Janet Krasner Aronson, PhD is the associate director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. She earned her PhD in social policy at the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis where she examined the impact of Birthright Israel on the parents of the participants. Janet's primary research areas include local Jewish community studies, and she has directed studies in Boston, Washington, DC, Palm Beach County, FL and Cincinnati. She also teaches in the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis, where she runs the Myra Kraft Seminar on Israel. She is interested in studying emerging trends in Jewish engagement, which present both methodological challenges for researchers as well as substantive challenges for community organizations.
Prior to joining CMJS, she worked as a computer programmer, a graphic designer and religious school teacher. She was a member of the first cohort of the Barnard College/Jewish Theological Seminary double-degree program, in which she earned bachelor's degrees in computer science and Bible. She has an MA in applied sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Matthew Boxer is an assistant research professor at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He earned a Master of Arts in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and an MS and PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his doctoral dissertation focused on the effects of Jewish community size on Jewish identity. His research varies widely and includes socio-demographic research on the Jewish community in the United States, social psychological processes of Jewish identity development, Jewish young adults' volunteer habits and preferences, Israel studies on college campuses in the United States and Canada, and the impact of formal and informal Jewish educational experiences on Jewish identity. He currently serves as the treasurer of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College.
Leonard Saxe is Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. He is the recipient of the 2012 Marshall Sklare Award.
Professor Saxe is a social psychologist, as well as a methodologist, and is concerned with the application of social science to social policy issues. His present focus is on religious and ethnic identity and specifically addresses issues relevant to the Jewish community.
Harry Aaronson is a research specialist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute. He is a graduate of Indiana University with degrees in Jewish Studies and Applied Research and Inquiry. His honors thesis examines Jewish identity and antisemitism in the United States today. At CMJS/SSRI he is a member of the community studies team.
Matthew Brookner is a senior research associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute. At CMJS and SSRI he works on Jewish community studies, evaluations and needs assessments. Matt is also a doctoral candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, writing his dissertation on philanthropy education in the US Jewish community. He holds masters' degrees in both public policy and Jewish professional leadership from Brandeis, and has a bachelor's degree in classics and history.
Matthew is a senior research associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and Steinhardt Social Research Institute where he serves as project manager for our program of community studies. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he received a master's in Jewish professional leadership and an MBA in non-profit management from Brandeis University in 2012. Matthew earned his BA, also from Brandeis, in mathematics and economics. During graduate school, he interned at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and had the opportunity to run an English language day camp on the campus of the Jewish day school in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
Raquel Magidin de Kramer is an associate research scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute. She is currently working on the Jewish demography project.
Raquel has extensive experience in educational research and statistical analysis. Prior to joining CMJS, she worked as a research associate at the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy housed at Boston College, and as a statistics and computer analyst at the Henrietta Szold Institute for Research in the Behavioral Sciences in Israel. She has also worked as a software engineer in the private sector for several years. She received a joint BSc in Education and Atmospheric Sciences as well as an MA in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her PhD from the department of Research Measurement and Evaluation at Boston College. She is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.
Daniel Mangoubi is a research specialist at CMJS. He graduated Brandeis University in 2018 with a dual degree in math and economics. After serving as a data analyst for a public defender office in Texas through the AmeriCorps VISTA service program, he has returned to Brandeis as a researcher. He works on various data analysis projects for the the Community Studies and Birthright Israel research teams. He is interested in data analysis, economics, criminal justice and housing policy. He also likes swimming, kayaking, hiking and reading.
Daniel Nussbaum is a research specialist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute. He graduated in 2017 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in psychology. For his honors thesis, he conducted an aggregate-level study of the relationship between economic climate and public mental health. During his summers, he was a head counselor at Camp Kaleidoscope in Newton, MA. He is currently working on the American Jewish Population Project.