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.
About 35% of undergraduates identify as Jewish. They define their Judaism in many ways — as a religion, culture, ethnicity, intellectual heritage and/or commitment to social justice. Some are observant, others not. There is more than enough Jewish religious and social life and culture to go around!
Louis Dembitz Brandeis (pronounced bran-DICE), the first Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the country's greatest legal minds.
Born in 1856 to immigrant parents from Prague, he became known as the "people's attorney" and fought tirelessly for workers' rights. On the Supreme Court, he championed freedom of speech and a right to privacy.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka the Notorious RBG) was a huge fan of Louis Brandeis. Check out this speech she gave at Brandeis in his honor.
Famous Brandeis quote: "Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."