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Tikvah Institute for High School Students

Yale University, June 25—July 6, 2017

Alumni HS 2017

The Tikvah Institute for High School Students convenes an impressive cadre of young men and women who care deeply about ideas and want to bring their Jewish and Western identities to bear on the way they approach life. We encourage our alumni to engage with one fellow alumni and faculty at alumni events and in the Tikvah institutes for gap-year and college students. Participating in this institute is to be admitted into a network of thought-partnets who will be interlocutors and peers for many years to come.

On August 21, 2016, nearly thirty Tikvah Institutes for High School Students alumni met for the inaugural alumni event to reconnect and participate in a seminar led by Tikvah faculty member and Witherspoon Institute director R. J. Snell on “Trump and Hillary Are Only Symptoms: Western Exhaustion and Political Decadence.” Future events are in the planning stages and will take place in January and May of 2017. Any Institute for High School Students alumni interested in joining the planning committee for future alumni events should email gweinberg@tikvahfund.org.

Pamela Brenner, High School Institute, 2014 and 2016 Staff

Pamela Brenner, High School Institute, 2014 and 2016 Staff

High School: Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School
Gap-Year Program: Migdal Oz of Yeshivat Har Etzion
College: Barnard College

Tikvah creates friendships built on values, ideas, and depth.
Dore Feith, High School Institute, 2013, 2014

Dore Feith, High School Institute, 2013, 2014

High School: Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
College: Columbia University
Major: History

The High School Institute offered my first opportunity to read and discuss both Jewish and non-Jewish philosophy in a single setting rather than in separate classes. The readings and seminars—facilitated by college professors—prepared me for the expectations of college-level history and political philosophy courses. I’m grateful to Tikvah for giving me skills and knowledge that have guided me through courses that demand high-quality work and challenge my previous ideas.
Yael Lilienthal, High School Institute, 2013; Tikvah Oversees Seminar, 2014; College Fellowship, 2015

Yael Lilienthal, High School Institute, 2013; Tikvah Oversees Seminar, 2014; College Fellowship, 2015

Gap-Year Program: Migdal Oz of Yeshivat Har Etzion
College: Princeton University
Major: Linguistics and Philology

More than the great ideas that I am exposed to at Tikvah are the great people with whom I get to discuss those ideas. My peers from Tikvah are insightful, committed individuals, and learning with them is an enriching experience.
Celeste Marcus, High School Institute, 2013, 2014; Tikvah Oversees Seminar, 2015; College Fellowship, 2015

Celeste Marcus, High School Institute, 2013, 2014; Tikvah Oversees Seminar, 2015; College Fellowship, 2015

High School: Kohelet Yeshiva High School
College: University of Pennsylvania
Major: Intellectual History

Beginning in my junior year of high school, my Tikvah community has been a consistent source of intellectual inspiration and friendship, and has challenged me to assume leadership roles in my community.
Benjamin Simon, High School Institute, 2015, 2016

Benjamin Simon, High School Institute, 2015, 2016

High School: Gann Academy
Gap-Year Program: Maaleh Gilboa
College: Stanford University

Because of Tikvah, I can critically examine what it means to be a Jew in the modern world.