New Course Explores Inspirational Avenues

This February, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) will launch its winter course, Portraits in Leadership: Timeless Tales for Inspired Living.  Portraits in Leadership is a study of the inspiring life story of six figures whose courage and determination helped Judaism weather its darkest hours. In the face of the first-century Roman assault on Jerusalem, the fundamental institutions of the Jewish people were utterly destroyed. But with wisdom and verve, these leaders took the radical steps that managed to preserve the essence of Judaism to this very day.

“This course is one part history, one part biography-all parts uplifting inspiration,” says Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach, local JLI instructor. ” It is about decisions made two thousand years ago that continue to shape the contours of contemporary Jewish life.”

“Students are constantly looking for tools to deal with day-to-day challenges,” says Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach. “What better way to find guidance than from the wise example of others who encountered hardships and used them as the impetus for growth and change.”

Lessons will examine a range of classic Jewish sources, drawing extensively from the stories of the Talmud and modern commentaries that point out their personal significance to our lives.

Rabbi Eisenbach of Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest Connecticut will be teaching this course at three different locations: Litchfield, Waterbury and Southbury. In Southbury, classes will be held for six Mondays, starting February 1, 2010. In Waterbury and Litchfield, classes will be held for six Thursdays starting February 4, 2010, and potential students are welcome to enroll at or by calling (800) 297-6864.

Portraits in Leadership, like all JLI’s courses,is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge. Participants without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning can attend and enjoy this course. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not to be a member of any particular synagogue or temple.

About JLI

The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is the adult education arm of Chabad Lubavitch. JLI’s classes and programs are offered at over 300 locations in more than 250 cities nationwide and internationally (including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela). Over  100,000 people have attended JLI classes since its founding in 1998.  Every course offered by JLI is taught concurrently in all locations. This unique feature has helped create a truly global learning community.

Please visit for up to date information about Portraits in Leadership.

JLI courses are presented in Northwest Connecticut under the auspices of Chabad Lubavitch of Northwest CT.


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