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The mid-20th century Jewish community center was built on the model of a brick-and-mortar, full-service, membership-based community center. This model is increasingly out of step with today’s reality. The purpose of the Innovating JCCs study was to seek out new ideas in the field and identify ways that JCCs might break through the old model to become successful 21st century agencies. Lessons from the research are relevant not only to JCCs, but also to synagogues and other legacy institutions in the Jewish community.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2019
In each of the past five years, nonprofit Jewish overnight camps—through their association with their movements, JCamp 180 and the Foundation for Jewish Camp, have entered their data into JData. This year's report shows how camps have remained the same and how they have changed. It also includes new information about the field. Data are based on Summer 2014 and were retrieved from www.jdata.com on January 12, 2015.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
Amy L. Sales, Ph.D., a senior researcher at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, writes in a guest post in the PEJE blog about the importance of day school administrators regularly entering their school's data in the JData database. Only after a school's numbers are aggregated with those of other day schools, can administrators get perspective on the field in which they are operating, or comprehend their school’s place in the larger system.
Updated: Dec. 29, 2011
The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University was funded by UJA-Federation of New York to carry out research to inform planning for The Experiments in Teen Engagement Task Force of UJA-Federation of New York (ETE Task Force). Engaging Jewish Teens describes Jewish teens, their everyday reality, and the factors that contribute to or detract from their engagement in Jewish life.
Updated: Nov. 29, 2011
This report follows up on the seminal study of Jewish camps, Limud by the Lake: Fulfilling the Potential of Jewish Summer Camps and the subsequent book, “How Goodly Are Thy Tents”: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences. This report presents the results of a summer 2008 study of Jewish summer camps. It describes changes in the field over the previous eight years and presents new data on the families and staff that comprise the camp community. It concludes with a set of questions about the future of the field and five recommendations for expanding and deepening the Jewish summer camp experience.
Updated: Apr. 10, 2011
The Re-Imagine Project (of the Experiment in Congregational Education) is an attempt to engender innovation in congregational schools. A long-term study of 24 participating congregations in Greater New York examined the extent to which the effort yielded new models of education (radical change). The study included surveys of task force members and interviews with 101 key informants. Results show four patterns of change: radical, replacement of old forms with new forms, creation of alternatives, and addition of programs. Factors related to starting points, the change process, and resources were found to influence which synagogues achieved deeper levels of change.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2011
The second of a series of studies by Brandeis University's Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership to research and map the field of education of Jewish youth in the United States. Based on interviews with executives in 16 national organizations concerned with Jewish youth education, the report describes momentum and issues in the field as well as emerging innovative trends.
Updated: Jun. 15, 2008
This report describes professional development efforts in Jewish education in North America. It presents current professional development opportunities in Jewish education, describing them by sub-sector (i.e., camp, year-round informal education, Hillel, day school, congregational school, and Israel).
Updated: Apr. 30, 2008