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Bringing Heaven Down to Earth

In this class, students examine the most physical and ordinary life events through Chassidic lenses. Drawing inspiration from the weekly Torah portion, the Jewish calendar and current events, students explore Divinity in all of creation.

Chassidut - Jewish Mysticism

This course is part lecture and part independent one-on-one study. It introduces the student to the depth and complex logic employed by CHaBaD Chassidut. It features certain Chassidic Discourses which are considered to be the core curriculum of CHaBaD Chassidut.


This is a challenging, in-depth Chumash class, focused on the development of key Chumash skills. Students are guided to prepare sections of the Hebrew text on their own, including the commentaries. The key commentaries, including Rashi, Ramban, Kli Yakar, Ohr Ha'chaim, Ibn Ezra, Baal Haturim, and Sifsei Chachamim, are all studied in their original Hebrew. Understanding the styles and questions of the different commentaries is a focus of this class. Besides the layers of insight and understanding which students gain into the passages of the Chumash, they leave with the priceless gift of being able to learn Chumash on their own. Basic knowledge of reading and understanding Hebrew is a prerequisite for this course.

Chumash and Halacha Quiz

In this interactive class students review questions based on the previous Torah portion with Rashi’s commentary. Students come to class having independently researched the answers to these questions in advance.

Chumash and Rashi

Rashi is considered to be the key commentary on the Tanach. In this class students learn the skill of how to properly study Rashi focusing on the weekly Torah portion.

Chumash and Rashi Review

This class helps students prepare for the weekly quiz. Students learn how to decipher Rashi’s answers to the many questions.

Comprehensive Israel Education Curriculum

In a time where ideological attacks on the state of Israel are on the rise, The David Project: Center for Jewish Leadership has developed a unique comprehensive Israel Education curriculum, which focuses on the following components:

» Understanding the Arab – Israeli Conflict: From Understanding to Advocacy.
» Inspired Activism: The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel.

Developed by Harvard University Professor Tal Ben-Shahar, the curriculum is intended to instill students with an understanding of the Arab – Israeli conflict, with the advocacy and organizational skills needed to support Israel in the general community, and with a strong sense of Jewish purpose and pride in the land of Israel and the Jewish People.
Among the highlights of the course are video clips from Israeli, Palestinian and World media, in-class debates on emerging current events, hands-on advocacy exercises and an educational field trip on the topics discussed in class.

Conflicts in Genesis

This class is an in depth analysis of the stories in Genesis through the eyes of the commentaries, the Midrash, and Chassidut. Discussion is encouraged as students delve into some of the conflicts in the first book of the Torah.

Contemporary Halachic Issues

This course provides students with an overview of the Halachic perspective to contemporary issues. The course focuses on the interface between Torah and the modern world and draws from the classical texts of Judaism, including the vast storehouse of responsa literature. This is a lecture style class and there is no Hebrew language prerequisite.

Essential Discourses In Chassidut

This is a lecture only course that aims to acquaint the student with some of the fundamental ideas which form the basis for Jewish Mysticism. There are no prerequisites to this course as far as Hebrew language skills are concerned, nor is previous knowledge or experience in the study of Mysticism necessary.

Footsteps of Jerusalem

In this class students are guided on short trips in and around Jerusalem to sites of biblical, archaeological and historical interest, as well as to some nature sites. Each site is brought to life with stories about the people who lived there and events that took place at each location.

Guided Independent Learning

Also known as Chavruta (Aramaic for "friend"). This is a traditional approach to Jewish learning, in which pairs study a shared topic in invigorating discussion and lively debate. Students are encouraged to team up with each other and explore any chosen subject. A teacher is present to assist and answer questions.

Halacha 101

In this course, students learn day-to-day, practical Jewish laws, customs, and rituals.

Halacha 200

In this course, students learn how to trace Jewish law back to its original source in the primary texts and follows through the different stages of its development leading to the practical Halachic implications as it features in the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. Basic knowledge of reading and understanding Hebrew is a prerequisite for this course.

Inner Dimensions of the Parsha

In this class, students analyze the Parsha through the eyes of Kabbala and Chassidut. It is fascinating to uncover the layers of meaning within each week's Torah portion and to apply the deep lessons to our own lives.

Inner Perspective

This class explores different topics that often have misconceptions attached to them. This a discussion type class where we do some “Myth Shattering”, showing the authentic Jewish perspective on various theoretical and practical themes.

Jewish History

In this lively class students will travel the course of Jewish History from creation until today. Students meet amazing personalities, visit various interesting communities and stop at the high and low points in our history.

Jewish Life Cycles

This class explores the special ceremonies and celebrations that mark important stages in a Jewish person's journey through life. This includes occasions such as Bris (circumcision), Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, marriage, happiness and mourning.

Jewish Philosophy

In this class students study the Thirteen Fundamental Principles of Faith derived from the Torah by Maimonides. Maimonides refers to the Thirteen Principles of Faith as the primary pillars of Judaism and its very foundation. The Thirteen Principles of Faith are the authoritative articulation of the fundamentals of the Jewish Faith.

Judaism 101

This class engages the students in heated discussions on all topics and areas in Judaism. Students are encouraged to question; then, the class addresses these issues, bringing it all the way back to its source. The time allotted for this lesson is never enough.

Living Torah

This class takes each weeks Torah portion and relates it to everyday events and issues. Through this class, students learn how to apply this timeless wisdom to their contemporary life.

Love, Dating and Marriage

In this class students discuss love, dating and marriage according to the perspective of Kabbala, Chassidut, and an observant Jewish life-style, with lively discussions, debates, eye-opening games, activities, personality typologies, and more.


Mishna is the primary rabbinic text. In this class students learn to analyze a Mishna by breaking it into cases and Halachot. This class consists of Chavruta (study partners) learning followed by a class, and requires basic skills in reading and understanding Hebrew.

My Jewish Family and Myself

This class aims to explore the meaning of building a Jewish Home against the backdrop of who I am and where am I coming from. By becoming aware of one's inner reality and shaping influences, one's goals and dreams, and the Torah's directives, we can develop the awareness to choose and grow toward our ideal home in a healthy, balanced and integrated way. Students also have fun expressing their creative side in art, writing, and music.


This class intends to give students insight into our foremost text, the Tanach. Students delve into the text and traditional commentaries, as well as gaining a contemporary perspective which connects the text to the land and the people. Basic knowledge of reading and understanding Hebrew is a prerequisite for this course.


In this course, students analyze the book of Samuel as the book that records the Jewish people's transition from twelve tribes living in proximity to each other, to an organized and unified kingdom, and the growing pains that all of that entails. The course also uses the book of Samuel as a springboard to launch students into familiarity with academic as well as traditional Bible study and Jewish philosophy.


This course gives an overview of the weekly Torah portion, including its pertinent message to us today. This is a lecture style class and there is no Hebrew language prerequisite.

Pirkei Avot - Ethics of our Fathers

This interactive class on Pirkei Avot, the archetypal book on Jewish ethics composed 2,000 years ago, explores how relevant and enlightening those words are today. Students share their life experiences and measure them against these ancient words of wisdom. Topics include typologies, societal norms, true love, women and the Jewish home.

Philosophy of the RaMBaM (Maimonides)

This course will introduce the students to selected readings of the RaMBaM (Maimonides) which form the basis for discussion of the fundamental concepts of Jewish thought. Free will, reward and punishment, the world to come, Divine service based on love and fear, the messianic age and Redemption are among the topics discussed.

Readings in Maimonides

In this class students will get familiar with the writings of one of the foremost pillars of Jewish Law and Philosophy - Maimonides.

Shulchan Aruch - Jewish Law

In this class students will study practical Jewish Law from the Shulchan Aruch - The Code of Jewish Law.

Soul of Song

Singing has been a part of the Jewish tradition since the splitting of the sea after the exodus from Egypt. Thousands of years later, the Chassidic masters placed a great emphasis on the singing of nigunim – tunes without words - making soulful melodies a part of Chasidic daily life and worship. This class teaches the historical nigunim of many Chassidic Rebbes.

Stump the Rabbi / Rebbetzin

Students fearlessly tackle any and every question they have about Judaism. Be prepared to challenge and be challenged! The only requirement for this class is an open mind.


This class introduces the student to the methodology, terminology, logic and basic structure of the Talmud. In this class students learn the skills to independently be able to decipher a Talmudic passage. The method used in this class is the “SQAP” (Statement – Question – Answer – Proof) method, introduced by Rabbi Boruch Kaplan, a senior Talmud teacher at the Mayanot Institute of Jewish Studies.

Talmud - Tractate Taanis

In this class students learn ancient Jewish wisdom from its original source - the Talmud (Gemara). In this beginners course students are trained to decipher the questions and answers of the Gemara and acquire the skills for future study.

Tanach: A Survey Course

This course is a lecture style survey of selected texts of the Prophets and the Writings. The curriculum follows the structure of the weekly Haftara (selection from the Prophets, read in synagogue weekly on Shabbat) enabling the student to acquire a broad-base knowledge while simultaneously appreciating the context of the selection within the text, and its fundamental relationship to their respective weekly Torah portions. The course uncovers the richness of the prophets by exploring their works against the backdrop of the Biblical Jewish journey.


Written by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (1745-1812), Tanya is the central text of Chabad Chassidut. It's stated aim is to show a path to realizing ones purpose and developing a deeper relationship with G-d.

Tehillim - Psalms

This class is an in-depth study of King David’s Tehillim (Psalms). This is used as a springboard for learning how to speak to G-d both in organized prayer and in a personal individual manner.

Topics in Talmud

In this class students take topics in Halacha (Jewish Law) and trace them from their source in the Talmud and then down to their practical application. The ability to read Hebrew is a prerequisite for this class.

Ulpan 101

This class is an introduction to Hebrew and motivates the students to learn Hebrew in depth. The course includes learning popular songs, reading jokes and magazines, and learning handy phrases, basic grammar, slang, and practical Hebrew. Additionally, students discuss Israeli society within history, politics, and religion, while constantly expanding their vocabulary and understanding of life in Israel.

Ulpan 200

This is a classical Ulpan where the focus is on learning the verbs, vocabulary, and Modern Hebrew so students can go outside and speak. In addition to textbook learning, the students also learn stories about places and people in the history of Israel, songs, and current events.

Women in Tanach

In this class, students learn about feminine personalities throughout the Tanach - matriarchs, prophetesses and other prominent women. Students explore the character traits, relationships and actions of these historic women, and try to apply it to their lives.