Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program

Jewish Studies Centers and Institutes at Brandeis University

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.

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

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.

Gary Samore, Director

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.

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Director

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.

Jon A. Levisohn, Director

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.

Jonathan D. Sarna, Director

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

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