Sinai Scholars Society
Sinai Scholars Society integrates the study of classic Jewish texts, social programming, and national networking opportunities to provide a fresh and exciting context for Jewish life and learning at the University of Minnesota. Sinai Scholars invites students to engage in an open community of study and self-discovery that will help them to become passionate, informed Jewish leaders on campus and in their respective communities.
The curriculum at the Sinai Scholars Society doesn’t just pick up where Hebrew school left off. The course presents the living tradition of Jewish scholarship. We address important issues in modern life in light of the ancient sources, and give you a chance to find your voice in a discussion that stretches across three millennia. Intriguing, challenging, and sophisticated, the learning experience at Sinai Scholars—both within and outside of the classroom—draws you into the pure pleasure of Torah study. More than inspiring and thoughtful, it is also fun.
Many people love their homes and their countries, but once they relocate, they form new allegiances. They cannot trace the ancestral homeland that their families claimed two millennia ago, nor do they continue to long for those places. Yet no matter where they have lived, Jews have continued to dream about the land of Israel.
Because Israel is different. It is a land that has pulsed with energy and mystery since the dawn of time, a land that has captured the imagination throughout history, a land that breathes with the glory of our past and the dreams of our future.
And so Israel retains its hold upon our spirit. There is a deep connection that continues to tug at us, a magnetic pull that has not waned even though many have found safe haven elsewhere. Whether Israel makes us feel pride or disappointment, hope or concern, we care about its fate and its future. Whatever our political or religious bent, we know that Israel matters.
If you have ever wondered about Israel and its place in the world – and in your heart – then this course is for you.
Read It In Hebrew
A new Hebrew reading crash course is being offered. The flashcard-based language course promises users that they can learn to read Hebrew in only five weeks if they follow the program.
The course utilizes a timeless teaching method espoused by the Jewish sages for generations. In addition to reading skills, students get a glimpse into the holiness and depth of the Hebrew language, including brief kabalistic explanations of the Hebrew letters.
The course is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning.