National Jewish Retreat Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the retreat located?

The 11th annual Sinai Scholars National retreat will be held at the luxurious JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California on August 17-21, 2016.

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What are the accommodations like?

Discover a desert playground where excitement and adventure seamlessly blend at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. From sunrise to sunset, experience world-class amenities and convenient services designed for making memories. Soak up the sun in style at a choice of five pools, each with their own personality, or take to the green for an energizing swing on one of two championship golf courses or multiple grass tennis courts. Redefine pampering at our Spa Desert Springs, or spur some sightseeing with exotic birds and beautiful flamingos right on site. The lakeway gondolas are sure to enhance the sense of wonder. Unwind in sophisticated guest rooms and suites boasting breathtaking mountain views.


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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?

All students are required to submit their travel documents by Monday, July 18, 2016 to be eligible for the travel stipend.  Please email your travel receipt to  Travel reimbursements will be given on the last day of the program after the last session.  Anyone leaving early will forfeit the reimbursement.

*Only current students are eligible for this option.

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What is your cancellation policy?

Applicants have until Monday, July 4, 2016 to cancel reservations.  Cancelations must be sent to

The Sinai Scholars Society pays to reserve rooms for students who confirm their spot.  We will incur a loss for those who fail to arrive or cancel after Monday, July 4, 2016.  Failure to cancel before that date, or arrive on the day of the program, will result in a $250 charge.

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When should I plan to arrive?

Plan your travel to arrive at the Retreat on Wednesday, August 17th 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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  • Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium 2017, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, March 19, 2017
  • The Sinai Scholars National Jewish Retreat, August 9-13, 2017 and location TBD