Second Annual - Student-and-Scholars Academic Symposium

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this conference?

It will include a full day of student, professor, and business leaders, discussing, debating, and presenting on this year’s theme.

  • The symposium will give you the opportunity to have your paper considered by a panel of University professors,  leading business people and rabbis
  • Have the chance to hear and interact with the leading minds in our generation
  • The winning paper will receive a cash prize at the award ceremony of the symposium closing event
  • Presented papers will be published in the Sinai Scholars Academic Journal sent to universities worldwide
  • Network with business leaders in industry

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Who is eligible to present in the conference?

ANY student or fellows from ANY university who has the ideas, work ethic, and creativity to write and present a great paper!

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What are the dates and times?

Students attending the symposium should plan to arrive by 9:00am on Sunday April, 21st. The program will begin promptly at 10:00am after Morning Services (Shacharit) and end at 7pm followed by an award ceremony until 9pm.

For those that would like to arrive before Shabbat, please contact

We will ensure that all students whose papers are chosen to present will be accommodated with free board.  Students will be hosted by their peers at NYU.  We have also negotiated special rates for symposium participants at local hotels. Please contact to arrange booking with the symposium rate.

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What is the cost? FREE!

1. Students whose papers are CHOSEN to be presented at the conference will have FREE TRIP TO NYC with all inclusive room, board, and travel!

2. Sinai Scholars fellows whose papers are not being considered, or have not written papers are cordially invited to attend as a Sinai Scholars national event. Registration fee is waived for current Sinai Scholars students and fellows, which includes the conference and meals. Accommodations and travel will be the responsibility of the student attending.

3. The conference is open to any individual wishing to attend, although without compensation. A $36.00 registration fee applies. Please contact the central office at  to arrange for your attendance.

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I have never written an academic paper of this kind. Will I have help?

ABSOLUTELY!  The Symposium submissions committee is HERE FOR YOU for ANY questions and guidance.

Please contact to be paired with a personal mentor from the committee to assist you with any questions, resources, or guidance you may need.

Students are encouraged to consult their local Chabad Rabbis and the writing center at their respective colleges for source material, and resources.

To further assist in research materials the Sinai Scholars Society has compiled a 400+ page resource book including all classic sources on the Decalogue (Ten-Commandments) and is available to you as a resource book at your local Chabad House. Included in the book is also many papers written by academics, historians and researchers on the above topics for guidance.

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What is the paper competition?

A unique component that has been introduced for this conference is the student paper writing competition. Everyone is invited write papers (1500-2500 words, CLICK HERE  for list of suggested topics) for presentation and discussion at the symposium.

Finalists attending the symposium will have the chance to present their papers to a panel of renowned academics during a colloquium session, argue their points, and be judged for the competition. Winner will be announced and receive an award at the end of the day at the closing session gala.

A committee of business leaders, professors, and rabbis will select the papers to be presented. Students are to submit a paper outline with; the paper topic, direction, and the sources to be referenced. Once receiving the outline, a member of the submissions committee will contact you regarding accepting for the competition. Outlines and paper submissions are to be e-mailed to:

The process to will go as follows:

1.      Submit proposal

a.     Within one week we will notify you with critiques, ideas, and pair you with a mentor

2.     Submit paper

a.     Within one week we will get back to you with assessments

3.     Submit final paper

We will begin accepting proposals on August 1st, 2012.

What is a proposal?  A topic and bibliography

The following dates are final deadlines; we will not be accepting anything PAST these dates.  We highly encourage every student to submit earlier to ensure more time for himself.

Deadline for proposal: February 15, 2013

Within one week, by February 22nd, we will notify you with critiques, ideas, and pair you with a mentor.  Proposals for papers will not be accepted after this date.

Deadline to submit paper: March 1st

Within one week, March 8th, we will get back to you with assessments.

Deadline for final submissions: March 15, 2013

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How are papers chosen?

Papers to be presented will be chosen for their insight, analysis of Torah sources, conceptual organization, and original thought regarding the application of Torah ethics in today's world.   Your topic should be thoroughly discussed in both secular and Judaic areas.  Feel free to get creative-we are looking ofr any idea you have related to money presented in a unique, stimulating way.  Papers must be 2000 words minimum. (CLICK HERE  for list of suggested topics). 

Papers will be printed in an annual academic journal sent to campuses worldwide.

You will be notified no later than March 21st of your acceptance.

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What should I be writing about?

This year’s symposium theme is Money and Morality”.

Click here for list of suggested topics

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Where is the conference located?

This year's conference will be held at the state of the art Chabad @ NYU – 353 Bowery, NY, NY 10003

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How will I get there?

NYU is in lower Manhattan. Shuttles are available from LGA and JFK airports directly to downtown and midtown. Yellow cabs, trains, and buses are available throughout the city.

After your paper has been accepted by the committee, please contact: to coordinate booking your travel.

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Can I come if I am not writing/presenting a paper?

The conference is open to anyone who wishes to attend. There is a nominal $36 fee for entry. The fee covers meals and refreshments throughout the day provided at the conference. Please contact the central office at to arrange your attendance. The registration fee is waived for Sinai Scholars fellows, see above.

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Where will the conference participants stay?

We will ensure that all students whose papers are being considered will be accommodated with free board.  Students will be hosted by their peers at NYU.  We have also negotiated special rates for symposium participants at local hotels. Please contact to arrange booking with the symposium rate.

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Are kosher meals provided?

The symposium offers not only food for thought, but a selection of exquisite kosher cuisine that will delight your body and your soul. It will be a fully catered event with kosher cuisine presented for your dining pleasure.

If you have any specific requests, questions, or dietary considerations, please contact:

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When do I get my travel reimbursement?

Those who submit their travel itineraries and receipts two weeks prior to the conference will receive reimbursements at the conference.  Itineraries and/or receipts that are submitted after that date will be reimbursed up to 6-8 weeks after your return.

Please feel free to contact  or 718-221-6900 and ask for the Sinai Scholars admin desk with any further questions.

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Suggested Topics

" Money and Morality " is a broad theme which allows students to focus their papers on a wide range of topics. The following are suggestions. Other ideas for topics may be submitted to the Organizing Committee for pre-approval. The selected papers must show insight, conceptual organization, and original thought regarding the application of Torah ethics in today's world.The general concept of Divine Revelation of Law/Ethics

  • The general concept of Divine Revelation of Law/Ethics
  • The general idea of immutable Divine Law in the context of changing societies and/or in the specific context of “Money and Morality
  • Specific aspects of Biblical Law and Ethics (especially as expressed in the Ten Commandments) in the contemporary world such as:
    • Internet privacy and/or piracy
    • Blood diamonds
    • WikiLeaks
    • Ethics of the media
    • Business of college sports
    • Ethics of music, eg. Napster
    • Work Ethics, Business Ethics and personal/public good works
    • A Jew's responsibility to the environment
    • Letting animals rest and broader issues of animal welfare
    • Business of health care
    • “Obamacare”
    • Ethics of insurance
    • Contemporary subtleties concerning property rights, eg: intellectual property
    • Issues concerning censorship, e.g. with regard to the internet

The topics above are suggested topics; we are open to your ideas.  Students are encouraged to consult with the writing center at their respective colleges and their local Chabad Rabbis for source material and resources.

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