Frequently Asked Questions

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When does Genesis take place?

Genesis takes place from Tuesday, July 7 -  Monday, August 3

How do I apply to Genesis?

All information about applying to Genesis is available on our application info page. We ask for your high school transcript, two personal statements, and recommendations from a teacher, a personal reference and a reference from your parents.

What is Jewish life like at Genesis?
Genesis is a truly pluralistic environment with participants from all backgrounds taking part in creating a vibrant Jewish community. From deep discussions, to Shabbat celebrations that run from traditional to experimental, you will explore and grow your Judaism while at Genesis. Genesis is supportive of all of the ways in which Shabbat and Kashrut are observed.
What does a typical day at Genesis look like?

On a typical day at Genesis you might use cutting-edge science equipment to map the microbes on your body, sit-in on a gospel concert at a Baptist Church, connect to your inner-self through communal Yoga, or discuss how all of this relates to your Jewish identity. Here is a schedule from a "typical" weekday at Genesis.

Who can attend Genesis?

You are eligible to apply to Genesis if you are currently in 9th-11th grade.

What is the tuition and what does it cover?

Summer 2015 tuition is $5,800. Tuition for every participant is significantly subsidized by generous donors; the full cost per participant is $6,400; we hope that families who are able to pay the full cost will elect to contribute the additional $600.

The tuition covers all costs during the program including instruction, food, housing, field trips, and recreational activities. The tuition does not include costs of transportation to and from Boston, international student visa costs (about $250), spending money, or laundry (machines are located in the dormitories).

Is financial aid available?

Additional need-based financial aid is available thanks to the generosity of Shirley and Milton Gralla's Genesis Financial Aid Fund. Financial aid applications are considered separately from admissions applications. Other scholarships may be available through your local community. Financial aid applications are available once you begin to apply to Genesis in your online account.

For applicants from Russian-speaking families, there are scholarship opportunities available through the BGI Global Teen Fellowship.

If you have never before attended a Jewish summer overnight camp, you may qualify for a One Happy Camper $1000 campership incentive.

Who are the other participants in the program?

Genesis is a coeducational program that seeks to bring together participants from different backgrounds and experiences. Participants come from all over the United States, Canada, Israel, Germany, Russia, and other countries with diverse educational experiences, family backgrounds, and previous experience with Judaism.

Do you have to be Jewish to attend?

In accordance with the principles of Brandeis University, Genesis is a non-sectarian program, with the primary requirement for entry being an eagerness to learn and participate in our community. Genesis welcomes participants from all backgrounds and previous experience with Judaism.

Are there other high school students on campus during Genesis?

BIMA runs parallel to Genesis with points of interaction between the two programs. Participants live in the same residence halls (one male, one female) on separate floors. Additionally, BIMA and Genesis have the opportunity to interact around the planning and celebration of Shabbat and certain areas of community life.

Brandeis HSP also runs other programs during the summer that have less contact with BIMA and Genesis. Impact Boston overlaps with some of Genesis, as do Mock Trial Boot Camp and 3D Game Design.