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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
ShalomLearning (SL) was designed to make supplementary Jewish education an attractive, relevant, engaging, and content-rich experience for Jewish students, their families, and teachers. SL combines a values-based, spiral curriculum for grades two through seven, with a “blended education” approach, harnessing technology to Jewish education. This report describes a two-year evaluation study of SL conducted by CMJS. The research addressed a broad array of questions about the implementation, outcomes, and impacts of SL for students and teachers in synagogue schools.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018
This study is an evaluation of the Israel Fellows Program, a program designed to promote engagement with Israel through the placement of young adult Fellows on college campuses. Piloted on six college campuses in 2003, IFP has grown to 75 Fellows serving almost 100 campuses throughout North America. Hillel and JAFI contracted with the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS) to evaluate the IFP.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2016
This study is the first comprehensive assessment to examine the religious upbringing, college experiences, and current attitudes and practices of millennial children of intermarriage. This is the first cohort born after the intermarriage rate in America crossed the 50 percent threshold and currently comprises half of the young adult Jewish population. Based on a survey with nearly 2,700 respondents (ages 19-32) and interviews in four cities, the study finds that college Jewish experiences can have a profound impact, with the potential of closing the gap between children of intermarriage and children of inmarriage on many measures of Jewish engagement.
Updated: Oct. 28, 2015
Identical, Fraternal, or Separated at Birth: A Case Study of Educator Teams Within American-Israeli School Twinning
School-to-school collaboration has emerged as a key paradigm for fostering personal and institutional connections between Israeli and Diaspora youth, educators, and schools. Using the findings of a multi-year case study of a high school level twinning initiative, this article describes the challenges to this form of transnational collaboration and takes the first steps to articulating a theory of intervention of Israeli-Diaspora school twinning at the organizational level. The article suggests two processes, collaborative capacity and cultural competence, critical to development of positive and productive relationships in school partnerships. Institutional twinning is suggested as the goal of these interventions at the organizational level.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2013
This report, funded by Repair the World, examines contemporary Jewish young adults and their attitudes and behaviors towards community service. The study reveals that Jewish millennials, most of whom engage in volunteer work, believe their service can make a difference in the world and in the lives of others. While most of these young adults currently do not connect their service with Jewish values and identity, the findings provide a path forward for Jewish leaders who believe that making this connection is important for strengthening the Jewish community.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2011
The Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) has released the executive summary of this study by Brandeis University's Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. It focuses on non-Orthodox students who spent part—but not all—of their education in day schools, and pays special attention to their academic self-confidence and aspirations, Jewish identity and engagement, campus social integration, and resistance to risky behavior.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2009
This is the first national study designed to explore the near-term effects of day schools on the academic, social, and Jewish trajectories of former students during their college years. Conducted during the winter of 2006-07, this research drew over 3,300 Jewish respondents from college and university campuses in the top quartile of ranked schools in the United States. Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, this study contextualizes the experiences of students from day schools through comparison with Jewish undergraduates from private and public school backgrounds.
Updated: Dec. 03, 2009
Tourists, Travelers, and Citizens: Jewish Engagement of Young Adults in Four Centers of North American Jewish Life
This study aims to understand how post-college-age Taglit alumni relate to the programs, activities, and organizations geared toward Jewish young adults and identify strategies for better meeting their needs and aspirations for Jewish involvement. Drawing on survey, focus group, and interview data, the report develops a portrait of post-college Jewish young adult life in four of the largest Jewish communities in North America: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.
Updated: Jun. 07, 2009