Registration for Spring Semester Courses is now closed. Stay tuned for details of next semesters courses!

Batsheva Learning Center is excited to announce our Spring 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 Spring, we are offering two courses; one covering a primary text of Chassidus and the other covering a topic in a Halacha. 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 Spring Semester courses. We can't wait to meet you there!

We now have an option for you to participate in the course remotely! You can select which location (there are three time zones!) and we will send you the course materials as well as details on how to join the class remotely. In case we run into technical difficulties (loss of internet, these things happen!) the recording of each class will be available for you as well. 

Check out this special offer:
-Recruit 1 friend and get 20% off
-Recruit 3 friends and get 50% off
-Recruit 5 friends and come free!

Write the name of the person who recruited you in the space on the registration form so they can get the credit. Once registration is closed we will reimburse them for the appropriate amount on their course tuition. 

 

MID-SPRING SEMESTER CHASSIDUS COURSE

VIYASFU ANAVIM

The Secret of True Joy

7-week Certification Course

Developed by: Mrs. Natalie Rice

Dates and Time:  Tuesdays
April 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2

Registration Deadline: April 5th

Cost: $150​

Early bird special: $120 if registered before March 23

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

Chai Club Members receive 20% off!

Course Description

This three-part series, said by the Frierdiker Rebbe on Shavuos of 5697, paints a rich and relatable picture of the nature of true joy and the counterintuitive steps necessary to achieve it. The Hemshech explores the narrative of receiving the Torah and the human qualities that were integral to the process. This course will give you a deeper understanding of your own psyche, an appreciation for the unique style of the Frierdiker Rebbe's maamarim and tools to tackle any text of Chassidus on your own.

 

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 maamar 

Class Structure:

This 3-part Hemshech includes a total of ten chapters. Each class will explore 1-2 chapters and will be split in half with a 10-minute refreshment break in between. Each segment of the evening will begin with the teacher 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.

(Visit our website for a full schedule breakdown.)

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

 

Natalie Rice grew up in London and moved to New York after completing her MA in Philosophy at Cambridge University. She has been teaching in various capacities for over 10 years, and is currently teaching high school English, as well as adult chassidus classes. She is also a freelance editor and writer. Natalie has taught many chassidus classes for Batsheva Learning Center in the past and is excited to teach her third course this spring.

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.

About the Instructor

SPRING SEMESTER HALACHA COURSE

INSIGHTS INTO HILCHOS NIDDAH

Examining the halachic and chassidic underpinnings

8-week Certification Course

 

Developed by: Mrs. Menucha Schwartz 

Taught by: 

New York- Mrs. Chayale Tzukernik

Los Angeles- Mrs. Hadassah Shemtov

Chicago- Mrs. Chava Goodman 

Dates and Time: 

New York- Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25

Los Angeles & Chicago- Sundays, 8-9:30 PM, Feb. 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Registration Deadline: January 28th

Cost: $150​ (Chicago students $80)

Early bird special: $120 if registered before January 14th

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

Chai Club Members receive 20% off!

Course Description:

This course will explore the original halachic sources in the Mishna, Gemara, Rishonim and Shulchan Aruch that lay the foundation for the laws of Niddah that we practice today. We will then delve into the laws from a spiritual perspective, understanding the symbolism of these core halachic concepts and how they are reflected in our relationship with G-d.  You will walk away with a profound appreciation for the mitzvah of Taharas Hamishpacha, a deeper understanding of the halachic process and basic tools to tackle any halachic text on your own.

 

This course includes:

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

Class Structure:

The first 3 lessons of the course will cover core halachic concepts related to Hilchos Niddah, based on a variety of halachic sources; the next two lessons will explore a fascinating Reshima that discusses the symbolism of these halachic concepts, and the last 3 lessons will cover a beautiful Maamar that explains the spiritual significance of every step of the Niddah process. Each session will be split in half with a 10-minute refreshment break in between. Each segment of the evening will begin with the teacher 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

 

Mrs. Chayale Tzukernik is originally from South Africa and moved to New York after spending two years studying in Israel. She is passionate about teaching Chassidus and loves to make abstract concepts accessible and relatable to her students. She has eight years of experience teaching Tanya to high school girls and has taught many classes for Batsheva Learning Center in the past. She is excited to be teaching her first course for Batsheva this spring.

About the Instructors

Mrs. Hadassah Shemtov is a visionary who is passionate about education and excited about creating innovative learning opportunities for women. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at a local high school. She co-founded Batsheva Learning Center in 2014 and continues to direct the organization’s ongoing activities. She is excited to be teaching the first Batsheva learning Center Hilchos Niddah course in LA this Spring.

Mrs. Chava Goodman currently lives in Chicago, IL with her 3 children. She is passionate about learning Chassidus and recently taught a unique course in the Lubavitch Girls High School on how Chassidus is reflected through aesthetics and design. Chava has also hosted women's study groups in Chicago and is looking forward to our newest in-depth course of study.

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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