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Stanford University
Old Union, The Circle, 3rd Floor, Common Room, Stanford, CA 94305 USA
Office: 650-494-3274
Email: Info@chabadstanford.org
Web: http://chabadstanford.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

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 14 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 21 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 28 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, January 31 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 4 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 11 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 18 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 25 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 3 2020 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 15 2020 12:00 AM - 10:00 AM


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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/Lesson 1 -
Thursday, October 16 2008 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program, and 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 2 -
Monday, October 27 2008 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 3 -
Monday, November 3 2008 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 10 2008 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 14 2008 7:00 PM - - 10:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Sabbath dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 17 2008 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 6 2009 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program, and 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 2 -
Tuesday, January 13 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 3 -
Tuesday, January 20 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 23 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Sabbath dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 27 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 5 -
Tuesday, February 3 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 10 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 17 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, February 24 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 8 2009 1:00 AM - - 1:00 AM
Field Trip, Graduation and Awarding of Stipend


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Coordinator Mr. Roei Kashi
Phone: 6507030404
Email: roeik@stanford.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 6 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program, and 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 2 -
Tuesday, January 13 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 3 -
Tuesday, January 20 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 23 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Sabbath dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 27 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 5 -
Tuesday, February 3 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 10 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 17 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, February 24 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 8 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM
Field Trip, Graduation and Awarding of Stipend


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, March 31 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program, and 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 2 -
Tuesday, April 7 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 3 -
Tuesday, April 14 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, April 21 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 24 2009 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Sabbath dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, April 28 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, May 5 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, May 12 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
This lesson will explore the relationship between material wealth and how it can be reconciled with ethical values.

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, May 19 2009 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, May 31 2009 1:00 PM - - 1:00 PM
Field Trip and Graduation


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 5 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 12 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 19 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 26 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 2 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 9 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 16 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, February 23 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 7 2010 11:00 AM - - 5:00 PM


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Coordinator Dr. Matthew Holbreich
Phone: 317-445-4637
Email: matt.holbreich@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 5 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 2 -
Tuesday, January 12 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 3 -
Tuesday, January 19 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 22 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in Sabbath Services & dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 26 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 5 -
Tuesday, February 2 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
The Breath of Life. This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 9 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Born To Marry. This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 16 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 8 -
Tuesday, February 23 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 7 2010 12:00 PM - - 3:30 PM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 7 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 2 -
Wednesday, April 14 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 3 -
Wednesday, April 21 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 23 2010 7:00 PM - - 10:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in Sabbath Services & dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, April 28 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 5 -
Wednesday, May 5 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
The Breath of Life. This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 12 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
Born To Marry. This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, May 18 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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. Please note that this class will be held on Tuesday instead of Wednesday and it will take place at Chabad House.

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 26 2010 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, May 30 2010 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Isaac Kauvar
Phone: 303-995-9611
Email: ikauvar@stanford.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, January 10 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 2 -
Monday, January 17 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 3 -
Monday, January 24 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 28 2011 7:30 PM - - 10:00 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in Sabbath Services and dinner.

Lesson 4 -
Monday, January 31 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 5 -
Monday, February 7 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
The Breath of Life. This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Monday, February 14 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
Born to Marry? This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Monday, February 21 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 8 -
Monday, February 28 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 6 2011 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Chen Lossos
Phone: 305-494-0765
Email: clossos@stanford.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, April 4 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:00 PM
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 2 -
Monday, April 11 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 3 -
Thursday, April 21 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 22 2011 7:30 PM - - 10:30 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Sabbath Services and dinner with your instructor.

Lesson 4 -
Monday, April 25 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 5 -
Monday, May 2 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
The Breath of Life. This lesson examines Jewish life ethics governing such issues as murder, suicide, euthanasia, and abortion.

Lesson 6 -
Monday, May 9 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
Born to Marry? This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Lesson 7 -
Monday, May 16 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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 8 -
Monday, May 23 2011 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM
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.

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, May 29 2011 12:00 PM - - 3:30 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Julia Turan
Phone: 773 541 0297
Email: juliaturan1@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/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 10 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 17 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 24 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 27 2012 7:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 31 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 7 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 14 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 21 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, February 28 2012 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 11 2012 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Naama Stauber
Phone: 4088939776
Email: naamas@stanford.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, April 9 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, April 16 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, April 23 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 27 2012 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, April 30 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, May 7 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, May 14 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, May 21 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, May 28 2012 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, June 3 2012 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Julia Turan
Phone: 773 541 0297
Email: juliaturan1@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/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 8 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 15 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 22 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 25 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 29 2013 8:00 PM - - 10:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 5 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 12 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 19 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, February 26 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, March 3 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Taylor Winfield
Phone: 9493002724
Email: taylorw1@stanford.edu
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, April 8 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, April 15 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, April 22 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, April 26 2013 7:30 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, April 29 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, May 6 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, May 13 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, May 20 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, May 27 2013 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, June 2 2013 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Taylor Winfield
Phone: 94920
Email: twinfield13@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 7 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 14 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 21 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, January 24 2014 7:30 PM - - 10:00 PM

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

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 4 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 11 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 18 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 2 2014 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Michaela Elias
Phone: 2013907792
Email: mitabe@optonline.net
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 9 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, April 18 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, April 30 2014 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 7 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 14 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 21 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 25 2014 12:00 PM - - 7:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 28 2014 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Charlotte Camacho
Phone: 6467612012
Email: twinkc16@yahoo.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 13 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 20 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, January 23 2015 7:30 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 27 2015 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 3 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 10 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 17 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 24 2015 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

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

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 8 2015 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 8 2015 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, January 4 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, January 11 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, January 18 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, January 25 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, February 1 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, February 8 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 12 2016 7:30 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, February 15 2016 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

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

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 6 2016 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 6 2016 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Michal Leibowitz
Phone: 9143307047
Email: michalgl47@gmail.com
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Flash PromoWisdom From Sinai: Revolutionary Ideas that Judaism Introduced to the World
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, March 28 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, April 4 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, April 8 2016 8:00 PM - - 10:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, April 11 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, April 18 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, April 25 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, May 2 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, May 9 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, May 16 2016 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, May 29 2016 12:00 PM - - 3:00 PM


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

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 10 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 17 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 24 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, January 27 2017 7:30 PM - - 10:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, January 31 2017 8:00 PM - - 10:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 7 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 14 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 21 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 7 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, March 14 2017 6:00 - - 8:00 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

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 11 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 18 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 25 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, April 27 2018 8:00 PM -

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 2 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 9 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 16 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 30 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, June 3 2018 12:00 PM - - 12:00 AM


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Coordinator Margot Paul
Phone: 1 (781) 572-4136
Email: mdpaul@stanford.edu
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 15 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 22 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, January 29 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 5 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, February 8 2019 8:00 PM -

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 12 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 19 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, February 26 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 5 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 10 2019 12:00 PM -


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, April 10 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, April 17 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, April 24 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, April 26 2019 8:00 -

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, May 1 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, May 8 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, May 15 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, May 22 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, May 29 2019 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, June 2 2019 12:00 PM - 2:00 AM


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Coordinator Juliana Berglund-Brown
Phone: 1 (928) 380-8789
Email: julianab@stanford.edu
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