Dr. Steven M. Cohen Appointed Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/New York

Monday, April 3, 2006

Dr. Steven M. Cohen has been appointed Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion/New York by Rabbi David Ellenson, HUC-JIR President. 

"Steven Cohen's path-breaking research, illuminating the complexity and changing needs of the contemporary Jewish community, will assist our future planning and our training of transformative professional leaders for North American and world Jewry," stated Rabbi Ellenson. 

For over thirty years, Cohen has served as a sociologist of American Jewry. He currently divides his time between New York and Jerusalem, where he has served as Professor at The Melton Centre for Jewish Education at The Hebrew University since 1992. Prior to that he taught at Queens College, CUNY, and held visiting professorships at Yale University and The Jewish Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Cohen is well known for his 2000 book, The Jew Within: Self, Family, and Community in the United States, co-authored with Arnold Eisen, the newly appointed Chancellor-elect of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books and countless articles exploring patterns of Jewish identity and community in the U.S. and elsewhere. Some titles include: "Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences" (with Charles Liebman), "Religious Stability and Ethnic Decline: Emerging Patterns of Jewish Identity in the United States," and "De- Constructing the Outreach-Inreach Debate." 

His research has a strong policy orientation. He serves as the Research Director of the Florence G. Heller/JCCA Research Center, and Consultant to the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. His current research illuminates the lives and impact of HUC-JIR students and alumni, as well as 5,000 Reform Movement lay leaders' views of HUC-JIR alumni. He has served as a consultant for over twenty-five organizations including the United Jewish Communities, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Wexner Foundation, Makor, and The United Jewish Israel Appeal of Great Britain. 

Cohen received his Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia University in 1974 and his B.A. from Columbia College in 1970. 


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