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Sponsoring Agency: Chabad House of Ithaca

Cornell University
102 Willard Way, Ithaca, NY 14850 USA
Office: 607-227-4082
Email: es79@cornell.edu
Web: www.chabadcornell.com

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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

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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 3 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 10 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 15 2008 6:30 PM - - 9:30 PM
With President David Skorton.

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 17 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, February 24 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 2 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 9 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 16 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, March 23 2008 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, April 6 2008 7:30 PM - - 8:30 PM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 14 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 21 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, September 28 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 3 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 5 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 12 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 19 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, October 26 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, November 2 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Wednesday, November 5 2008 7:00 AM - - 9:00 AM

Graduation -
Monday, November 24 2008 7:00 AM - - 9:00 AM


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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
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Pre-Registration is now open for the Spring 2009 semester. Please use the fall registration form, and note in your application that you are registering for the spring. Please
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 1 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 8 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 15 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, February 22 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 1 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 8 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 29 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 5 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Sunday, April 12 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM


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Coordinator Mr. Ilya Brotzky
Phone: 607 220 4504
Email: ib96@conell.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 6 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 13 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, September 20 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, September 27 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 4 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 11 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, October 11 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, October 18 2009 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 7 2010 1:00 AM - - 3:00 AM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 14 2010 2:00 AM - - 4:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 21 2010 0:00 AM - - 0:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, February 28 2010 1:00 AM - - 3:00 AM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 7 2010 1:00 AM - - 3:00 AM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 14 2010 1:00 AM - - 3:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 21 2010 1:00 AM - - 0:03 AM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 25 2010 1:00 AM - - 3:00 AM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 12 2010 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 19 2010 7:00 PM - - 0:09 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 3 2010 7:00 PM - - 0:09 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Logan Pardell
Phone: 845-546-6221
Email: netslp33@aol.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 6 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 13 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 20 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 6 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 13 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 20 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 10 2011 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, April 30 2011 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, May 29 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 27 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, October 2 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, October 16 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 23 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Thursday, October 27 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 30 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, November 6 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, November 13 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 20 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, December 4 2011 6:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Monday, December 5 2011 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Adina Davis
Phone: 516 476 8121
Email: azd3@cornell.edu

Ms. Jocelyn Aufseeser
Phone: 5162977427
Email: jha45@cornell.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 5 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 12 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 19 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, February 26 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 4 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 11 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 1 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 15 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 16 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 23 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, September 30 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 7 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 14 2012 1:07 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 21 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, October 28 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, November 4 2012 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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Coordinator Miss Hailey Phillips
Phone: 2483200610
Email: hfp7@cornell.edu

Ms. Rachel Price
Phone: 5162339914
Email: rdp77@cornell.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 10 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 17 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 24 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 2 2013 7:00 PM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 3 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 10 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 17 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 24 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 31 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 7 2013 7:00 PM - - 8:00 AM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Sunday, October 6 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, October 20 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 27 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, November 3 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, November 10 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, November 17 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 24 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, December 1 2013 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Monday, February 10 2014 7:30 PM - - 8:15 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 24 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, March 3 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, March 3 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 10 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 10 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 17 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 17 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Sunday, September 21 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 1

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 28 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 2

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, October 5 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 3

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 12 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 4

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 19 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 5

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 26 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 6

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, November 2 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 7

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 9 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Class 8

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, November 16 2014 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Josh Mark
Phone: 2014462403
Email: jmark412@gmail.com

Miss Cathy Aronin
Phone: 5165927826
Email: aronin.cathy6@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

 Course dates are not set in stone and will be determined in conjunction with all applicants. 

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

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 22 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, March 1 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 8 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 15 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 22 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 29 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 5 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 12 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Jason Steinberg
Phone: 5164450890
Email: jasonsteinberg95@gmail.com

Leza Matthews
Phone: 7817994250
Email: russianprincessleza@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, October 18 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 20 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, October 25 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 27 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 3 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 10 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 17 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 24 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 29 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, December 1 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, December 6 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, December 6 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, December 8 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, December 15 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, December 22 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, December 29 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Jenna Zitomer
Phone: 19176932321
Email: jenna.zitomer@hotmail.com

Michelle Florentine
Phone: 818-915-3250
Email: florentine.michelle@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

This class will be taught on 2 nights. You can pick the one that suits you best. In the past, we have done Sunday nights OR Tuesday nights. This way, you can always attend the other class to makeup a lost class.

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

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 21 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 28 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 6 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 13 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 20 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 27 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 3 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 10 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Madeline Weinfeld
Phone: 2017833409
Email: maddy.weinfeld@aim.com

Jordan Brail
Phone: 646-275-0632
Email: jordanbrail@yahoo.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

 We will be accepting a total of 30 students. We will be teaching this class at two different times each week. You will be able to choose which night suits you best. In the past, we have taught classes on both Sunday nights and Tuesday nights. 

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

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 11 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 18 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, September 25 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 2 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 9 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 16 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Thursday, October 20 2016 8:00 PM - - 0:00

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, October 23 2016 7:30 PM - - 12:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, October 30 2016 7:30 PM - - 12:00 AM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 7 2016 6:00 PM - - 0:00


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Coordinator Jordan Brail
Phone: 646-275-0632
Email: jordanbrail@yahoo.com

Jordyn Weinstein
Phone: 9737524366
Email: jrw357@cornell.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

 This class is generally taught on Sunday nights and Tuesday nights. You will be able to choose one of these nights to attend. We will try to flexible to accomodate for each person's preference. Sign up right away!


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

Orientation -
Sunday, February 5 2017 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 12 2017 7:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, February 19 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 26 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 5 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 12 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 12 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 19 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 26 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 2 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 9 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

There are 30 allocations. The classes will be taught on both Sunday nigths and Tuesday nights. You will hopefully be allocated the night that suits you. Email davey.birk@gmail.com with questions.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 24 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, October 1 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, October 8 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Thursday, October 12 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:45 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 15 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 22 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 29 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, November 5 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 12 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, November 19 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:45 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, November 28 2017 5:30 PM - - 2:15 PM


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Coordinator Jordyn Weinstein
Phone: 9737524366
Email: jrw357@cornell.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
  • Don't worry too much about the above dates and times. We will start the class at a date that suits the accepted applicants. 
  • All applicants will be required to take a 20 minute interview to learn more about the expectations of the course, and have a chance to ask questions about the course. 
  • Classes will be taught on 2 nights of the week. Tuesday and Sunday nights. Each student only has to attend 1 time per week. 
Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 25 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, March 4 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, March 11 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 18 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 25 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, April 1 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, April 8 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 15 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 22 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Jordyn Weinstein
Phone: 9737524366
Email: jrw357@cornell.edu

Jordan Brail
Phone: 646-275-0632
Email: jordanbrail@yahoo.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

Dates and times may be subject to change. We suggest you enroll and we will discuss the specific schedule in the interview. 

In the past, we have accepted 30 students each semester. We then divide the students into two classes. One is taught on Sunday nights. The other on Tuesday nights. These specifc days have worked well for the last few semesters, but if the students who enroll indicate that a different night would be better, we will accomodate where possible. 

Also, there will be no classes during Cornell breaks. 

After enrolling, please look out for an email from me to schedule a 20 minute interview to discuss your applicaiton and further questions you may have. 

Thank you. 

Rabbi Dovid Birk

dfb86@cornell.edu

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, October 14 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Thursday, October 18 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Thursday, October 25 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Thursday, November 1 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Thursday, November 8 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Thursday, November 15 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Thursday, November 22 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Thursday, November 29 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Thursday, December 6 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Nicole Chussid
Phone: 1 (954) 557-0599
Email: njc76@cornell.edu

Jeffrey Steckler
Phone: 1 (914) 355-6337
Email: jms842@cornell.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

The dates displayed are not fixed. We will tailor the start date and the class times to the availability of the students participating in the course. 

If you feel this course could benefit you, APPLY TODAY and we will discuss the schedule in the interview. Spots are limited!

Please look out for an email from Chabad to set up a 20 minute interview. 

Thank you.

If you have any questions about the course, the content or the schedule, you can contact Rabbi Dovid at dfb86@cornell.edu

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, March 3 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Sunday, March 10 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 17 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 24 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 31 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, April 7 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 14 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 21 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Aaron Friedman
Phone: 1 (973) 738-9767
Email: af398@cornell.edu

Nicole Chussid
Phone: 1 (954) 557-0599
Email: njc76@cornell.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

Classes are generally taught two times each week. You only need to attend one. Traditionally, the classes are taught on Sunday night and Tuesday night from 7:30pm - 9pm. The first class is from 7pm - 9pm as we will include a 30 minutes orientation and icebreakers. You can choose the night that best suits you.

The course has eight classes. You need to attend all eight classes to graduate. 

You will be allowed to do one makeup only for a missed class.

 

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 15 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 22 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, September 29 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 6 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 13 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 20 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, October 27 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, November 3 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Levy Agaronnik
Phone: 1 (718) 710-7372
Email: la362@cornell.edu

Nicole Chussid
Phone: 1 (954) 557-0599
Email: njc76@cornell.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

 ATTENTION: It is better to enrol sooner than later. I will be conducting a short interview (15-20min) with all those who enrol. At the interview, we will discuss all the details of the course - dates, times, flexibility, content etc.  

Traditionally we fill all our allocations. That's 30 students per semester. We then divide the class into two groups and we teach on Sunday night and Tuesday night, 7:30pm - 9pm (except the first class is 2 hours due to a 30 minute orientation and ice-breakers). You pick only one night and attend one class per week.

NOTE: For those who do not want to write a research paper, there will be an option to take a multi choice test at the end of the course instead.

This is a fun, insightful and engaging course that will give you a forum to discover relevant lessons in Judaism, meet other Jews on campus, and give you a connection to Chabad as a Jewish hub for you on campus. 

Any questions? Email me: dfb86@cornell.edu

Or call/text me at 917 841 3256

Rabbi Dovid Birk

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 9 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 16 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 23 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 1 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 8 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 15 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 22 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, March 29 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Levy Agaronnik
Phone: 1 (718) 710-7372
Email: la362@cornell.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

 Welcome to Sinai Scholars Spring 2020. Please go ahead and complete your application. You do not need to write elaborate answers to the questions. 

Important notes:

1. There is no research paper for the course. That has been replaced with a 45 questions multi-choice test to be taken following the last class. It will be graded automatically on the spot. 

2. Classes are taught on Sunday night and Tuesday night. You only need to attend ONE class each week. Classes are 7:30pm - 9pm except for the first class, which extends to 9:30pm.

3. Following your application, there will be a 20 minute in person interview. Not all applicants are accepted to the class. This is decided by the Sinai Scholars office based on a variety of factors. 

4. Please email me, Rabbi Dovid Birk, dfb86@cornell.edu - if you have any questions regarding the course. 

Thank you.


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