Genesis Philanthropy Group Makes $10.8 Million Grant to Brandeis University


The Genesis grant will fund scholarships for between 36 and 60 undergraduates, 14 master's degree candidates, six Ph.D. candidates and 132 participants in Brandeis summer programs for high school youth over the next five years, starting in 2009. The Brandeis Genesis Institute will undertake a variety of activities to support Russian- speaking students, including recruitment, extra-curricular and community activities, outreach and organizing conferences, and exchanges with other institutions and groups.

Genesis Philanthropy Group is committed to ensuring that Jewish culture, heritage and values are preserved among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide," said Stan Polovets, chief executive officer and board member of GPG. Our grant-making strategy is to find institutions that share our values and invest in their capacity to have maximum impact on our target population. We are delighted to partner with Brandeis University in launching this major initiative. Dr. Misha Galperin, chief executive officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and GPG's Senior Advisor on the Brandeis project said that Russian Jews have a lot to learn about, but also have a lot to contribute to Jewish communities where they live.The Brandeis Genesis Institute will be a major milestone in developing leadership from among this population and helping integrate Russian speaking Jews into the larger Jewish communities."

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