About the Chaburas: In early 2006, when teleconference technology was just getting started, a group of women leaders involved in Jewish Education and Outreach asked Rabbi Nivin to host a weekly conference call. They wanted to learn the Personal Development Curriculum that Rabbi Nivin had spent more than two decades developing. The classes were very well received – to the point that some of the women from that original Chabura are still taking part in a weekly Chabura almost 10 years later. This original group also broke new ground, with many other men’s and women’s teleconference Chaburas having sprung up since then.
In level one of the Chabura curriculum Rabbi Nivin teaches tools for Self-Knowledge, including:
- Defining your Yeud (life’s purpose)
- Identifying your Tikun (character challenge or flaw)
- Choosing a Yearly Direction
- Examining the Fifteen Areas of Life Balance
- Creating a Tripod of Objectivity
- Mapping out a Yearly Plan
In level two of the curriculum Rabbi Nivin explores essential Life Tools which will enable you to remain conscious of and follow through with your plan. The curriculum then continues with additional life-changing modules such as Calmness and Yishuv HaDaas, Transcending Thinking, Jewish Time Management, Emotional Intelligence, Great Expectations, How to Be a Loving Educator, Expanded Consciousness, and many more. Currently there is a four year model curriculum which serves as the basis for the Chabura classes.
About R’ Nivin: Rabbi Nivin was born in New York and raised in the New Jersey suburbs. He moved to Eretz Yisrael in 1979. He and his family were among the first residents of the city of Beitar Illit, which now numbers over forty thousand. After learning in Eretz Yisrael for several years, Rabbi Nivin developed a close relationship with Harav Noach Weinberg, zt”l. Over the next fifteen years he was heavily involved in building many ground-breaking kiruv programs. He eventually became one of the senior lecturers in Aish HaTorah’s Discovery program, as well as a rebbe in the yeshivah. Seven years ago, the Nivins moved to Ashdod to join the Pittsburgher Chassidic community led by the Pittsburgher Rebbe, Harav Mordechai Yissachar Dov Leifer. During his fifteen years of working at Aish, Rabbi Nivin began to create a system of personal development based on his experience counseling the many students who learned there. Ten years ago, he left Aish to pursue a practice in life coaching, just as the fledgling field was beginning to grow. Today, R’ Nivin coaches Jewish leaders from shul rabbis to front-line Kiruv professionals; from businessmen to top CEOs of companies. His practice also includes laymen and women from all walks of Jewish life. In 2011, Rabbi Nivin opened the Machon HaAdam HaShalem as the umbrella organization for the Chaburas and his coaching practice. The Machon is dedicated to researching and pioneering new initiatives and practical methods for personal development in our generation.