The Tikvah Institute for High School Students has announced a new summer program in partnership with the Maimonides Fund, which will take place from June 24 through July 8, 2018. The program is geared towards Jewish public and private school students who are motivated to learn more about Jewish philosophy, culture and history. Students who will attend this two-week immersive summer institute come with a passion to learn more about the intersection between their Judaism and the modern age. The program aims to quench that thirst by offering courses with seminar leaders and lecturers who encourage dialogue and debate. For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.MaimonidesScholars.org.
The program will highlight and discuss the challenges confronting the Jewish community in Israel, America and throughout the West. Recognizing that these students will face challenges to their Jewish commitments and their support of Israel when they enter college campuses, the program empowers them to be prepared to face this with enhanced knowledge and sophistication. By building an intellectual community, these students will have access to fellow students, their instructors and their Tikvah mentors who they can turn to as a resource in the future.
Lecturers and seminar leaders will include Dr. Daniel Gordis, Dara Horn, Dr. Michael Doran, Dr. Ronna Burger, Dr. Samuel Gregg, Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter, Professor Michael (Avi) Helfand, Dr. Darren Staloff, Shuli Taubes, Rabbi Mark Gottlieb and Kate Havard.
“Maimonides is considered the quintessential Jewish renaissance man, combining his mastery of and passion for Judaism and his commitment to engage the wider world of learning in his roles as physician and philosopher. The Maimonides Scholars Program is training the next generation of Jewish thought-leaders through this program, which will offer dialogue and debate around key issues facing our students and young adults today—the intersection between their religion and the modern age,” said Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, founder and dean of the Tikvah Institute for High School Students. “The goal of our program is to train these students to take on leadership positions in the Jewish community on campus and beyond. In order for them to be leaders, we’re teaching them a broader base of knowledge and wisdom through history, politics and philosophy.”
The program will take place at Yale University and is open to high school juniors and seniors. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 16. The total cost for the program is $400, which covers a portion of the actual costs for books, materials and food. All other onsite program expenses, including housing, are fully subsidized by the program. Both merit and need-based financial aid is available.
The Maimonides Scholars Program is dedicated to filling a void for Jewish non-day school students who are motivated to learn more about Jewish culture and history and who are looking to attend a summer program bringing together Jewish thinking and leaders to discuss Western political, moral and economic thought. The program empowers them to prepare for the challenges to their faith and Zionistic beliefs when they enter the college campus. The program is a division of the Tikvah Fund, a philanthropic foundation and ideas institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.