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Sponsoring Agency: Chabad on Campus serving Washington University in St.Louis

Washington University
7018 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105 USA
Office: 314-721-2884
Email: Chana@chabadoncampus.org

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Current Courses

Flash PromoThe Core: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

Course Overview

The objective of this course is to explore core elements of Jewish thought, literature and practice.  Judaism spans 4000 years. You can fill up libraries with its literature. Its practices are more vast and complex than perhaps any other society. They are as vast and complex as life itself. So to think we will cover Judaism in one 8 week course is not a very Jewish thought. What we are aiming for is to explore some of its core elements; core to Judaism, and core to us—modern Jews in the 21st Century.

 

These are issues we must be familiar with if we want to say with integrity “I am a Jew. This is not an in-depth exploration to become a scholar, get a PhD, or become “religious”. This is to have a healthy, adult-level, understanding of the core elements of our heritage and identity.

Lesson 1: Identity– What does it mean to be a Jew?

From the dawn of time, the quest for one’s identity has been fraught with confusion and yet, deep meaning. How is it that this search, which has shaped the lives of individuals and nations, still remains a mystery of many labels? In this course, we will analyze the inherent link that binds every Jew to our nation. We will question the state of Jewish being and discover that it is not just a genetic toss of the dice.

Lesson 2: Approaching life on Planet Earth:

Dizzying patterns and definitions of human rights have contributed to the value system upon which society has built itself today. The template of society is defined by the rights that every individual has. But how does one adhere to this system and remain focused on the inherent goodness in others?

Enrol now to discover the right way to peel back the layers concealing the goodness in others and in the world itself.

Lesson 3: Mitzvot– What is the meaning of Jewish practices?

"Perhaps you’ve always thought that Mitzvot are strange and archaic rituals. Some of them seem to be unrelated to being a “good person”.  In this lesson, you will unravel the mystery of Jewish practices and discover the significance behind the menial details.


Lesson 4: Shabbat - In what way can Shabbat enhance life?

Ever wondered why there is such a fuss about ‘Shabbat’? The delicacy and intricacy of its observance has ignited debate and fascination throughout the ages.  In this lesson, discover what the unique blend of Shabbat can bring into your weekend and the powerful boost it can provide into the maze of life beyond.

Lesson 5: Relationships - How can true love turn into lasting love?

“And they lived happily ever after”... Did they? The merciless turn of the clock can turn time into an enemy when love does not last. How can we turn True Love into a love that lasts the tests of time?  It is a quest that forms the basis for one of the most fundamental and powerful human motives. Viewed through the prism of Torah, this lesson will unlock the secret to achieving long-term love, romance and passion.

Lesson 6: Torah - In what way can an ancient legal code inform modern-day dilemmas?

It’s been 3000 years. We’ve gone from wagons to Volkswagens and entered a world of fast paced, moving technology. Has time truly accelerated modern life beyond the reach of Torah?  

Come join the Sages in the ancient study halls to debate the ethical and legal issues surrounding life and death as it was then, and now.

Lesson 7: Mysticism – In what way can every Jewish idea inform daily life?

Every visible structure has an inner power that energizes it. Underneath that mild Clark Kent exterior of daily life, we are moving worlds and causing cosmic explosions. What force is within, that propels Torah thought? In this lesson, we will examine the deepest parts of Torah, known as Chassidic Mysticism and discover its origin and application to us today.

Lesson 8: Paying it Forward

Now what? The future starts with you. What is your vision for the Jewish future?

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 7 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 14 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 21 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 28 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Saturday, March 4 2017 5:45 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 21 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 28 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 4 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Tuesday, May 2 2017 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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Coordinator Danielle Kahn
Phone: 5164772575
Email: danielle.kahn@wustl.edu
Availability Register Now

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 -
Monday, February 6 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 13 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 20 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 27 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 6 2017 7:00 - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 13 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 20 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, March 27 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 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

Course dates to be determined.

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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 3 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
If You Were G-d

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 10 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Who Am I?

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 17 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
To Be or Not To Be

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 24 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Creators

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 31 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Breath of Life

Field Trip -
Friday, November 4 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner Field Trip

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 7 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Born To Marry

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 14 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
For Love or Money (Do Not Steal; Do Not Covet)

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 21 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

Field Trip/Graduation -
Monday, November 28 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Miss Taylor Levy
Phone: 3017938866
Email: taylorlevy1@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 6 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 13 2012 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 20 2012 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 24 2012 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 27 2012 7:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 5 2012 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 19 2012 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 26 2012 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 1 2012 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 1 2012 9:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 2 2012 7:30 PM - 1:00 AM


Calendar URL help
Coordinator Miss Taylor Levy
Phone: 3017938866
Email: taylorlevy1@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 15 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 22 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 29 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 5 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 12 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 19 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 26 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 3 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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Coordinator Miss Hallie Steinfeld
Phone: 2016935104
Email: hcsteinfeld@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 4 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 11 2013 7:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 18 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 22 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 25 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 4 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 18 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 8 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 15 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


Calendar URL help
Coordinator Miss Hallie Steinfeld
Phone: 2016935104
Email: hcsteinfeld@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 7 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 14 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 21 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 28 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 4 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 8 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 11 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 18 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 25 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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Coordinator Miss Casey Hochberg
Phone: 5167290309
Email: caseyhochberg@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 10 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 17 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 24 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 3 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 17 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 24 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 31 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 7 2014 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM


Calendar URL help
Coordinator Miss Casey Hochberg
Phone: 5167290309
Email: caseyhochberg@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 29 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 6 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 20 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 27 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 3 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 7 2014 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 10 2014 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 17 2014 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 24 2014 7:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Field Trip -
Monday, December 8 2014 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Coordinator Miss Gabrielle Aaron
Phone: 5167802793
Email: gxroax26@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 29 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 6 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 13 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 20 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 27 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 3 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 10 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 17 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 3 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 10 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 17 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 24 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 1 2015 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 3 2015 7:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 17 2015 7:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 24 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 31 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, April 10 2015 12:00 AM - 6:45 PM


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Coordinator Rebecca Benson
Phone: 8477144495
Email: rbenson15@aol.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Field Trip2 -
Thursday, September 3 2015 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 13 2015 7:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 20 2015 7:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 27 2015 7:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 3 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 6 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 10 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 17 2015 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 24 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 1 2015 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Tuesday, December 8 2015 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Calendar URL help
Coordinator Jacquie Gordon
Phone: 857 636 8000
Email: jacquie.gordon8@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 16 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 23 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 1 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 8 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 22 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, April 1 2016 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, April 5 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 12 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 19 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Tuesday, May 3 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM


Calendar URL help
Coordinator Danielle Mor
Phone: 9177339889
Email: daniellemorny@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

Flash PromoThe Core: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
About the Course

Course Overview

The objective of this course is to explore core elements of Jewish thought, literature and practice.  Judaism spans 4000 years. You can fill up libraries with its literature. Its practices are more vast and complex than perhaps any other society. They are as vast and complex as life itself. So to think we will cover Judaism in one 8 week course is not a very Jewish thought. What we are aiming for is to explore some of its core elements; core to Judaism, and core to us—modern Jews in the 21st Century.

 

These are issues we must be familiar with if we want to say with integrity “I am a Jew. This is not an in-depth exploration to become a scholar, get a PhD, or become “religious”. This is to have a healthy, adult-level, understanding of the core elements of our heritage and identity.

Lesson 1: Identity– What does it mean to be a Jew?

From the dawn of time, the quest for one’s identity has been fraught with confusion and yet, deep meaning. How is it that this search, which has shaped the lives of individuals and nations, still remains a mystery of many labels? In this course, we will analyze the inherent link that binds every Jew to our nation. We will question the state of Jewish being and discover that it is not just a genetic toss of the dice.

Lesson 2: Approaching life on Planet Earth:

Dizzying patterns and definitions of human rights have contributed to the value system upon which society has built itself today. The template of society is defined by the rights that every individual has. But how does one adhere to this system and remain focused on the inherent goodness in others?

Enrol now to discover the right way to peel back the layers concealing the goodness in others and in the world itself.

Lesson 3: Mitzvot– What is the meaning of Jewish practices?

"Perhaps you’ve always thought that Mitzvot are strange and archaic rituals. Some of them seem to be unrelated to being a “good person”.  In this lesson, you will unravel the mystery of Jewish practices and discover the significance behind the menial details.


Lesson 4: Shabbat - In what way can Shabbat enhance life?

Ever wondered why there is such a fuss about ‘Shabbat’? The delicacy and intricacy of its observance has ignited debate and fascination throughout the ages.  In this lesson, discover what the unique blend of Shabbat can bring into your weekend and the powerful boost it can provide into the maze of life beyond.

Lesson 5: Relationships - How can true love turn into lasting love?

“And they lived happily ever after”... Did they? The merciless turn of the clock can turn time into an enemy when love does not last. How can we turn True Love into a love that lasts the tests of time?  It is a quest that forms the basis for one of the most fundamental and powerful human motives. Viewed through the prism of Torah, this lesson will unlock the secret to achieving long-term love, romance and passion.

Lesson 6: Torah - In what way can an ancient legal code inform modern-day dilemmas?

It’s been 3000 years. We’ve gone from wagons to Volkswagens and entered a world of fast paced, moving technology. Has time truly accelerated modern life beyond the reach of Torah?  

Come join the Sages in the ancient study halls to debate the ethical and legal issues surrounding life and death as it was then, and now.

Lesson 7: Mysticism – In what way can every Jewish idea inform daily life?

Every visible structure has an inner power that energizes it. Underneath that mild Clark Kent exterior of daily life, we are moving worlds and causing cosmic explosions. What force is within, that propels Torah thought? In this lesson, we will examine the deepest parts of Torah, known as Chassidic Mysticism and discover its origin and application to us today.

Lesson 8: Paying it Forward

Now what? The future starts with you. What is your vision for the Jewish future?

Read More

Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 28 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

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

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 4 2016 12:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 16 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 30 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Tuesday, December 13 2016 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM


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Coordinator Jenna Borenstein
Phone: 6464577562
Email: jennaborenstein@wustl.edu

Jacqueline Kumble
Phone: 3478451318
Email: jkumble@wustl.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.