Art & Soul (Coming November 2015!)
Live Creatively

We are fascinated by artists. Their work embodies what we want our lives to be: beautiful, meaningful, purposeful. But art is not only for artists. It’s for anyone who craves to know how to live more creatively, more deeply. Join us on a seven-part journey as we explore Judaism's insights into the arts and how they beautify and transform our lives, one brushstroke at a time...

All Sessions will take place at the Chabad Center on Monday evening in proximity to Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the new Jewish month. Please join us!

Upcoming Program Date

Monday,February 22, 2016

7:30 PM
Location Chabad Center 2233 E 58th Street
Contact [email protected] 563.355.1065
Additional Info

$8 per session, student book available for purchase,
$180 sponsor entire course, includes student book

Course Topics:

Kislev- Nov 16, 2015
Painting and Drawing - The Inner Eye of the Artist
What is art? What endows a painting or drawing with that magical power to convey the deeper dimension that the object or scene does not reveal to us on its own?
It is not only artists who have access to this magic. We all possess the inner vision of the artist, which empowers us to uncover beauty and meaning in even the most mundane areas of our lives.

Tevet- Dec 14, 2015
Music- The Pen of the Soul
What is music, and why does it move and inspire us in ways that nothing else can?
Music communicates ideas that we cannot put into words and evokes feelings that defy description. Yet these ideas and feelings are even more potent than our rational thoughts and emotions.
Unlocking the secret of music enables us to access the transcendent wisdom that we each possess in the very core of our souls.

Shevat- Jan 18, 2016
Literature- The Art of Storytelling
We all start out starry-eyed, but is “passionate marriage” realistic in the long-term? How can one relationship give us the comforting security we crave from commitment as well as the spark of novelty and mystique that fuels desire? The mitzvah of taharat hamishpachah, or “family purity,” has long been shrouded in mystery and misconception. Yet these laws may just hold the secret to synchronizing—and sanctifying—these paradoxical aspects of marriage, while also revealing an unparalleled connection between us and G‑d.

AdarI - Feb 22, 2016
Dance- Movement and Relationship
Life is movement: the ways in which we move in relation to a loved one, in relation to our community and society, in relation to our Creator and Source. We move in circles, we dip and soar, we rebound, we vibrate.
In exploring the dynamics of dance, we discover (1) how intimacy and distance are inexorably bound to each other, and (2) how the tension between them produces the dance of life.

Adar II- Mar 14, 2016
Architecture- Edifice and Environment
We don and remove them at will. Their textures, colors, and shapes are in a constant state of flux, changing to adjust to weather, function, even the whim of the season. But make no mistake: these appendages to our self deeply influence our lives. They not only affect how others perceive us, but also our own behavior and self-perception.
As the body has its clothes, the soul, too, has garments: the thoughts, words, and actions through which it expresses itself and affects its surroundings. Both our physical and spiritual garments empower us to become more than we are, to extend ourselves beyond the limitations of our own nature and personality.

Nissan- April 11, 2016
Fashion Design- Interface and Engagement
Any builder can build you a house, but it takes an architect to design a true home: a place that houses your dreams and ambitions, a place where you truly can be yourself. In a true home, its every aspect, from the foundation to the smallest decorative detail, is an outgrowth of its overarching function to express and facilitate the personality and aspirations of its inhabitants.
In this sense, we are all architects of our lives. When we inhabit our lives—not just as a functional house but as a beautiful home—our deeds are not isolated actions and experiences. Rather, they are in harmony with our greater purpose, which is reflected in all the rich details of our existence.

Iyar- May 9, 2016
Cuisine- The Art of Self-Transformation
The methods vary—cooking, blending, seasoning— but the purpose is transformation. In the kitchen, we transform an inedible, or unsavory, or merely bland substance into something edible and delectable. By exploring the dynamics of the art of food preparation, we acquire not only the tools with which to nourish and satiate our families and loved ones, but also a formula for self-transformation.