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Genesis takes place from July 2, 2018 - July 30, 2018. Participants can choose to take part in only the first session from July 2 - July 16 or the full Genesis summer from July 2 - July 30.
All information about applying to Genesis is available on our application info page.
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.
Sherman Dining Hall offers both Kosher and non-Kosher residential dining experience. Students can visit the Kosher serving line for hot entrees, soup, salad, dessert, drinks, cereals, and more and then take their meal to eat with friends in the community dining space. The Kosher side is supervised closely by a K-V-H mashgiach (Kosher supervisor), along with the Dining Services team who ensure that meat and dairy are prepared in separate, dedicated kitchens, utilizing two completely separate sets of utensils, dishes, stoves, dishwashers, and all other cookware. A dairy breakfast is served daily and meat and dairy days rotate for lunch and dinner. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Shabbat are meat days (with vegan and vegetarian options available) and Tuesdays and Thursdays are dairy days
You are eligible to apply to Genesis if you are entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Summer 2018 tuition is $3,300 for one session and $6,000 for both sessions.
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).
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.
If you have never before attended a Jewish summer overnight camp, you may qualify for a One Happy Camper $1000 campership incentive.
Genesis runs parallel to BIMA with many points of interaction between the two programs. Participants live in the same residence halls and have the opportunity to interact around the planning and celebration of Shabbat and certain areas of community life. 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.
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.
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.