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 school or Cheder;
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.
What will we discuss? Jewish identity, purpose, significance of Jewish observance, Shabbat, Love, Ethics, Jewish mysticism and future.
Read more about the sessions here!
1st Term Dates:
Orientation / Lesson 1- A Question of Identity:
Thursday, October 17 (7-9pm)
Chessed Project -
Thursday, October 24 (7-9pm) bake Challah and deliver to elderly residents at Silverstone Court
Lesson 2 -A people with a Purpose:
Thursday, October 31 (7-9pm)
Lesson 3 -Reason and Ritual:
Thursday, November 7 (7-9pm)
Lesson 4 -An Oasis in Time:
Thursday, November 14 (7-9pm)
Shabbat 1 -
Friday, November 15 2018 - (3.30pm)
Shabbat 2 -
Saturday, November 16 2018- Shabbat Morning Service (10am), Lunch. Havdallah (5pm)
Lesson 5 -Love Matters:
Thursday, November 21 (7-9pm)
Field Trip -
Monday, November 25 (7.30-9pm)
Visit the Mikvah at Birmingham Central synagogue and Kosher food hunt at Sainsburys.
Lesson 6 -Torah Ethics:
Thursday, November 28 (7-9pm)
Lesson 7 -Inside Out:
Thursday, December 5 (7-9pm)
Lesson 8 -Forward Thinking:
Thursday, December 12 (7-9pm)
Graduation and Closing Gala -
Thursday , March 19 (7.30-9pm)
(Delicious dinner served with each class)
The course will be run again in the second term. Click here for the second term dates.
To complete the course and earn $350 there will be a requirement of a one page reflection paper and a final project.
More info on these will be given at orientation and at a further point during the course.
Don't worry! They are not the focus of the programme and are not as scary as they sound! Don't let the project put you off applying for the course. Lots of support will be available to fulfill these requirements.
Want to hear what others have to say about the course?
"What does being Jewish mean to me? Three months ago, my answer was very different to what it is today. Sinai Scholars has helped me to shape my understanding and my beliefs about what it means to be Jewish in the modern world."