Adina Bankier-Karp

Senior Fellow
Adina Bankier-Karp

Research Passions:  Jewish connectedness, identity formation, catalysts of life change, parental agency, family, mixed-methods research


Adina Bankier-Karp is a research fellow at the Center for Communal Research. She collaborates in research projects and communicates results to stakeholders, especially Jewish community organisations.


Adina believes education, underpinned by rigorous research, is the most powerful catalyst of change and growth. She is passionate about supporting Jewish organisations and communities in identifying opportunities to thrive, together with related obstacles, and enjoys working with them to identify their goals as well as strategies to realise them.


After over 20 years as a Jewish day school educator, Adina shifted her focus to conducting research to support and guide Jewish communities. Adina has worked with Jewish schools, adult education institutions, youth movements and other communal organisations, using existing data or producing bespoke research, to address their needs. Her report Aussies in the Promised Land: Findings from the Australian Olim Survey (2018-2019) furnished the Zionist Federation of Australia and Olim organizations in Israel with important insights into the migration experience and how to support immigrants more meaningfully. More recently, Adina’s comparative analysis A tale of two communities: Comparing the Pew Research Center’s Jewish Americans in 2020 and Gen17 Australian Jewish Community Survey (2017), supported by the Australian Jewish Funders, informed their annual strategic planning for philanthropic work in the Australian Jewish Community.


Adina holds a BA (with Honours) in Jewish Studies and English Literature, an MA in Education and a PhD in Education from Monash University.


Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Adina lives in Jerusalem with her husband Daniel and their two children. She loves English literature, pomegranates and creating opportunities to bring different kinds of people together around the Shabbat table.