COVID-19 Impact Studies


During the COVID-19 pandemic, we mobilized to provide the Jewish community with timely information about the health, economic, social, emotional, and spiritual toll of the pandemic on US Jews. Our approach aimed to provide Jewish organizations a holistic understanding about the most effective ways to serve their community members.

Building Resilient Communities Studies Project

The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies surveyed 15,000 respondents in 10 different Jewish communities about their experiences during the first three months of the pandemic (May-July 2020).

The surveys were designed to assess the experiences of Jewish households during the coronavirus crisis. The study examined the ways in which the pandemic affected the lives of community members, including their social and emotional health, their economic well-being, job stress, and relationship with Jewish institutions.

The study was designed to provide timely information that Jewish organizations can use to more effectively meet the needs of their community members.


Hosted by Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz

Study presented by CMJS Director, Prof. Leonard Saxe and Dr. Janet Aronson

Moderated by Cynthia Shapira, a member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees and a leader of the Pittsburgh Jewish community


Learn more about the project and view community reports, survey instruments, and public dataset

Young Adults and COVID-19 Publications

Online or On-campus: Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic, October 2021

Socially Distant: Challenges Facing Jewish Young Adults During the Covid-19 Pandemic, January 2021

Lonely in Lockdown: Predictors of Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties Among Jewish Young Adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Contemporary Jewry, 2021

Jewish Professionals and COVID-19 Publications

Jewish Professionals and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results from the Building Resilient Jewish Communities Study, December 2020