Sinai Scholars Essay Submission

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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 on the university campus. 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 3 pillars of Sinai Scholars Society:

1. DISCOVER your rich heritage

The curriculum at the Sinai Scholars Society doesn’t just pick up where Hebrew school left off. Our courses present the living tradition of authentic 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.

2. CONNECT with other Jewish students on campus

Participants will have the chance to interact with other students across the country as well as distinguished figures from the world of business and public life as they engage in this unique prospect for personal and professional growth. Fellowship in the society continues after completion of the program, and will offer growing opportunities to interact with an ever-expanding network of fellow students and Jewish leaders across the country.

3. Become an EMPOWERED Jewish leader

Since its inception, Sinai Scholars has been changing the face of Jewish student leadership. Fellowship in the Society is for life. Even after students step off campus, Sinai Scholars continues to empower its fellows with the knowledge, skills, and abundant opportunities to help them become powerful Jewish leaders—wherever life takes them.






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  • I have learned a lot about the basic but complex parts of Judaism; my culture, religion, and lifestyle...
    USC, Los Angeles, California
  • This course was by far one of the most important things that I have studied and I will never forget it.
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  • If I had to point to one aspect ... it made us think of Judaism as something that's part of our everyday lives & not just a Friday & High Holidays affair.
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  • I feel like Judaism is more part of who I am after participating in Sinai Scholars because I understand much more of the "why" of Judaism.
    USC, Los Angeles, California
  • ...I am no longer the kid who simply accepts Judaism because I am Jewish, but rather I can see the true value & importance of Judaism in living a just & moral life.
    USC, Los Angeles, California
  • All in all, I now have a completely new understanding of my religion.
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • There are so many things that I could have gone my whole life not knowing that I know now, and I’m very thankful that I took this class.
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • I’m definitely now much more proud of my religion than I ever was before.
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • ...Each class made me leave with a new perspective on the way I live my life. I enjoyed being challenged to think how the 10 Commandments are a part of my life
    Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Sinai Scholars Mentor-Protégé Program?

The program is a research initiative that was set up in 2009 to further the Jewish studies interests of a new generation of students. The program seeks out gifted young scholars from college campuses across North America and brings them together with master scholars for creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

How does the program work?

  • Choose a Jewish topic of interest to research and explore and submit a short 1-2 page proposal describing your idea. 
  • Proposals are submitted online.
  • A member of the Sinai Scholars Society staff will contact you to answer any questions you may have and to put you in touch with a mentor.
  • Final papers will be reviewed by an academic panel.
  • Finalists will be selected and invited to present their ideas before scholars and business people at a national symposium.

Who is eligible to join the program?

Any student from any university who has ideas, work ethic and creativity to present a great paper!

How does the mentoring process work?

Sinai Scholars will connect you with a suitable mentor who will review your initial proposal. Together with a mentor you will discuss the goal and direction of the paper. You will work together to develop an innovative approach and fine-tuning your idea to articulate its modern day applications. The mentor can offer guidance regarding sources, additional ideas, structure and general feedback. Students and mentors will meet in person, over the phone, or online about 3-4 times during the research and writing process.  

Who are the mentors?

Program mentors include Jewish university professors, academics, scholars and leading business people.

What should my paper be about?

Topics may build on something you have learned during the Sinai Scholars course or another Jewish class. It may be a question you have always wondered about but never had a chance to find the answer to. It may relate to something you have read or heard about. You may want to compare Judaism’s view on a given topic with other popular sources or perspectives.

Your paper can address an event in history, a mitzvah, a moral or ethical dilemma, current events, famous personalities, a lifecycle event, social issues, matters relating to personal growth or personal reflection, among others.

Topics can include medicine, history, law, business, philosophy, science, Israel, psychology Kabbalah, Jewish holidays, politics, economics, current events, fine arts, writing, or sociology.

Sample papers can be can be found online.

What is a proposal?

A topic and bibliography.

How long does my paper need to be?

Papers must be 2000 words minimum, following mainstream academic writing styles such as MLA, Chicago, or APA.

Eligible papers will be entered in the national competition.

When are the papers due?

Proposals are due Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
Final papers are due Thursday, March 1, 2018.

How are the finalists selected?

A committee of business leaders, professors, and rabbis will select the papers to be presented.

Papers to be presented will be chosen for their insight, analysis of Torah sources, conceptual organization, and original thought regarding the application of Torah ethics in today's world.   Your topic should be thoroughly discussed in both secular and Judaic areas.  Feel free to get creative-we are looking for any idea you have related to SINAITIC WISDOM FOR THE MODERN AGE presented in a unique, stimulating way.

Students who are chosen as finalists will be invited to present their ideas at the Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium.

How will participants of the program know if they are selected as finalists?

The Sinai Scholars administration will contact you to let you know if you have been chosen as a finalist.

When will the presentations take place?

Presentations will take place at the Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium.

The Symposium will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

Stay tuned for specific details regarding Symposium date and location.

Where will the Symposium take place?

Details to be confirmed. Stay tuned.

What happens at the Symposium?

The Symposium consists of several sessions of student, professor, and business leaders, discussing, debating, and presenting on this year’s theme.

Finalists attending the symposium will have the chance to present their papers to a panel of renowned academics during a colloquium session, argue their points, and be  judged for the competition. Winners will announced and receive an award at the end of the Retreat at the closing session gala. 

  • The Symposium will give you the opportunity to have your paper considered by a panel of University professors, leading business people and rabbis
  • Have the chance to hear and interact with the leading minds in our generation
  • The winning paper will receive a cash prize at the award ceremony of the symposium closing event
  • Presented papers will be published in the Sinai Scholars Academic Journal sent to universities worldwide
  • Network with business leaders in industry

When is the award ceremony?

Following the presentations and discussions, there will be a grand award ceremony for the winner of the Sinai Scholars Mentor-Protégé Program. All student presenters, Symposium panelists, professors, rabbis and guests will be in attendance.

How much does it cost?

Finalists of the Mentor-Protégé Program will be invited to attend the event FREE OF CHARGE. Travel expenses will be compensated.

For any questions, please feel free to contact us at 718-221-6900 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  at any time. 

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