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Requirements & Benefits

Membership in the Sinai Scholars Society offers a unique opportunity to explore your Jewish heritage, and we hope it will inspire you to continue your pursuit of Jewish education and active participation in the Jewish community. To ensure that fellows will be able to engage fully in the activities and course of study offered by the Sinai Scholars Society, we offer a stipend which will be awarded upon successful completion of the course and fulfillment of all program requirements.

Fellowship in the society continues after completion of the program, and in the coming months and years it will offer additional opportunities for members to interact with an ever-expanding network of fellow students and Jewish leaders across the country.

Because of the limited number of spaces available, we wish to ensure that those who are accepted into the program are able to make the most of the experience. The primary criteria for admission to the program are demonstration of interest in the offerings of the program and evidence of willingness to fulfill the requirements of society membership.

After you apply to the Sinai Scholars Society, you will be interviewed by the course instructor. If your application is accepted, you will be asked to attend an orientation session to introduce you to the program. 

All fellows are expected to attend each of the eight two-hour classes that comprise the course.

In addition, as the course progresses, you will be expected to participate in at least three events:

In addition, each student will be required to write:

1) A one (1) page reaction paper reflecting on the  how your experience as a Sinai Scholar has changed or developed your perspective on Jewish living.

2) A 5 page (minimum) research paper (details will be provided by your instructor). See below for a list of suggested topics.

3) Complete an end of semester survey for the benefit of future Sinai Scholar students like yourself, as we continue to respond to your feedback to enhance the programming we offer.

Please bear in mind that while participation in the Sinai Scholars Society is enjoyable and rewarding, it also requires a willingness to invest the time and effort to take advantage of what the program offers. If you feel that you are able to seriously commit to the program, we encourage you to apply.

Final Paper Criteria


This paper allows you to explore a topic presented in the "The Core" course material. It should address a specific question and offer an original analysis of the relevant primary evidence and the secondary scholarly material. The focus of the paper should be centered upon developing an original argument in response to your question. Please keep in mind that we expect papers to be well written, well researched, and well argued.

Papers must be submitted and accepted before stipends can be remitted.

Please submit papers online at on the student desktop accessible via your login.

Paper Topics

Topics should fall into one of the following categories: philosophy, ethics, theology, law, or history. While these categories are broad and do overlap, they should help you determine what your paper will be about and define a framework for it. Please consult the list of suggested paper topics for more specific ideas. 

The Writing Process

You are encouraged to contact the Chabad rabbi on your campus for advice and feedback. Please feel free to submit paper outlines and drafts. Students are urged to make use of the writing center on campus for advice on structuring, grammar and editing.

Ethical Practices

All students must adhere to the highest ethical and moral standards. Any form of plagiarism will lead to rejection of the paper and forfeiture of the stipend. 

"Plagiarism includes presenting or paraphrasing a phrase, sentence, or passage of a published work (including material from the World-Wide Web) in a paper or exam answer without quotation marks and attribution of the source, submitting your own original work toward requirements in more than one class without the prior permission of the instructors, submitting a paper written by someone else, submitting as your own work any portion of a paper or research that you purchased from another person or commercial firm, and presenting in any other way the work, ideas, data, or words of someone else without attribution." (Source)

Suggested Topics

The Sinai Scholars course covers many core Jewish issues, literature and practices. Your topic may build on something you have learned during the Sinai Scholars course or another Jewish studies class. It may be a question you have always wondered about but never had a chance to find the answer to. It may relate to something you have read or heard about. You may want to compare Judaism’s view on a given topic with other popular sources or perspectives.

Your paper can address an event in history, a mitzvah, a moral or ethical dilemma, current events, famous personalities, a life-cycle event, social issues, matters relating to personal growth or personal reflection.

You may also select one of the topics listed below and develop your own ideas relating to these suggestions. Your instructor is available to assist in your research and writing.  Resources online to consider include:

-Research your Jewish name. What is it source? What does it mean? Who else in history carried that name? What personal message and inspiration might it carry for you?
-Pick a Jewish holiday. What are its major themes/story? How is it observed and why? How can it have contemporary significance?
-Pick a mitzvah. Research how it is performed as well as its philosophical, mystical and ethical significance. In what ways do you find this mitzvah personally relevant?
-Why marry Jewish?
-What is a Jew?
-The Jewish view on medical ethics
-Spirituality in a modern world
-Why is Israel important to us?
-Money and Morality

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