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University of Central Florida

Sponsoring Agency: Chabad at UCF

University of Central Florida
600 Oak Circle Chabad House, Oviedo, FL 32765 USA
Office: (407) 949-8838
Email: info@JewishUCF.com
Web: JewishUCF.com

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Current Courses

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, February 4 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 11 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 18 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 25 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Shabbos 1 -
Friday, March 1 2019 6:00 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 4 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 18 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 25 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 31 2019 10:30 AM2:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 1 2019 7:30 PM9:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 8 2019 7:30 PM9:00 PM


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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 -
Wednesday, September 17 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Wednesday, September 24 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, October 29 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 31 2008 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, November 5 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Wednesday, November 12 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Wednesday, November 19 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, November 26 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Wednesday, December 3 2008 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Sunday, December 7 2008 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Andrew Stein
Phone: 561.212.5020
Email: pillsburyjewboy7@aol.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
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/Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 9 2009 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
In this session, you will review the goals and requirements of the program. 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, February 16 2009 7:30 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, February 23 2009 7:30 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 -
Saturday, February 28 2009 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
You will have the opportunity to observe and participate in a Sabbath meal with your instructor.

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 2 2009 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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, March 16 2009 7:30 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, March 23 2009 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Born To Marry This lesson focuses on the Jewish ethics concerning love and marriage.

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 29 2009 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
You will get a chance to visit a modern day Mikvah. Visit with a Scribe who writes Torah's and Have a dinner a local kosher restaurant.

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 30 2009 7:30 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, April 13 2009 7:30 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

Graduation -
Monday, April 20 2009 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Zachary Levine
Phone: 727-743-4359
Email: zlevine99@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

Course dates to be determined.

Coordinator Mr. Seth Green
Phone: 561-212-4180
Email: SGreen910@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

Course dates to be determined.

Coordinator Mr. Ryan Shapiro
Phone: 3056106525
Email: shapiro22688@yahoo.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 -
Monday, September 27 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 4 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 11 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 15 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 18 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 25 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 1 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 8 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 15 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, November 21 2010 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Michael Pedowitz
Phone: 5613060632
Email: michaelpedowitz@yahoo.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 -
Monday, February 7 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 14 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 21 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 28 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 14 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 21 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 28 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 4 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Miss Alexa Winter
Phone: 407 6371005
Email: arw091@aol.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 -
Monday, September 26 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 3 2011 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 10 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, October 14 2011 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 17 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 24 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 31 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 7 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 14 2011 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Miss Briana Cohen
Phone: 7544221155
Email: brianacohen@knights.ucf.edu
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 -
Monday, February 6 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 13 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 27 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, March 3 2012 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 12 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 19 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 26 2012 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 2 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 16 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Miss Skylar Kasman
Phone: 561-302-2593
Email: skasman@knights.ucf.edu
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 -
Monday, September 24 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 1 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 15 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Saturday, October 20 2012 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 22 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 29 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 5 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 19 2012 7:30 AM - 1:00 AM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, November 25 2012 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 26 2012 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Guy Green
Phone: 954-701-9920
Email: guygreen92@knights.ucf.edu
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 -
Monday, February 4 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 11 2013 7:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 18 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, February 22 2013 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 25 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 11 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 18 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 8 2013 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, April 14 2013 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Graduation -
Monday, April 15 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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

Orientation/Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 7 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 14 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 21 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 28 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton -
Friday, November 1 2013 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 4 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 11 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 18 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip/Graduation -
Sunday, November 24 2013 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 25 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Ms. Sydney Altfield
Phone: 305 926 9499
Email: sydneylauren92@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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 3 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 10 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 16 2014 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 17 2014 7:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 24 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 10 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 17 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 24 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, March 31 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, April 7 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Jonathon Ambar
Phone: 8636020629
Email: jonathonmbr@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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 15 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, September 22 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, September 29 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 6 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, October 10 2014 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 13 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, October 20 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, October 27 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 2 2014 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 3 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, November 17 2014 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Mr. Ari Hadar
Phone: 9545575601
Email: ahadar94@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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 2 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 9 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 16 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 23 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 27 2015 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 2 2015 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 16 2015 7:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 22 2015 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 23 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, March 30 2015 7:30 PM - 3:00 PM


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Coordinator Alain Ohayon
Phone: 4072885000
Email: alain2324@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

Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 19 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 26 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, November 2 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 16 2015 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 23 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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Coordinator Jason Frances
Phone: 5614599805
Email: Jfrances535@gmail.com
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

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 -
Monday, February 3 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 10 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, February 16 2014 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 17 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 24 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.

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, February 15 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 22 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, February 26 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 29 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, March 14 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 21 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 27 2016 10:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 28 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, April 4 2016 7:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 11 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Jesse Slomowitz
Phone: 9542958356
Email: jesseslomowitz@knights.ucf.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, September 12 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, September 19 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, September 26 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 31 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, November 4 2016 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 7 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 14 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 21 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 27 2016 10:45 AM - 3:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 28 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Graduation -
Monday, December 5 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Rebecca Coven
Phone: 8502416363
Email: beccacoven@knights.ucf.edu
Availability Registration is now closed, please contact us for more information.
Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 6 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 13 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 20 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 27 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 6 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 20 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Shabbaton1 -
Friday, March 24 2017 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, March 26 2017 10:45 AM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 27 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, April 3 2017 7:30 PM - 2:30 PM


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Coordinator Jessica Garmizo
Phone: 3057332630
Email: jessicagarmizo@aol.com
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 16 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 23 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 30 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, November 6 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Field Trip -
Sunday, November 12 2017 10:45 AM - 2:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, November 13 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 20 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 27 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, December 4 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Eli Penias
Phone: 1 (954) 643-3735
Email: etpenias3@knights.ucf.edu
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, February 5 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, February 12 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, February 19 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, February 26 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, March 5 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, March 12 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, March 19 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, March 26 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Scott Gerstel
Phone: 1 (561) 271-3201
Email: scott.gerstel@knights.ucf.edu
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, May 28 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, May 30 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, June 4 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, June 11 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, July 16 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, July 23 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, May 28 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Wednesday, May 30 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Wednesday, June 6 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, June 11 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, July 16 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Thursday, July 19 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, July 23 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Virginia Penias
Phone: 1 (954) 707-3884
Email: virginiapenias@knights.ucf.edu
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Flash PromoThink Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life
Date

Orientation / Lesson 1 -
Monday, October 1 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tikun Olam / Lesson 2 -
Monday, October 8 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 3 -
Monday, October 15 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 4 -
Monday, October 22 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 5 -
Monday, October 29 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 6 -
Monday, November 5 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 7 -
Monday, November 12 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Lesson 8 -
Monday, November 19 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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Coordinator Jordan Feld
Phone: 1 (561) 212-5661
Email: jfeld@knights.ucf.edu
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