Professor Sara Hascal points to Hebrew projected onto a screen in a classroom

Our Jewish Roots

At its core, Brandeis is animated by a set of values that are rooted in Jewish history and experience. The first of these is a reverence for learning. Brandeis reflects the values of the Jewish community by pursuing rigorous academic work of the highest standards. Second is an emphasis on critical thinking, including self-criticism. At Brandeis, students and faculty are encouraged to question openly and accept nothing without study, debate and reflection. Third is the Jewish ideal of making the world a better place through one’s actions and talents.

Brandeis is committed to making its community truly inclusive by seeking students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, cultures, religions and experiences. Indeed, ours is one of the few universities in America with inclusivity as a founding principle. At the same time, we are proud of the university’s rootedness in Jewish values. It is a source of enduring vitality for us, and it is a quality that distinguishes Brandeis from other important research universities.

Celebrate Brandeis at 75

Group of people smiling on the Brandeis campus

We’re excited to welcome the entire Brandeis community — alumni, students and families — to campus for a celebration like none other.

October 13-15, 2023

Save the date for a weekend that brings together the best of the university’s annual events with special anniversary events celebrating the university’s bold past and bright future.

Visit the 75th anniversary website