News


Spring 2014

Irina Rebrova, BGI-HBI Scholar in Residence, presents her research to Brandeis students

Concluding seminars of the Global Teen Fellowship 2014 took place in Washington, DC and in Israel.

BGI fellows and their peers organized a special Shabbat dinner for Russian-speaking residents of the Coleman House, a Jewish-affiliated assisted living home in Newton, MA

Students experience Jewish life in Moldova and Ukraine

BGI awarded grants to support research projects in the field of Russian Jewish experience



Winter 2013/2014

Brandeis launches leadership incubator for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionals

Irina Rebrova, Ph.D candidate in the Center for Research of Anti-Semitism at Technical University in Berlin, will be spending the Spring semester at Brandeis as a BGI-HBI scholar-in-residence


Applications are now open for HBI-BGI Scholar-in-Residence program for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015



Fall 2013

Victor Vitkin, BGI Executive Director, discussed best practices of the RSJ engagement and shared observations from the field with the attendees of the Funders Summit: Engaging Russian Speaking Jews in Jewish Camp, organized by the Foundation for Jewish Camp in partnership with the Genesis Philanthropy Group

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

BGI Global Teen Fellowship seminar at Sturbridge, MA

BGI Undergraduate fellowship kicks off with a weekend  seminar at Southbridge, MA

BGI awards grants to support research projects in multiple disciplines on Russian Jewish experience.


Spring 2013

At Home in Russian Jewish Space: a Visual Quest of a Culture

Graduation 2013

Doctors and Doctrines: Discovering the Role of Religion in Modern Healthcare

Citizens of Nowhere - African Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Modern Day Israel


Red Star Over the Shtetl - Soviet Nostalgia in the Post-Soviet Jewish Culture

Spring Retreat March 1-3, 2013. Sturbridge Host Hotel


Winter 2012/2013

A group of Hornstein Students Visits the Jewish Communities in Ukraine

How Do You Jew? - explore what it means to be Jewish. Special guest speaker - Yuri Foreman, World Boxing Champion

Lost & Found project "Doroga" - an experimental, interactive play that explores Russian-Jewish immigrant experience



Fall 2012

Gary Shteyngart's visit to Brandeis University was one of the major on-campus events this fall

Brandeis community and BGI fellows explored the geopolitical situation in the Middle East with Natasha Mozgovaya, chief U.S. correspondent for Haaretz



Spring 2012

The Second Volume of "Individual Lives, Common Story" is published by the BGI Fellows

BGI Fellows present a Sino-Judaic Colloquium

BGI Fellows Raise Funds for the Children of Sderot in Israel.

BGI fellows held a Purim Carnival for Russian and Israeli students

The Present Emerges from the Past: Lessons from Ukraine

BGI Fellows organize a full day of volunteering and community service at Rosie's Place Women's Shelter and Family Table Kosher Food Pantry

BGI Fellows create, organize and facilitate a day of learning about Israel and its culture for the entire Brandeis community



Fall 2011

Russian-Speaking BIMA and Genesis Alumni reunite at the 2nd annual BGI Retreat. 

Russian Jewry: On Crossroads of Times and Civilizations.

BGI Fellows reconnect after the summer at the Fall Shabbaton at Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire.


Summer 2011

In The Ukraine BGI Fellows Explore Jewish Past, Present, and Future


Winter/Spring 2011

BGI Graduation Ceremony

BGI Fellows create and publish a unique scrapbook "Individual Lives, Common Story"

Our Passover by Avraham Eli Tukachinsky '11

Undergraduate Fellows Win the KVN Presidential Award for the Most Intellectual Jokes

BGI Undergraduate Fellows What I Think You Think of Me Spring Retreat Plus

Faces of Babi Yar in Felix Lembersky's' Art: Presence and Absence

Press Release:  A New Leader for the Brandeis-Genesis Institute

Russian speaking BIMA and Genesis alumni from Israel, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev came together for a 3 day retreat in the North of Israel at Kibbutz Channaton

Yuri Foreman: World Champion and would be Rabbi speaks at Brandeis to BGI and the Brandeis Community.

BGI Fellows Visit Russian Jewish Community Center Makor

Update on the Distance-Learning Program for Teenagers from Russian-Speaking Jewish Families around the World

BGI Graduate Hornstein Fellows Traveled to Israel and Russia

Fall 2010

BGI Graduate Hornstein Fellow Dmitry Levin attends the UJA's The Wall Street Dinner

Brandeis Launches Distance-Learning Program for Teenagers from Russian-Speaking Jewish Families around the World

Differences between Russians and Americans

Fellows attend the 6th Annual Sderot Charity Ball, 2010

Russian-American Jewish Author Lara Vapnyar Discusses "Jews in My House"

Undergraduate Fellows' Community Outreach Projects 2010-11

International Law in Russian Constitutional Justice: A Case Study in Capital Punishment

Undergraduate Fellows Enjoy The KVN Concert by "Pyramid"

BGI Undergraduate Fellows Study, Bond and Sing Together at Fall Retreat

BGI Seeking Applicants for 2011 Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The BGI: Year Two Begins. The Brandeis-Genesis Institute has begun its second full year of operation

Spring 2010

The Russian Jewish-Dilemma: BGI Undergraduate Fellows Reflect on the Program's First Year

BGI Undergraduate Fellows Serve Campus, Communities Through 2009-10 Outreach Projects

Eleventh Annual ACT National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest in the heritage speaker-level one category

BGI Fellow Nera Lerner assists her grandparents with NY housing voucher program

Fall 2009

Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz Joins Genesis Philanthropy Group Advisory Board

Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry Opening Reception

Julia Rabkin speaks at the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry Opening Reception

Spring 2009

Genesis Philanthropy Group Makes $10.8 Million Grant to Brandeis University

Brandeis University is pleased to announce an exciting new scholarship opportunity for Russian-speaking students who wish to be of service to the Jewish community