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University of Pennsylvania

Sponsoring Agency: Lubavitch House at Penn

University of Pennsylvania
Lubavitch House at Penn 4032 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 USA
Office: 215-746-6115
Email: rabbi@pobox.upenn.edu
Web: www.LubavitchHouse.com

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Current Courses

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 -
Wednesday, March 6 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Wednesday, March 13 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, March 20 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, March 27 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 3 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, April 10 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, April 17 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, April 24 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 1 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 8 2019 7:00 PM9:00 PM


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Coordinator Intern Application
Availability Apply Now

For more information contact student coordinator Annabel Singer at annabels@sas.upenn.edu

Some of the dates are flexible so feel free to sign up even if the dates do not exactly work for you.


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/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 9 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 23 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 26 2007 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Participation in the New York National Shabbaton with 600 other college students from across the country. We return Sunday Morning.

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 30 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 6 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 13 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 20 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 27 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 4 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 11 2007 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Closing Event


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Coordinator Mr. Bryan Leeds
Phone: 425-442-9366
Email: bdleeds@sas.upenn.edu

Ms. Sarah Iosifescu
Phone: 973-650-3610
Email: sarahiosi@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
There is a possibility for an alternate date, so you can apply even if your Tuesdays are not free. Please indicate in your application what evenings are not open.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 29 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 5 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 12 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 19 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 26 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 29 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 4 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 18 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 25 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 30 2008 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
DAY TRIP TO NEW YORK

Graduation -
Sunday, April 13 2008 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, September 23 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 7 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Tuesday, October 14 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sukkot Holiday Dinner

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 28 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 4 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Friday, November 7 2008 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Weekend Trip to Crown Heights. See photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2148078&l=d9c8d&id=600851 Exact date for field trip is still to be determined

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 11 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 18 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 25 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, December 2 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 9 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 14 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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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

Course dates to be determined.

Coordinator Intern Application
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Pre-Registration is now open for the Spring 2009 Semester, using the Fall semester application form. Please be sure to include in your application that you are registering for the spring semester.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 3 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 10 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 17 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 20 2009 8:00 PM - 10:01 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 24 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 3 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 17 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 24 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 29 2009 8:00 AM - 8:01 PM
All day trip to Crown Heights, New York.

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 31 2009 8:00 PM - 10:01 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 21 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Class number 9!

Graduation -
Tuesday, April 28 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Paper is due. Celebratory Conclusion Dinner.


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Coordinator Mr. Jonathan Mallen
Phone: 7326006650
Email: jmallen@seas.upenn.edu
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, October 27 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 30 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner and Lunch with Visiting Scholar Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe at Lubavitch House

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, November 3 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, November 8 2009 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
All day field trip to NY. Meals included.

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 10 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 17 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 24 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, December 1 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, December 8 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 15 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 20 2009 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. hillel kipnis
Phone: 5108477520
Email: hkipnis@sas.upenn.edu

Mr. Pierce Goldsmith
Phone: 732-690-1304
Email: pgold@sas.upenn.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/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 15 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
These dates are for track one. We are adding another track for another evening and will poll participants to set the time to accommodate them. You may apply even if these times do not suit you.

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 22 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
These dates are for track one. We are adding another track for another evening and will poll participants to set the time to accommodate them. You may apply even if these times do not suit you.

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 1 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
These dates are for track one. We are adding another track for another evening and will poll participants to set the time to accommodate them. You may apply even if these times do not suit you.

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 15 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
These dates are for track one. We are adding another track for another evening and will poll participants to set the time to accommodate them. You may apply even if these times do not suit you.

Shabbaton -
Friday, March 19 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
These dates are for track one. We are adding another track for another evening and will poll participants to set the time to accommodate them. You may apply even if these times do not suit you.

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 21 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 22 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 5 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 12 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 19 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
These dates are for track one. We are adding another track for another evening and will poll participants to set the time to accommodate them. You may apply even if these times do not suit you.

Graduation -
Monday, April 26 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Ben Levine
Phone: 412-377-0193
Email: levinebr@wharton.upenn.edu
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, October 18 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 25 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 1 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 12 2010 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shabbat Services and Dinner with Prof. Daniel Abrams from Boston University

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 14 2010 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Trip to NY for the day

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 15 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 22 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, December 6 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, December 13 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 14 2010 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dinner and Speaker and awards


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 7 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 11 2011 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Dinner and Lunch With Dr. Abrams

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 14 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 21 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 28 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 14 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 21 2011 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 27 2011 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 28 2011 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 1 2011 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Shabbat Dinner and Lunch with Professors and Rabbis.

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 4 2011 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 11 2011 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Harley Miller
Phone: 4123027820
Email: harleysm@wharton.upenn.edu

Mr. Zachary Katz
Phone: 561-271-9966
Email: zachkatz@wharton.upenn.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

There will be a symposium on April 3rd. Students are expected to attend 3 hours of the symposium.

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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 17 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 24 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
We will study in the Sukkah outside in the yard

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 31 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 7 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 13 2011 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Great day in NY!!! Visit a Mikva, Matzah Bakery, Torah Scribe, Artists and Galleries, Museums and more...

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 14 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 18 2011 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Shabbat Dinenr with Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy. Director of JLA in Los Angeles and recent author of "Who Really Wrote the Bible?"

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 21 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 28 2011 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 28 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, December 5 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Zachary Katz
Phone: 561-271-9966
Email: zachkatz@wharton.upenn.edu

Ms. Alexandra Schwartz
Phone: 305 498 8837
Email: alee.schwartz@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

Classes are scheduled for Monday nights. There might also be an alternate group meeting on another night of the week, so feel free to apply even if the Monday schedule does not work for you. There will also be a Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy and field trip to Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York.

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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 6 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 13 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 20 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 24 2012 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 27 2012 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 12 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 18 2012 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 18 2012 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 19 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 26 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 2 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 16 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Kabbalah Lesson


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Coordinator Ms. Alexandra Schwartz
Phone: 305 498 8837
Email: alschwa@sas.upenn.edu

Mr. Drew Goldberg
Phone: 6106423990
Email: drewg1080@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 -
Monday, September 24 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 3 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sukkot Evening Dinner

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 10 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 15 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 28 2012 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Amazing Day Trip To New York.

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 29 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 5 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 12 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 19 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 26 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 3 2012 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Makeup Session.

Graduation -
Monday, December 10 2012 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Graduation Dinner


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Coordinator Miss Melissa Riegel
Phone: 908-723-5592
Email: mriegel91@gmail.com

Ms. Kelly Zafman
Phone: 4102458327
Email: kzafman@sas.upenn.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

There are several tracks available. 1) novice. 2) advanced. 3) Sinai 2. Sign up here for 1 & 2. Contact us at info@lubavitchhouse.com for Sinai 2

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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, January 28 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 4 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 11 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 15 2013 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner at Chabad

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 17 2013 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Field Trip to NY

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 18 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, February 25 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 11 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 18 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Monday, April 1 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Passover Holiday Dinner at Chabad

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 8 2013 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 22 2013 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Graduation Event Dinner


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Coordinator Mr. Michael Ira
Phone: 8189190154
Email: miira@wharton.upenn.edu
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 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 7 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 14 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 20 2013 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 21 2013 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 28 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 4 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 8 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 11 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 18 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 25 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, December 9 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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Coordinator Ms. Jessica Gatof
Phone: 9145120364
Email: j.gatof@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

Shabbaton -
Sunday, February 9 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join Sinai Scholars for Shabbat Dinner at Chabad

Orientation -
Monday, February 10 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, March 17 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 23 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Day Trip to NYC

Lesson 2 -
Monday, March 24 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 31 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, April 7 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, April 14 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, April 21 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton 2 -
Monday, April 21 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Passover Dinner and learning at Chabad House

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 28 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 28 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, May 5 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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

If you want to learn more about the program. Please email Sophia Valner (sophiavalner@gmail.com) or Rabbi Levi (rabbi@pobox.upenn.edu) to discuss the program.

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

Orientation -
Monday, September 22 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 29 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 6 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 13 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dinner and Learning in the Sukkah

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 20 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 27 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, October 31 2014 6:00 PM - 10:15 AM
Option 2: Shabbat Services Dinner and Lunch at Chabad + Sunday Trip to NYC

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 3 2014 8:00 PM - 10:15 AM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 7 2014 1:30 PM - 10:15 AM
Option 1: Shabbaton and Field Trip combined in NYC weekend (Friday-Sat.)

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 10 2014 8:00 PM - 10:15 AM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 17 2014 8:00 PM - 10:15 AM

Graduation -
Monday, December 1 2014 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sinai Scholars Dinner Celebration


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Coordinator Rebecca Aiello
Phone: 7814244199
Email: rlaiello1942@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 -
Monday, February 9 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 15 2015 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 16 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 23 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 27 2015 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

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

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 9 2015 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 16 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 23 2015 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 30 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 6 2015 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 27 2015 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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Coordinator Ms. Margaux Richman
Phone: 3019383910
Email: margauxlr@yahoo.com
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For more information contact Margaux at: margauxr@sas.upenn.edu


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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Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 21 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 28 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 4 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 11 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 14 2014 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 18 2014 8:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 25 2014 1:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 25 2014 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 9 2014 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 16 2014 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 23 2014 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 30 2014 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, January 6 2015 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM


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Join us for Sinai Plus on Tuesday nights (starting October 21).

To learn more about Sinai Plus go to www.LubavitchHouse.com/sinaiplus

If combined with partner study and advanced field trip, students who are accepted will be eligible for a $250 stipend at the end of the program.

For more information contact Alexandra Krushell krushell@sas.upenn.edu

Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, February 3 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Class has a total of 8 sessions including orientation.

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 10 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 17 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 24 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 3 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, February 16 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 23 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, March 1 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 15 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 22 2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 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

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 18 2015 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Orientation -
Monday, October 19 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 26 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, November 2 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 9 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 16 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, November 23 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 23 2015 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 30 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, December 7 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 14 2015 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Coordinator David Freed
Phone: 3106334288
Email: dfreed0123@gmail.com
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Some of these dates are subject to change. For more information contact our student coordinator David Freed at: dfreed0123@gmail.com

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 8 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Monday, February 15 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 19 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dates subject to change

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 22 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 28 2016 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Dates subject to change

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 29 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 7 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 14 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 21 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 28 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 4 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 19 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Monday, September 26 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 3 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 9 2016 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Dates are currently tentative and will be fine tuned in September. If you are not available on a certain date you can still apply.

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 10 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 17 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 24 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 31 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 7 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 11 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 14 2016 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Jesse Roth
Phone: 2014584052
Email: jessroth@sas.upenn.edu
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 6 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Monday, February 13 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 20 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 26 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 27 2017 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 13 2017 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, March 17 2017 7:00 AM - 10:45 PM
(Date subject to change)
Guest Speaker

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 20 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 27 2017 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 3 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 17 2017 8:00 PM - 10:45 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 24 2017 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 25 2018 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM
(Date subject to change)

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 28 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, March 7 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 14 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 21 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 28 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 11 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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SPRING 2018 class meets on Wednesdays The group meets weekly for 2 hour dinner and discussion. There are texts to read and dicusss, a field trip, a 5 page research paper and fun people to meet. NEW: There's also a optional carrer mentoring option as well!

If you have any questions please email Rabbi Levi at rabbi@pobox.upenn.edu

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 31 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, November 7 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, November 9 2018 6:00 PM - Friday, November 9 2018 9:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner with former Prisoner of Zion Yosef Mendelvich

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 11 2018 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
(Date subject to change)
Date TBD

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 14 2018 730:00 P - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 21 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 28 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 2 -
Friday, November 30 2018 7:00 PM - Friday, November 30 2018 9:30 PM
(Date subject to change)
Shabbat Dinner with Professor Andrew Newberg

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, December 5 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 12 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Jesse Berliner-Sachs
Phone: 1 (910) 508-9100
Email: jeberl@sas.upenn.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

 Apply now for the Fall Semester. Feel free to reach out to our student coordintor Jesse Berliner-Sachs at Jesse Berliner-Sachs Jeberl@sas.upenn.edu or contact Rabbi Levi at rabbi@pobox.upenn.edu for more information or to set up a coffee date to discuss the program.

 


Flash PromoYou Be the Judge: Behind the Steering Wheel of Jewish Law
About the Course

For over a thousand years, our mostimportant cultural activity has been the study of Talmud. It has sustained us through persecution and exile, shaping the discourse of our people and serving as the crowning achievement of our intellectual tradition. Perhaps you have been curious about the Talmud, but thought it was complex and inaccessible to anyone lacking extensive training. Not anymore. This fall, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is proud to launch "You Be the Judge," an innovative introduction to this magnificent work. You need no prior knowledge of the Talmud and no formal legal training. There are no prerequisites other than an open mind. "You Be the Judge" presents you with real cases brought before Beit Din, the court system of Jewish law. We provide the primary source texts from Talmud and put you in the driver's seat. You will have the opportunity to question, discuss, and argue, based on principle and precedent. You will experience firsthand the exhilarating mental exploration that characterizes traditional Talmud study. Join us this fall in the ancient study halls of Jerusalem and Babylonia. Add your voice to other voices that span the millennia. You take the lead. You Be the Judge. 

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Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 21 2016 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 28 2016 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 5 2016 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 12 2016 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 19 2016 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 21 2016 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM


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