What is the Tikvah Fund?

We are a think tank and educational institution focused on the foundational ideas of Jewish civilization, the great challenges facing the Jewish people and the State of Israel, and the political, moral, and economic traditions of Western civilization and American democracy. Tikvah runs a wide range of initiatives in the United States, Israel, and around the world, including educational programs and fellowships, publications and websites, conferences and policy research.

Our main interest is challenging exceptional students—from middle school to high school, from gap year to college, from graduate students to emerging professionals—to become Jewish leaders and Jewish citizens. We seek to expose them to the most important ideas—in Jewish thought, Zionist history, political philosophy, economics, and strategy—and to inculcate a sense of responsibility for Jewish, Western, and American civilization. We do this with a range of programs, classes, and fellowships.

What is Tikvah Open University?

For many years, Tikvah has advanced its mission through a wide variety of residential seminars and summer programs. Tikvah Open University is an effort to bring this kind of high-level learning, reading, and conversation to adult learners through online courses.

Who can participate in the Tikvah Open University?

Tikvah Open University welcomes adult learners ages 21 and up to participate in our program.

Is there a course registration limit?

Course registration is limited for each class in order to facilitate intimate and lively Q&A sessions. Registration is on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Register TODAY to reserve your space!

What is the basic program class structure?

The Summer 2021 session of Tikvah Open University will run from July through August. Each class session consists of a 30- to 45-minute presentation followed by a live Q&A session.

Classes will meet once per week, always on the same day and time. Click here to see a complete listing of class schedules and to learn more about our courses.

What is the cost of the program?

All courses are free for Tikvah Society Members. For more information about The Tikvah Society and how to join, please click here. For non-Society members, courses cost $100-$180.

How do I join the online course on the day of the seminar?

Classes will be conducted over Zoom. We will send a webinar link with instructions to all participants a week in advance of, one day prior to, and thirty minutes before the session begins.

Is there required reading?

We will email course readers to participants one week in advance of each seminar. The assigned reading is highly encouraged but NOT mandatory. No prior knowledge is needed to participate in our courses—simply come and join us for lively seminars and Q&A sessions!

If I cannot attend all of the seminars is it still worth enrolling?

If you enroll for a class but are unable to attend a seminar, we will happily share a recording of the presentation.

Is it possible to register for a course that has already begun if the class is NOT full?

Yes. You can join available courses at any point during a session and for any and all sessions.

What is the Tikvah Society and how can I become a member to receive exclusive membership offerings for VIP access to future Tikvah events, conferences, programs, and more?

The Tikvah Society is a community of people interested in important political, religious, and cultural topics facing the Jewish people and the West, and who help support Tikvah’s range of educational programs for high school, gap year, and college-age students who have the potential to be great Jewish leaders. Learn more by visiting our website or contacting us at society@tikvahfund.org.

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Lanita Warner at lwarner@tikvahfund.org for assistance.