Sinai Scholars Society

"The Core: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life"

Announcing the new curriculum "Think Jewish".

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Program meets Wednesdays 7-9pm

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Judaism is about lifelong learning - Continuing ed is the norm in any field, auto mechanics, doctors, human resources people, everyone needs continuing ed. When did your Jewish education end? For most people it was after the caterer packed up the B mitzvah trays. Sign up for Sinai Scholars - no DJ or give aways required.

The Sinai Scholars Society offers a fresh and exciting context for Jewish life and learning. It encompasses Torah study, social activities, trips and national networking opportunities.

Sessions are 2 hours weekly with one 5 page paper. A group field trip to NY on a Sunday. Stipends of $350 available for those who qualify.

Contact Rabbi Levi ( to discuss the program.

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Recent participants reflect:


      Being a part of the Sinai Scholars program this semester with Rabbi Levi was an absolute pleasure. At first, dedicating my Monday nights to an elective program seemed like a regrettable choice. However, by the end of the first session I knew that I had made a great decision. Learning about Jewish identity, history, customs, and unique viewpoints with a group of like minded students who were just as interested as I was in the subject matter was extremely rewarding. Though I am someone deeply involved in the Jewish community at Penn and decently observant religiously, the Sinai Scholars program itself and the guidance of Rabbi Levi led me to connect even deeper with my own Jewish identity and helped me solidify and clarify various questions I had about my place within our religion and culture.  I specifically really enjoyed the segment where we talked about the difference between finding meaning and purpose in life, as well as our discussion about marriage in Judaism, an especially hot button issue. Moving forward I hope to continue to use Rabbi Levi as an outlet for any questions I may have about Judaism, as asking thoughtful questions was a crucial component of the program. I highly recommend Sinai Scholars to any Jewish person on campus who is interested about learning more about themselves and their heritage.  -Jesse Roth, C'17



            Prior to taking the Sinai Scholars course, I knew little about core Jewish principles and how these teachings are relevant in modern society. What does it mean to have a strong Jewish identity and be part of the global Jewish ‘tribe’?  Why is it important to marry Jewish?  What is the meaning of Tzedakah, and why is it not synonymous with charity?  While some of these questions were not originally questions I had thought of asking, my Sinai Scholars course answered them and more. In this way, I was challenged to expand the scope of my curiosity and was intellectually and spiritually stimulated while learning about regular Jewish practices such as keeping Shabbat. Perhaps the most beautiful takeaway from this program is that the more I learned, the more I questioned. I still continue to question. Thus, Sinai Scholars has inspired me to continue studying Judaic principles to seek additional answers to concepts that our group touched on but did not go into great detail about.   -Danielle Collins C'20




What members of Spring 2015 have said about the program:


"I was particularly pleased by how well our discussions fit into some of the other courses I was taking this semester, including bioethics and psychology…it felt like an enjoyable extracurricular activity rather than a true course; I looked forward to coming each week”.



"Sinai Scholars gave me a moral ground on uncertain topics and provided a meditative space to get away from a stressful environment."



"I looked forward to our lively dinners and discussions on Monday evenings."


Despite the sometimes intense and controversial discussions, I felt that the learning environment was quite casual and enabled every student to participate as much as he or she desired."


"My initial reservations of not feeling 'Jewish enough' or simply unprepared for the complexity of the topics were quickly alleviated… After completing the course, I feel much more in touch with my religion and have a deeper understanding of its significance in so many parts of my life."



View photos of past participants and the field trip

Read how a past participant describes the program