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DATES & TIME: This class will be given in summer 2019 - stay tuned for exact dates

WHERE: CHABAD JEWISH CENTER OF NOVATO - 7430 Redwood Blvd. Suite D Novato

COST: $50 for the entire course 

What is a soul? Where does it go after it departs this world? Do Jews believe in heaven and hell? Can souls communicate with us from the afterlife? How does reincarnation work?

Journey of the Soul explores the mysteries surrounding the spiritual dimension of our existence—our destiny that continues even after we've shed our earth-bound body suit. We examine the transition of the soul into the hereafter, the kinds of legacies that are valued even after we've forsaken this earthly existence, and the accompanying emotional journey and rituals that help the soul and those closest to it prepare for its new reality.

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Here's some feedback about this class...
"Like many people I had a preconceived notion of the soul.  My concept was based more on popular culture rather than on Jewish learning.  This class has provided an incredible spiritual depth that can’t be described in a few short sentences.  Thank you for providing this wonderful experience." - Don D.  

Class outline:

1. LIFE

What is a soul? Is it possible to expire before our time is up? Is death painful for the soul? How does Judaism define life? How do we reconcile Judaism’s emphasis on the here and now with the eternality of the soul?

2. PREPARATION

Are there benefits to aging? What matters most in life? Realizing that we only live once, what is the best way to utilize the time we have left?

3. TRANSITION

What happens to us when we die? Are souls able to communicate with us from heaven? Do our loved ones in heaven still care about us? What is the significance of the rituals associated with burial? How do these rituals assist the soul's transition into the afterlife?

4. AFTERLIFE

What is reincarnation? How exactly does it work? Does Judaism believe in ghosts and spirits? Does everyone go to heaven?

5. MOURNING

Once the soul is in heaven, is it possible for it ascend to new spiritual heights? What can we do to assist the soul in the afterlife? This lesson explores the emotional, spiritual, and practical steps of the grieving process and explains how we can benefit the soul once it's already in the hereafter.

6. THE END GAME

What is the final destination on this voyage? Is death permanent? Does Judaism believe in resurrection? Is it possible that we may one day be reunited with our loved ones?