Rohr Jewish Learning Institute Debuts in San Miguel with New Course on Coping
By Daniel Huebner
On December 4, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will open its doors in San Miguel de Allende with the course “Worrier to Warrior,” a new six-session course to help people deal with life challenges by accepting themselves and finding meaning in adversity.
Participants will take on life’s challenges by examining factors that prevent us from achieving a more positive outlook—guilt, shame, and fear of inauthenticity—in light of the notion that a purposeful life provides the key to wellbeing.
“Everyone faces challenges in life, whether physical, professional, familial, social, or otherwise,” said Rabbi Huebner, the local San Miguel instructor of JLI of Chabad, the movement that promotes Judaism and provides daily Torah lectures and Jewish insights. “How we deal with these issues is crucial for our ability to achieve lasting satisfaction in life. By finding meaning in personal troubles—seeing them as opportunities—we come to accept ourselves and are emboldened in finding the path forward.”
“Worrier to Warrior” combines positive psychology with Jewish wisdom to explore questions such as: Is there a meaning to life that makes even our difficulties meaningful? Am I just what happens to me, or do I have a deeper core? How can I get off the “Hedonic Treadmill,” the sense that even life’s successes ring hollow?
“All too often people are thrown off their path in life by hardships that sink them into negative emotions or anxiety,” explained Rabbi Naftali Silberberg of JLI’s Brooklyn headquarters. “In this course, we learn to face our challenges by understanding our lives in a deeper context.”
Professor Steven M. Southwick (MD) of the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine has endorsed the course, “It is well known that positive emotions rest at the heart of overall well-being and happiness. But how to effectively enhance positive emotion remains challenging. “Worrier to Warrior” approaches this challenge from an insightful perspective grounded in contemporary psychology and Jewish literature .… This is an exciting and very impressive course unlike any I have seen,” Southwick says.
JLI is unparalleled for its use of cutting-edge pedagogic techniques to unlock the wisdom and life-messages found within Judaism’s ancient texts, incorporating visual aids, text analysis, peer discussion, learning activities, lectures, and more to address each of student’s emotional, procedural, exploratory, and analytical learning styles. The goal is to convey the material in a manner that will be assimilated by all.
“Worrier to Warrior” is accredited for mental health professionals seeking to fulfill their continuing education requirements (CEU). Like all JLI programs, this course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public. Interested students may call 415 181 8092 or visit www.myJLI.com for registration and for other course-related information.
New Course to Help People: “Worrier to Warrior”
Six Wednesdays, beginning Dec 4, 11:30am–1pm