In 1996, the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life was founded as New York University's home for Jewish students and a Jewish center for the whole university. The Bronfman Center engages one of the largest and most creative Jewish student populations in the United States and is home to dozens of student groups and hundreds of innovative programs and projects. In the heart of Greenwich Village, the Bronfman Center taps into the energy of New York City to create open and pluralistic communities where students learn, celebrate, and explore their identities and Jewish life. In order to engage the thousands of students at NYU, the Bronfman Center creates multiple entry points to Jewish life and multiple communities.
In an increasingly global and open society, we envision a Jewish community which is deeply rooted in the Jewish tradition and actively responsible for the Jewish people and the world. We affirm the importance of:
- Respecting the diversity of Jewish practice and belief.
- Committing to the global Jewish community.
- Responding to the call to service at the heart of Jewish life.
- Cultivating a love of Jewish learning.
- Engaging a Jewish mentor.
- Belonging to a Jewish social network.
- Living a life sanctified by the Jewish calendar.Â
We aim to provide the framework for students to forge meaningful, responsible, committed, adult Jewish lives so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. We measure our success in the number of student lives transformed over four years.
We believe this to be the most focused program to cultivate our vision:Â
- Connecting to a values-driven Community.
- Practicing the art of Leadership, by observing one's actions make a difference and learning to take increasing levels of responsibility for those actions.
- Education, through both immersive experiences and sustained, regular encounters.
- Developing Relationships with a mentorÂ (peer or staff) where students reflect on the alignment of their values and life aspirations.