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

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Len Saxe, Cohen Center Director and Hornstein Faculty Member

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.

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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

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

Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership

The Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership works to strengthen the lay-professional partnership in North American Jewish organizations through research, education and advocacy.
Amy Sales, director (Cohen Center)

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.