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Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry E-NewsletterSeptember 2010
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BGI StudentsThe Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) is now seeking applicants for its undergraduate fellowship program for students who will enter Brandeis University in Fall 2011.

The BGI undergraduate fellowship offers generous scholarships to Russian-speaking students who wish to be of service to the Jewish community.

During their careers at Brandeis University, BGI undergraduate fellows organize and participate in activities and projects designed to strengthen the Russian-speaking community and to build connections to the Jewish world.

Selection for the BGI undergraduate fellowship is based on academic achievement and leadership potential. There is no separate application. Interested candidates can indicate their interest in any appropriate place in the
Brandeis undergraduate admissions application, or by contacting the BGI office.



BIMA StudentThis summer, BGI provided scholarships to 35 Russian-speaking high school students from the former Soviet Union, Poland, Israel, Canada and the United States to attend the Genesis and BIMA programs at Brandeis. Through Genesis, students participate in college-level, hands-on courses. Through BIMA, student actors, filmmakers, musicians, visual artists and writers grow as artists within a creative Jewish environment. View slideshow.


BGI is hosting several exciting events this fall. Read below for highlights and visit our events page for a full listing.
Sergey LagodinskyDialogue in Transition: Germany and Its Jews
October 12, 2010
7:30 p.m. | Atrium, Mandel Humanities Center

Yale World Fellow Sergey Lagodinsky will talk about the challenges and opportunities of a German-Jewish Renaissance.
Lara VapnyarThere Are Jews in My House: A Reading and Conversation with Lara Vapnyar
November 3, 2010
5:15 p.m. | Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Acclaimed author and Russian-Jewish emigrant Lara Vapnyar will deliver a reading from There Are Jews in My House, her award-winning collection of short stories set in Russia and New York.
Sam KligerRussian Jews in America: The Latest Chapter
November 8, 2010
5:15 p.m. | International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Dr. Sam Kliger, Director of Russian Jewish Affairs for the American Jewish Committee, immigrated from Moscow in 1990. He will speak about Russian-Jewish socio-demographic characteristics, their status, identity, religion, political and communal engagement, and on their future in America as a distinct Jewish group. 
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Seeking Undergrad Fellows for 2011
BIMA-Genesis Summer
Upcoming BGI Events
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Meet the Incoming Graduate Fellows

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The mission of the Brandeis-Genesis Institute (BGI) is to prepare Russian-speaking students from around the world to become effective community leaders fortified by Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of Russian Jewry, and a commitment to the future of the Jewish people.
The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry is funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group.