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

STEVEN M. COHEN is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at HUC-JIR, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. In 1992 he made aliyah, and taught for 14 years at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

With Arnold Eisen, he wrote, The Jew Within, and with Charles Liebman he wrote, Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences. His earlier books include American Modernity & Jewish Identity, and American Assimilation or Jewish Revival? He was the lead researcher on the Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011.

He received an honorary doctorate from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, the Marshall Sklare Award of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, and a National Jewish Book Award. He had been cited as one of the Forward Fifty. In 2012, he was elected president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

He is married to Rabbi Marion Lev-Cohen, and they live in Jerusalem and New York. His daughter, Edeet is a public interest attorney in Israel, and his son Adam lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

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