Jewish Studies Centers


Hornstein students have access to the nation's leading Jewish Studies centers and institutes 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



Maurice and Maryln Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

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



 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



 Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects. The institute carries out this mission through its extensive publications (including the books in the Brandeis Series on Jewish Women; an academic journal, Nashim; and 614: The HBI e-zine), scholar-in-residence and internship programs, grants to researchers and artists and the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, whose mission is to foster creative approaches to negotiating the tension between women's equality and practices justified in terms of cultural and religious traditions.
Shulamit Reinharz and Sylvia Fishman, co-directors



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


 Jack, Joseph, and Morton 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)


The Bernard G. and Rhoda G. Sarnat Center for the Study of Anti-Jewishness

Aims to promote an understanding of the causes, nature and consequences of anti-Jewish prejudice, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish responses in historical and contemporary perspectives.
Jonathan D. Sarna, director


 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.
Sylvia Fuks Fried, executive director