NEW SEASON STARTING Thursday, January 19 2017!

Central Avenue Synagoggue is proud to present our Torah Studies catalog of classes for Season Two.

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.

I invite you to browse through the topics in this catalog and to join us for some weekly inspirational study. These classes are open to all, whatever your level of learning may be, and I encourage you to bring your friends along.

Rabbi Yossi Schanowitz
874 Central Avenue


All classes begin shortly after Ma'ariv 

Class 1 Thursday, January 19 2017
The Thank-You Nation
Appreciating Others Is Appreciating G‑d
The Torah tells us that the Jewish people should be thankful for all the help they get, including from their enemies and even inanimate objects. But why? The Exodus story teaches that the key to redemption is an attitude of gratitude.
Class 1 Thursday, January 26 2017
Nature vs. Nurture
Two Modes of Connecting with G‑d
What’s more valuable? The obvious passion of the honeymoon moments, or the small but thoughtful gestures that represent the effort required in a relationship? Both elements exist and are crucial to cultivating our relationship with G‑d.
Class 1 Thursday, February 2 2017
The Power to Choose
The Meaning of Free Will
The question is ancient. If G‑d hardened Pharaoh’s heart, then it was G‑d who made Pharaoh refuse to let the Israelites go, not Pharaoh himself. How can this be just? This lesson explains the mechanics of free will, and what tools we need to make sound decisions.
Class 1 Thursday, February 9 2017
In G‑d We Trust
The Importance and the Power of Thinking Positive
We all know worrying doesn’t help, but does it also hurt? In exploring the appropriate ways to deal with stress and challenges, this lesson defines faith and trust in G‑d. What emerges is a profound and empowering message of how we can use positive thought to improve our lives.
Class 1 Thursday, February 16 2017
Watch What You Think
The Clean Mind Test
When your mind wanders to places it shouldn’t, aren’t you glad nobody can tell what you are thinking? This doesn’t mean inappropriate thoughts are okay. We are responsible to make sure we use our minds properly, because everything starts at the top.
Class 1 Thursday, February 23 2017
G‑d?s Custodians
The Highest Form of Giving
Judaism places a strong emphasis on charity: everything comes from G‑d, so use what you have as He would want. But why doesn’t G‑d just give each person their appropriate share of wealth, rather than creating a world where some people are wealthy and others are in need?
Class 1 Thursday, March 2 2017
Back to Basics
Finding Our Foundations
A meaningful Jewish life means that we don’t just go through the motions, but use our minds and hearts to find meaning in them. Yet as we grow and become more sophisticated, we must maintain a certain basic simplicity. Because before great things comes humble beginnings.
Class 1 Thursday, March 9 2017
The Solution to Antisemitism
Combating Hatred with Jewish Pride
Haman in the Purim story was neither the first nor the last to seek a “final solution,” G‑d forbid. What is it about the Jewish people that the Hamans in each generation simply cannot tolerate? It is crucial for us to understand what really lies behind the hate to be able to address it properly.
Class 1 Thursday, March 16 2017
The Cycle of Sin
Is Something Wrong with Us?
We’ve all made the firm decision to abandon a bad habit or behavior, only to slip right back into it sometime later. Why can’t we just get it right? It turns out that we are purposely wired to be imperfect. If we only seize the moment, we can turn our most dismal failures into the greatest achievements.
Class 1 Thursday, March 23 2017
An Island in Time
The True Shabbat Experience
To mark G‑d’s creation of the world in six days and His rest on the Seventh, we have the Shabbat. But what does it mean that G‑d rested? Did the Creator need a vacation, or a nap perhaps? Understanding work and rest as they apply to G‑d allows us to appreciate the true quality of the gift of Shabbat.
Class 1 Thursday, March 30 2017
Why Sacrifices?
Behind the Animals and the Altar
Charity, prayer, and study are easy to understand. But why on earth would G‑d want us to burn animals on an altar? This lesson explores the meaning of the sacrifices in the Temple, providing a new dimension to a somewhat confusing part of Judaism.
Class 1 Thursday, April 6 2017
To Be Free
Is Freedom Subjective?
How can Jews claim to be free if they must obey the laws of Judaism? Why did we leave the bondage of ancient Egypt only to become the unquestioning servants of G‑d? It is time to redefine what freedom is. Can this cherished value mean something other than “do what you want”?

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