About CMJS


Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

Founded in 1980, the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS), is a multi-disciplinary research center that incorporates the latest concepts, theories, and techniques of social science in the study of contemporary Jewish life.

Research areas include Jewish education, Israel, synagogues, and socio-demography. Within each research areas, are a number of projects that contribute to scholarly and policy-relevant research on the US Jewish community.

Faculty and staff  include distinguished researchers, several of whom have appointments and affiliations with Brandeis academic departments. The senior research staff are trained in community psychology, social psychology, sociology, and social policy. Projects are conducted by multi-disciplinary teams, and the results of our research appear in a variety of scholarly, professional, and popular publications.

CMJS is the managing entity for the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and is a unit of Brandeis' Lown School for Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.