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MCSJE has developed programs that engage and inspire established and emerging researchers and practitioners with the goal of driving impact in the field of Jewish education scholarship.

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MCSJE’s faculty and community of affiliated scholars conduct research that promotes a deeper understanding of learners and learning in Jewish education.

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Conferences and Events

MCSJE offers a robust schedule of events throughout the year. Many events are open to the public, while others are tailored to audiences of scholars or educational leaders.

The Leading Research Center for Jewish Educational Scholarship

The Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education (MCSJE) is dedicated to advancing the field of Jewish educational scholarship through expansive research on teaching and learning and by convening and catalyzing other scholars and practitioners in the field through important programs, events and conferences.


Upcoming Events

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The Second Conversation: Interpretive Authority in the Bible Classroom Book Release event

March 13, 3:30 PM - 5 PM

In person at Brandeis University (3:30-5:00 pm ET) and via Zoom (3:30-4:15 pm ET) | A discussion, reception, and book signing with Ziva Hassenfeld (Brandeis University), author of The Second Conversation: Interpretive Authority in the Bible Classroom. This book is part of the Mandel-Brandeis Series in Jewish Education. It is now available for order from Brandeis University Press and will be available for purchase at the event. The location will be provided after registration.

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Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Talia Hurwich

April 11, 1 PM - 1:30 PM

Visualizing Jewish Texts and Practices through the Graphic Novel | What happens when students of classical Jewish texts encounter visual representations of those texts, not just words? In her recent study Reconsidering Religious Gender Normativity in Graphic Novel Adaptations, Talia Hurwich learned that students often respond in deeply personal ways to visual representations of topics that may otherwise be suppressed by social norms around Jewish texts and practices. In this session, she will discuss the role graphic novels can play in mediating between traditional religious practices and modern social change.

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in Jewish Education

May 2, 1 PM - 2:15 PM

In this special event, authors from a recent themed issue of Journal of Jewish Education will discuss their articles on race, ethnicity, and immigration in Jewish education. The issue spotlights the experiences of underrepresented individuals and serves as compelling testimony to the diverse array of Jewish experiences and identities, challenging prevailing norms about how Jewish educational spaces are designed and who benefits from them. Co-sponsored by the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, the Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience at Tulane University, and the Journal of Jewish Education.

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Spotlight on the Gap Year

February 29

For over a generation, many American Jewish young adults have spent a year between high school and college in Israel—the “gap year.” How does the gap year contribute to North American Jewish education? How does it complicate that work? What does it mean for young adults to go from “here" to “there" to participate in this important educational experience? What do we know about the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of those who do a gap year? What are the elements that contribute to growth among participants in the gap year, and what are the impediments to growth? This session brings together: Shalom Berger (Herzog College), Jonathan Schwab (Yeshiva University), Tilly Shemer (Shalom Hartman Institute), and Amy Weinreb (Masa Israel Journey) in conversation with Jon Levisohn.

Featured Videos

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Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Sandra Fox

February 8

Why Young Jews Love Yiddish | Over the last two decades, talk of Yiddish as an alternate path of engaging with Jewishness comes up in the Jewish press almost cyclically—a journalistic evergreen. In this session, historian and Yiddish podcaster Sandra Fox explains how Yiddish became culturally significant, why young people are flocking to learn Yiddish in larger numbers than ever before, and what the growth of Yiddish says about American Jewish youth culture.

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Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Hannah Kober '16

January 18

How Israeli-Americans Think About Their Kids’ Hebrew Learning | Like other immigrants, many Israeli expatriates find themselves asking how they can maintain their culture on American soil. But what happens when their children learn their heritage language in American educational settings? In this session, Hannah Kober discusses the surprising finding from her recent research that the long-held narrative about Israeli-Americans as producers of Hebrew language education, and not as consumers, needs reconsideration.

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Spotlight on Jewish Learning: Past, Present and Future | A panel of Brandeis faculty in recognition of the University’s 75th anniversary

November 30

What have we learned about Jewish learning in the past, where are we today, and what do we still need to learn for the future? Join MCSJE for this special Spotlight Session in honor of Brandeis University’s 75th anniversary, at which Brandeis scholars of Jewish education shared some of the most important developments in the field of Jewish education and why they matter for the flourishing of individual students and the vibrancy of the Jewish community. | Panelists: Jon Levisohn, Jonathan Krasner, Ziva Hassenfeld, Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Joe Reimer