1. I have doctor appointments and I can’t commit to coming every day at that time. Can I still join? Yes. We understand that it will be impossible for most people to come every single day, so we ask that you participate 4 out of the 5 days. We will also try to make the classes available online so that if you miss a class, you can make it up.

2. How often will I need to write an essay? What size essay? Which topic? Once a week, participants will write a short 3 paragraph, 150 word essay about one of the topics that was studied that week. Try to add something to the class such as a question on the lecture, a story about it, an experience that helps you relate to it, an insight that was not mentioned in the lecture or how the lecture has changed your perspective on any given topic. Another essay option is to connect your expertise with the topic being studied.
 
3. If one month I am absent for too many days, can I still receive the stipend the next month if I am able to start coming again? Yes, we understand that there will be some months that one will be unable to participate.
 
4. How much is the stipend? The stipend is $75 per month for each track. $150 per month for those that participate in both tracks. The stipend is only for those that participated in the sessions and wrote essays. If you are in an elderly facility that provides room and board and 3 meals per day, the stipend is $25 per month.

5. I don’t need a stipend and I would like to participate. May I join? Sure. We would be thrilled if you would come daily. If not, we will still be happy to have you join.  

6. When will the money be disbursed? After we receive the 4 or 5 short essays for that month and we check them over, checks are sent out within a week or so, bezras Hashem. Essays for one month must be sent by the end of the next month to receive the stipend. 

7. I have an older computer and I would like you to provide me with a computer instead of my old one. How do I go about that? We will provide you with a used computer, possibly a chromebook or a refurbished computer, if you think that your computer will not be sufficient for our program. Please call (305) 770-4540 and leave your name and number on the machine.
 
8. I don’t want a computer and I don’t want to learn how to use computers. Can I still join with my telephone? We will allow you to join with a telephone although it is not the preferable way to participate and we would like you to try to join by computer for many reasons including the benefits of feeling part of our community and being a true participant not just an outsider.
 
9. Will these topics change or are they set in stone? Topics will change. We may offer our participants to choose between topics and therefore keep checking in with us about any change of subjects.

Our program is subject to change. We plan on providing information via email or
phone about any changes before they take effect.