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Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry E-NewsletterNovember 2010
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BGI Increases Undergraduate Scholarships

BGI StudentsStudents selected for the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) undergraduate fellowship program in Fall 2011 will be offered a renewable four-year scholarship of $20,000 per year.


The fellowship is open to Russian-speaking students who wish to be of service to the Jewish community. Selection for the BGI undergraduate fellowship is based on academic achievement and leadership potential.


Students interested in the fellowship should indicate their Russian language skills, their commitment to service to the Jewish community, and their interest in the fellowship in the personal biography and essay sections of the Brandeis undergraduate admissions application. Contact the BGI office for more information.

BGI Undergraduate Fellows Study, Bond and Sing Together at Fall Retreat

RetreatThe twenty-one BGI undergraduate fellows participated in their second annual fall retreat at Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts from October 8-10. The retreat provided  an opportunity for students to get to know one another, to reflect together about big ideas, and to celebrate Russian Jewish culture together. Julia Smirnova and Monica Pevzner, the incoming BGI Hornstein fellows, also attended and assisted retreat leader Bradley Solmsen. Read More

BIMA/Genesis Alumni Continue Jewish Education

 BIMA/Genesis StudentsBrandeis University's Office of High School Programs, in concert with the BGI, is conducting follow up programming for the 34 Russian-speaking Jewish teenagers who participated in this summer's BIMA and Genesis programs. The programs aim to deepen both the social networks and experiential Jewish learning that began during BIMA and Genesis this past summer. The students will participate in monthly web seminars and a weekend retreat. Read More

In This Issue
Scholarship Increase
Fall Retreat
BIMA/Genesis Webinar
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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.