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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:

  • A Shabbat dinner, at a time to be announced.
  • A mid-semester field-trip or “retreat” with your class.
  • The gala closing event in the week following the completion of the course.

In addition, Scholars are required to submit a final project as well as a reflection paper as part of the program.

Final Project

1. Course Summary

For each of the eight topics discussed, provide a brief summary of what you learned as well as its relevance to the contemporary Jewish student.

Note: The best way to go about this option is by taking notes during each lesson to use for later reference when putting together your course summary.


  • Each topic’s summary must be a minimum of 250 words.
  • Be sure to address the following three points in each topic’s summary:
    • Express the topic’s relevance to the contemporary Jewish student.
    • What did you personally take away from learning about this topic?
    • What is one thing you learned in this lesson that you never knew before?
  • Paper must be double-spaced, using a 12-point basic font, with one-inch margins at the top and bottom and a 1.25-inch margin on each side.
  • Pages must be numbered.

Reflection Paper

At the end of the course, scholars must write a reflection paper describing their impressions of the Sinai Scholars experience. The reflection paper must be a minimum of one page.

Scholars are required to complete both the final project and the reflection paper in order to become a Sinai Scholar and receive a stipend.

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