Jewish Residential Summer Programs

Brandeis University High School Programs

Brandeis High School Programs offers a family of immersive, residential summer experiences for passionate, motivated high school students. At the heart of their mission is the belief that teenagers can have life-changing experiences when they are encouraged to push themselves to learn, explore and connect with other people and with their true selves.

The high school program participants also benefit from the invaluable opportunity to meet young people from different backgrounds, different cultures, and different practices, and to learn about — and from — one another. Programs are created and led by career professionals and caring staff who actively collaborate with participants to shape what and how they learn.


Genesis is a four-week summer program on the campus of Brandeis University.
Participants connect with motivated students from around the globe and with professionals from their fields of interest for intensive instruction and experiential learning: SCIENCE, JOURNALISM, WORLD RELIGIONS, TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS and GENDER AND SEXUALITY - New for 2014.

Participants explore new perspectives, develop and strengthen their voice, pursue their interests within a dynamic community, and discover how Judaism informs the way they see and approach every part of their world. For more information, go here.


BIMA is a four-week summer program on the campus of Brandeis University. At BIMA participants are part of a vibrant community brimming with artistic discovery and Jewish experiences. Talented teens and top-notch arts faculty come together to pursue serious artistic growth within a Jewish setting: DANCE, MUSIC (CHORAL AND INSTRUMENTAL), VISUAL ARTS, WRITING, and THEATER.

Participants receive intensive one-on-one instruction in their chosen major, collaborate and create in small groups, and explore the community around them with new friends—all while learning more about who they are as an artist and as an individual. Their Judaism adds color and depth to the whole picture. For more information, go here.

Social Action

Family Promise Volunteer Orientations
Sept. 19, 7pm, St Zepharin’s Church, 99 Main St., Wayland
Oct. 17, 7pm, Shir Tikvah, 141 Boston Post Rd, Wayland

If you are concerned about the issue of family homelessness in your community and want to make a difference, considering attending one of these volunteer orientations. 

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: Oct. 20 We will cook in our own homes. Please volunteers to cook or deliver a meal for Bristol Lodge Women's Shelter, Waltham. 

Patient Navigator Service

With JFS of Metrowest, this free service helps Jewish and other frail older adults living in Metrowest get to and navigate their medical appointments. More info here.

Bristol Lodge

Upcoming dates: Oct 6 Help set up, clean up and serve a meal to homeless people at this Waltham soup kitchen. Great opportunity for children ages 8 and up and adults. Choose a Sunday.


Adult Education

Mindfulness Practice: Meditation, Chanting & Text Study
Sept. 12 (Or Atid), Sept. 19 (Beth El) & Oct. 19 (Temple Israel, Natick)

Join the Metrowest Jewish Mindfulness Community for three sessions focusing on meditation, chant, text study and prayer. Details here.

[email protected] Broads in Midrash

Mondays, starts 9/23, 10am at Or Atid 
10 session class exploring little known women whose stories are embellished in the rabbinic tradition. Details here.


World Tour of Jewish Music

Thursdays 10/17 & 10/24, 7:30-9 pm, Or Atid
Join Rabbi Polisson for a tour of Jewish music throughout the world and history. Email [email protected] to register.