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Penn State University - Schreyer Honors College Class - Menorah Scholars

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad of Penn State

Penn State University - Schreyer Honors College Class - Menorah Scholars
443 East Waring Ave., state college, PA 16801 USA
Office: 814-863-4929
Email: campusrabbi@psu.edu
Web: www.psujew.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

Orientation -
Sunday, January 27 2008 9:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 3 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 10 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 17 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 29 2008 5:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 2 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 23 2008 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 23 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 30 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 6 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 13 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 28 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 -
Sunday, September 14 2008 4:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 21 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, September 28 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 5 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 12 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 19 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 26 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 2 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, November 16 2008 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, December 7 2008 10:00 AM - - 7:00 PM


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

Course dates to be determined.

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Pre- Registration for Spring 2009 is Now Open! Please register here for the Spring 2009 Semester using the Fall 2008 form below. IMPORTANT: Please include in the comments section of your application that you are preregistering for the Spring semester.
Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, January 25 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 1 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 8 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 15 2009 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 1 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 22 2009 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 29 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, April 5 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 12 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 19 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 26 2009 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Sunday, September 13 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 22 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, September 29 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 6 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 9 2009 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 13 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 18 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 25 2009 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 1 2009 12:00 PM - - 4:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, November 1 2009 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, December 6 2009 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 8 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Sunday, January 31 2010 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 7 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 23 2010 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 2 2010 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, March 19 2010 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 21 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 28 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 11 2010 12:00 PM - - 4:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, April 11 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 18 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 25 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, April 27 2010 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Sunday, September 19 2010 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, October 3 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 5 2010 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 10 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 15 2010 5:30 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 17 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 31 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, November 7 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 14 2010 10:00 AM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 16 2010 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, December 5 2010 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 7 2010 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Monday, January 31 2011 8:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 6 2011 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 13 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

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

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 25 2011 5:30 PM - - 8:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, February 27 2011 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

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

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

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, March 27 2011 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 3 2011 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 10 2011 4:00 PM - - 6:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 11 2011 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, September 27 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 4 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 11 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 18 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 25 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 28 2011 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 1 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 6 2011 12:00 PM - - 4:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 8 2011 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 15 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 29 2011 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 6 2011 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, February 14 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 21 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 28 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, March 13 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, March 16 2012 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 20 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 25 2012 1:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 27 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, April 3 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 10 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 17 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, April 24 2012 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, October 2 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 9 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 16 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 23 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 30 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 2 2012 9:00 AM - - 11:00 PM
Shabbaton and Field Trip are combined as NY Shabbaton Weekend. Leaving on Friday and returning Sunday.

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 6 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 13 2012 8:00 AM - - 10:00 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 27 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 4 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 11 2012 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, January 29 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 5 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 12 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 19 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 22 2013 5:00 PM - - 9:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 26 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 12 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 19 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 7 2013 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 9 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 16 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, April 23 2013 7:00 PM - - 10:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, October 1 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 8 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 11 2013 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 15 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 22 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 29 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 5 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 12 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 17 2013 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 19 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 3 2013 8:00 AM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, February 4 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 11 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 18 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, March 4 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

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

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 23 2014 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 25 2014 8:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, April 29 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Tuesday, September 30 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, October 7 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 14 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 21 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 24 2014 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 28 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 4 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 11 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 16 2014 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 18 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, December 9 2014 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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

Orientation -
Monday, February 9 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
at Chabad House, 443 E. Waring Ave

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 16 2015 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 23 2015 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 27 2015 6:00 PM - - 2:15 PM
at Chabad House

Lesson 3 -
Monday, March 2 2015 8:00 PM - - 2:15 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 16 2015 8:00 PM - - 2:15 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 22 2015 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM
meet at Chabad, carpoling

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 23 2015 8:00 PM - - 2:15 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 30 2015 8:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 6 2015 8:00 PM - - 2:15 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 13 2015 8:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 20 2015 7:00 PM - - 2:15 PM
at Chabad House


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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 -
Wednesday, February 12 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 19 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 26 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM


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Flash PromoFascinating Facts: Exploring Myths and Mysteries of Judaism
Date

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 7 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 14 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, February 28 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, March 18 2016 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 20 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 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 -
Tuesday, October 21 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 24 2014 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 28 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, November 4 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, November 11 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, November 18 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, December 2 2014 6:30 PM - - 7:45 PM


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Flash PromoSoul Maps: Kabbalah to Navigate Your Inner World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Sunday, September 25 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, October 2 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 9 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 16 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 21 2016 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 23 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, October 30 2016 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 27 2016 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM


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Flash PromoSinai Scholars
About the Course

Please contact your instructor for more information. 

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Course dates to be determined.

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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 -
Sunday, September 30 2018 12:30 PM - - 2:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 9 2018 5:30 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, October 14 2018 1:00 PM - - 3:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, October 21 2018 12:30 PM - - 3:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, October 28 2018 12:30 PM - - 3:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 6 2018 5:30 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 13 2018 5:30 PM - - 7:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 27 2018 5:30 PM - - 7:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Interview -
Tuesday, January 15 2019 12:00 AM -

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Sunday, February 10 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, February 17 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Sunday, February 24 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Sunday, March 10 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 15 2019 7:00 PM -

Lesson 4 -
Sunday, March 17 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Sunday, March 24 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Sunday, March 31 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Sunday, April 7 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Sunday, April 14 2019 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 14 2019 5:00 PM -


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Interview -
Tuesday, August 27 2019 12:00 AM -

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 17 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, September 24 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 1 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 8 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 15 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, October 22 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, October 29 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 5 2019 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM


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Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 18 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 25 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 1 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 8 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, November 12 2021 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 15 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 22 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 29 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 6 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Monday, December 13 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, December 13 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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