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*Daily Kolel: Jewish thought teaches us that education doesn’t end at a graduation but rather it continues throughout our lifetime. In addition to stimulating the mind, studying Torah allows us to reconnect with our heritage and endows us with feelings of hope, truth and purpose. Come to our Chai Seniors daily lectures and semester courses created around Jewish values and history. At all lectures questions and discussions are welcomed and encouraged. Lessons vary between Talmudic stories, Jewish law, history, ethics and more.

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This programme is conducted daily (Monday through Friday) at Chabad House. We provide transportation as needed. The morning begins with fresh coffee and refreshments as you chat and catch up with friends. At 9:30 we begin a two-hour study session, topics including the weekly Torah portion and its practical relevance in our daily lives and other contemporary issues examined under the halachic microscope. Following the class is a delicious hot lunch.
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 *Memory Programs: Suffering with memory loss? Join our Memory Enhancement & Extra Curricular Programmes every Monday, with experienced Occupational Therapist Ms Cynthia Liptcz.
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 *Guest Lecturers: Medical research has shown that intellectual stimulation is vital to maintaining good mental health. Periodically throughout the year we arrange sessions with guest lecturers. Featured speakers have addressed topics on Jewish history, customs and ethics. For information on future guest lecturers click the upcoming events option.
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*JLI Courses: Seniors Module TheJewish Learning Institute, one of the world’s pre-eminent providers of quality adult Jewish education has been a proven success in its methodical and systematic outline of Jewish courses with accreditation (CLE, CPD etc.). It is structured as a 6-week semester, with courses running once day a week alongside the daily learning schedule. It consists of Its holistic approach to Jewish study considers the impact of Jewish values on personal and interpersonal growth. Drawing on research-based instructional design and cutting-edge approaches to adult learning, JLI's innovative presentation of traditional Judaism is designed to be both intellectually rigorous and highly accessible. In this module we cater the curriculum to be of particular relevance to your life as a senior. Past topics have included Jewish Medical Ethics, the Gift of Shabbos, Toward a Meaningful Life, Talmudic vs Secular Law and many more.
For information on upcoming courses click the Study at Chabad tab and JLI. Or click here:

*Kashrut Course:Are you experiencing lack of familiarity in the laws of Kashrut? We periodically offer courses on the basic s of keeping Kosher, introducing the fundamentals of the laws with leading rabbinical experts from the Beth Din, and demonstrate the practical practice of Kashrut observance in our home, including Koshering. We anticipate creating a virtual shopping cart and discussing what would or wouldn’t be allowed providing a visual Kosher shopping experience, as well as taking seniors behind the scenes to see the intricacies of Kosher certification.
For information on upcoming kashrut courses click here:

 *Living Legacy:We don’t just teach about Jewish life and festivals, we bring them to life. Before each holiday we present a series of creative and stimulating hands-on experiences and events.
Shofar Factory for Rosh Hashana, Lulov/Esrog workshop for Sukkos, Olive Oil press for Chanuka, Mishloach Manos packaing before Purim, Model Matzah Bakery before Pesach, Sofer presentation before Shavuos.

In months between holidays we present Living Legacy educational exhibits on a variety of other Jewish practices: Tallit/Tzitzit Factory, Mezuzah Day exhibit, Tefillin fabrication, Havdalah secrets, and a Mikvah tour, all led by experts who explain the significance of the mitzvoth.
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Torah Studies
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As we enter the Jewish New Year, Chabad Chai Seniors is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for the first semester of our academic year.

We know that the richness of our tradition and the wisdom it offers can be exciting, even thrilling. Our Torah Studies program, developed by the world-renowned Jewish Learning Institute, brings you the tradition of classical Jewish learning in a series of inspiring and engaging weekly classes.

Our lessons probe 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.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and join us for a weekly dose of uplifting Jewish study. If you find any topics that you think may be of interest to your friends, please encourage them to come along.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Ari Kievman
Chabad Chai Seniors

 Roadmap to Life A Tale of Three Brothers and Three Civilizations
What is your approach in life? Are you aesthetical-- cherishing beautiful things, or more corporeal-- passionate and driven to achieve material success? Perhaps you have a transcendental viewpoint and seek an all-around perfection. This lesson explores the ideologies of three world civilizations, weighing pro against con in an attempt to apply their timeless lessons to your life.
Reclaiming the Love How Good Relationships Get Even Better
With the honeymoon-stage behind you, how do you reignite the love and passion in your marriage? This class examines the lives of Abraham and Sarah, in search of a biblical paradigm for relationships that mature and improve with time.
 Moving Forward Without Looking Back The Secret of Constructive Jewish Guilt
Is guilt healthy? Like salt on food, learn how a little goes a long way. In this lesson, a study of biblical references to salt will enlighten us on finding equilibrium between drive and restraint, to remain motivated without being compulsive.
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? Love, Marriage, and the Cycle of Time
When love is young and fresh, novelty abounds. When darkness sets in, the bonds of love are tried and tested. But how does one find the enthusiasm to cherish those uneventful afternoons of everyday life? This lesson examines the psychological parallels of morning, dusk, and evening, to unlock secrets of human behavior that produce consistency in our loving relationships.
The Nonconformist Parents’ Nightmare or Future Leader?
Rebellion can be an early indicator of a revolutionary leader. Learn to detect the hidden potential and untapped talents of the nonconformist. This lesson challenges you to discover the leader in the rebel, and to uncover the unique strength in people who are often labeled as outcasts.
 I, Love, and You When Love is Not About the Lover
People are only happy when their needs are fulfilled. How can you learn to satisfy your own needs by satisfying others? In this lesson, you'll learn to become a better - and more content - lover with an approach that focuses on the one you love, emphasizing the "you" over the "I".
Who am I? How to Be You Amidst Social Pressure
Must you resort to conformity to find acceptance within a social circle? In this inspiring Torah lesson, you'll discover how, instead of following the herd, leaders gain competitive social advantage by developing their unique inner strengths and capabilities.
 Motivation 101 How to Get Things Moving When Novelty Fades
There are encouraging moments that inspire us to action and resolve, and then there is the rest of the time. Where do you find inspiration when the excitement dies? How do you fight lethargy in the reality of your routine? This lesson explores ways to enrich everyday life, with an approach and skill-set for embracing even the driest of times.
What is Beautiful? The Spiritual Science of Intrinsic Attraction
Does Judaism reject the notion that the physical can be beautiful? What is the unifying factor that draws together contrasting colors and dimensions to unite in harmony? More than just a class on art critique, this lesson examines Jewish and Hellenistic perspectives on beauty. Explore the essence of what makes things beautiful and why the Maccabees so opposed the Greek Hellenist approach.
 Sold or Sent? A Biblical Tale of Narrative Therapy
When our world crumbles around us we choose to either despair or repair. But where do we find the willpower and courage to make this paradigm shift? For answers, this class points to one of history’s most striking episodes of hope and renewal.
Embrace Your Past The Dynamics of Spiritual Time Travel
Sometimes we wish we could turn back the clock. In reality, you can't change the past, but you can influence how the past will affect the future. This class explains how you can break the spiritual time barrier and transform past mistakes into an impetus for driving future success.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Torah Studies
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Chabad Chai Seniors, is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for the second season of our academic year.

We value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studiesprogram of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. In this new season, we will offer classes about the upcoming Jewish holidays – Tu B’shvat, Purim and Passover. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and we encourage you to bring your friends along.
 

Carpe Diem and Shalom,
Rabbi Ari Kievman 
Chabad House Chai Seniors
 Reaction and Direction
How to ace the test of anti-Semitism
Trouble is no recent addition to the Jewish story. Our ancestors encountered it millennia ago, and it continues to cross paths with many Jews today. How do you respond to baseless hatred? This class explores three unique approaches.
Why, Thank You
Jewish perspectives on gratitude
Why thank a fellow undeserving of your thanks? This lesson questions why G‑d rewarded a tyrannical monarch, and presents a counterintuitive approach to gratitude that champions action over intent.
Quality Above Quantity
Making the most of your time
Unlike money, time is a limited and irreplaceable resource. How do you spend it? This class looks beyond traditional time management techniques, to unlock deep inherent value that lies dormant within things we already do.
Simon Says
How to get others to think for themselves
Followers may make leaders but leaders don't make followers; they make more leaders. This class examines approaches to leadership and empowerment by observing Moses, the first Jewish leader.
 A World of Difference
What impact do I make?
What will be your legacy? The footprint we leave on the world is a measure of the life we live. This class explores the lessons of a tree, defining a successful life as one that makes a difference in the lives of others.
Challenging Nature
The politics of in vitro fertilization
The marvel of 21st-century technological breakthroughs highlights man's ability to alter nature's course. Should we have the right to play G‑d? If it should exist, why didn't G‑d create it? In this class, we examine Judaism's surprisingly liberal approach to some modern advances of the human race.
 The Parenting Paradox
Facing the challenge of child rearing
Everyone wants their children to become good and decent people. What's the secret of those who succeed? Why do some fail? This class explores a crucial piece in the puzzle of parenting, focusing on what we can do to plot the course of our children's future.
 Why the Jew?
Understanding those who hate us
The symptoms of anti-Semitism are all too familiar. In this class we step into the Purim story and the human psyche, to examine its cause. Is it a particular apprehension, some perceived misdeed? Or does our very existence generate an existential angst that cannot be calmed?
Defogging Our Windshields
What's really on the road ahead?
A "pitfall" is defined as "a potential problem, hazard, or danger that is easily encountered but not immediately obvious." Our lives, then, are full of pitfalls. But how do we identify them? The Purim saga, where masks disguise reality and everything isn't as it seems, is a good place to look.

Did Plato Get It Right?
Jewish realism vs. Greek idealism
While Plato spoke of the Universal—the dreamy ideal without concrete realization—Torah mobilizes to take action in the here and now. In this class we discover heaven on earth in Judaism's more sublime sense of idealism, one deeply rooted in reality.
Back to Life
Recovering from life's challenges
Throughout our history, there were times when all seemed lost. In our own personal lives, too, we sometimes feel that we are deadened, our inspiration gone. Today, it seems that our nation's vitality has been sapped, our spirit crushed. This class shows how to bring it all back to life again.
I… I Don't Know
Can a Jew live with questions?
We don't buy a car unless we know everything about it. We won't vote for a politician until we make sure their agendas are aligned with ours. But when it comes to G‑d, we can leave our questions unanswered and believe, nonetheless. Why?
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Torah Studies
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Chabad House Chai Seniors, is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for the third season of our academic year.

We value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studiesprogram of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. In this new season, we will also offer classes about the upcoming Jewish holidays – Lag Ba'Omer and Shavuot. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and we encourage you to bring your friends along.

Carpe Diem and Shalom,
Rabbi Ari Kievman
Chabad House Chai Seniors
Week of 24 APRIL 9:30-11:00 AM
How to Like the Person You Love
Viewing Differences as Stepping Stones to Growth
We love each other because of similarities and commonalities, whereas differences get between us and threaten to challenge this love. This class demonstrates how to use your differences as building blocks for a deeper, more profound relationship.
Week of 31 APRIL  9:30-11:00 AM 
Stop the Gossip

Cultivating a Slander-Free Mentality
Whether we do it out of peer pressure, to show people how much we know, or just to make ourselves look better, gossip is gossip, and it’s wrong. This lesson examines why people might talk badly about others and how we can cultivate a gossip-free mentality.
Week of 7 MAY  9:30-11:00 AM 
My Life or Yours
Between Selfishness and Self-Preservation
Two travelers traverse a desert with enough water for only one to survive. Whose life comes first? Is self-preservation a selfish ideal? When is it important to put yourself first? And when do you have a prior duty to worry about the well-being of others?
Week of 14 MAY  9:30 -11:0 
Seasons for the Soul
Jewish Festivals in Answer to Life’s Challenges
Beyond a collection of random celebratory events, each of the Jewish festivals provides tools to overcome common challenges such as grief, physical hardship, emotional turmoil, financial distress, and anxiety. This lesson will explain how.
Week of 21 MAY  9:30-11:00 AM
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
What Really Matters? Really.
The financial crisis demonstrated that nothing is certain. What we have today is no indication of what will be tomorrow. This lesson uncovers Jewish wisdom that helps us look beyond the facade of materialism, to discover what really matters in the long haul.
Week of 28 MAY  9:30-11:00 AM 
The Kabbalah of Cheesecake for Shavuot and  Celebrating Rabbi Kievman's Birthday!

What’s the Fuss over Milk and Meat?
Unyielding. Compassionate. Standing firm. Giving in. What is the ideal temperament? This lesson sheds Kabbalistic insight into the relevance of Torah here on earth, and the laws of mixing milk and meat.
Week of 5 JUNE  9:30-11:00 AM
Challenging Intuition
Three Life-Lessons from King David's Counselor
Just when you think you have everything figured out, you discover a whole new realm of depth that takes you to the next level. This class finds personal meaning in three pearls of wisdom from the last testament and life lessons of Achitofel, King David's advisor.
Week of 12 JUNE  9:30-11:00 AM 
Igniting the Spark Within
A Wholesome Approach to Personal Growth
Your greatest strength is what is most unique to you. Whether you are looking to be a better parent, an influential person, or are just simply looking to find more happiness, this class will help you look within to find the skills you'll need to develop your personal talents.
Week of 19 JUNE  9:30-11:00 AM 
Spirituality or Reality

Is Home Where the Heart Is?
From the synagogue off to the bank, divided between sometimes conflicting realms, the Jew has occupied the role of a realist—living in the here and now, and the role of a spiritualist—ascribing to a higher reality. This lesson offers a surprisingly realistic and practical approach in identifying the domain of the Jew.
Week of 26 JUNE,  9:30-11:00 AM 
The Jewish Phoenix
Stories of Leadership and Revival
Determination is the wake-up call to the human will, and leadership is the revival of a nation. From the Crusades to the Holocaust, time and time again Judaism has been brought back from the brink of survival to flourish once more. This lesson examines the methods of great Jewish leaders who brought renewed life and hope to their generation.
Week of 2 JULY  9:30-11:00 AM 
I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye
A Jewish Approach to Grief
How do you deal with the loss of a loved one? Is it even possible? This lesson wrestles with one of life’s most painful challenges, confronting grief, pain, and the struggle to move on.
Week of 9 JULY, 9:30-11:000 AM 
Seeing the Half-Full Glass
The Secret of Transformative Positive Thinking
To the casual observer, life’s road is marred with bumps and ditches. This class trains us to peel back the layers of darkness and discover life's true character of joy.
 
 
 
 
 

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Torah Studies
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Welcome to the fourth term of Chabad Chai Seniors Programmes for 5772. We proudly present you with our final Torah Studies learning schedule for this year. Join us daily for dyn


At Chabad, we value a deep, rich learning experience and we aim to provide this in an unequivocal way. This is why we have brought you a Torah Studies program of the highest caliber, developed by the world-renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The program brings you a series of stimulating text and discussion based classes that take place on a weekly basis. Our lessons will engage you in a multidimensional way by challenging you intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. They explore contemporary issues through a Torah perspective as well as tackling timeless questions in the Jewish tradition.

Browse through the topics below and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. In this new season, you will also find classes about the upcoming Jewish High-Holidays – Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and we encourage you to bring your friends along.

Shalom,
Rabbi Ari Kievman
Chai Seniors
079-434-1293
rak@chabad.org.za

WEEK OF 9 JULY, 9:30-11:00 AM 
Judaism in a Nutshell
What’s at the Core of Our Belief System?
Love your fellow as you love yourself. Belief in one G‑d. These are some of the  classic fundamentals of Jewish ideology. This lesson explores a less familiar and more surprising statement of our sages that summarizes the ultimate message of Torah.
WEEK OF 16 JULY, 9:30-11:00 AM
Koshering Our Characters
How to Shed Unwanted Traits
How do you make non-kosher dishes kosher? This lesson explores Torah’s mechanism for extracting deeply saturated, unwanted substances and how it can empower us to shed our undesired character traits.
WEEK OF 23 JULY, 9:30-11:00 AM
Opportunity in Disguise
How to Turn Around a Difficult Situation
You lose a good job. Your marriage is falling apart. Your inner sense of security is crumbling from within. This class teaches you to seek out the opportunity buried within the misfortune.
WEEK OF 30 JULY, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
The Jewish Festival of Love
An Inside Look at an Unusual Holiday
The 15th of Av on the Jewish calendar is traditionally commemorated as a day of matchmaking and festivities. Why all the celebrations? This lesson explores the deeper significance of this unusual Jewish holiday and why the sages dubbed it the most joyful day of the year.
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Homeland or Holy Land?
Our Dual Allegiances to the Land of Israel
In addition to being our ancestral home, Israel is also the spiritual nexus of the world. Through a study of its indigenous fruits, this lesson will help you appreciate the multiple dimensions of Israel in a new light.
WEEK OF 13 AUGUST, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Too Much of a Good Thing
The Sin of Being Too Observant
Is it a good thing that you can’t get enough of a good thing? If you’re willing to do more good, why not do it? This class discusses life and Judaism as a delicate divine recipe in which adding is subtracting.
WEEK OF 20 AUGUST 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Justice and Compassion
When What’s Right Isn’t the Right Thing to Do
While the Jewish judicial system upholds the rule of law, preference is always given to compromise and settlement over litigation. This lesson presents a Jewish approach to judicial proceedings in which justice is served alongside compassion.
WEEK OF 27 AUGUST, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Firstborn Rights
The Effects of Children on Marriage
Are your responsibilities to your children a matter of choice? Why does Judaism favor the firstborn child? This lesson discusses the power of children in turning a husband and wife into a father and mother.
WEEK OF 3 SEPTEMBER, 9:30-11:00 A.M.
Kosher Pride
Confessing the Things You do Right
If you’re always wrong, you’re never wrong. This class explores the mysterious mitzvah of “confession of tithes” to discover powerful lessons about the importance of acknowledging the good in ourselves and in others.
WEEK OF 10 SEPTEMBER, 9:30-11:00 AM
A Sword in the Bedroom
Holding Onto Moments of Clarity to Withstand Temptation
In this inspiring biblical account of character, courage and determination, Palti ben Layish, an unsung hero and King David’s personal confidante, teaches us how we can develop our own characters to become who we know we should be.
WEEK OF ROSH HASHANA 9:30-11:00 AM
No Shiur on Rosh Hashana
Resume Wednesday-Tzom Gedaliah
Just One More Second Chance
Divine Compassion and the Nature of Forgiveness
Yom Kippur represents the idea that G‑d gives us a chance to start over. Judaism appreciates the value of incremental growth, realizing that man cannot become perfect overnight. This lesson explores the nature of divine forgiveness and when we should be forgiving of others.
WEEK OF 24 SEPTEMBER, 9:30-11:00 AM
No Shiur on Tuesday (Erev yom Kipur) & Wednesday (Yom Kipur). Resume Thursday
The Pursuit of Happiness
Why Happiness Is So Elusive
What is happiness? We all want it, but tend to look for it in the wrong places. This lesson explores the quest for happiness and uncovers a clue to unlocking its secret from a bizarre Talmudic tale.
 
 
 
 

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