What is the Menachem Begin Program?

A learning and leadership opportunity for exceptional 9th and 10th grade students to study the great ideas and figures of Jewish, Zionist, and Western history in college-level seminars, concluding with a three-week summer trip to Israel. The Menachem Begin Scholars program has five key components:

  • Part I: Conversations with Great Leaders
    September-December 2022
    Every month, Begin Scholars will gather online for discussion and wide-ranging conversations with mentors and thought leaders in journalism, politics, and education.
    A year-long online seminar—taught by some of the world’s leading Zionist thinkers and teachers—that explores the intellectual, political, and cultural history of Israel’s re-birth—from the biblical age to early Zionist movement to the start-up nation.
  • Part II: Online Seminars
    January-December 2023
    Students will explore the foundations of Western, Zionist and Jewish civilization in spirited seminars.
  • Part III: Writing Projects
    January-June 2024
    Working closely with a writing mentor, students will produce an article on a subject of their choosing for our national student periodical, the Solomon Journal.
  • Part IV: Begin Leadership Summit
    Summer 2024
    At the conclusion of the program, students will embark on a three-week trip to Israel.
  • Winter Scholars’ Retreat
    Each January, Menachem Begin Scholars will participate in a two-day retreat, providing them with a meaningful and exciting social and intellectual experience.

Who is eligible to apply, and how are Menachem Begin Scholars selected?

Anyone entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall of 2022 is eligible. This is a competitive program, and all candidates will be interviewed and then selected by the selection committee.

What does the program cost?

$750—with additional fees for the Winter Scholars’ Retreats and Begin Leadership Summit in Israel. Need-based financial aid os available to ensure that every candidate can participate in all components of the program.

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