The Cohen Center
The Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies is dedicated to conducting scholarly work that can enhance understanding of the Jewish community. The Center is a multi-disciplinary research institute and an integral part of Brandeis University's distinguished programs in Jewish studies and communal service. Research conducted at the Center focuses on studies of American Jewry and Jewish institutions and is widely disseminated.
Leonard Saxe, director
Hornstein students have access to the leading institutes, centers, programs, and seminars housed at Brandeis. Through field experiences and fellowships, students may assist faculty engaged in research, programming, training, and policy development to chart new thinking in contemporary Jewish life.
Brandeis Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry
Established in 2009, the Brandeis Genesis Institute prepares Russian-speaking Jews from around the world to become effective community leaders fortified by Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of Russian Jewry, and a commitment to the future of the Jewish people.
Victor Vitkin, executive director
Crown Center for Middle East Studies
The Crown Center for Middle East Studies, inaugurated in April 2005, is committed to a balanced and dispassionate approach to the Middle East through scholarship and its application to understanding the real and everyday issues that affect the contemporary Middle East.
Shai Feldman, Judith and Sidney Swartz director
Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Leadership Development in Jewish Philanthropy
The Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Leadership Development in Jewish Philanthropy works to strengthen the lay-professional partnership in North American Jewish organizations through research, education and advocacy.
Amy Sales, director (Cohen Center)
Genesis/BIMA High School Programs
Genesis/BIMA are summer programs for high school students empowering teens to relate their secular interests to Judaism by integrating their studies of the arts and humanities with social and political action.
Bradley Solmsen, director, office of high school programs
International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life
The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life's mission is to develop effective responses to conflict and injustice by offering innovative approaches to coexistence, strengthening the work of international courts, and encouraging ethical practice in civic and professional life.
Daniel Terris, director
Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education
The Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education is dedicated to the study and improvement of Jewish education. Focusing on the teaching and learning of Jewish children, youth and their teachers, new ways of thinking are developed through research, publications, programming, public forums, and apprenticeship opportunities.
Sharon Feiman-Nemser, director (Hornstein Program and NEJS)
Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, founded in 2007, is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond.
Ilan Troen, director
Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy, established in 2008, builds upon the expertise of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis to strengthening philanthropy that advances social justice through research, education, practice and leadership development.
Andrew Hahn, director
Steinhardt Social Research Institute
The Steinhardt Social Research Institute was established in 2006 to collect, analyze, and disseminate unbiased data about the Jewish community and about religion and ethnicity in the United States.
Leonard Saxe, director
Tauber Institute for European Jewry
The Tauber Institute, founded in 1980, is devoted to the study of modern European Jewish history, thought, culture and society. It has a special interest in studying the Holocaust and its aftermath within the context of modern European intellectual, political and social history.