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 JLI Class - Communication: Its Art and Soul

Students enjoying a video clip at the conclusion of the first lesson of the new JLI Course, Communication: Its Art and Soul. 

Communication: Its Art & Soul!

Our new course, Communication: Its Art & Soul, got off to a great start this week!

With 5 stand-alone lessons to go, it's not too late to join in!

Come by this Tuesday, Jan 30 at 7:30 pm to try it out free!

Communication Its Art and Soul 

In Communication: Its Art and Soul, we contrast Jewish thought with scientific discovery to unearth the essence of communication and how to utilize its powers to better ourselves, our relationships, and all of society. 

6 Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
(Please note that class will NOT be held on Tue, Feb 27. The last class will be on Tue, March 6).

Course Fee: $99 (student book included)

  • Save 10% when booking for 2 or more
  • Medical & Mental Health Professionals: Receive up to 15 Continuing Education credits! (Find out more)

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Photos of the Week - David Weiss Lecture

A nice crowd braved the cold weather to enjoy "A Shrek of a Trek: The Wild Spiritual Ride of a Hollywood Screenwriter" by David Weiss.

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Course Outline

For Communication: Its Art & Soul 

Lesson 1
The Essence of Communication

What is communication? It’s not speech, it’s not a language, it’s not even words. Explore the pros and cons of new digital forms of communication, exploring mystical anthropomorphic references to human communication to get to the essence of what communication is all about, why it is the stuff relationships are made of, and what your communication style reveals about you as a person.

Lesson 2
Opening Up to New Perspectives

Communication advice is so often about learning how to listen. Why is it so hard to listen to others? And what do we gain from listening? Is it merely a mutually beneficial arrangement—I’ll listen to you, if you listen to me? Or is there more to be gained from opening ourselves up to new perspectives— viewpoints we may never have considered had we not opened ourselves up to truly listen to others?

Lesson 3
If Sticks and Stones Can Break Bones, Words Are Atom Bombs

What makes silence golden? Why are well-timed words so powerfully constructive, whereas ill-timed words are so fatally destructive? What makes words so powerful? This lesson considers how our words impact people’s impressions of us, as well as our emotions and reality, and how we can learn to unleash the power of words more discerningly.

Lesson 4
Context Matters

The simplest messages are often misconstrued in ways we could never predict. Constructing a clear argument is important, but peripherals such as tone, body language, and context can ruin our message, making it sound like static noise, or worse. How do we ensure the listener’s takeaway is the same as the one we intended to communicate?

Lesson 5

Communication is the tool of great leaders and a powerful way to influence. Is communication meant for self-expression, or do we carry a responsibility to utilize its power to influence others? How do we know when to share, and when to keep to ourselves? And how do we determine when we are being influential, and when we are just projecting our insecurities onto others?

Lesson 6
Conflict Resolution

Surprisingly, conflict isn’t always a bad thing. In adversarial collaboration, conflict broadens horizons to reveal more profound truths. What can we learn from the argumentative style of Talmud study, to shift from an ego-driven, win-lose mentality to one in which all parties are winners? And how can we engage in healthy conflict—and resolution—for the betterment of society?

Did you reserve your seat yet?

Don't miss the guest speaker of the year!

 Guest Speaker David Weiss - The Wild Spiritual Ride of a Hollywood Screenwriter - Wed, January 17, 2018

"Entertaining and inspiring" - "Two Thumbs Up!" 

Hear, from a master storyteller, about the unlikely journey of a nice Jewish boy who went from charismatic church youth worker to rediscovering his Jewish roots while building a blockbuster screenwriting career.

This Wednesday, January 17, 2018
6:30 pm - Optional pre-talk sponsor's reception
7:30 pm - Event Starts 

At Chabad Bay Area
2047 W. Main St, B7, League City, TX

Advance online reservations by Tuesday, Jan 16: Only $10  (At door $15)

Come as a sponsor 
and enjoy a pre-event light buffet (at 6:30 pm)
Sponsor option includes tickets for two and starts at $72 

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David Weiss’ professional credits include: Shrek 2, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Smurfs Movies, Are We There Yet?, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Rugrats and more. He served as Vice President of the Writers Guild of America and has written several children’s books.  He lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, Eliana, their two kids, plus two cats, two birds, two dogs and a desert tortoise.

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The JLI Course Trailer

Watch the Course Trailer 

 Watch the Course Trailer - The Lost Art of Human Connection

Save the date: Grand Shabbaton!


Mark your calendar for the Shabbat of Feb 15-16 for a very special Shabbaton!


  • Fascinating Guest Speakers!
  • Community Friday Night Dinner!
  • Delicious Shabbat Day Lunch!
  • Scholars in Residence!

Stay tuned for details and for the official event invite, this will be a very special Shabbat not to be missed!

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