The mission of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute (BGI) is to prepare Russian-speaking students from around the world to become effective community leaders fortified by Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of Russian Jewry, and a commitment to the future of the Jewish people.
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Nurturing the development of Russian-speaking Jewish global leaders with a commitment to the continuity of Jewish heritage.
The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) provides financial support, mentoring, and educational programming to Russian-speaking students at Brandeis University who wish to be of service to the Jewish Community. BGI offers scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students at Brandeis as well as financial aid to high school students who participate in the BIMA/Genesis non-credit summer program at Brandeis.
The Institute is dedicated to helping qualified fellows preserve their Russian Jewish identity through special programming, volunteer outreach projects in the Russian Jewish community, and required course work. The Institute also helps BGI fellows connect with other Russian-speaking Jewish students at local universities in the Boston area as well as the Russian-speaking Boston community.
All BGI programs have three components:
- Educational: Students selected to receive the GPG-funded scholarship participate in course work and lectures that increase their knowledge of Jewish life and their Russian heritage.
- Extracurricular: Students plan and participate in BGI-sponsored events that are cultural, artistic and historical in nature.
- Community Outreach: Students participate in community service activities.
About Genesis Philanthropy Group
The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry was launched in 2009 with generous funding from the Genesis Philanthropy Group. The Genesis Philanthropy Group was established in 2007 with the mission to develop and enhance a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide, with particular emphasis on the former Soviet Union, North America and Israel, where up to three million Russian-speaking Jews reside. Since its inception, the foundation has made more than 100 grants to organizations such as Brandeis University, Taglit-Birthright Israel, Moishe House, Hillel Russia, Yad Vashem, the Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations, Moscow State University, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, St. Petersburg State University and others. For more information, visit www.gpg.org.