BGI Brings Work to Successful Conclusion

After seven highly successful years, the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry concluded its work on June 30, 2016. See the complete statement from Brandeis University and the Genesis Philanthropy Group regarding the conclusion of the BGI here.

Brandeis University will remain a vital home for Russian-speaking Jewish community scholarship and an environment where students can explore Russian Jewish identity in the context of other intellectual and cultural interests. Educational and scholarly resources will continue to be available online on this web site, which will remain as an archive of the BGI's work.

Developing Global Leaders with a Commitment to the Jewish Future

The mission of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) is to galvanize the Russian-speaking Jewish community around the world by empowering young adults to actively engage in Jewish life, nurturing a cadre of effective communal professionals and strengthening the field of Russian Jewish studies.

BGI programs are built on three pillars of impact:

Community Engagement

BGI inspires Russian-speaking young adults to engage in Jewish life by fostering global connections, strengthening their Russian-Jewish identity and deepening their knowledge of Jewish heritage.

Research and Scholarship

BGI strengthens the field of Russian Jewish studies by providing grants to support research and scholarly publications in the field of Russian Jewish experience, developing academic courses and organizing academic events.

Professional Development

BGI nurtures a cadre of effective communal professionals, fortified by superior management skills, Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of the Russian and American Jewish communities, and a commitment to the future of the Jewish people.


FSU, Germany and Israel fellows reunite in Israel for the Global Teen Fellowship seminar

Hornstein's Class of 2016 Traveled to Vilnius, Lithuania and Minsk, Belarus in February 2016 to learn about the history and what Jewish life is like in these communities

Undergraduate students meet with Natan Sharansky, former refusenik and Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel

Applications are being accepted for BIMA and Genesis Summer Programs for highschool students

Undergraduate fellows met at an opening weekend seminar in Southbridge, MA

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