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 March 2012


Bima and Genesis alumni 

The second annual Brandeis Genesis Institute (BGI) Alumni retreat took place on the weekend of December 2nd-4th in the serene and environmentally friendly setting of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. Nineteen high school students, who attended 2010 and 2011 BIMA and Genesis summer programs at Brandeis University, came together from across the United States and Canada for a weekend of community building and Jewish learning. Read More


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The second Brandeis-Genesis Institute Retreat Plus was focused on Israel.  BGI Undergraduate Fellows and their peers from Brandeis enjoyed a day of learning, conversation and reflection about Israel and its culture. The retreat focused on different aspects of modern Israel, ranging from society and music to current geopolitics in the Middle East. The program included an interactive lecture, creative workshops and intellectual discussions.  We were honored to have Shai Bazak, Consul General of Israel to New England as our keynote speaker. Read More


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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Vlad Lukashevsky



Vlad received his BA in Economics with a minor in Russian and East European Studies.  After completing his Investment Banking summer internship at Wells Fargo, he traveled to Netherlands to study at Erasmus University in Rotterdam during the fall semester.  


Click here to learn about his experiences at BGI and abroad.  


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Changing The Rules of The Game: Emerging Russian Jewish Philanthropy


This engaging conversation will cover the unique aspects of the Russian­ speaking Jewish community and its philanthropic practice in North America and globally. Prominent panelists will discuss lay leadership engagement, funding priorities, motivations and best practices. The program will offer a glimpse at how this emerging community is bringing about change in the Jewish philanthropic world. 




Ilia Salita, Executive Director, Genesis Philanthropy Group, North           America 


Gene Rachmansky, Executive Committee UJA Federation of New York, Attorney and Financier
Leonard Petlakh, Executive Director, Kings Bay YM-YWHA


This event will be moderated by David A. Mersky, Director of Education and Professional Development. F1sher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy


Monday, April 2 

6:30 p.m. 

Zinner Forum (Atrium), The Heller School for Public Policy and Management

About Us


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. 

BGI is funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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