Institute Programs


The institute is constantly growing and adding new programs and classes: 









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Meditation & Inner Work
Resumes after the High Holy Days
Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Create and Strengthen meditative and
contemplative practices

Learn technology of inner transformation -
Virtue and Wisdom

Walk-ins Welcome!

Tuesday Evenings with Rabbi Finley
Resumes after the High Holy Days
Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Past THEME: Existentialism and Religion

  • Current Events - Discussion of hot topics that need to be cooled down, presented to inform, not to persuade.

  • Book Review - My favorite books and/or authors that I think would be of interest, old or new. Suggestions gladly accepted.

  • Text Study -  Texts from the Bible to Zohar, Talmud to Hasidis masters- presented with original Hebrew or Aramic with translations provided. We will bring to life the inner wonders of Jewish texts.

  • Thoughtful, Not Ideological - The tough discussions on Race, Class, Gender, etc., where thoughtful people want to discuss an issue with people of different opinions. I would invite guest speakers with expertise to help with the discussion on given issues.

Other topics for a Tuesday night will gladly be considered.

Our guides of “political spirituality” will be in force: facts, values, premises, policies – no anger, criticizing, complaining, or condemning (no accusing, blaming, labeling, comparing unkindly, etc.)

Suggestions for specific books, texts, discussion topics and guest presenters are gladly accepted.

The Race Conversation

Stay tuned for upcoming dates.


Our national leaders have beckoned Americans to engage in the conversation about race, and we at the HUB on Venice are taking up the challenge. Our first event took place in August 2015 and discussed two brief books: The first, Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country by Sherry Steele. The Second, Between the World and Me by

Ta-Nphisi Coates.


These two books by black authors provide two very different looks at the nature and causes of affections in the African American population and what Americans can do to address the problems.


Stay tuned for new dates and times.

Kabbalah Class

Stay tuned for the next class.

Kabbalah – What is it? What are its teachings? Is it relevant to my life?

Many yearn for spiritual growth and think of the Kabbalah. When turning to this great body of mystical teachings, many get lost. Rabbi Finley will offer a basic guide for further study, or to just satisfy the curious. No background necessary.



Teen Seminar:  For Wise Guys & Their Parents

Stay tuned for the next seminar.
Wisdom for Teens

Perhaps the largest population of people that’s lacking in wisdom, but needs it most, is teens. The nature of the adolescent brain guarantees struggle. The adolescent can be emotionally stormy, deeply withdrawn, passionate, cynical, adventurous and/or depressed, grandiose and self loathing, yearning for relationships but destructive of them. The adolescent requires wisdom that can help them navigate the treacherous passageway of the teenage years.

Seminars and classes for teens help them develop insight into who they are, what they are going through, and what their goals should be.

Teens often medicate through their pain – sometimes into drugs, premature sexuality, and even violence. More often, they medicate through unnecessary emotional pain.

Wisdom for teens is similar to but more than ‘life skills’ – it teaches virtue and reflection and true paths toward fulfillment and self actualization.


Wisdom for Parents of Teens

Many well meaning parents fall into the category of “good people with bad habits.” In their concern for their children’s future, many parents focus on external markers – grades, colleges, AP classes, resumes – and not the soul of the child. Many teenagers feel their parents don’t really care about them, but only the resume they produce. Wisdom for parents of teens shines light on the right area of focus and helps parents nurture the soul of the child, not manage the resume.


Parents and Teens Together

When wisdom is the goal, the communication between parents and teens can transform dramatically. Children feel heard and understood, and parents can fulfill their true calling – to guide their children morally and spiritually.

Parents and teens together coaches families on how to communicate in the language of wisdom, helping build life long relationships of care and trust.

Good People, Bad Habits
Stay tuned for the next seminar.
At this unique event you will learn new strategies for improving your relationships with:

Spouses                     Co-workers

Parents                       Bosses

Children                      Employees

(especially teens)      Business Partners

All of us have fault lines in our relationship with others. When there is friction in a relationship that really matters to us, we know that we want it to be better, but are not quite sure how to get there.


Rabbi Finley has developed a unique approach, which is specifically geared toward marriage as well as any other significant interpersonal relationship.


Rabbi Finley’s reputation as a speaker, spiritual counselor and a gifted teacher is well known throughout the Los Angeles area. Participants will find this seminar enlightening, thought provoking, and highly rewarding, allowing them to leave the weekend feeling empowered and equipped to live a conscious life of virtue, both personally and in interaction with those around them. All who have studied these principles with Rabbi Finley report that every relationship significantly improves when at least one of the persons masters these commandments.

Parenting the Soul of Your Child

Stay tuned for the next seminar.

There is no one right way to parent a child. There is no “one book” or “one method” because there is no “one child.”


There is, however, an attitude essential for wise parenting: getting to know the soul, the inner life of your child.  Once we know who our child really is, we can learn effective ways to parent children and teenagers toward their own fulfillment and actualization as human beings.


This course is rooted in the wisdom of Jewish spirituality, especially spiritual formation and moral psychology (“Mussar”), as this discipline applies to parenting.


The class will address the following areas, depending on the interests of the participants:


  • How to manage issues of homework, messiness, chores, disobedience, stubbornness, rudeness, and so forth, without anger or criticizing.

  • Cultivating curiosity about your child or teenager’s inner life and discovering their own personality types.

  • Helping your children/teenagers understand their own thoughts, feelings, emotions, intuitions, drives, impulses, and so forth.

  • Giving your child the greatest gift you can: the gift of insight into themselves, into you, as the parent, and into other people, peers as well as adults

  • How to avoid fads in parenting, and learn to take what’s best in various schools of thought, and learn how to parent your unique child from who you really are as a human being.

  • How to cultivate moral character, for example: strength, courage, empathy, kindness, spiritual centeredness, kindness, service, and so forth.

  • How to help children deal with fear, shame and loneliness (and how to ensure that you do not add to these issues).

  • How to assess and understand your own inner life, your personality and that of other adults in your child’s life, and what we bring into parenting from our own childhoods, negative and positive.


In the context of this class, Rabbi Finley will offer optional sessions with children by age groups. Parents and children who have taken Rabbi Finley’s seminars on parenting (and managing parents) see immediate results and great benefit from this teaching.


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