I. What are the Tikvah Advanced Institutes?

The Tikvah Advanced Institutes aim to provide accomplished professionals from around the globe the opportunity to study big ideas, great texts, and current issues with some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners. Our fall 2013 seminars run anywhere from 4 days to 4 weeks. They are held at Tikvah’s education center in New York City.

The institutes focus on three large intellectual areas:

(1) War and Statesmanship, exploring both the ethical questions and strategic dilemmas that confront modern leaders;

(2) Economics and Policy, including both the foundational ideas of democratic capitalism and the concrete policy issues shaping how free societies govern themselves; and

(3) Jewish Thought and History, probing both the biblical and Jewish views of human nature and the great leaders and key decisions that have shaped Jewish history and the Jewish State.

The larger aim of the Institutes is to provide useful knowledge that institute participants can bring back with them to their jobs; to create a network of leaders who 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 looking to take a major new step or pursue a significant new direction in their careers and in their lives.

II. What is Tikvah?

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic foundation and ideas institution committed to developing and supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah supports a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world—including:

  • academic programs at Princeton, NYU, and Shalem College;
  • summer institutes at Yale, Ein Prat, Princeton, and in Jerusalem;
  • publications including the Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic/Jewish Ideas Daily, and the Library of Jewish Ideas;
  • the Tikvah Fellowship program, which funds individuals to study, conduct independent research, and work for some of the major  think-tanks, magazines, universities, and Jewish cultural and educational institutions in the world; and
  • public policy research related to Israeli economics and national security.

Tikvah is politically Zionist, economically free-market oriented, culturally traditional, and theologically open-minded. In all issues and subjects, we welcome vigorous debate and big arguments, and our courses and programs all reflect this spirit of bringing forward the serious alternatives for what the Jewish future should look like, and bringing Jewish thinking and leaders into conversation with Western political, moral, and economic thought.

III. Who Should Apply?

The Tikvah Advanced Institutes are aimed at men and women of experience and achievement, drawn from the worlds of politics, journalism, law, business, academia, the rabbinate, culture, and all arenas of life. We are looking for individuals with track records of professional success and large future ambitions. We are looking for individuals hungry to study the specific topics and texts of the courses, and who recognize the tremendous quality of our faculty. We are looking for individuals who want to do something important for the Jewish people and the Jewish State, and individuals who want to take a major new step in their own lives.

IV. Funding and Logistics

Every participant will be offered a stipend to cover the costs of travel, lodging, and the necessary time to invest themselves in the coursework and in the community. The specific amount of the stipends for each course is determined by two factors: the length of the seminar, ranging from 4 days to 4 weeks; and whether the participant lives in the New York City area. Tikvah will adjust seminar stipends to comply with any applicable regulations for participants in government or military positions.

V. Seminar Schedules

Each seminar has its own specific schedule, which can be found on the individual seminar pages. In general, seminars are in class session about 3 hours per day. In addition, participants are expected to prepare carefully the daily readings—usually around 30 to 50 pages per day—which are distributed well in advance. We encourage—but we do not require—institute participants to be in residence with us full-time for the complete length of their respective seminar. This creates opportunities for one-on-one conversations with faculty, discussions with fellow participants before and after class, and special lunches, dinners, and events that Tikvah hosts. All participants will be given workspace  to use during the entire time of their participation in the program, with full wireless access and office services. We do not generally hold classes on Sunday.

VI. Jewish Holidays and Shabbat

Please note: the Tikvah Advanced Institutes do not hold classes on Jewish holidays. While several seminars run during the period of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, or Sukkot, any classes on the eve of a Jewish holiday will end in the morning hours to allow participants sufficient time to prepare for their religious observance.

VII. Further Opportunities

Tikvah sees the Advanced Institutes program as a way to build relationships with talented people that might extend beyond the seminars. We are constantly investing in new projects, seeking new partners, trying to build relationships. Our executive director, Eric Cohen, participates in every class, and makes an effort to spend time, one-on-one, with every participant.

VIII. Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions that you may have regarding the Tikvah Advanced Institutes: [email protected]