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UCLA
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Email: chabad@ucla.edu
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

A Jewish Educational Experience
Do you enjoy fun and lively conversations?

Do you want to challenge the status quo?

Do you have questions about Judaism that are important to discuss?

Do you want to discover how Judaism is relevant and forward-thinking?

Do you want to join a warm community?

Then join the club! Sinai Scholars is for you! This learning experience is different from any class you have ever attended!

Sinai Scholars is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat.

Sinai Scholars is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and Jewish identity, along with a deeper understanding about how these interface with modern life.

Session One
A Question of Identity: Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World

You meet a Jewish person who says, “You know, I don’t know why people consider me Jewish. I do not support Israel; I do not ever visit a synagogue; and I do not celebrate any Jewish holidays.” How would you respond?

What does it mean to be a Jew? Is Judaism a religion, culture, nationality, or some combination thereof?

Since the dawn of time, individuals and groups sought to define and explain their identities, and Jews throughout the ages questioned the meaning of their Jewish identity. Today, the shifting sands of Jewish life require that this conversation persist but with newer insights and profounder definitions.

Session Two
A People with a Purpose: Exploring Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos

If you were G-d and you were going to address a once-for-all-time message to all of humanity, what would you say?

What messages does humankind need to hear today?

Mark Twain noted that while many nations filled the planet with sound and splendor, all of them soon faded and vanished. But the Jews are different, he noted. “All things are mortal,” he wrote, “but the Jew.” For Jews, survival is not celebrated for survival’s sake; survival is seen as a call to a purpose. A dialogue about the nature of this purpose is one crucial step in making this world a better place.

Session Three
Reason and Ritual: On the Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances

In medieval times, a despotic ruler once agreed to release a Jew from jail for one day each year to practice religion. The Jew was now in a quandary. Should that day be Yom Kippur? Passover? Rosh Hashanah? Some other day? How to choose?

What would you choose?

This leads into a broader discussion about Jewish rituals, which often seem foreign and archaic. In what ways can we find meaning and value in some of these observances?

Session Four
An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat

Life is continuous and unrelenting. Might there be some benefit in a creative pause?

Enter the Jewish Sabbath. It is difficult to imagine a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. What meaning did Jews find in their Sabbath that allowed them to shrug off their cultural isolation?

Examining this question is relevant to those who are troubled that today’s society is insufficiently happy and inadequately connected in meaningful ways.

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Date

Interview -
Monday, April 16 2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 18 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 25 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, May 2 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 6 2018 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 9 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, May 11 2018 7:00 PM - Friday, May 11 2018 11:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Havdallah -
Saturday, May 12 2018 12:00 AM - 8:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Shabbos 2 -
Saturday, May 12 2018 1:30 PM - Saturday, May 12 2018 12:00 AM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 16 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 30 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, June 6 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, June 13 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Past Courses

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
About the Course

Course Overview

The Ten Commandments are one of the most well-known passages of the Bible, and are significant to non-Jewish people as well. During the eight weeks of the course, three primary questions will be explored:

1. What, if anything, is Jewish about the Ten Commandments? Aren’t these ethical principles that have been adopted by most religious communities? Does Judaism understand them in a particular way, or is the foundation of the Jewish religion universalistic in its orientation?

2. Why these ten? There are many possible ways to articulate a foundational  manifesto of purpose. Yet the Ten Commandments select only ten of hundreds of possible commandments to be conveyed by G-d directly to the Jewish people. What is special about these ten? In what way do each of them represent a sphere of significance?

3. How does this commandment make a difference to your life? Most of us don’t grapple with whether to murder or not, and idol worship is currently out of fashion. Are these ten still of central relevance to us today? Do they continue to speak to us today?

Course Syllabus

Orientation Session

In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program.

Lesson One: If You Were G-d

In this lesson, you will examine the structure and order of the ten commandments, and explore its role as the foundation of Jewish thought and modern civilization.

Lesson Two: Who Am I?

In this lesson, you will examine the Jewish concept of G-d and the nature of Jewish belief. You will also investigate the contemporary relevance of the concept of idolatry.

Lesson Three: To Be or Not to Be

This lesson concentrates on the Jewish idea of the Sabbath and sanctity in time. You will become familiar with the basic practices governing the Jewish Sabbath, and you will look at the interplay between the Sabbath and the other days of the week.

Field Trip One

You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Shabbat dinner with your instructor.

Lesson Four: The Creators

This lesson looks at how Jewish law codifies the requirement to honor and respect 

parents, and invites you to consider the significance of this commandment to our spiritual development.

Lesson Five: The Breath of Life

This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson Six: Born To Marry

This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Field Trip Two

Lesson Seven: For Love or Money ( Do Not Steal; Do Not Covet)

This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson Eight: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

This lesson focuses on the spiritual meaning of human communication and the
importance of honest and true words. We also examine classical Jewish thinking
regarding the authenticity and truth of the Jewish tradition.

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Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, April 2 2008 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 9 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 16 2008 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 23 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, April 30 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, May 2 2008 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 7 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 14 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 18 2008 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 21 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 28 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, June 1 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Michael Leibman
Phone: 323-387-9177
Email: moshe5762@yahoo.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, October 15 2008 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Thursday, October 16 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Thursday, October 23 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 26 2008 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Thursday, October 30 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 31 2008 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Thursday, November 6 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Thursday, November 13 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Thursday, November 20 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 25 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Thursday, December 4 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 7 2008 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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Coordinator Mrs. Hila Peretz
Phone: 510-295-5241
Email: hilaperetz817@gmail.com

Mr. David Wolk
Phone: 415-244-0448
Email: ucladharry@ucla.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, April 12 2009 4:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, April 21 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, April 28 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, May 1 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, May 5 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, May 12 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, May 19 2009 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, May 26 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, June 2 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, June 7 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Alan Rozen
Phone: 6192004065
Email: arozen89@ucla.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, October 6 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 7 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 14 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 21 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 23 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 28 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 4 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 11 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 15 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 18 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 25 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 6 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Yevgeniy Ivanov
Phone: 323 346 5880
Email: eivanov@ucla.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, January 10 2010 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 13 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, January 20 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, January 27 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 3 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 5 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 10 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, February 17 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, February 24 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 3 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 7 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Dr. Jason Youdeem
Phone: 7143603984
Email: jasonyoudeem@ucla.edu

Miss Chloe Reihani
Phone: 310 402 8494
Email: creihani@ucla.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 14 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 21 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 28 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 30 2010 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 5 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 12 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 19 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 23 2010 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 26 2010 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, June 2 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, June 6 2010 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 13 2010 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 20 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 27 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 29 2010 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Friday, November 5 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 10 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 17 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 21 2010 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 23 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 30 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 5 2010 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Joseph Apikian
Phone: 818-439-8935
Email: joey.apikian@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, March 30 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 6 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 13 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 27 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 29 2011 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 4 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 11 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 18 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 22 2011 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 25 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, June 1 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Thursday, June 2 2011 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Matthew Farajzadeh
Phone: 858 405 0124
Email: mfarajz@ucla.edu

Mr. amit friedman
Phone: 310 923 2687
Email: amitfriedman12@yahoo.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, March 30 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Thursday, April 7 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Thursday, April 14 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Thursday, April 21 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Thursday, April 28 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 29 2011 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Thursday, May 5 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Thursday, May 12 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Thursday, May 19 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 22 2011 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Thursday, May 26 2011 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Graduation -
Thursday, June 2 2011 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 18 2012 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, January 25 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 1 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 3 2012 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
subject to change

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 8 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 12 2012 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
subject to change

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 15 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, February 22 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 24 2012 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Optional, but highly recommended West Coast Shabbaton!

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, February 29 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 7 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 11 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Miss Ellen Watkins
Phone: 4156800838
Email: ellenwatkins@ucla.edu
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 Analytical 5-page papers due 4-1-12; reflection papers due March 9th 5:00pm

Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 11 2012 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 18 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 25 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 2 2012 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Thursday, May 3 2012 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Challah baking!

Shabbaton -
Friday, May 4 2012 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 9 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Thursday, May 10 2012 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wedding crashers?

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 16 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 23 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 30 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, June 3 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, January 8 2013 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 15 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 22 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 29 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 1 2013 6:15 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 3 2013 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 5 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 12 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 19 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 26 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 5 2013 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, March 12 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Miss Sivan Salem
Phone: 8183899462
Email: sivansivan101@hotmail.com

Miss Emmanuelle Hodara
Phone: 310-625-6797
Email: emmanuelle.hodara@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, April 9 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 14 2013 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, April 16 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, April 23 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 26 2013 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, April 30 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, May 7 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, May 14 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, May 28 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, June 2 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Naomi Robin
Phone: (310) 985 3647
Email: naomirobin1@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, October 6 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 15 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 22 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 29 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 3 2013 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 5 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 8 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 12 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 19 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 26 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 3 2013 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Graduation -
Thursday, December 5 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 14 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 21 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 28 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 31 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 4 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 9 2014 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 11 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 18 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 25 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 4 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 9 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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Coordinator Mr. Michael Vaysman
Phone: 3235726116
Email: mike.vaysman@gmail.com

Ms. Tali Moore
Phone: 8184648297
Email: tali.moore@yahoo.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, November 5 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, November 12 2014 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 16 2014 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, November 19 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 21 2014 5:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 26 2014 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, December 3 2014 7:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, December 10 2014 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, January 7 2015 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, January 14 2015 7:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Graduation -
Thursday, January 15 2015 7:00 PM - 2:45 PM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 20 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, January 25 2015 4:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Crashing Jewish wedding, dinner & class

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 27 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, January 30 2015 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 3 2015 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 10 2015 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 17 2015 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 24 2015 7:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 3 2015 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 8 2015 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Leeav Nagola
Phone: (858) 829-7390
Email: leeavas@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, April 14 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, April 21 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, April 28 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 3 2015 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, May 5 2015 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, May 8 2015 6:00 PM - 11:30 AM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, May 12 2015 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, May 19 2015 7:00 PM - 11:30 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, May 26 2015 7:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, June 2 2015 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, June 2 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThe Land and the Spirit: Why We All Care About Israel
About the Course

Explore the spirit of a land that has pulsed with energy and mystery since the dawn of time, a land that has captured our imagination throughout history, a land that breathes with the glory of our past and the dreams of our future. Join us as we examine what Israel was meant to be, and what Israel means to us today.

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 21 2014 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 28 2014 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 4 2014 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 18 2014 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 25 2014 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM


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Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
About the Course

 Fascinating Facts is a four-lesson series in which four major components that sustain and shape Jewish life are explored: our book, our food, our bodies, and the cycle of life. Rather than thoroughly exploring one component of each of these themes, each class surveys various elements within the given topic. This will provide an opportunity to learn many new concepts while simultaneously developing an appreciation for a single larger idea. 

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, November 7 2012 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Story of Your Life: how to read the Torah. Forbidden fruit ID, eye for eye, shape of tablets, burning bush and more!

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, November 14 2012 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Taking a Bite out of Life: kosher food facts. kosher tofu-cheese burger, why we love gefilte fish, who invented glatt kosher and a roasted giraffe at bar mitzvah.

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, November 21 2012 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Beyond the Nose Job: Judaism, the body and the bedroom...

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 28 2012 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunrise, Sunset: Exploring the Jewish life cycle. Why is a birthday like a departing ship, Torah vs poetry, married before marriage and dead body = Torah scroll.


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Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
Date

Lesson 1 -
Thursday, April 25 2013 8:00 PM - 9:15 AM

Lesson 2 -
Thursday, May 2 2013 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 3 -
Thursday, May 9 2013 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 4 -
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM


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Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 19 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 26 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 2 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 9 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
About the Course

 

Perhaps you have struggled before with the elusive search for meaning, and wished you had a personal mentor to guide your growth. What if you had the chance to meet one of the greatest masters of Kabbalah and learn ancient proven strategies for self-realization and contentment?

This fall, you’ll have that chance. Soul Maps, a new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, investigates Tanya, the fundamental text of Chassidic thought. The course is structured as a six-session consultation with the author of the Tanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. During each session, you will receive insight into your inner world and you will discover new strategies for overcoming obstacles to change and progress. You’ll learn to resolve guilt, conflict, and confusion, and to traverse life’s journey with joy, purpose, and direction.

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, April 13 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, April 20 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, April 27 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, May 4 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, May 11 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, May 18 2015 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, April 12 2016 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, April 19 2016 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, April 26 2016 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, May 3 2016 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, May 10 2016 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, May 17 2016 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

A Jewish Educational Experience
Do you enjoy fun and lively conversations?

Do you want to challenge the status quo?

Do you have questions about Judaism that are important to discuss?

Do you want to discover how Judaism is relevant and forward-thinking?

Do you want to join a warm community?

Then join the club! Sinai Scholars is for you! This learning experience is different from any class you have ever attended!

Sinai Scholars is not a series of lectures; it is a series of interactive discussions. It is not a repeat of what you experienced in Hebrew school; it is fun, stimulating, deep, and relevant. It is not a time to listen; it’s a time to question. It is not geared to tell you what to think; it provides an opportunity to explore Judaism’s rich heritage at your own pace with you in the driver’s seat.

Sinai Scholars is a platform upon which participants explore central elements of Judaism that are relevant, interesting, and empowering for all Jews, irrespective of background, education, and level of commitment. By the end of this journey, you will have a richer appreciation for some of the core elements of Jewish heritage and Jewish identity, along with a deeper understanding about how these interface with modern life.

Session One
A Question of Identity: Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World

You meet a Jewish person who says, “You know, I don’t know why people consider me Jewish. I do not support Israel; I do not ever visit a synagogue; and I do not celebrate any Jewish holidays.” How would you respond?

What does it mean to be a Jew? Is Judaism a religion, culture, nationality, or some combination thereof?

Since the dawn of time, individuals and groups sought to define and explain their identities, and Jews throughout the ages questioned the meaning of their Jewish identity. Today, the shifting sands of Jewish life require that this conversation persist but with newer insights and profounder definitions.

Session Two
A People with a Purpose: Exploring Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos

If you were G-d and you were going to address a once-for-all-time message to all of humanity, what would you say?

What messages does humankind need to hear today?

Mark Twain noted that while many nations filled the planet with sound and splendor, all of them soon faded and vanished. But the Jews are different, he noted. “All things are mortal,” he wrote, “but the Jew.” For Jews, survival is not celebrated for survival’s sake; survival is seen as a call to a purpose. A dialogue about the nature of this purpose is one crucial step in making this world a better place.

Session Three
Reason and Ritual: On the Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances

In medieval times, a despotic ruler once agreed to release a Jew from jail for one day each year to practice religion. The Jew was now in a quandary. Should that day be Yom Kippur? Passover? Rosh Hashanah? Some other day? How to choose?

What would you choose?

This leads into a broader discussion about Jewish rituals, which often seem foreign and archaic. In what ways can we find meaning and value in some of these observances?

Session Four
An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat

Life is continuous and unrelenting. Might there be some benefit in a creative pause?

Enter the Jewish Sabbath. It is difficult to imagine a society functioning without a weekend, but this institution was unheard of in the ancient world. What meaning did Jews find in their Sabbath that allowed them to shrug off their cultural isolation?

Examining this question is relevant to those who are troubled that today’s society is insufficiently happy and inadequately connected in meaningful ways.

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 7 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 14 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 21 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 28 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 4 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 11 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 18 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 25 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Ellie Fridman
Phone: 18186949921
Email: ellie.fridman@gmail.com
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 13 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, January 20 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, January 27 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, January 31 2016 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 3 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 10 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, February 17 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 19 2016 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, February 24 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 2 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, March 16 2016 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM


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Coordinator Angelica Krauss
Phone: 3054840110
Email: angelicakrauss@bellsouth.net

Angeline Azarkian
Phone: 5166060375
Email: Angelineazarkian@yahoo.com
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 13 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 20 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 27 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 4 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, May 6 2016 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 11 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 15 2016 4:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 18 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 25 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, June 1 2016 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, June 1 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 5 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 12 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 19 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Saturday, October 22 2016 6:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 7:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 2 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 6 2016 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 9 2016 7:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, November 11 2016 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 16 2016 7:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 23 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, November 30 2016 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, January 18 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 18 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, January 25 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Field Trip -
Sunday, January 29 2017 10:30 AM - 0:00
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 1 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 8 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 10 2017 7:00 PM - 0:00
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 15 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, February 22 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 1 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 8 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Graduation -
Wednesday, March 15 2017 7:00 PM - 0:00


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 12 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 19 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 23 2017 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 26 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 3 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, May 5 2017 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 10 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 17 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 24 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 31 2017 7:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, June 7 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Interview -
Sunday, October 1 2017 11:00 AM - 0:00
(Date subject to change)

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 10 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 17 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 22 2017 10:30 AM - 2:45 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 24 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 31 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip2 -
Friday, November 3 2017 8:30 AM - 2:45 PM
NYC Shabbaton! www.jewishweekend.org

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 7 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 10 2017 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Havdallah -
Saturday, November 11 2017 7:00 PM - 0:00

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 14 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 21 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 28 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, December 1 2017 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
(Date subject to change)


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Interview -
Monday, November 27 2017 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
(Date subject to change)

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 17 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, January 24 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Monday, January 29 2018 3:30 PM - 9:30 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, January 31 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 7 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos Night -
Friday, February 9 2018 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Shabbos Day -
Saturday, February 10 2018 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Havdallah -
Saturday, February 10 2018 6:20 PM - 7:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 14 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, February 25 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, March 7 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 7 2018 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


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