Larry Sternberg

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LARRY STERNBERG (Hornstein, 1980) is a Visiting Scholar in the Hornstein Program and previously served as Executive Director of Hillel at Brandeis University.

Sternberg has been at Brandeis for over 30 years, serving as the Director of the Nathan Perlmutter Institute for Jewish Advocacy and the Associate Director of the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. He was principal investigator of The National Jewish Community Public Affairs Survey, the largest public affairs survey ever conducted among donors to Jewish Federations in the United States. He was also the lead researcher surveying Reform and Conservative synagogues for the Faith Communities Today project, a survey of over 14,000 religious congregations in the United States.

Prof. Sternberg is co-editor of Changing Jewish Life: Service Delivery and Planning in the 1990s (Greenwood Press) and has published articles on a variety of topics, including: Jewish political activism, Jewish social policy, Israel-Diaspora relationships, Jewish identity in America, and intermarriage.

Sternberg has served as a consultant to Jewish organizations in North America, Europe and Israel, working with professional and lay leadership, and providing planning and evaluation tools to agencies. For more than a dozen years, Sternberg served as a consultant to Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Inc., conducting research, providing professional training, and promoting the use of outcome-based program planning and evaluation for specific Hillel initiatives including the Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps and Tzedek Hillel He has also served as a consultant to the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and was the faculty resource to the New Leaders Project, a multi-city leadership development program of the JCPA.

Sternberg lectures on a variety of topics, including: Jewish political behavior and public policy, American Jewish demographic trends, American Jewish identity, antisemitism in America, and Israel-diaspora relations.

Sternberg is a founding board member of the Boston-based Jewish Organizing Initiative, which offers young adults fellowship opportunities to work in social justice settings and Congregation Or Atid, a Conservative synagogue in Wayland, Massachusetts.