the gradual transition of attitudes on values is as instructive as it is fascinating. An analysis of Jewish contributions past and present allows us to define ways in which Judaism can continue serving as a beacon of light and wisdom for all humanity.

UPCOMING COURSES

Winter 2020

Judaism's Gifts

to the World

HOW MAJOR JEWISH IDEAS HAVE BECOME UNIVERSAL VALUES

Once considered preposterous, many of Judaism’s revolutionary teachings are today’s universal values that are taken for granted. The history of the gradual transition of attitudes on values is as instructive as it is fascinating. An analysis of Jewish contributions past and present allows us to define ways in which Judaism can continue serving as a beacon of light and wisdom for all humanity.

Spring 2020

Secrets of the Bible

ICONIC STORIES, MYSTICAL MEANINGS, AND THEIR LESSONS FOR LIFE

The Bible is rich in tales, from the Garden of Eden to Noah’s Ark, from the selling of Joseph to Moses’s breaking of the Tablets. But what do these stories truly tell us? Review six famous and infamous biblical stories, and investigate the questions and mysteries they raise under the lens of the Torah’s mystical insights. The results bear both cosmic significance and practical relevance.

PREVIOUS COURSES

Worrier to Warrior

Jewish Secret to Feeling Good No Matter How You Feel

We yearn to feel happy, self-assured, and enthusiastic, yet we’re consumed by feelings of doubt, regret, insecurity, and suffering. Do our delicate positive emotions have a fighting chance at being in control? This course explores negative emotions in a completely new light, offering spiritual mechanisms that allow us to remain upbeat no matter what life brings.

Crime and Consequence

Accredited for Continuing Legal Education

A father is wrongfully accused and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and children. A reformed convict is condemned to life in prison for a crime committed in her youth. Miscarriages of justice can be infuriating, but also beg the question: What is a fair and effective approach?

With All My Heart

The Jewish Art of Prayer and Spiritual Experience

Lose yourself and find your true self 
in a spiritual experience that is both authentic and Jewish. Explore how to make the practice of prayer more personally meaningful. Learn why we pray, how prayer works, and discover the meaning and history behind Judaism's most important prayers.

Wrestling with Faith

I want to believe but...

Where is the evidence for G-d? Is Jewish practice primitive?  Are science and religion in conflict? Wrestling with Faith tackles the “big issues”—questions we all share that secretly keep us from experiencing intimate faith with G-d.

TESTIMONIALS
Simon Wiesenthal OBM

Holocaust Survivor,

Nazi hunter and Writer

Paula Abdul

Dancer, Choreographer

and Television Personality

Jan Feldman, PHD

Professor of Political Science
University of Vermont

Jennifer Wiseman, PHD

Senior Astrophysicist,

NASA Goddard Space Flight Director

Hon. Jack B. Weinstein

Senior Judge,

U.S. District Court, NY Eastern District

Rabbi Laibel Wolf

Founder and Dean, Spiritgrow

Author, Practical Kabbalah