The Applied Research Collective for American Jewry at NYU



Recognizing the dramatic societal, economic, and political changes of the 21st century, the Collective seeks to generate a responsive body of literature and cohorts of thinkers to enhance Jewish communal life for the coming decades.


The Applied Research Collective for American Jewry at NYU convenes scholars and practitioners in and beyond the Jewish community to collaboratively develop ideas in funding and policy for Jewish foundations and organizations.


The projects of the Collective for academic year 2018-2019 include:

  1. Research Fellowship

    A diverse cohort of ten Fellows will participate in monthly seminars from December 2018 to June 2019.

  2. Public Roundtable

    In the first week of June 2019, Fellows will present their work at New York University in a gathering open to scholars, foundation professionals, and Jewish communal leaders.

  3. Joint Publication

    Scheduled for release in August 2019, the publication will feature ten pieces of original research which emerge from the shared learning process.



Carol Gilligan, New York University

Eliyahu Stern, Yale University


Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, New York University

Program Manager

Michaela Slutsky, New York University

Advisory Board

Mark Charendoff, The Maimonides Fund

Jay Kaiman, The Marcus Foundation

Barry Finestone, The Jim Joseph Foundation

Sandy Cardin, The Charles E. Schusterman Foundation


Dr. Lila Corwin Berman, Temple University

Dr. Jon A. Levisohn, Brandeis University

Emma Green, The Atlantic

Dr. Annie Polland, American Jewish Historical Society

Steven I. Weiss, VisibleFunds

Yavilah McCoy, Dimensions Educational Consulting

Leon Setton, LCSW, Footsteps

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