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International Jewish Student Center of Boston

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad at Harvard

International Jewish Student Center of Boston
8 Museum Way, Cambridge, MA 02141 USA
Office: 617-304-3406
Email: rabbi@jewishbostonic.org
Web: Jewishbostonic.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 -
Wednesday, September 14 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 14 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 21 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, September 28 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 5 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 26 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 2 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM

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

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 16 2016 7:30 PM - - 9:00 PM


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Coordinator Dana Szapiro
Phone: 6177757350
Email: danasz@bu.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, February 8 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, February 15 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, February 22 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, March 1 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, March 8 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, March 15 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 22 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM
TBD

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, March 29 2017 7:45 PM - - 9:15 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, September 26 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 3 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 10 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, October 15 2017 5:00 PM - - 9:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 17 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, October 24 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 3 2017 5:30 PM - - 9:00 PM
NYC Shabbaton

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 7 2017 8:15 PM - - 9:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 14 2017 8:00 PM - - 9:45 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Interview -
Wednesday, August 29 2018 12:00 AM -
(Date subject to change)

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 26 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 3 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 17 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, October 19 2018 12:00 AM - Sunday, October 21 2018 12:00 AM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 31 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 14 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 28 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, December 5 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 12 2018 8:00 PM - - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Wednesday, December 12 2018 9:00 PM -


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Coordinator Vanessa Zighelboim
Phone: 1 (305) 450-4607
Email: vanessasimy@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 18 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 25 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 2 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 16 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 23 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 6 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, November 8 2019 12:00 AM -
(Date subject to change)

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 10 2019 12:00 AM -

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, November 13 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM


Calendar URL help
Coordinator Vanessa Zighelboim
Phone: 1 (305) 450-4607
Email: vanessasimy@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, September 17 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, September 24 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, October 15 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, October 22 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, October 29 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, November 5 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, November 8 2019 12:00 AM - 0:00
(Date subject to change)
NYC Pegisha

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, November 12 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, November 19 2019 12:00 AM -

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, November 19 2019 8:15 PM - 9:30 PM


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