Bagels & Torah Studies - Happiness is Learned
Oct
18
to Dec 27

Bagels & Torah Studies - Happiness is Learned

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm
 

Join Us for a wonderful brunch spread of bagels, lox, shmear, juice, & coffee. Served up alongside the main dish: a healthy helping of Torah!

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 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.

  • $7 Per Class 
  • $15 Textbook
  • $65 Entire Course - Includes Textbook
  • $180 Sponsor 

Registration is required. 


Wednesday, October 18 2017
The Ways of Praise
You Never Know How Far a Compliment Will Go

Of all the impressive people in the Bible, only one gets a shout-out from G-d. Not Moses, not Abraham, and not Elijah. Who? Noah, of all people. What was so special about this deluge-dodging daredevil that earned him such heaping praise?


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Wednesday, October 25 2017
Abraham's Worry
The Real Benefits of Fame and Fortune

 “He really only did it so everyone can say how nice he is . . . .” Ever heard that one before? Has the prospect of doing the right thing for the wrong reason ever scared you off? Through the worries of Abraham and the mendacities of recalcitrant husbands, discover your hidden goodness and never be scared again.


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Wednesday, November 1 2017
Of Angels and Food
How to Eat Like an Angel

Ice cream, savory peanuts, filet mignon—we all have our preferences. But can there be anything holy about our eating habits? Is there a noble side to digging in? Surprisingly, the answer is “Yes!” Find out how to take your gastronomic pursuits to the next level.


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Wednesday, November 8 2017
Of Omens and Amens
Is It Okay to Look for ?Signs??

While the weatherman jabbers on about the future, we are still wary of pulling out the crystal ball and letting it call the shots. But some people do indeed avoid the thirteenth floor of a building, or scheduling anything significant on Friday the Thirteenth. So, what does Judaism say about all this spooky stuff?


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Wednesday, November 15 2017
Miraculous Beginnings
Sowing the Seeds of the Jewish Nation

The painful theme of childlessness is found again and again at the beginning of the Jewish story. But why did the beginning of our nation entail such hardship? Discover the depth and the beauty of our prayerful matriarchs as they laid the foundation for the eternal edifice of the Jewish people.


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Wednesday, November 22 2017
Writing Your Life Story
Don't Get Stuck in the Narrative

Ever feel like your life is playing out in front of you, and you are just watching the show? While past failures and perceived challenges may make it seem like your life’s story has already been written, Jacob shows that at any moment, we can turn things around for the better.


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Wednesday, November 29 2017
Game of Names
Who Is the Real Jew?

What’s the ideal modus operandi? Aggressive and brash; assertive and confident? Or perhaps more reconciliatory and compromising; meager and humble. It is this identity crisis that unfolds over the name change from “Jacob” to “Israel.” That both names are kept for posterity speaks volumes to our approach in life as servants of the Divine.


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Wednesday, December 6 2017
The Bigger Picture
Everything You Do Affects the Entire World

It’s easy to be the good guy when nobody’s watching. But when there’s nobody around, where do you find the moral fortitude to withstand temptation? It’s the realization that our actions affect far more than the here and now that empowers us to act responsibly.


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Wednesday, December 13 2017
For G-d's Sake
Are We Capable of Altruism?

We get it. It’s hard to always be firing on all cylinders. We’re talking in a spiritual sense—to always be doing good things for the right reasons. So, go ahead and do what it takes to get the job done. But remember, there’s one part that you should always keep sacred, a lone pocket of truth that is altruistic and pure. And it’s burning right there—in the Chanukah candles.


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Wednesday, December 20 2017
When Life Give You Exile...
Lessons in Anger Management

If your brothers sold you into slavery, you wound up in prison, and you were estranged from your home for seventeen-plus years, you probably wouldn’t think too highly of your next of kin. But Joseph shattered all expectations and acted majestically with his past tormentors. From whence his courage? Expose the secret sauce of this towering figure of forgiveness.


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Wednesday, December 27 2017
Obstacles or Stepping Stones?
Finding the Light within the Dark

We’re used to thinking of light and darkness as polar opposites, existential metaphors for all kinds of binary worlds. In this class, we plumb the depth of kabbalistic paradigms to come up with a fresh perspective—one that can, perhaps, reframe life in a surprisingly empowering way.


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Mega Challah Bake For Women
Oct
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Mega Challah Bake For Women

  • Chabad at Wiregrass Jewish Centre  (map)
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Dear Ladies, 

I am excited to announce that I will be leading a table from the Spring Hill Community at the Mega Challah Bake at Chabad of Wiregrass. This incredible event brings women together to share in the Mitzvah of baking challah. The Mitzvah of baking challah brings an abundance of blessing for you and your whole family. It is a special time to ask G-d for anything that you desire. 

Close your eyes and imagine 100 + women baking Challah together in UNITY.
The energy. The momentum. The experience of a lifetime. You want to be a part of this amazing experience! We will laugh, cry and dance together as all our prayers will be answered in unison.

Participants will go home with their very own Challah, Challah Bake apron and goodies. As well, we will enjoy a delicious buffet of “tastes of Shabbat!”

Let's share the experience together!

Please follow the instructions below to purchase your tickets:

1) Go to www.chabadatwiregrass.com/megachallahbake 
2) By "Table Captain" choose Seema Lipszyc. You will be assigned a seat at our reserved table
3) Follow the rest of the instructions on the website to complete the reservation.

If you would like to get a ride or would be able to take someone else please let me know and I will help make it possible!

Lets join together ladies and unite as one!

Warmly,
Seema Lipszyc

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High Holidays 2017 - 5778
Sep
20
to Sep 30

High Holidays 2017 - 5778

Join Us for High Holiday services. The prayers are warm, the people are friendly and everyone feels at home.

Whether your background in Jewish prayer and practice is extensive or limited, the services will leave you feeling enriched, connected, uplifted and energized to start your New Year in the most meaningful way.

Many of the prayers are recited by the congregation in unison, specifically in English, so that everyone can participate. Hebrew/English prayer books are used throughout the service. Rabbi Chaim & Seema Lipszyc provide an English running commentary of explanatory and meaningful insights as well as a fun children's program. Reserve your seat today. 

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All are welcome. No Membership Required.  

Free Admission, Assigned Seating Please RSVP

Schedule of Services

Rosh Hashanah

September 20th

Evening Services: 7:00 pm
Light Kiddush following Services

September 21st
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Childrens Program 11:45
Shofar Sounding: 12:00 pm
Kiddush following Services

September 22nd
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Childrens Program 11:45
Shofar Sounding: 12:00 pm
Kiddush following Services

Yom Kippur

September 29th

Kol Nidrei Services: 6:45 pm

September 30th
Morning Services: 10:00 am
Yizkor Memorial Service: 12:00 pm
Afternoon & Neilah Closing Service: 5:45pm
Shofar Blast: 7:52pm
Followed by break the fast

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Shofar Factory
Sep
10
10:30am10:30am

Shofar Factory

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Pre-Rosh Hashanah Family Workshop

In preparation for the Jewish new year, children and their families will craft ram's horn instruments, known as "Shofar" in Hebrew, at Chabad Spring Hills "Shofar Factory." Visitors to the Shofar Factory will have the unique opportunity to craft a beautiful shofar from a genuine ram's horn, as they learn the entire process from the cleaning, to the final polishing during the workshop. Gain new insights into the history and significance of the Shofar and its role on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.  

At the end of the presentation each child will be given their Shofar to keep as a memento of this exciting workshop.

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Bagels & Torah Studies - Happiness is Learned
Jul
19
to Oct 4

Bagels & Torah Studies - Happiness is Learned

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm
 

Join Chabad for a wonderful brunch spread of bagels, lox, shmear, juice, & coffee. Served up alongside the main dish: a healthy helping of Torah!

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 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.

  • $7 Per Class 
  • $15 Textbook
  • $65 Entire Course - Includes Textbook
  • $180 Sponsor 

Registration is required. 


Wednesday, July 19 2017
No Wrong Turn
Each Person?s Individual Mission

Why do I get stuck in traffic? Why did I miss my flight? Why do I live in this neighborhood? What’s the meaning behind all the randomness in my life? Some may indeed assign it to the “Universe” or other haphazardness. This class tells a very different story.


Wednesday, July 26 2017
Reparative Wreckage
The Positive Side of Destruction

Our Temple lies in ruins—a reality we’ve been forced to cope with for a couple of thousand years now. But was G-d really allowed to put a wrecking ball to His sanctuary? A fresh look at the legalities of Temple damage leads us to a startling recalibrating of loss and tragedy.


Wednesday, August 2 2017
Summoning the Love
How to Master the Emotional Roadmap

If life were a romance novel, it would be easy to be “in love” at any given moment. Alas, it isn’t. Far from it. Love is quite an elusive trait, which makes the command, “Love your G-d,” all the more baffling. Discover the key to summoning the love whenever you wish.


Wednesday, August 9 2017
Jewish Apocrypha?
Safeguarding the Purity of Faith

Throughout our storied past, the Jewish people have zealously clung to their faith, fiercely rejecting any threat to the fundamental tenets of our belief. So, what do we make of all the other literature out there? Explore the annals of apocrypha and, in a surprising twist, a battle of presses in nineteenth-century Europe.


Wednesday, August 16 2017
Pick a Side
 

Can you define who you are? Or at least define who you aren’t? If you can, then you’ve done something positive. Even if you find yourself in the heretic’s corner, you are headed in the right direction, because sometimes being undecided is worse than being wrong.


Wednesday, August 23 2017
Bearing Witness
Working as G-d?s Agent

Whether it’s in a courtroom or a public hearing, giving testimony is serious business. But did you know that your very existence as a Jew is a testimony of sorts? Find out your legal rights and obligations as G-d’s witness.


Wednesday, August 30 2017
The Divorce Dilemma
A Deep Dive into the Divorce Dynamic

Judaism seems to be downright divorce-phobic. Why is divorce really all that bad? Are there any situations that warrant a divorce in the Jewish conscience? Of course. Not only that, the very notion of divorce only aides the institution of marriage. Find out how.

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Wednesday, September 6 2017
The Gift of the Giver
The Gratitude-Happiness Connection

Living in the age of “stuff,” it is becoming clearer that more is not always merrier. But If we are so well off compared to previous generations, why are we so unhappy? By understanding the root causes of misery, we find a simple formula for gratitude, happiness, and true wealth.


Wednesday, September 13 2017
A Call For Unity
Hakhel, Then and Now

When the Temple stood, the Jewish nation would gather once in seven years to hear the King read publicly from the Torah. Standing united, every Jew would draw lasting inspiration to last for years to come. Though the Temple doesn’t currently stand, this class shows that we can and should observe hakhel in our time.


Wednesday, September 20 2017
The Silent Voice
Listening to the Shofar?s Call

Whether you are still young or already old and grey, Rosh Hashanah likely brings the shofar to mind. But what is the meaning of the shofar’s sound? This Rosh Hashanah anthology explains what a ram’s horn, long prayers, and the Jewish New Year have in common.


Wednesday, September 27 2017
The Holy Heretic
All Is Never Lost

Of all the Talmud’s characters, perhaps the most enigmatic is the story of Elisha ben Avuya—the illustrious scholar turned heretic. In an inspiring interpretation of the narrative, Elisha’s story is the story of all Jews. The point? All is never lost. G-d is waiting for you to return.


Wednesday, October 4 2017
What Moses Didn?t Know
Capturing the Core of the Jew

On the holiday that celebrates completing the Torah, we… hold it shut and dance around in circles. Have we gone mad? And where did this idea come from, anyway? Well, it’s as holy as Moses, or, as this class exposes, maybe even more.


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Lag B'omer BBQ Time
May
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Lag B'omer BBQ Time

Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer count—this year, May 14th 2017—is a festive day on the Jewish calendar. It is celebrated with outings (on which the children traditionally play with bows and arrows), bonfires, and other joyous events. Many visit the resting place (in Meron, northern Israel) of the great sage and mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, the anniversary of whose passing is on this day.

Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, who lived in the second century of the common era, was the first to publicly teach the mystical dimension of the Torah known as the “Kabbalah,” and is the author of the basic work of Kabbalah, the Zohar. On the day of his passing, Rabbi Shimon instructed his disciples to mark the date as “the day of my joy.”

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Torah Studies - Happiness is Learned
Apr
26
to Jul 12

Torah Studies - Happiness is Learned

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm
 

Join Chabad for a wonderful brunch spread of bagels, lox, shmear, juice, & coffee. Served up alongside the main dish: a healthy helping of Torah!

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 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.

  • $7 Per Class 
  • $15 Textbook
  • $65 Entire Course - Includes Textbook
  • $180 Sponsor 

Registration is required. 


Wednesday, April 26 2017
Women in Judaism: The Inside Story
Is There a Jewish Glass Ceiling?

The role of the Jewish mother is so hallowed and romanticized that it can seem to be the ultimate goal of Jewish womanhood. But is that really true? Is there any place for womanhood in Judaism outside of motherhood and family—culturally, religiously, and socially?


Wednesday, May 3 2017
The Theology of Theft
An Honest Look at Honesty

As good people, most of us don’t take other people’s stuff, obviously. So when the Torah cautions us, “Thou shalt not steal,” we must consider what deeper ethical message is implied, beyond outright theft. What can an honest person learn from the laws of honesty?


Wednesday, May 10 2017
Have a Jewish Field Day
Why and How We Celebrate Lag Ba'Omer

The thirty-third day of the omer is a day of celebration, bonfires, and a variety of interesting customs. What lies behind it all? In presenting the story of Lag Ba’Omer, this class reveals the specialness of the day and what message we can take from it.


Wednesday, May 17 2017
The First Chasid
Ba'al Shem Tov: The Man and His Movement

The Chasidic movement was founded in the eighteenth century by Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem. What is the story of this man and what was his mission? Enjoy a biography of the Ba’al Shem Tov, and a glimpse of his teachings and the revolution he sparked.


Wednesday, May 24 2017
Making Sense of the Census
Why G-d Counts the Jewish People

Numerous times G-d counted the Jewish people. Was He obsessed with numbers or is there some message hidden in the numbers game? This class gets to the bottom of the numbers game and explains how counting us makes us count.


Wednesday, June 7 2017
DIY Judaism
Achieving Spiritual Independence

Visit the Western Wall? Check. Talk to a rabbi? Check. Go to synagogue frequently? Check. There are many external ways to nurture Jewish inspiration, and we should make use of them. But our ultimate goal should be to stand spiritually on our own two feet.


Wednesday, June 14 2017
Timeless Moments
On Visiting the Resting Place of the Righteous

The resting place of a saintly Jewish leader or scholar is also a place of prayer and introspection. But are we really allowed to pray to the dead? That sounds awfully pagan! Discover what happens when we pray at a tzaddik’s graveside, and how it enables us to experience a unique, timeless connection with G-d.


Wednesday, June 21 2017
Journey of a Blessing
Turning Spiritual Capital into Physical Goods

If we are judged during the High Holidays for the coming year, why do we pray each day? What are we praying for if everything has already been decided? This lesson explores how spiritual blessing translates into material well-being—and the role of the kohanim in making that happen.


Wednesday, June 28 2017
Because I Said So
Finding Meaning in the Laws of Ritual Purity

It may seem superstitious: Enter the wrong house or touch the wrong thing and the Torah renders you impure. Dip in the holy water and—Voilà!—you’re good as new. What are we to make of this system? With this question as its backdrop, this lesson sheds light on the meaning of connection with G-d and doing what He wants.


Wednesday, July 5 2017
Don?t Be a Fool
Turning on the Light in the Theater of the Absurd

Ever wonder why smart people do such stupid things? Before you spend all your money on self-help books about effective time management or finding the secrets of success, come to this class, and learn the Torah-prescribed habits of highly successful people.


Wednesday, July 12 2017
A Time to Renew
Why We Celebrate Rosh Chodesh

Each month, the Jewish people celebrate Rosh Chodesh, and the beginning of a new Jewish month. What exactly are we celebrating, and how do we celebrate it? This class explores Rosh Chodesh traditions and explains the connection between the Jewish people, the new moon, and the miracle of renewal.


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