Spring 2024

“M54 is an incredible opportunity to not only grow as a person but to learn a new way of thinking. You get to strengthen your understanding of self while strengthening your relationships with cohort members and Chanie and Peretz. It is a beautiful escape from the stress of school and a perfect way to get to know yourself better." - Leah Breakstone '25 M54 Brandeis Edition Cohort 1


After successfully piloting M54 Brandeis Edition last semester, we are delighted to invite qualified students to join M54 Brandeis Edition. 

M54* has developed and successfully employed an in-depth educational model called Avoda P'nimit - Insourcing, with multiple cohorts that empower adults to encounter life’s emerging realities with clarity and agency for change and growth.

M54 Brandeis Edition provides Brandeis students with the tools necessary to encounter life by learning to make choices with clarity and courage and to nourish deep relationships.

The learning experience will occur in a warm, relational environment and under the expert and caring guidance of Chanie and Peretz Chein, co-founders of M54 and co-directors of the Chabad House at Brandeis since they established it in 2001.

This learning experience will also increase participating students' passion and knowledge to grow their connection to Judaism.

The learning will occur in cohorts of 8-10 students. Reasonable and relevant explorations outside our weekly sessions will be included.

Qualified applicants must display deep curiosity, a desire to learn from and with others, and a full commitment to the learning process.

To apply, please fill out this form. If your application indicates that you are a good fit for the program, you will be invited to an interview with Chanie and Peretz.


- Applications due - Tuesday, January 23.

- Interview period - January 24 -  January 30.

- M54 Student Edition begins - Tuesday, February 6.

- Cohorts will meet on Tuesday afternoons, 3:00-4:30 pm, or Tuesday evenings, 8:00-9:30 pm.

- The 8 Sessions will be for 90 minutes each. 

- M54 Brandeis Edition is not open to first semester First Years. 

Generous donors of the Chabad House and M54 are fully underwriting tuition for this learning experience.

Reach out with any questions to [email protected] or [email protected].


Note: To learn about iLearn, Chabad's basic learning experience, please visit here.

*M54 is for the Magic of 54, 3 times Chai (3x18=54), and is an educational startup launched in 2021. When one person (Chai, which means life in Hebrew and is numerically equivalent to 18) engages with another person (a second 18) in holistic and in-depth conversations, a new liveliness (a third 18) emerges. That's the Magic of 54.