Why Brandeis?

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Brandeis itself is an extraordinary story. Established in the same year as the state of Israel, Brandeis is the only university founded in the United States by the Jewish community as a pluralistic, non-sectarian institution. The Brandeis Jewish community is unlike anything else in American higher education. Students at Brandeis find a campus infused with Jewish values, and filled with students of every conceivable background and belief system.

Since its founding, Brandeis has focused on providing exceptional educational experiences for the very best students. Brandeis is the only university founded in the last 100 years to be admitted to the Association of American Universities (AAU), the organization of leading research universities, and has ranked, since its early history, in the very top tier of institutions around the world. As a result of the opportunities they have on campus, Brandeis students become leaders in the Jewish community and enjoy one of the highest placement rates into top graduate schools, roughly 70% higher than the national average.

Brandeis excels in the arts, humanities, business and the social sciences, and is home of the Schusterman Center, one of the world’s leading institutions on Israel Studies. Founded in 2007, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. The Schusterman Center advances knowledge and understanding of the modern State of Israel, training a new generation of scholars and teachers, building a vibrant academic community, and supporting research, publications, and conferences. Learn more about the Schusterman Center at http://www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter.

Brandeis is also home to Genesis Precollege Programs. Established with a generous grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, Genesis at Brandeis engages the brightest and most talented young Jews in deep exploration of intellectual pursuits and artistic disciplines through a uniquely Jewish lens.

Just as a Brandeis education is defined by the intense, challenging and hands-on learning experiences of its classrooms, so too the Young Leaders Seminar on Israel Studies is defined by the experiential focus and intellectual rigor of its academic experience. Teaching ratios for the Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies are low and provide for meaningful interaction and a thorough exploration of ideas. Conference faculty mentors are deeply experienced and recognized professionals,maintaining a strict teaching ratio of 17:1. Access to renowned Brandeis faculty and outstanding speakers maximizes student learning.

Delegates are awarded Certificates of Achievement upon successful completion of the Seminar and may also request letters of completion for college admissions. Finally, delegates are granted permanent, lifetime membership in the Young Leaders Seminar on Israel Studies Alumni Association, which most certainly will grow into a global network that will lead the conversation about Israel for years to come.