If you could spend a week with some of the world’s leading experts on some of the world’s most interesting topics—U.S. and Israeli foreign policy, economic theory, Jewish thought and history—which ones would you choose? You should give some thought to this pleasant dilemma, and soon, because a new series of funded seminars that will take place in New York City this fall makes the question more than academic.
The Tikvah Advanced Institutes will give accomplished individuals of any nationality, from a broad range of professional disciplines, the chance to participate with fellow professionals and leading thinkers in their choice of advanced courses on policy and Jewish thought, on a schedule designed for people who do not have much time to spare. The seminars will take place over periods extending from four days to four weeks; and participants will be given stipends of $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the seminar’s length, to cover their travel, lodging, and investment of time.
The faculty roster features professors at leading universities, renowned rabbinic scholars, and former government officials who have held top-level positions in the fields they will teach. The extraordinary list includes Elliott Abrams, former Deputy National Security Adviser to the U.S. President; Uzi Arad, former head of Israel’s National Security Council; Ruth Wisse, professor emerita of Yiddish literature at Harvard; Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University; and Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs.
The Institutes will provide time for study and consideration of big ideas and great texts. Faculty and participants will delve into some of the foundational questions of modern society, exploring American or Israeli grand strategy, the ethics of modern war, and the theory, critics, achievements, and problems of democratic capitalism. Advanced Institutes on Jewish issues and questions will probe the biblical and Jewish views of human nature and study the great leaders and key decisions that have shaped Jewish history and the Jewish State.
The Tikvah Advanced Institutes are a project of The Tikvah Fund, a New York-based foundation that specializes in educational programming in Jewish thought and public policy. As with the Fund’s Tikvah Fellowship, a year-long fellowship that offers young professionals a funded period of work and study, the Advanced Institutes have several aims: to provide useful knowledge that participants can apply to their professional endeavors, to create a network of leaders who will work with Tikvah and with each other to advance the interests of the Jewish people and the Jewish State, and to provide a gateway for men and women who may wish to take a major new step or pursue a significant new direction in their careers and lives.