Nebraska Joins Worldwide Debut of Soul Maps
Jewish Press
Posted Friday, Oct 31st, 2008

Let's face it: People are complicated. We have a warm, sensitive side and a wild, primitive side. We can act caring and nurturing one moment, and self-centered and aggressive the next. Making sense of our thoughts and emotions is not easy, and people often feel conflicted and overwhelmed.
 
"People struggle every day to understand themselves and find inner peace," says Rabbi Katzman of Chabad House. "They've been through every book in the self-help aisle and they visit their therapist or confide in friends to sort through their feelings." Concludes Rabbi Katzman, "What people really need is a guide to help them navigate their own complexity, and the Kabbalah has provided these tools for centuries."
 
This November, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) is proud to launch Soul Maps, an ancient yet innovative approach to human psychology. Soul Maps is structured as a six-step program, utilizing tools from the Kabbalah to help participants understand themselves and find inner contentment. The course is based on Tanya, an eighteenth-century book that made the previously esoteric teachings of Kabbalah practical, relevant, and accessible.
 
Importantly, Soul Maps is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, and participants don't have to have any prior experience or background in Jewish learning to attend and enjoy this course. Additionally, all JLI courses are open to the entire Jewish community and people do not need to be a member of any particular synagogue or temple in order to attend.
 
This exciting new course will be offered at Chabad House for six Mondays starting November 10th.  "The course costs $79, says Mrs. Shani Katzman, member of the JLI committee. "But we are so sure that people will enjoy it, that we invite them to attend the first lesson free, with no obligation."
 
Soul Maps is no quick-fix. Participants won't learn how to become a perfect person in ten easy lessons," explains Rabbi Katzman. "We won't wave a magic wand and make people's troubles disappear." "However," concludes Rabbi Katzman, "Students will walk away with concrete tools they can utilize every day to resolve guilt, conflict, and confusion, and find their inner nucleus of joy, purpose, and direction."
 
Members of the media are invited to attend a local class and/or interview local course facilitators in advance. Interviews with national facilitators and course creators can also be arranged, upon request. To arrange an interview, to visit an upcoming class, or for further information, please contact Rabbi Mendel Katzman, JLI Instructor, at chabad@aol.com or (402) 330-1800.
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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 200 cities nationwide, as well as in international locations (including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela). The JLI's classes have been attended by nearly 75,000 people since its creation in 1998.
 
Every course offered by JLI is synchronized, so that lessons are offered concurrently in all locations. This unique feature has helped to create a true global learning community.

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