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Classes 5777 - 2016/7: 

NEW! Kabbalah of Life 3rd Sunday morning of every month for men and women! 10 - 11:30 am.


B egins December 18 

RSVP by calling 264-6930 or emailing here.



Classes 5776 - 2016:

    Back to the Basics: A New Year Boost & Spiritual Primer 

Monday Sep 19 at 7:15 pm

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No fee. Donations appreciated. RSVP  here.

For more info email  here or call 949-264-6930




The Kabbalah of Friendship

A refreshing deeper look on this crucial topic for humanity. 

(Previously: How to Win Friends and Influence People - The Jewish Way)

Thursday July 28 and August 4 at 7:15 pm

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No fee. Donations appreciated. RSVP here.

For more info email  here or call 949-264-6930


Torah Talk - Thursday nights at 7 pm


Classes 5775 - 2014/15:


Special Summer Lecture:

The Full Moon: A Jewish Tale of Darkness, Rebirth, and Laughter

Thursday eve, July 30 at 7:15 pm.

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No fee.

Celebrating the Jewish mini-holiday of 15th of Av.

For more info or to rsvp email here or call 949-264-6930



From Sinai to Cyberspace: The Development of Torah till Modern Times

3 Weeks, Thursday May 14 - 28

( See below for continuing Monday class, on hold during this course)

How can we be so sure of the Torah tradition and interpretation? Do the rabbis just make things up? What can a Torah, given over 3,300 years ago, have to say about cyberspace or cloning?

Location: Bell Tower Regional Center

Fee: No fee. Donations/sponsorships welcomed.

7:15 pm

Click here to sign up, or call 264-6930.

All are welcome.

Taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor.


What Do We Believe and Why?

An Overview of Jewish Faith and Perspective based on Maimonides' 13 Principles of Faith. The essentials of Jewish belief and how they inform Judaism in modern times, through the prism of Chasidic thought..

(Begun as a 3 Week course, Monday January  19 - Feb 2)


7:15 pm

Location: Call 949-264-6930 for info or email here

Fee: No fee. Donations/sponsorships welcomed.

Click here to sign up, or call 264-6930.

All are welcome.

Taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor.


Classes dates and locations subject to change, please sign up to mailing list to stay updated.


Hebrew Reading Crash Course

Ever wanted to learn how to read Hebrew or brush up on your skills? Join the Hebrew Reading Crash Course, where you will learn to recognize vowels and consonants and how to put them all together. This class will give you basic reading skills alone, with some background, but not for conversational Hebrew.

DatesWeeks – Monday, October 27; November 3, 10, and 17 (Skips November 24). Dec 1.

7 pm.

Come to one or all.





3-Week Mini-course Thursday, July 24, 31, and August 7 at 7 pm.

Or morning session at 10:15

(Pending minimum amount of participants)

Based on the teachings of the Rebbe (in honor of 20 years), it will bring a refreshing new approach to both worldview and self view. Each class is independent of the other.

Please email here if interested in mid-morning class option. 

Location: Lounge at  Bell Tower Regional in RSM

Fee: No fee. Student book $10. Donation suggested.

Click here to sign up, or call 264-6930.

All are welcome. 

Taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor. 

Click here to see book on the Rebbe that just hit the NYT Bestsellers list (week of June 29) or here to read recent review by Rabbi Kantor in Orange County Jewish Life.



Paradigm Shift is an elevator ride to the heights, of what is
possible. Synchronize yourself with the mission for which you were placed on earth, and learn to recognize the inherent goodness and perfection in yourself, in others, and in every circumstance of your life.

Distilled into two succinct lessons, this empowering educational experience offers a revolutionary outlook on life, culled from the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

This course is offered in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Rebbe's passing. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, 1902-1994.


Join us for Three Thursdays

Starting July 24, 2014
7:00-8:30 p.m.

Offered by Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho S. Margarita
Class location: Bell Tower Regional Center
RSM, CA 92688

No fee $10 for textbook. Donations welcomed.

For more information:
Call: 949.264.6930
Email: Rabbi@





Parts of life you enjoy. Others, you just can't stand. Without being naive, is it possible to see only the good in everything? How can we find the positive spark in old age, work, struggle—even arrogance, evil, and death? A sophisticated understanding of reality uncovers a world in which there is only opportunity, positivity, and goodness.


The soul is not a recessive gene. With every movement of the body, its innate perfection finds expression. Discovering this for yourself will not only boost your self-esteem and improve your relationships, but will also lead you to demand more of yourself and push your limits to redefine what is possible.


Elie Wisel
Nobel Prize laureate, noted author, professor, and political activist

I know of no one who has left the Rebbe without being deeply affected, if not changed, by their encounter. Time in his presence begins running at a different pace. You feel inspired, you feel self-examined, you are made to wonder about the quest for meaning which ought to be yours. In his presence nothing is superficial, nor is it artificial. In his presence you come closer in touch with your inner center of gravity.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel Addressing the UN General Assembly

The Rebbe told me...remember that in a hall of perfect darkness, if you light one small candle, its precious light will be seen by everyone. Your mission is to light a candle for truth and for the Jewish people... that's what I've tried to do ever since, and this is what we are all asked to do.

Alan Dershowitz
Prominent lawyer, jurist, author, and political commentator

Thirty-five years ago, I had the privilege to meet with the Rebbe. It was for me one of the great honors and educational experiences of
my life.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Chief Rabbi Emeritus, United Kingdom

I was touched by one of the greatest Jewish leaders, not just of our time, but of all time....The Rebbe was my satellite navigation system, showing me where to go
and how.




Classes 5774 - 2013/14:

Soul Maps – Who I am, where I am going, and how do I get there

An indispensible class of insight, inspiration, life-guidance based on the book of Tanya and classic Chabad-chasidic teachings.

Dates4 Weeks – Monday, October 21 and 28; November 11 and 18 (Skips november 4). 

Come to one or all.

Location: Lounge at  Bell Tower Regional in RSM

Fee: No fee. $36 suggested donation.

Click here to sign up, or call 264-6930.

All are welcome. 

Taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor. 


What Do We Believe and Why?

An Overview of Jewish Faith and Perspective

 3 Weeks, Monday January 13 - 27


From Sinai to Cyberspace: The Development of Torah till Modern Times

 3 Weeks, May 5 - 19

 Classes dates subject to change, please sign up to mailing list to stay updated.



New Summer Course 5773 - 2012/13

What Does Judaism Believe About the End of Time and What's It Got to Do With Me?

In Judaism, the "end of days" is not something we fear—we actually yearn and pray for these days, known as the time of Moshiach. Who is Moshiach? What will happen in those times and how will we know its happening? Why is it so central to the Jewish faith, and how is it relevant to you? Get a fun, engaging and enlightening glimpse into this fascinating topic, in a new, two-part series.

Two Thursdays, July 11 and 18 at 7 pm. All are welcome. Come to one or both. Taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor.

Location: Bell Tower Regional in RSM

Fee: No fee. Donations suggested.  

Click here to sign up, or call 264-6930. 


STATUS UPDATED 6/27/13: Class is in summer recess.

Please email here to confirm on day, since occasional rescheduling occurs.

 NEW Weekly Class: The Story and the Soul 

What: A journey into the Torah Portion of the week, with modern life applications, taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor.  Each week is a stand alone class.

No fee.

When: Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm

Location: Meet in the lounge at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center.

Who:  All interested in learning and journeying.  No prior knowledge necessary. 

Check online for updates, cancellation notices etc. 

"The class has opened before me a whole new depth and personal relevance that I have never encountered before. I look forward to the class a whole week." YT  

As we are in Beta mode, please contact us here to notify attendance / express interest in this class. 




Summer Hebrew Reading Crash Course 6 weeks, beginning on Thursday, June 23 at 10:30 am. Fee $36 (includes book fee). Call 264 - 6930 or email [email protected] to sign up and for details.


  Shabbat: An Oasis in Time:

We invite you to explore the mystical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of Shabbat as we unlock a model for achieving balance and serenity in the modern age.

Over six weeks, we’ll uncover timeless principles for how to achieve a life of inner peace while making each workday more productive and fulfilling.  Sign up today for a remarkable experience.

6 weeks, beginning
Monday May 16, at 7-8:30 pm.  No class May 30.

Location: Join us for this course at Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo at 24041 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, 92692.

Taught by Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor. 

Go to for more course outline

Sign up here

Fee: $80 per person, Senior rate $68, Couples rate $120.

Unsure? Sign up to attend the first class free.  

Once upon a time, the workday ended when we clocked out for the day and left for home. Now, thanks to our Blackberries, iPhones, and other wireless connections, our work follows us wherever we go. Sure, efficiency levels may be up, but what about our levels of peace and personal satisfaction? What about our sense of connection to a network much bigger and greater than anything even Verizon could offer?

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute invites you to join its newest course, Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat in a 24/7 World, and discover how ancient Jewish wisdom can guide us toward achieving true balance and peace in our modern lives.

 For more information, visit and choose Oasis in Time. We look forward to seeing you there!


Toward a Meaningful Life: Love. Family.  Personal purpose.  Relationships.  Faith.  Work. Pain and Loss.

An exciting, new, life-directional course from the internationally acclaimed Jewish Learning Institute (JLI). Sponsored by Chabad Jewish Center.  Instructor: Rabbi Zalman A. Kantor

6 weeks, beginning
Wednesday February 9, at 7-8:30 pm

Click here for more course outline

Sign up here  

 Location: Community room at Park Terrace, 21952 Buena Suerte, RSM, 92688.

Fee: $80 per person, Senior rate $68, Couples rate $120.

Early bird special - Sign up by February 4: $60 per person,  Senior rate $50, Couples rate: $90

  Unsure?  Sign up to attend the first class free.  Register name here. 

Monday nights and Tuesday mornings more convenient?  Class is also held, and taught by same teacher, at Chabad Jewish Center of Mission Viejo at 24041 Marguerite Parkway, 92692.  Monday nights at 7, or Tuesday at 10 am.  Click here to register.  Signing up at one location allows you access to a class at any of the locations.

For questions call 264-6930 or email [email protected].


"Toward a Meaningful Life can provide you with what most people never realize in their lifetime….” Bernie Siegel, MD, Bestselling Author 

“…commend this magnificent JLI course taught by some of the wisest men around the world…”   Dennis Prager, Nationally syndicated radio talk show host



SPRING 5770/2010 

Beyond Never Again-How the Holocaust Speaks to Us Today
Including: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People 

The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) brings authentic, relevant Jewish learning to adults seeking intellectual and spiritual growth. Students include first-time learners and those with years of prior study. We follow a powerful path of discovery and depth, touching the soul and altering the life course of our learners.

The JLI is the largest institute of adult learning of its kind, operating in over 200 cities around the world. We provide the essentials of Jewish literacy in a series of thoughtfully designed six week courses. Every course is accompanied by a student textbook and enhanced by engaging audio-visual presentations. JLI’s teaching is conveyed in a warm environment that embraces every student.

A JLI course brings Jewish learning to life, leading students toward fresh thinking about the world, and creating an environment that inspires feelings of hope, purpose, meaning and value.