Nov. 20, 2019

The Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University is a multi-disciplinary research center dedicated to bringing the concepts, theories, and techniques of social science to bear on the study of contemporary Jewish life. The Center adheres to core academic and Jewish values of Truth, Respect, Excellence, Diversity, and Community.

Truth Even Unto Its Innermost Parts

The conduct of rigorous, accurate, and unbiased research is integral to our mission. A hallmark of our research is fidelity to the data. We follow the guidelines of our professional associations and maintain transparency in our interactions with all interested parties, and in designing, conducting, analyzing, and reporting our work.


Mutual respect is central to our culture as a research center, both among ourselves and with all project partners, including research participants. Consideration and understanding of one another are central to our values. We adhere to the standards for the ethical treatment of research participants as promulgated by Brandeis University’s Institutional Review Board


We pride ourselves on our intellectual independence and applying the latest concepts, theories, and techniques of social science in the study of contemporary Jewish life. We strive for excellence in our research and in all of our work.


Our researchers have a variety of backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. We welcome a range of perspectives. In keeping with Brandeis University policy and our values, CMJS is an equal opportunity employer.


We view the Center as a community of professionals who work collaboratively to achieve our mission. We strive for open communication and positive relationships among ourselves and with our research partners. We value each member of the community and their contributions to our work. We seek to maintain a safe environment, free of discrimination and harassment, designed to promote personal and professional growth.