What are the objectives of the Tikvah-Beren Collegiate Forum?

To connect young leaders on college campuses who care about the Jewish future with one another and with Tikvah’s network of world-class teachers and mentors. We offer “Great Conversations” seminars, which will include dialogues with religious thinkers, political leaders, academics, statesmen, and more. We also offer “Great Speeches” seminars, taught by leading scholars instructing on the greatest speeches of American and Israeli history. Lastly, we host discussions with leading professionals in various fields to help students find paths to their desired career.

Who is eligible for the Tikvah-Beren Collegiate Forum?

Current undergraduate students are eligible for the Forum.

Can alumni of other Tikvah programs apply?

Yes. And please be in touch with our college programs staff directly if you have not already to let us know you are applying!

When is the deadline for applications?

We review applications on a rolling basis. There is no hard deadline for admissions, but seats will fill fast. We encourage you to submit the application as soon as possible to guarantee a spot.

What does membership in the Tikvah-Beren Collegiate Forum entail?

Membership in the Forum entails attending each of the “Great Conversations” events, along with choosing at least two additional Great Speeches seminars throughout the year. 

Membership in the Forum is also a commitment to professionalism in the spirit of personal development. This means showing up to events on time and with all necessary readings prepared. It also requires engaging deeply with our subject matter and actively participating in seminars, which means taking notes, asking questions, and engaging in dialogue with your fellow students and the speakers respectfully and thoughtfully.

Are there any costs or stipends associated with the Tikvah-Beren Collegiate Forum?

There are no costs or stipends associated with being a member of the Tikvah-Beren Collegiate Forum.

What is the Tikvah Fund?

The Tikvah Fund is a private philanthropic foundation based in New York. Its mission is to promote serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people. Tikvah supports many programs, projects, and individuals, including books, publications, and seminars. Tikvah’s work is grounded in these fundamental convictions: that the great ideas, texts, and traditions of Judaism are a special inheritance, with much to teach everyone in search of wisdom about the human condition; and that the fate of the Jewish people greatly depends on the education of intellectual, religious, and political leaders, both within and outside Israel.

Does Tikvah have a particular worldview?

Yes. Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded. That said, we recognize that there is a time for reflection and a time for action. There is a time to ask big, open-ended questions and a time to hold fast to certain principles to confront a crisis or a dilemma. The Tikvah Collegiate Forum will dedicate much of its time to open discourse and respectful seminars on the fundamental questions of human life, family, power, and economics. There will also be time devoted to applying the most compelling ideas to present-day circumstances.