Teaching and Learning about Israel: Assessing the Impact of Israeli Faculty on American Students
This report discusses the impact of visiting Israeli professors on classroom environments and learning experiences for students enrolled in their courses about Israel.
Searching for the Study Israel: A Directory of Courses about Israel on U.S. College Campuses 2011-12
A directory of 2011-12 Israel course offerings at American colleges and universities created to document the prevalence and diversity of Israel studies in the academy.
Reflections on the Science of the Social Scientific Study of Jewry
The Sklare Award is given annually by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ) to a senior scholar who has made a significant academic contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry. The 2012 awardee, Leonard Saxe, is the current Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University and director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, as well as the Steinhardt Social Research Institute. The present publication was the text for Saxe’s Sklare Award lecture given on December 16, 2012 at the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies in Chicago.
Hardship and Needs of Elderly Hesed Clients: An Analysis of Clients Served by Hesed Service Centers in Russia & Ukraine
Throughout the Former Soviet Union (FSU), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has supported the development of Hesed welfare and Jewish community centers to assist in the provision of services to Jews in need and to support the renewal of Jewish life after years of suppression. The present report is designed to review the current economic, health, and social conditions of these elderly Jews in need in the FSU and to compare their circumstances, as best possible, to their counterparts who live in western countries such as the United States. (The short-form Research Brief can be found here.)
Jewish Futures Project. The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel: 2012 Update
The impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel on its alumni six to eleven years after their trip to Israel is examined in this study. The data are derived from the third year of a longitudinal study of Jewish young adults.
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies: 2004-2012
In 2012, Brandeis University’s Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) welcomed its ninth cohort of fellows for an intensive two-week seminar and Israel study tour. They represented diverse disciplines. Like previous cohorts, they came to SIIS to increase their understanding of Israel and develop the pedagogical skills to teach the subject effectively. Fellows shared a commitment to expanding opportunities for students to learn about Israel. This report documents the success of SIIS and its earlier fellows (2004-11) in meeting those commitments.
The New Philanthropy: American Jewish Giving to Israeli Organizations
The first of its kind, this report draws on Internal Revenue Service documents to describe trends in American Jewish giving to Israeli organizations.