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Rice University
Rice University Housing & Dining, Houston, TX 77030 USA
Office: (713) 909-4725
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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 -
Monday, September 25 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:30 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, October 1 2017 2:00 PM - - 4:00 PM

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

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 16 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 23 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 27 2017 5:00 PM - - 0:00 PM
Sinai Scholars weekend at Chabad!

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 30 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

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

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 12 2017 11:00 AM - - 4:00 PM
(Date subject to change)

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 13 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 20 2017 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

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


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 5 2018 5:30 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, February 11 2018 7:15 PM - - 8:15 PM
Meet at Aishel House 1950 University Blvd

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 12 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 19 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 26 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 2 2018 5:15 PM -
Sleep over at Chabad! 26 hours of bonding!

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

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

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 25 2018 2:30 PM - - 7:00 PM
Just wait for an incredible day :)

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 26 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 2 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 9 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM
Mazel Tov! You are a Sinai Scholars Graduate!


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, September 26 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Tikun Olam -
Sunday, September 30 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 3 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 10 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, October 17 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, October 24 2018 6:00 PM - - 8:00 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, October 26 2018 5:00 PM -
Enjoy an uplifting Shabbat experience!

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

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

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 11 2018 2:00 PM -
Just wait for an incredible day :)

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

Graduation -
Tuesday, November 20 2018 6:00 PM -
Maze Tov! You are a Sinai Scholars Graduate!


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Intern
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Interview -
Thursday, January 31 2019 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
(Date subject to change)
Be in touch with Rabbi Shmuli to schedule your interview anytime during this time window

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, February 5 2019 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
First half hour is for orientation and dinner.

Tikun Olam -
Monday, February 11 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 12 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 19 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 26 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Sleepover -
Friday, March 1 2019 - Saturday, March 2 2019

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, March 5 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 19 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 22 2019 5:15 PM - 8:15 PM
Enjoy an uplifting Shabbat experience at Chabad!

Lesson 7 -
Tuesday, March 26 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 31 2019 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Just wait for an incredible day :) Dinner included in filed trip.

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, April 2 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Optional dinner at 5:45

Graduation -
Tuesday, April 9 2019 5:31 PM - 7:00 PM
Maze Tov! You are a Sinai Scholars Graduate!


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, October 16 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Orientation & Lesson 1

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, October 23 2019 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tikun Olam project & Lesson 2

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 30 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 6 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, November 8 2019 5:00 PM -
25 hours of fun, connection, and reflection

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 13 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 17 2019 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
A day of surprises and exploring. Dinner included!

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 20 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 27 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 4 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 8 2019 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Let's celebrate our new Sinai scholars!


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Lesson 1 -
Tuesday, January 28 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Orientation & Lesson 1

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Tuesday, February 4 2020 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Tikun Olam project & Lesson 2

Lesson 3 -
Tuesday, February 11 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Tuesday, February 18 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Tuesday, February 25 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, February 28 2020 5:15 PM - 0:00
26 hours of fun, connection, and reflection

Lesson 6 -
Tuesday, March 3 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 8 2020 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
A day of surprises and exploring. Dinner included!

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, March 11 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Tuesday, March 24 2020 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Tuesday, March 31 2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Let's celebrate our new Sinai scholars!


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Intern
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