Fall Semester Courses are now open for registration!

Batsheva Learning Center is excited to announce our Fall Semester certified courses.

Each of our 8-week courses is designed to challenge you to explore primary texts of Torah in order to develop your independent learning skills and master a particular area of Torah knowledge. When you sign up for the course, you'll receive a textbook created by our instructors to guide you in the learning process and help you build the skills you need to master the original text. This Fall, we are offering two courses; one covering a primary text of Chassidus and the other covering a topic in a Gemara. Get ready for a brand new approach to learning Torah that is both empowering and engaging!

 

Please see below for a detailed outline of each of our Fall Semester courses. We can't wait to meet you there!

 

The CHASSIDUS course is launching in three locations: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles!

FALL SEMESTER CHASSIDUS COURSE

INYANA SHEL TORAS HACHASSIDUS 

Exploring the Essence

8-week Certification Course

Developed by: Mrs. Zeldy Friedman

Dates: Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $150​

Early bird special: $120 if registered before September 6

(Chicago branch, speak to your instructor about price.)

Chai Club Members receive 20% off!

Course Description

What is Chassidus? Inspirational insights to pull us through dark times? Explanations of the esoteric teachings of Kabbalah? In this foundational text, you'll rediscover chassidus as an unveiling of the essence of Judaism. Using the case-study of Modeh Ani, it introduces a radically new approach to Torah that uncovers the core of all four levels of Torah interpretation - Pshat, Remez, Drush and Sod. In this text-based course, we will thoroughly analyze and compare these four dimensions, and understand the profound perspective that chassidus reveals in each one.

 

This course includes:

- A textbook with keywords, references, summaries and guiding questions to aid you in the learning process.

- A booklet with the text of the kuntres

- Access to all class recordings for the duration of the course.

 

Class Structure:

The maamar we will study consists of 16 pages. We will cover roughly 2-3 pages per class.

Each class will be split in half with a 10-minute refreshment break in between. Each segment of the evening will begin with the instructor introducing the text to be studied. The students will then study the text in chavrusas with the aid of the provided textbooks and conclude with a review and discussion with the teacher.

The following is a breakdown of the schedule:

7:20 - Doors open

7:30 - Class begins

Introduction to the first segment

7:40 - Guided chavrusa learning on the first segment

8:10 - Group discussion based on the first segment

8:25 - Refreshment break

8:35 - Introduction to the second segment

8:45 - Guided chavrusa learning on the second segment

9:15 - Group discussion based on the second segment

About the Instructor 

Zeldy Friedman is a Crown Heights resident with five years of experience teaching Chassidus in high schools and adult education classes. She is passionate about women’s learning and leadership, and was one of the founding members of the Batsheva Learning Center. She is excited to be working with BLC once again, developing and teaching our Spring Semester Chassidus Course.

Course Requirements

Attendance and punctuality are extremely important in order for participants to get the most out of our courses. Students are expected to be on time to classes, starting promptly at 7:30 pm. Students are required to attend a minimum of 7 out of 8 classes and must be present for the full 2 hours. (If for any reason you are unable to attend a class, please notify us at least 24 in advance.)

Students are also required to take a short exam at the conclusion of the course to demonstrate their mastery of the material.


Students who fulfill the requirements of the course will be awarded a certificate of completion at our full-day Sunday seminar following their completion of the program.

*Full payment is required upon registering for the course. However, you have an option to try the first class for a value of $30. If you decide that you do not want to continue, you have until the day before the next class to let us know, and we will send you a refund. 
After the first class, all students who continue are committed to participating in the full course.

FALL SEMESTER GEMARA COURSE

Hakones

A Beginner’s Guide to the Language and Reasoning of Gemara

8-week Certification Course

 

Developed by: Rabbi Levi Kaplan

Dates: Sundays 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15

Registration Deadline: September 26

Cost: $150​

Early bird special: $120 if registered before September 6

(Chicago branch, speak to your instructor about price.)

Chai Club Members receive 20% off!

Course Description:

In this classic sugya in the 6th Perek of Bava Kama, we analyze how intent impacts our responsibility for hazards that our property or livestock may cause. This course will take you on a thrilling journey through this fascinating topic, as an introduction to the language and reasoning of Gemara. You’ll learn how to break down the text of the Mishna and Gemara and develop skills for studying a page of Gemara on your own!

 

This course includes:

- A textbook that includes keywords, references, diagrams and guiding questions to aid you in the learning process.

- Access to all class recordings for the duration of the course.

 

*You will need to bring your own Gemara Bava Kama to the course. Click here for a link to purchase the sefer online.

 

Class Structure:

This course will cover the first few pages of the sixth perek in Maseches Bava Kama.

Each 2-hour class will be split in half with a 10-minute refreshment break in between. Each segment of the evening will begin with the instructor introducing the text to be studied. The students will then study the text in chavrusas with the aid of the provided textbooks and conclude with a review and discussion with the teacher. The first class in the course will be a special introduction for beginners, explaining the structure and language of a page of Gemara. If you already have some experience learning Gemara, you can choose to skip this class or join for the extra review!

 

The following is a breakdown of the schedule:

7:20 - Doors open

7:30 - Class begins

Introduction to the first segment

7:40 - Guided chavrusa learning on the first segment

8:10 - Group discussion based on the first segment

8:25 - Refreshment break

8:35 - Introduction to the second segment

8:45 - Guided chavrusa learning on the second segment

9:15 - Group discussion based on the second segment

About the Instructor

Rabbi Levi Kaplan has served in a variety of educational positions, including teacher, mentor, special events coordinator and principal since 1990.

 

​Rabbi Kaplan currently teaches Chassidus at Yeshiva Darchei Menachem & Beth Rivka Department of Higher Learning. He is the Director of Operations at the Jewish learning Institute and director of the Jewish video website, Torah cafe. Rabbi Kaplan is also a congregational Rabbi at The Shul, a close-knit young community in the heart of Crown Heights. Rabbi Kaplan is the founder of the Chabad Council of Chazonim, The Jewish Technical Vocational School, and is a member of the Educational Community of the Crown Heights branch of the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva. Rabbi Kaplan is a highly sought out lecturer and cantor and travels around the world to sing, lecture and educate.

Course Requirements

Attendance and punctuality is extremely important in order for participants to get the most out of our courses. Students are expected to be on time to classes, starting promptly at 7:30 pm. Students are required to attend a minimum of 7 out of 8 classes and must be present for the full 2 hours. (If for any reason you are unable to attend a class, please notify us at least 24 in advance.)

Students are also required to take a short exam at the conclusion of the course to demonstrate their mastery of the material.


Students who fulfill the requirements of the course will be awarded a certificate of completion at our full-day Sunday seminar following their completion of the program.

*Full payment is required upon registering for the course. However, you
 have an option to try the first class for a value of $30. If you decide that you do not want to continue, you have until the day before the next class to let us know, and we will send you a refund. After the first class, all students who continue are committed to participating in the full course.

Hear what previous students are saying!

"The very first class in the Heichaltzu course  already exceeded my expectations! The venue, the workbook, and the incredibly knowledgeable instructor provided an environment of serious learning and warmth. The course gave me new confidance in my abilities to decipher the text, and a better understanding of how to apply it. Because of the setup, I felt like I was part of something greater than a simple class or shiur; I once again felt like a student, which was quite refreshing!

I highly recommend this course, and look forward to seeing what is offered next!"

- Zehava Tornek

"One of my favorite classes that I had at Batsheva was a Gemara class with Rabbi Kaplan. I remember coming out of every class feeling so excited and alive. 

We didn't have much experience with Gemara, but we would break our heads over the text each time, excited to delve into it and develop our skills. It was something unlike anything I've ever had in my life - it was the most exciting class!"

- Shterny Tubul 

(Alumna of our 2017 Gemara course)

"The first Batsheva course I took was in 2013 in Crown Heights. I was finishing my last year of college and moved my classes around in order to make it to the shiur. 

I soon moved to LA and was left without a learning routine. I found learning on the phone with friends or too difficult to commit to. I’m so happy a branch of Batsheva Learning Center started in Los Angeles. The course is the perfect combination of being intellectually challenging while also giving a practical takeaway. I’m able to take away lessons from these texts that are beautifully explained and and use them in my own personal avoda."

- Noa Klein, LA Branch

"Participating in the Heichaltzu course was a very rewarding experience. For eight consistent weeks, we were given the opportunity to delve into one of the most fundamental and practical Maamorim of the Rebbe Rashab. The Maamar was extremely relevant and aptly described the way the human mind perceives others and their threat to one’s ego. 

 

The textbooks were a great aid to help us in our chavrusah learning and the course instructor added valuable insights to the Maamar.

 

We were challenged to figure out the meaning of the text and to understand the concepts of the Maamer through the chavrusa learning and the ensuing discussions. I came out of this course with a thorough understanding of a deep and practical Maamar."

- Menucha Klein, LA Branch

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