Steven M. Cohen, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy

HUC-JIR/New York

Rabbinical Program, New York
Academic Field: 
Contemporary Jewish Studies
Research Interests: 
American Jewry ; Policy Studies

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STEVEN M. COHEN is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ Stanford University. In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught at The Hebrew University, having previously taught at Queens College, Yale, and JTS. 

He has written hundreds of scholarly articles and policy-related reports, as well as a dozen books including The Jew Within (with Arnold Eisen) and Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experience (with Charles Liebman). He was the lead researcher on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 and a consultant to the recently conducted Pew study of American Jews. 

Prof. Cohen received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, the Marshall Sklare Award, and a National Jewish Book Award. He serves as president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

Married to Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen, Marion and Steven live in Jerusalem and New York. His daughter, Edeet is an attorney with the Tel Aviv criminal prosecutor, while his son Adam lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Rona Sheramy, Steven M. Cohen, and Jonthan Sarna. “Investing in the Jewish Studies Ph.D. Talent Pool.” Jewish Philanthropy. December 6, 2015. 


Steven M. Cohen. “Lessons Learned From Orthodoxy’s Dramatic Growth.” The New York Jewish Week. November 30, 2015. .


Ira M. Sheskin and Steven M. Cohen. "Jewish Community Studies Remain Vital for Planning and Policy Making," eJewish Philanthropy,**&utm_campaign=Mon+Nov+30&utm_medium=email , November 27, 2015. 


Steven M. Cohen. "Conservative Jewry's Numbers Plummeting, but Core Engagement Steady," Jewish Telegraphic Agency,, November 10, 2015. 


Steven M. Cohen. "Can Intermarriage Lead to an Increase in the Number of Jews in America?" Mosaic Magazine,, November 9, 2015.  

Steven M. Cohen. "Op-Ed: For Reform Jews, Some Good News on Engagement," Jewish Telegraphic Agency,, November 5, 2015.

Steven M. Cohen. “The Jewish Future: A Symposium.” Commentary. November 2015. 

Jack Wertheimer, Steven Bayme and Steven M. Cohen. "Op-Ed: On Conservative Judaism, Why All the Talk About Failure?" Jewish Telegraphic Agency,, October 12, 2015.  

Steven M. Cohen. "Jews Still Leaning Democratic," Jewish Journal, , August 20, 2015.

Steven M. Cohen and Todd Gitlin. "On the Iran Deal, American Jewish 'Leaders' Don't Speak for Most Jews," The Washington Post,, August 14, 2015.


Steven M. Cohen. "New Poll: U.S. Jews Support Iran Deal, Despite Misgivings," Jewish Journal,, July 23, 2015. 


David Bryfman and Steven M. Cohen. "To Fight BDS, Focus on Teens," "Jewish Telegraphic Agency, , July 13, 2015. 


Mijal Bitton and Steven M. Cohen. "More is Better When it Comes to Jewish Numbers," The Forward, , May 2015. 

Steven M. Cohen. “Two Jewish Anxieties.” AJS Perspectives. Spring 2015.

Steven M. Cohen and Joy Levitt. "If You Marry a Jew, You're One of Us," Jewish Telegraphic Agency,, April 2, 2015.


Steven M. Cohen. "American Jews and Israel: Still Attached But More Divided," The Conversation,, March 2015. Published as, "The American Jewish Community is Fracturing. What's Causing It?," New Republic,, March 16, 2015. 


Steven M. Cohen. Profiling the Jewish Studies Profession in North America: Highlights from the Survey of AJS Members. Association for Jewish Studies. 2015.


Steven M. Cohen and Ezra Kopelowitz. "The Jewish Impact of The Anne Samson Jerusalem Journey (TJJ): Increasing Jewish Engagement among Conservative, Reform & Non-Denominational Youth," Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America , 2015.


Steven M. Cohen and Michelle Terret. Exploring Synagogue Vitality. London, UK: The Jewish Leadership Council. 2015.

The Jewish Community Study of New York

Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues from Functional to Visionary

“Beyond Distancing: Young Adult American Jews and Their Alienation from Israel”

Public Lecture Topics
From People to Purpose: Emerging Trends in American Jewish Life Today
From Generation to Generation: Variations in Jewish Engagement
Israel-Attached but Politically Alienated: A New Paradigm for (some) American Jews
A Third Way to Responding to Intermarriage: Stronger Bonds, Easier Entry
Borderland Jews: Partially Jewish and/or Religiously Non-Jewish
Demographically Declining but Culturally Expansive: Recent Trends in American Jewry
You Don't Have to be (Religiously) Jewish to be Jewish: Cultural Affirmation as a Way In