Beyond the Shabbos Table

Welcome, Aliza!

The Center for Communal Research is delighted to welcome Aliza Goldstein to our team! Aliza comes to us from Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, where she used her considerable data analysis skills to support yeshiva day school education. We also bid a fond farewell to associate researcher Barak Hagler, who has accepted a position as […]

Welcome, Rachel Ginsberg!

The CCR is delighted to welcome our newest Principal Researcher, Dr. Rachel Ginsberg! Rachel is an accomplished educator and scholar of education, and our work will benefit tremendously from her qualitative research skills and her deep knowledge of Jewish education.

We’re hiring!

The Center for Communal Research is looking for passionate individuals to conduct applied research and program evaluation in and for the Orthodox Jewish community. Do you want to work collaboratively with policymakers and practitioners to move the Jewish community toward more evidence-informed practice? Open positions are posted here, and we welcome applications from motivated candidates […]

New Director!

We are sad to say farewell to our founding director, Matt Williams, who has taken on a new role at the ADL. We wish him all the best moving forward. Michelle Shain, assistant director of the Center since February 2019, has stepped into the role of director. We are looking forward to a productive, reinvigorating […]

Mentioned in Mishpacha

We are honored to be mentioned in the new Mishpacha magazine article “Sharing the Wealth,” by Shira Werblowsky. It’s heartening to see that Jewish nonprofits are increasingly aware of the importance of data-informed decision-making. And yes, we can corroborate that the OU’s former chief professional officer Allen Fagin often reminded us all that “You can’t […]

Staff farewells

This month, the Center for Communal Research bid a fond farewell to two of our employees: Elisha Penn, the Center’s first Associate Researcher, who has taken a position as a Data Engineer at Deloitte. Adina Bankier-Karp, our first-ever Postdoctoral Fellow, who recently made aliyah with her family.       We with them both much […]

Reflecting on the mental health of Orthodox Jews during the COVID-19 pandemic

Did you know that among Orthodox Jews, it was not the elderly but younger people who had the highest rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic? That is just one of the findings from our COVID-19 Community Portrait Study that our Senior Fellow, Adina Bankier-Karp, shared in her new op-ed: Who will […]

Findings of our COVID-19 study resonate in Palm Beach

We’re delighted to see our COVID-19 Community Portrait Study mentioned in this op-ed by Rabbi Barak Bar-Chaim and Rabbi Abe Unger of the New Synagogue of Palm Beach! In time of pandemic, faith community needed more than ever As the rabbis write, “faith supports resilience.”    

Learning from the U.S. and Australian Jewish experiences

Congratulations to our Senior Fellow, Adina Bankier-Karp, on the publication of her report entitled A tale of two communities: Comparing the Pew Research Center’s Jewish Americans in 2020 with the Gen17 Australian Jewish Community Survey! The research was supported by the Australian Jewish Funders. We are grateful to them and to all the Jewish organizations […]

We’re hiring!

The Orthodox Union’s Center for Communal Research, in collaboration with Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Education, invite applications for a two-year, doctoral or postdoctoral research fellowship to begin September 1, 2020. Research Fellow Job Description Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2020.