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Tucson BNC Chapter—Membership

Brandeis University is a private university founded in 1948 and named after Louis Brandeis (1856-1941), who became the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice in the United States in 1916. The 235-acre campus is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, on the site of the former Middlesex University, the only medical school at that time in Massachusetts that did not impose an enrollment quota on Jews.

Today more than 3,600 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students from all over the world attend Brandeis, which is classified as a “Most Selective” school with a 39 percent acceptance rate.

Mission Statement
 Brandeis National Committee is dedicated to providing philanthropic support to the Brandeis University, a distinguished liberal arts and research university founded by the American Jewish community. Its membership is connected to the university through fund-raising and through activities that reflect the values on which the university was founded: academic excellence, social justice, non-sectarianism and service to the community.

 More than 21,000 people belong to Brandeis National Committee across the United States. Since its founding, also in 1948, BNC has contributed more than $215 million to the University.

One of only 33 chapters, the Tucson BNC chapter was launched in 1952 and is open to members of all faiths. We offer opportunities for intellectual pursuit, community service, social interaction, personal enrichment, and leadership development. We give a scholarship to a Tucson-area Brandeis student, and our major fundraiser, the annual Book and Author Event, supports the University’s research into causes and cures for neurodegenerative diseases including ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

“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.” — from the University’s website