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Maimonides Scholars Program



Tikvah Institute to Expand in 2018 and Beyond


A Strategic Grant Focused on Jewish Ideas and Future Leaders


We are thrilled to announce a significant grant from the Maimonides Fund to expand our engagement with high school students, and to continue working intensively with our alumni during their college years. The new initiative will be called the Maimonides Scholars Program, and it will be designed for young Jews from the public and private school worlds who want to deepen their knowledge of Jewish ideas, their attachment to the Jewish people, and their engagement with the big questions of the modern age.

“We are excited about the potential of this new partnership with the Tikvah Fund,” said Mark Charendoff, President of the Maimonides Fund. “We think there is a real opportunity here to foster an elite cadre of Jewish teens from all backgrounds who can work together to provide needed leadership in Jewish life on campus and beyond.”

Last summer, the Tikvah program convened 60 students from across North America and abroad. With this new investment, our plan is to double the Tikvah program in 2018 to 120 students—with still further growth planned in future summers—and to work with a wider range of Jewish students from across the communal spectrum. The enhanced program will include intensive seminars with some of the nation’s preeminent professors and civic leaders, mentorship and experiential learning, and intensive follow-up opportunities for alumni.

“We are looking for young men and women with a real hunger to know more—about Jewish ideas, about Israel, and about America—and a real desire to contribute to the community,” said Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, the founder and dean of the Tikvah Institute. “Our aim is to help nourish an emerging group of future leaders with Jewish depth and commitment.”

The new Maimonides Scholars Program will be open to rising seniors in public and private high schools across the country. The application and selection process will be intense.

“It is an honor to partner with the Maimonides Fund in this important work, and to marry their tremendous vision and experience with ours,” said Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund. “We are grateful for this major gift, and we look forward to welcoming the first class of Maimonides Scholars in summer 2018.”

For more information, please contact Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, Senior Director, The Tikvah Fund, at mgottlieb@tikvahfund.org.

Applications will open in mid-October. Check back soon for more information.