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Sponsoring Agency: Chabad House Greater Boston

Boston University
Chabad House 491 Commonwealth Ave. (One block past the Barnes & Noble), Boston, MA 02215 USA
Office: 617-424-1190
Email: rsp@chabadboston.org
Web: www.chabadboston.org

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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

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 6 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 13 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 20 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, February 22 2019 5:00 PM9:00 PM
Spend a Shabbat together at the Chabad House, good company, great food and lots of spirit!

Shabbos 2 -
Saturday, February 23 2019 11:00 AM2:00 PM

Chessed Project -
Saturday, February 23 2019 6:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 27 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 3 2019 7:00 AM10:30 PM
A fantastic one day trip to Brooklyn, NY - many consider this the memorable part of Sinai Scholars

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 6 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 27 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, April 3 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 10 2019 6:00 PM8:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Course dates to be determined.


Upon acceptance of this program, all students are required to attend 8 mandatory learning sessions, in addition to a field-trip, Shabbaton, and Chesed project/community service.
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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

Orientation -
Sunday, October 7 2007 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A time to get to know each other before we jump into the 'serious' stuff - of course there will be some food....!

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 10 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
What do you know about G-d?

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 17 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Are you an idol worshipper?

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 24 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I said it - so what?

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 31 2007 6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
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Shabbaton -
Friday, November 2 2007 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 7 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Have you ever me MY parents?

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 14 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I have NEVER killed anybody.

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 28 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Do I HAVE to get married?

Field Trip -
Sunday, December 2 2007 7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
One day trip to Brooklyn NY. We\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll visit interesting sights and meet fascinating people...

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 5 2007 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Happy Chanukah!

Graduation -
Sunday, December 9 2007 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Course completed! - See you soon!


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Coordinator Mr. Natan Magid
Phone: 781-956-3780
Email: natanmgd@bu.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
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Course dates to be determined.

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

Orientation -
Sunday, February 3 2008 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 6 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 13 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 20 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 27 2008 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 29 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 5 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 19 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 23 2008 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 26 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 2 2008 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 6 2008 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Kenneth Keller
Phone: 561-271-7254
Email: kennymkeller@aol.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, January 21 2009 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
This will be our first meeting as a group! We\'ll have dinner , get to know each other ...and get psyched for the first class!

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 28 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 4 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 11 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 18 2009 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 20 2009 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
The whole class will enjoy an inspiring and fun Shabbat at the Chabad House!

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 22 2009 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
A one day trip to New York - for some this is the highlight of the whole class!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 25 2009 7:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 4 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 18 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 25 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 29 2009 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
The grand Finale\' - dinner and Diplomas!


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Registration is now open for the Spring 2009 Semester. Use 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 -
Wednesday, January 21 2009 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
We\'ll get to know each and find out a bit about what we will be doing during the next eight weeks. Dinner is on us!

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 28 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 4 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 11 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 18 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 20 2009 1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The class will join the Chabad House for the full Friday night Shabbat experience!

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 22 2009 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
To some this one day trip to Brooklyn is the highlight of the entire program!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 25 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 4 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 18 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 25 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 29 2009 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
A elegant dinner to celebrate all that we have learned!


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

Orientation -
Wednesday, September 16 2009 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Our first meeting as a group...Dinner...some thought games...and maybe a little Judaism!

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 23 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 7 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 14 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 16 2009 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The class will join the Chabad House for a wonderful Shabbat experience! Good food and great company!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 21 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 25 2009 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
What some consider the highlight of Sinai Scholars! A one day trip to [Jewish] Brooklyn NY.

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 28 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 4 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 11 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 18 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 2 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An elegant ending to a wonderful experience! Dinner, diplomas and gifts!


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

Orientation -
Sunday, January 24 2010 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
We get to meet as a group for the first time - a couple of ice breakers - hear about the course - BRUNCH!

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 27 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 3 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 10 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 17 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 19 2010 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 21 2010 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
An exciting one day trip to Brooklyn New York to visit the community. Considered by many to be the highlight of the course!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 24 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 3 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 17 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
There\'s a break after this class for Passover

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 14 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, April 21 2010 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
An elegant Banquet to celebrate the completion of the course!


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Coordinator Miss Jessica Webb
Phone: 978-460-1561
Email: webbj@bu.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 26 2010 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
We will meet as a group - get to know each other a bit, discuss what we will be learning and - of course - food :)

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 6 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Class !!!!

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 13 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 20 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 27 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 29 2010 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 3 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 10 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 14 2010 7:15 AM - 11:00 PM
A fascinating one day trip to New York. Many consider this the highlight of the course!

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 17 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 1 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 12 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Graduation Dinner. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


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Coordinator Mr. Ari Short
Phone: 617-872-8555
Email: ashort18@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, January 30 2011 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Bagel Brunch and ice-breakers :)

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 2 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First class - learning things you thought you knew in a whole new way!

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 9 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 16 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 18 2011 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The class is invited to join the Chabad House to experience Shabbat together.

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 23 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 27 2011 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
A one day trip to New York - we will visit unique sights, learn new things and meet interesting people. Many consider this trip the highlight of the course.

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 2 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 9 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 23 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 30 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 3 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A dinner honoring the completion of the course and the committment to contiued study.....


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Coordinator Mr. Aaron Landau
Phone: (908)-432-6220
Email: aaronl@bu.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 18 2011 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meet all the members of the class over brunch!

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 21 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Welcome to the Ten Commandments - they a lot more than what you thought they were!

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 5 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 26 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 2 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 4 2011 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Experience Friday night Shabbat at the Chabad House. Join Rabbi and Chani Posner and the Chabad House 'crowd' for an inspiring and enjoyable Shabbat and of course delicious home-made food !

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 6 2011 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
A one day trip to New York to visit the Chabad community, we will see interesting aspects of community life and meet fascinating people. Considered by many to be the highlight of the course.

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 9 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 16 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 7 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 14 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A festive banquet celebrating the conclusion of the course, replete with gifts and diplomas!


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Coordinator Mr. Benjamin Levine
Phone: 914-886-8847
Email: bmlevine@bu.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, February 1 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 1 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 8 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 15 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 22 2012 6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 24 2012 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Enjoy a wonderful Shabbat at the Chabad House with the Rabbi, wife and children, your classmates and many others...!

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 26 2012 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
A one day trip to New York, to visit unique Jewish sites - considered by many to be the highlight of the program!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 29 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 14 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 21 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 28 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, April 18 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A Banquet to celebrate the completion of our course - the beginning of the rest of our lives :)


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Coordinator Mr. Michael Yakuel
Phone: 617-610-8899
Email: myakuel@bu.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 23 2012 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Meet the other class members - over brunch and ice-breakers! This meetinhg is subject to change.

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 3 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
All classes are on Wednesday night 6 pm to 8 pm

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 10 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 17 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 19 2012 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Welcome to the Chabad House for Shabbat - prayer, song, talk and GREAT FOOD!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 24 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 28 2012 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
One day trip to Brooklyn NY to visit the Jewish community. considered by many students to be the highlight of the program!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 31 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 7 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 14 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 28 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 12 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Congratulations! Celebratory Dinner & Diplomas...!


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

Orientation -
Sunday, January 27 2013 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bruch and Meet 'n Greet

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 30 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 6 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 13 2013 3:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 15 2013 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Enjoy a Shabbat together at the Chabad house.

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 20 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 27 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 3 2013 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
One day trip to By to visit the Jewish community in Crown Heights Brooklyn. A fascinating time - considered by many the highlight of the program !

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 6 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, April 10 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 17 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, April 24 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Irina Gulbrandsen
Phone: 6177804273
Email: irinag@bu.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 29 2013 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
We"ll get to know each other, get a class overview and...eat bagels !

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 2 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Intro to the Ten Commandments - Can you list all ten?

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 9 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 16 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 23 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 30 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 1 2013 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The class will join the Chabad House for Shabbat Friday night and then Saturday day.

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 6 2013 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 10 2013 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
A one day trip to NY to visit Jewish sights and experience a Chassidic up close! Considered by many as the highlight of the class.

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 13 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 20 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 4 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
We're finished the course - celebratory dinner and awards!


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Coordinator Miss Dory Leviashvili
Phone: 5167320935
Email: dleviashvili@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, January 26 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Meet the other members of the class...overview of the class + BRUNCH

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 29 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 12 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 14 2014 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Celebrate Shabbat at Chabad House...Candle lighting....Services ...Shabbat Dinner

Shabbaton 2 -
Saturday, February 15 2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Shabbat is much more than Friday night...Come back in the morning for Torah Reading and Lunch!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 19 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 19 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 23 2014 7:15 AM - 10:30 PM
One day trip to Brooklyn to visit the important components of a Jewish community. Many consider the trip the highlight of the course!

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 26 2014 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, April 30 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Congratulations! Dinner and Diplomas!


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Coordinator Miss Dory Leviashvili
Phone: 5167320935
Email: dleviashvili@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 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 6 2014 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 13 2014 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 20 2014 11:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 24 2014 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Saturday, October 25 2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 27 2014 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 3 2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 10 2014 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 16 2014 12:00 AM - 8:15 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 17 2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM


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Coordinator Miss Alexandra Ben-Jakov (Seidman)
Phone: 4154203780
Email: alexseidman212@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, February 1 2015 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 4 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 11 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 18 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 20 2015 5:15 PM - 9:15 PM
The class will join the Chabad House for a festive Shabbat experience - Services and dinner!

Shabbaton2 -
Saturday, February 21 2015 11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Torah reading & Shabbat Lunch

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 22 2015 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
A one day trip to New York - we will get to visit fascinating, important Jewish sites in the Brooklyn community of Crown Heights. the trip is considered by many students as the highlight of the course!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 25 2015 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 18 2015 6:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 25 2015 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, April 15 2015 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 22 2015 6:00 PM - 2:15 PM


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Coordinator Talya Wasserman
Phone: 9148193933
Email: twasscharm@aol.com
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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 -
Tuesday, September 30 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 7 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 21 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 28 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 4 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM


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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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Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 11 2014 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
The Body: Ethical Decisions

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 18 2014 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Let's Play Myth or Fact

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 4 2014 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Kosher Surprise

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 18 2014 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
A Jewish Wedding: You're Invited!


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Coordinator Ms. Elissa Blank
Phone: 5169870703
Email: evb92@bu.edu
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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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 5 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 6 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 7 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Thursday, October 8 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 11 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 12 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, October 13 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, October 14 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Coordinator Talya Wasserman
Phone: 9148193933
Email: twasscharm@aol.com
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 3 2016 6:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 10 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 17 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 19 2016 5:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Saturday, February 20 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 21 2016 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
One day trip to New York to visit a Jewish community - the trip is considered by many as the highlight of Sinai Scholars!

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 24 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 2 2016 6:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 16 2016 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 30 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 6 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Coordinator Leah Magid
Phone: 7816262161
Email: leah.mgd@gmail.com
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 25 2016 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 5 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 19 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 2 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 4 2016 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Saturday, November 5 2016 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 6 2016 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Day trip to NY

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 9 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 16 2016 6:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 30 2016 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 7 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 8 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 15 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 22 2017 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 1 2017 6:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 15 2017 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 22 2017 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 29 2017 6:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 19 2017 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 25 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, November 1 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 3 2017 5:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Saturday, November 4 2017 5:15 PM - 11:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 8 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 12 2017 7:30 AM - 7:30 AM
One day trip to NY - The Highlight of the whole course!

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 15 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 29 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, December 6 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 13 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 14 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, March 14 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 18 2018 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 21 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 28 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, April 4 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, April 11 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 18 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 3 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 10 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 17 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 24 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Shabbos 2 -
Friday, October 26 2018 11:00 AM - Friday, October 26 2018 2:00 M

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, October 26 2018 5:30 M - Friday, October 26 2018 9:00 M

Havdallah -
Friday, October 26 2018 6:30 M

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 31 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 7 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 11 2018 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
A fantastic one day trip to Brooklyn, NY - many consider this the memorable part of Sinai Scholars

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 14 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 28 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
About the Course

 

Perhaps you have struggled before with the elusive search for meaning, and wished you had a personal mentor to guide your growth. What if you had the chance to meet one of the greatest masters of Kabbalah and learn ancient proven strategies for self-realization and contentment?

This fall, you’ll have that chance. Soul Maps, a new course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, investigates Tanya, the fundamental text of Chassidic thought. The course is structured as a six-session consultation with the author of the Tanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. During each session, you will receive insight into your inner world and you will discover new strategies for overcoming obstacles to change and progress. You’ll learn to resolve guilt, conflict, and confusion, and to traverse life’s journey with joy, purpose, and direction.

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Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, January 29 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 5 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 12 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 19 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, February 26 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 5 2018 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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