Genesis courses are developed in partnership with Brandeis academic faculty and staff. Students are in class for two hours/day, five days/week and are expected to complete all course reading, research and assignments.
This summer, you'll choose from one of two courses offered:
Rivalry, Redemption and Renewal: Relationships in the Bible
What do the stories of ancient biblical figures like Jacob and Esau, Abraham and Sarah and Ruth and Naomi have to teach us about how we interact with our families, friends and wider community? In this engaging course, you’ll explore the complex web of interpersonal relationships found in our most sacred texts and discover the lessons we can learn from their triumphs and tragedies. If you love to dig deeply into Jewish text and are fascinated by how our Biblical ancestors did (and did not) relate to each other, this course is for you.
Justice Brandeis, Bread and Roses and Beyond: American Social Movements and the Jews
Louis Brandeis, our University’s namesake, was the first American Jew to serve as a Supreme Court Justice and played a pivotal role in shaping American legal and social policy. Following in his footsteps, American Jews have served as leaders and community organizers in many of America’s most significant social movements, from the Labor Movement to Civil Rights and beyond. This thought-provoking course will explore the legacy of Justice Brandeis and how the American Jewish community’s engagement in the struggle for equality and freedom continues to influence American life today.
Interest-based, creative Jewish learning and programming offered during weekday afternoons. Options may include:
Pluralism and Leadership
Torah and Talmud Study
Advanced Research Skills
And much more.
Several options for daily prayer, spiritual reflection, study and personal development will be offered during the week.
Smaller communities of Genesis students who meet each day to process the day’s events, discuss challenges, build community and relax.
Tochnit Erev/Evening Programming
Fun social activities designed to build community and create a relaxed atmosphere. Previous events have included scavenger hunts, movie nights, board games, talent shows and more. Students are also encouraged to create evening programming for the community.
Explore Boston with Genesis! Each Sunday, we leave campus after breakfast for a day out together. Previous trip options have included Boston Common, the Museum of Fine Arts, kayaking on the Charles River and other fun activities.
Genesis students take responsibility for the leadership of all Genesis Shabbat services and programming, from Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday evening to Havdalah on Saturday evening, with careful mentorship and guidance from Genesis staff.