The Sinai Scholars Retreat

at the National Jewish Retreat

World-class scholars. Five-star accommodations. Exquisite kosher cuisine.

Join over 1,000 Jews, including 150 college students, at a 5-day getaway in a luxurious hotel. Examining the most modern-day issues from a Jewish perspective, world-renowned teachers will be giving cutting-edge lectures and workshops to appeal to the body, mind and soul.

Space is limited! Apply today and receive a full scholarship, including a travel stipend!

*$99 registration fee applies for all students.
**Travel stipends available for first-time students only.


Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Toronto, Canada


August 12-16, 2020


What To Expect


Stimulating lectures, hands-on workshops, comedy shows, film screenings, and more, that guarantee that you will learn and laugh from dawn to dusk.


Combining the elegance of Europe and the friendliness of Canada, The Fairmont Royal York is Toronto’s premiere five-star hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Fairmont Royal York Hotel is in the heart of the city – convenient, cosmopolitan, and charming.


A diverse and sumptuous menu to present you with exquisite meals three times a day, and anytime in between.


The National Jewish Retreat faculty is an unparalleled assembly of over 70 of the world’s most sought-after Jewish thinkers, theologians, academics and educators.



What students thought about previous retreats…
  • "[I came on the retreat] …because I wanted to learn more about my Jewish heritage and be in an environment where I could meet new Jews and make new friends…" -
    Rachel Lehman, Boston University
  • "This retreat has been an amazing way to end the summer, get some learning in before I go back to my secular education in a few weeks. Met a lot of great people, hear some great talks from really interesting Rabbis and I just feel lucky to be here."
    Michael Waxman, Yale
  • It has been a really nice opportunity to meet other Jewish people from all over the country and I’ve made a lot of new friends and we’re all coming back next year and have a reunion."
    Danielle Viviers, UGA
  • "This has been a fun opportunity. I got to meet new people from all over the world. It’s been a lot of fun. And learned a lot of new things and just have fun and relax here."
    Elana Rothenberg, University of Pittsburgh
  • "This retreat has probably been one of the most life changing experiences for me…I got so much out of it and I am looking forward to going back and trying to adapt my life to serve G-d in more ways. I’ve learned about Judaism - things that I didn’t even know existed, and I’ve learned about myself - things that I didn’t know previously existed. And I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to both take the Sinai Scholars Society class and then have the opportunity to come out here with this retreat and meet so many famous and just inspiring Jewish leaders and meet students from all over the United States, like myself."
    David Burns, USC
  • "This Sinai Scholars National Retreat has been amazing so far. We’ve met so many people from all over the country, amazing students, really inspiring learning so much from each and every one of them. Also, from the classes that we’ve attended so far and really just being able to soak it in over the past few days has been such an incredible experience and really look forward to next year’s retreat."
    Rachel Fertel, NYU