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Great Debates JLI starts Tues. October 31 or Wed. Nov. 1

Great Debates in Jewish History
Starting October 31 and November 1

Debate is not only encouraged within Judaism but resides at the very heart of our history and theology. Great Debates in Jewish History explores six fundamental conflicts that pitted the greatest Jewish minds against each other—six instances of divergent perspectives, including several that are still debated today.

Discover stirring and surprising accounts that span two millennia of Jewish disputation, reflecting the panorama of Jewish history and its monumental political, ethical, and spiritual challenges. Encounter the gripping narratives of six fascinating eras, the intellectual tension and points of view they unearth, and the light they shed on the most fundamental of Jewish beliefs.

Course Outline

Lesson One
Dead Sea Scrolls - Dead Sea Sect vs Rabbinic Interpretation

Unlock the secret of the Dead Sea Scrolls by contrasting their writings with Talmudic texts, and unearth a fundamental debate about rabbinic authority and interpretation. What led the Dead Sea Sect to break away from the Temple and the Jewish establishment? What were their theological views? And why were they so opposed to the Pharisaic approach?

Lesson Two
Suicide at Masada - Militant Nationalism vs Religious Institutionalism

 Glimpse into the minds of those who took their lives at Masada in 73 CE. Discover a view of Judaism that believes it cannot survive without autonomy in Israel and prefers to die rather than live under a foreign nation’s rule. What role does nationalism play in Judaism? What is the Jewish perspective on taking up arms when defeat is inevitable?

Lesson Three
The Maimonidean Controversy - Faith vs Reason

In the 13th century, Maimonides’s major philosophical work, the Guide for the Perplexed, was banned and even burned. Condemnation of his writings divided the Jewish world: Is rationalism an acceptable approach to Divine worship? What role does reason play in Judaism? And how do we resolve the conflict between faith and reason?

Lesson Four
Renewal of The Sanhedrin - Active Messianism vs Passive Messianism

In the wake of Spanish expulsion came a proposal to reinstate the Sanhedrin, in an effort to herald the messianic era. The idea catapulted the Jewish world into a frenzy: some with jubilation, others with uproar and outrage. Can we force the Divine hand to hasten the redemption? Should we? And what about recent attempts at renewing the Sanhedrin?

Lesson Five
Chasidism - Divine Transcendence vs Divine Immanence

In the 1700s, the Ba’al Shem Tov introduced a focus on joy, prayer, and the simple Jew’s relationship with G-d. But this endeavor was met with resistance. What motivated Chasidism’s opponents? What issues lay at the heart of the debate? And what historic tensions set the stage for this upheaval that divided families and communities?

Lesson Six
Separation of Church and State - Religion in Public vs Religion as a Private Affair

A 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, permitting public menorah displays, deeply divided the Jewish world. Is religion designed to be a personal and private affair, or one to be paraded in the public domain? What presents a greater challenge to Judaism: the supremacy of a conflicting religion, or the predominance of irreligiosity? Where does Judaism stand on the separation of church and state?

Six 90 minute sessions. Cost is $99 per person or $180 per couple.

Register online: 

If you already have a card on file, let us know and we'll charge it and sign you up. Premium members, please let us know you will attend. 

Call 704-366-3984 for more information 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen and Rabbi Yossi Groner

Note: All courses are held at the Lubavitch Educational Center at 6619 Sardis Road. The cost for classes is $99 per semester (6 classes) per person or $180 per couple. For scholarships, please inquire. Evening classes are generally held on Tuesdays from 7:30pm until 9:00pm. Daytime classes are on Wednesdays from 11:00am until 12:30pm.

New Chabad Building Pledges!

Thank you very much to all those listed below who have already donated or pledged to the new building campaign! We invite everyone to join in the effort. With your help we will be able to build our new Chabad Center for everyone to enjoy! The new facility will be home to the sanctuary and social hall for Ohr HaTorah, Auditorium for JPS, Friendship Circle, Teen Zone, Classrooms for Talmud Torah, Gourmet Kitchen and much more.  Please visit to see the visuals. There are many sponsorship opportunities available. Feel free to talk to one of the rabbis or anyone on the building committee to discuss how you can help!

Building Campaign Donors


Chris Epstein



Howard and Julie Levine



David and Aleen Epstein

Sergio Kielmanowicz & Adriana Reifman

Larry Schwartz



Alan and Madeline Aron

Tzvi and Lauren Nussbaum

Richard Osborne

Paul Wojonowich OBM



Richard and Paula Klein

Barry and Lorrie Klemons

Jaime and Elise Kosofsky

Eric and Judy Laxer

Matt Luftglass and Meg Goldstein

Michael and Dena Raffler

Edwin and Leslie Rusgo

Selwyn and Cheryl Spangenthal

Jonathan and Richard Zulman Families



Rick Abrams

Barry Brodsky

Chaim and Chana Burke

Harlan Brendel

Gary and Randy Defilipp

Maor Waizman and Arthur Wimpfheimer
Owners of On Trac Garage Doors

Jon and Dina Massachi

Arthur and Nadine Oudmayer

Brad and Carrie Rabinowitz

Michael and Heidi Rotberg

Fred and Lisa Shporer

Alan and Denise Sussman



Ben and Susan Aizenman

Dave and Janice Cantor

Itai and Dorit Cohen 

Melvin and Caren Frank

Andrea and David Gamlin

Dave and Cheryl Gerrard

Asher Goldstein

Laurie Good

Phil and Diane Nordan

Dovid Richt

Paul Rubenstein

Yitzchak Stein

Mike and Andie Taylor

Maor and Ruth Waizman



Steve Azizo

Kevin and Laurie Berzack

William and Corrine Bockeneck

David and Bonnie Bornstein

Michael Coers

Aharon and Mintza Leah Cohen

Samuel Defilipp

Zack and Rachel DeFilipp

Colby Foster

Douglas and Paula Gentile

Jeffrey and Marcia Gleiberman

Ken Orenbach

Brandy Paul

Sasha and Timna Pearlman

Edward and Debra Pizer

Sarah Rochel Rosenberg

Geri Rosman

Alexander Shporer

Morris and Linda Spil

Robert M. Stein  

David and Debra Van Glish



Bob and Ann Abel

Mark and Dawn Albin

Bernie and Leah Amler

David Antopolsky

Tamir and Shira Rivka Avraham

Larry and Rachel Berendt

Irving and Lilian Bienstock

Ellen Bottner

Ephraim Buchler

Norma Christian

Brian and Sonia Cohen 

Chris and Gila Decker

David and Donna deGroot

Larry Deutsch

Richard and Rachel Diamant

Stanley and Yaffa Dratman

Ellen Dubin OBM

Tziona Edwards

Frannie Ein

Leonard Farber

Mark Fefer

Gloria Feibus

Bert Fleishman

Martin and Lynn Freed

Rachel Friedman

Shirley Fytelson

Tova Gelper

Kenneth and Beverly Gibbs

Julius Giglio

Sandra Ginsburg

Charles and Dayle Glick

Zalmy and Sheina Goldberg

Yaron and Sandra Goldman

Phyllis Goldstein

Sheina Gordon

Andrew and Debby Hall 

Bertram and Betty Hamilton

James and Deborah Hamilton

Chaim and Chana Rivka Burke

Elan and Yelena Hertzberg

Steven and Jennifer Hoagland

Darrell and Ariana Klotz

Edward Kovel

Alvin and Jaime Kreitman

Mark and Alison Lerner

Joshua Listhaus

Audrey Madans

Leonard and Judy Marco

Jeffrey Margolis

Larry and Sarah Malka Margolis

Sheldon and Paula Markofsky

Irena and Michael Meerovich

Edward and Julienne Mesrobian

Burton and Nesha Miller

Luke and Eleonor Miller

Michael and Jody Molinari

Youssef and Helen Moshfegh

Aharon Chaim and Pessy Notik

Gale Osborne

Susan Proctor

Henry and Susan Rabinovich

Solomon Rabinovitz

Martin and Bernice Rich

Thomas and Zahava Rosenberg

Fern Sanderson

Carlos Santiago

Edmond Sardar

Stephen and Allison Schlussel

Harriett Silver

Julius and Ruth Silverman

Susan Stafford

Phillip and Lauren Stark

Jeff and Aviva Stein

Marina Svecharnik

Nancy Tarbis

Adam Taxin

Harvey Tilles

Demir Turan

Robert and Dorothy Tyson

Shimon and Sahawi Vorst

Dael and Brenda Waxman

Binyomin and Channie Weiss

Garen and Ann Wickham

Bernie and Laura Wolfberg

Levi and Bracha Yurkowicz

Thank you again for everyone who has already committed! Please visit to see some of the visuals, many sponsorship opportunities , and talk to one of the rabbis or anyone on the building committee to discuss how you can help! 

Thanks to all of our Legacy Donors!

Congregation Ohr HaTorah would like to thank all of our great friends and supporters who have made Legacy Gifts to the Congregation! Thank you all so much for your kindness and for making such a strong commitment to the continuity of our Jewish community!


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Benjamin and Susan Aizenman         

Yvonne Amato

Bernard and Leah G. Amler    

Alan and Madeline Aron

Robert and Nancy Berman       

David and Bonnie Bornstein

Barry Brodsky

David and Janice Cantor

Suly and Richard Chenkin       

Brian and Sonia Cohen  

Ellen Block Engelhardt  

Aleen and David Epstein

Leah Gelber    

Goodlyn Gelper

Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass 

Hanah Hawkins        

Ronald and Mary Kantor

Richard and Paula Klein  

Barry and Lorrie Klemons        

Elise and Jaime Kosofsky        

Judy and Eric Laxer         

Eric and Susan Lerner    

Barbara and Jerry Levin

Elissa and Joshua Levine        

Jennifer Monroe      

Eva Nove         

Gale Osborne

Arthur and Nadine Oudmayer 

Debora and Ed Pizer       

Dena and Michael Raffler

Lisa and Fred Shporer

Sheldon and Randy Sperling             

Philip and Lauren Stark   

Mike  and Andie Taylor

Harold and Cynthis Turtletaub         

David and Debra Van Glish

Judie and Michael Van Glish   

Maor and Amy Waizman

Women's Mikvah - Schedule a Tour

Ladies- For more information about how to utilize our beautiful new Mikvah Mei Leah and for a private tour, please call 704-366-3984 or email 

Missed Jerusalem Uncovered? Purchase the recording!

We are pleased to make the audio recording of "Jerusalem Uncovered" by Rabbi Avrohom Stolik available to purchase for $10. This will come in the form of a link emailed to you that can be listened to on your computer or smart phone. If you would like the cd's mailed to you, their will be a charge of $15. Click here to order either version.

New Parking Rules at Ohr HaTorah

Please be advised effective immediately, that every day after 5:00 p.m. no cars or foot traffic will be permitted behind the Ohr HaTorah building, all parking will be in the main parking lot only, excluding those accessing the Mikvah.

Chabad Chanukah Events!!

Sunday, December 6
Join us at Southpark Mall - 5:00 pm for a Community Chanukah celebration complete with a Giant Menorah Lighting, Music, Donuts, Children's activities and more!

Wednesday, December 9
Uptown Menorah Lighting at Polk Park, Corner of Trade and Tryon. Join us in the heart of Uptown Charlotte at 5:00 pm for a Giant Menorah Lighting, refreshments and Chanukah Music!

November 20 Shabbaton

Join us this month for a Shabbaton Dinner. Early enough to bring the kids, join together for a special Shabbat, delicious food, great company and an uplifting experience. Reserve ASAP while space lasts- $25 single, $65family, to reserve: click here!

Hebrew Course for Adults Thursdays!

Ohr HaTorah to Offer Two Year Hebrew Course

Congregation Ohr HaTorah will begin offering this fall a two-year beginning and intermediate course in Hebrew for adults. The instructor will be Dr. Jeffrey Poelvoorde, a professor of Political Science at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, who has been a member of Ohr HaTorah since 2001. Dr. Poelvoorde has taught Hebrew at every level, from grade-school to university level and has tutored over fifty-one Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.   The course will be aimed at two kinds of students: those who wish to improve their grammatical foundations and reading ability in Hebrew for the purpose of increasing their grasp of the Torah, Siddur and classical sources of the Jewish Tradition, and those who wish to improve their speaking ability in conversation Modern Israeli Hebrew.

            The course will be taught on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Congregation Ohr HaTorah, 6619 Sardis Rd., beginning on Thursday, October 29. Special features of the course are audio materials for conversational practice and for practice learning the proper pronunciation and grammar of almost all the major prayers in the traditional Siddur. The main textbook will be “HaYesod,” by Uveeler/Bronznick, 8th Edition, published by Feldheim Publishers. Tuition is $175 per year or $36 per month. To pay online, click here. For more information, please contact Rabbi Cohen at Ohr HaTorah, 704-366-3984, or email

Donate a car to Chabad/Ohr HaTorah!

Many thanks to the Gabrielli family for donating their Chevrolet Impala to Chabad of Charlotte! It has already been sold to members of our community, so it was a win-win for everyone! If you have a used car, we will gladly accept your gift, you will get a tax deduction, and all the proceeds will help our community. Please contact Rabbi Shlomo Cohen for more information at

Thank you Legacy Donors!!

Lubavitch of NC and Congregation Ohr HaTorah extend many thanks to Leah Gelber, Judie and Michael Van Glish, Elissa and Joshua Levine, as well as Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass, some of our most recent Legacy donors! Thanks so much, we are so appreciative and extremely grateful for your kindness and generosity!

A huge thank you to all of our legacy donors:

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Benjamin and Susan Aizenman


Yvonne Amato


Bernard and Leah G. Amler


Alan and Madeline Aron


Robert Berman


David and Bonnie Bornstein 
David and Janice Cantor


Suly and Richard Chenkin


Brian and Sonia Cohen


Ellen Block Engelhardt


Aleen and David Epstein 
Leah Gelber


Goodlyn Gelper 
Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass


Hanah Hawkins


Ronald and Mary Kantor 
Richard and Paula Klein


Barry and Lorrie Klemons


Elise and Jaime Kosofsky


Judy and Eric Laxer


Eric Lerner


Barbara and Jerry Levin 
Elissa and Joshua Levine


Jennifer Monroe


Eva Nove


Gale Osborne


Debora and Ed Pizer


Dena and Michael Raffler



Sheldon and Randy Sperling



Philip and Lauren Stark



David and Debra Van Glish 
Judie and Michael Van Glish


Maor and Amy Waizman


Order Book and Audio from JLI War on Terror Course!

The class may be over, but the War on Terror continues...

Over 40 attended Rabbi Yossi Groner's 2 classes. If you would like to hear what Judaism, the Talmud and Jewish Law has to say about negotiating with Terrorists, you still can! If you'd like to hear the most dynamic speaker in Charlotte explain the Talmudic position on whether it is legal to torture suspects with information on Ticking Time Bombs and Terror acts, its not too late!

The audio from both classes were recorded. Textbooks are still available. If you would like a copy of the audio emailed to you and a text book shipped to your home, the cost is only $36. For the audio alone, the cost is $25.

Two classes, 3 hours of fascinating lectures on one of the most relevant topics in today's times can be accessed in the convenience of your own home!

To order, click here to make your payment at , or for more information.

Rabbi Shlomo Cohen

Thank you Ron and Mary Margaret Kantor-Legacy Donors!

We thank Ron and Mary Margaret Kantor for becoming our latest Legacy Donors. We appreciate your kindness!!


We would like to inform you that this coming Shabbat, Parshat Bo, Shevat 4, January 24, we will be celebrating with a special gratitude Kiddush luncheon at Ohr HaTorah. The Kiddush event is being co-sponsored by Meg Goldstein and Matt Luftglass and the Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community in aprreciation of all our friends who have made a Legacy Gift to Ohr HaTorah. They stand as a shining example with their benevolent deeds of Tzedaka to ensure Jewish continuity in our community. All members and friends of Ohr HaTorah are cordially invited to attend the Shabbat morning services and the special gratitude Kiddush that will follow.

Service Schedule



  • Morning service at 6:30
  • Candle lighting at 5:24 pm . 
  • Minchah at 5:25 pm. Followed by Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv.


  • Shabbat morning Class at 9:00.
  • Shabbat morning services at 10:00.
  • Legacy Thank You Kiddush after services.
  • Mincha after the Kiddush.
  • Maariv at 6:35 p.m.


  • Morning service at 8:30.
  • Mincha at 5:25. 

 Mincha services this coming week at 5:25.

Parshah Cents


This coming Shabbat we read the portion of Bo which describes the last days of slavery and the start of the Exodus from Egypt. The laws, rituals of Passover are introduced in this week's Torah portion. The Torah describes the difficult transition the Jews faced changing from slave mentality to freedom mentality. G-d instructs the Jews to do something bold. It came in two steps. 1) To withdraw from idol worship which was the Egyptian way. 2) To proudly demontstrate their trust in G-d with the Paschal lamb Seder and painting the blood of the lamb on their door post. These bold moves were frightning to the Jews at the time as they did not know how their Egyptian masters were going to react to the Jewish Chutzpah. Yet it was this boldness and trust in G-d that activated G-d's great redemption and brought them their freedom and their forward march to Mt. Sinai.

JLI: Art of Parenting Course starts Jan. 20!

Parents- Join us for an amazing JLI course on the Art of Parenting! Study the torah's wisdom on how to raise succesful, independent children in today's modern world. Click here for a Youtube video on the class. Class will be Tuesday mornings at CJDS at 9:15, Tuesday evenings at JPS on Sardis at 7:30 or Wednesdays at the JCC Boardroom at 11:00 a.m. Click here for a class outline and to sign up now!

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