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Sinai Scholars Society
Lively and fun led discussions.

The International Jewish Student Center of Boston is proud to present this exclusive society! Every semester, 15 students will join a society. A society dedicated to intellectual discovery and lively discussion. A society that explores the fundamental principles of Jewish faith – in fact, of human civilization.

The group meets eight times. Students participate in the discussion, embark on a field trip, experience a Shabbat, and write a summary. And when they’re done, they can meaningfully discuss Judaism’s approach to such issues as faith, family, property, medical and business ethics, relationships, and much more.

Qualified students completing the course are awarded a stipend of $350, and are invited to participate in follow-up leadership events both locally and nationally.

Limited spots available.

Course Overview


The objective of this course is to explore core elements of Jewish thought, literature and practice.  Judaism spans 4000 years. You can fill up libraries with its literature. Its practices are more vast and complex than perhaps any other society. They are as vast and complex as life itself. So to think we will cover Judaism in one 8 week course is not a very Jewish thought. What we are aiming for is to explore some of its core elements; core to Judaism, and core to us—modern Jews in the 21st Century.

Coming into the classroom once a week meant to learn about who we are, discuss interesting subjects that we can all relate to, express ourselves and listen to what fellow students had to say. Where we could  

share a moment, when everything that agitated us during the day disappeared for an hour and half. 

-Student from Belgium

After completing the Sinai Scholars Course, I feel proud and honored to have been a part of this. As an international student, it can be difficult to keep up with the traditions I kept back home. Fortunately, this course made me feel connected to my Jewish identity and gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Torah and Judaism in a deep and spiritual way which is not what I’ve normally learned. 

-Student from Venezuela

For me, the thing I valued the most about this course was that it was written for adults, to understand human concepts through religion. Sort of like a guide through the most important aspect of our Judaism as adults and the responsibilities we have. As millennials, the discussion turned out to be challenging in some instances as we enjoy pushing the limits

-Student from Panama

Sinai Scholars- International Jewish Student Center of Boston
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