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Penn State University - Chabad of the Undergrads

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Penn State University - Chabad of the Undergrads
517 Hetzel Street, State College, PA 16801 USA
Office: (814) 441-9985
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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 12 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 19 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 26 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 2 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 9 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 16 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 30 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 7 2015 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, January 26 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 2 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 9 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 16 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 23 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 AM

Shabbaton1 -
Saturday, February 27 2016 5:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 1 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 AM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 8 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 AM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 15 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 AM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 22 2016 6:45 PM - - 8:45 AM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, September 14 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 21 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 28 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 5 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 7 2016 5:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 19 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

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

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, November 4 2016 5:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 6 2016 11:00 AM - - 4:00 PM

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

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 16 2016 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, November 30 2016 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Tuesday, January 17 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 24 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 31 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 7 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 10 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 14 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 21 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, February 28 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 14 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, March 17 2017 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 19 2017 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 21 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:45 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, March 28 2017 6:00 PM - - 12:15 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 17 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 25 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

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

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 9 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 16 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 20 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 23 2017 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 30 2017 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 6 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, November 10 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 12 2017 12:00 PM - - 5:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 13 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, November 27 2017 6:00 PM - - 2:45 PM


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THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT CLASS. TO REGISTER FOR THE TUESDAY NIGHT CLASS, PLEASE SEE BELOW.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 17 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 26 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 3 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 10 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 20 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 24 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, October 31 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, November 10 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 12 2017 12:00 PM - - 3:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 14 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, November 27 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR THE TUESDAY  NIGHT CLASS. TO REGISTER FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT CLASS, PLEASE GO BACK TO THE REGISTRATION PAGE.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Sunday, September 17 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 26 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, October 3 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 10 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 20 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 24 2017 6:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, October 31 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 7 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton2 -
Friday, November 10 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 12 2017 12:00 PM - - 3:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 14 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, November 27 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR THE TUESDAY  NIGHT CLASS. TO REGISTER FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT CLASS, PLEASE SEE ABOVE.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Monday, January 22 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, January 29 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbos Night -
Friday, February 2 2018 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Shabbos Day -
Saturday, February 3 2018 3:30 PM - - 6:00 PM

Havdallah -
Saturday, February 3 2018 6:15 PM - - 6:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 5 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 12 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, February 26 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 12 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 19 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 9 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 15 2018 12:00 PM - - 3:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 16 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT CLASS. TO REGISTER FOR THE TUESDAY NIGHT CLASS, PLEASE SEE BELOW.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 23 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, January 30 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbos Night -
Friday, February 2 2018 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Shabbos Day -
Saturday, February 3 2018 3:30 PM - - 6:15 AM

Havdallah -
Saturday, February 3 2018 6:15 PM - - 6:30 AM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 6 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 13 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 27 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 13 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 20 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 10 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 15 2018 12:00 PM - - 3:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 16 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM


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THIS IS REGISTRATION FOR THE TUESDAY NIGHT CLASS. TO REGISTER FOR THE MONDAY NIGHT CLASS, PLEASE SEE ABOVE.

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, September 5 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 12 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 26 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 3 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, October 5 2018 5:00 PM - Friday, October 5 2018 9:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Havdallah -
Saturday, October 6 2018 5:00 PM - - 7:30 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 10 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 17 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 28 2018 5:00 AM - - 10:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, October 31 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 7 2018 7:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, November 11 2018 5:30 PM - - 8:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, January 23 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 30 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 6 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 13 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 20 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 27 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 13 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 22 2019 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Havdallah -
Saturday, March 23 2019 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 24 2019 6:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 27 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 3 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 7 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, September 11 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 18 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 25 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 2 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, October 11 2019 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 16 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 23 2019 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 27 2019 6:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, October 30 2019 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Shabbos 2 -
Friday, November 1 2019 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Havdallah -
Saturday, November 2 2019 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 6 2019 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 13 2019 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, November 17 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, January 29 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 5 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 12 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, February 14 2020 5:15 PM -

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, February 19 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, February 26 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 4 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 18 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shabbos 2 -
Friday, March 20 2020 5:00 PM -

Havdallah -
Saturday, March 21 2020 5:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 22 2020 6:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 25 2020 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, March 29 2020 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, September 9 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 16 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 23 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, September 25 2020 5:15 PM - 0:00

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, September 30 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 7 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 14 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 18 2020 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, October 21 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 2 -
Friday, October 23 2020 5:15 PM - 0:00

Havdallah -
Saturday, October 24 2020 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, October 28 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 4 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, November 11 2020 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


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Class will be limited to 10 participants in order to adhere to health guidelines.

We hope to be able to hold classes in person but we will assess the situation prior to each class and keep participants updated!

Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Wednesday, February 17 2021 7:30 PM -

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, March 3 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, March 10 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 12 2021 5:15 PM -

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, March 17 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 31 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, April 7 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 11 2021 6:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, April 14 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 2 -
Friday, April 16 2021 5:15 PM -

Havdallah -
Saturday, April 17 2021 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, April 18 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, April 21 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, April 21 2021 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation -
Monday, February 1 2021 8:00 PM -

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 8 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 15 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 22 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 1 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 5 2021 5:45 PM -

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 8 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 15 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 5 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 11 2021 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 12 2021 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM


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