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

Community Cooks!

Upcoming dates: TBA 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: Aug. 4 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

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage brings special blessings and insights. Or Atid offers a wide variety of courses for adults where we explore our rich heritage in a literary and historical way.