"It is not your responsibility to finish the work [of perfecting the world], but neither are you free to desist from it."
-from Pirke Avot 2:21
At Brandeis, we work diligently to create a sacred space where every child and adult experiences a true sense of belonging. Our pluralistic community is made up of families from a wide variety of ethnic, linguistic, and cultural identities, including many who are just beginning their Jewish journey. Nearly half of Brandeis students take advantage of our Tuition Assistance program, a reflection of our commitment to sustaining a learning environment that is one of the most socio-economically diverse among Bay Area independent schools. LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and parents feel at home on our campus, a place where every individual can comfortably express the most authentic version of themselves.
An education grounded in Jewish teachings is a toolkit for teaching young people how to wrestle with questions about access to power and influence in modern society. In alignment with our Brandeis 2023 Strategic Plan, our goal is for every member of our community -- parents, trustees, faculty, staff, and students -- to develop an age-appropriate fluency and commitment to the principles and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We make ample space for ongoing conversations and training about race, racism, and anti-racism in and outside the classrooms, and conduct annual reviews of our curricula and professional development to ensure that these priorities are reflected in everything we do.