National Jewish Retreat Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the retreat located?

The 10th annual Sinai Scholars National retreat will take place over 5 days, August 12-16, 2015 at the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hilton in Washington, D.C.

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What are the accommodations like?



Luxury Washington, D.C. hotel overlooking Rock Creek National Park

Since 1930, the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. has played host to presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls, making it a true Washington landmark. Today, the hotel fuses modern comforts with distinguished service, creating a truly monumental experience.

Located in one of the District's premier residential neighborhoods, this elegant urban retreat boasts a resort atmosphere and a personal taste of politics, culture, art and music. The Four Diamond Omni Shoreham Hotel is situated on 11 lush acres just steps away from the National Zoo. This impressive hotel's vibrant location and genuine service await you.

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How much does the weekend cost?

A fully refundable $250 deposit is required upon your acceptance in order to reserve your room at the resort. The deposit is refunded to you as soon as you arrive at the retreat so you will not have to carry the balance. The rest is on us!

Students returning for the second time will be required to pay $99 upon acceptance.

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What does the scholarship include?

The Sinai Scholars Retreat, including program costs, room and board, is being offered free of charge to a limited number of students on each campus.

The Sinai Scholar Scholarship includes all meals, accommodations, interactive workshops, and exhilarating recreation in a world class resort, a value over $1700!

Travel provisions will be compensated up to $200 based on eligibility.

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When do I get my travel reimbursement?

You will be reimbursed up to 6-8 weeks after you return from the Retreat based on eligibility. For reimbursement please forward your itinerary to: by June 15, 2015.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Sinai Scholars Society will pay to reserve rooms for students requesting to join us for this retreat. Hence, we will incur a loss for students who fail to arrive. Therefore, students must submit card information which will be on hold until your arrival at the Retreat.  Failure to attend will result in a $250 charge.

Applicants have until June 15, 2014 to cancel reservations.  Cancelations must be received via email sent to

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When should I plan to arrive?

Plan your travel to arrive at the Retreat on Wednesday, August 12th by 2:00pm. Arrival after that time may result in forfeiture of your deposit and reimbursement of travel expenses.

To better help us coordinate the student arrivals and for reimbursement please forward your itinerary to

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