Is Brandeis Jewish?

Brandeis University is a nonsectarian research university that welcomes talented faculty, staff and students of all backgrounds and beliefs. It was founded in 1948 by the American Jewish community at a time when Jews and other ethnic and racial minorities and women faced discrimination in higher education.

Brandeis is animated by a set of values that are rooted in Jewish history and experience:

  • A reverence for learning, open inquiry and scholarship at the highest level.
  • An emphasis on critical thinking, including self-criticism.
  • Tikkun olam, the Jewish value of making the world a better place through one’s actions and talents.

Today, the university is a destination for Jewish students who want to participate in Jewish life while studying at a top research university. The Forward ranked Brandeis as one of the top three colleges for Jewish life.

Read Discussing Brandeis' Jewish Identity by Brandeis President Ronald D. Liebowitz