Expert on Jewish Identity to Lecture at The University of Scranton

April 21, 2011

The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute of The University of Scranton will host a lecture by Leonard Saxe, Ph.D., a social psychologist, methodologist and policy analyst whose current research focuses on Jewish identity and engagement. Dr. Saxe will present “Israel and American Jewry: A New Relationship” on Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Saxe is a professor of Jewish Community Research and Social Policy at Brandeis University, where he also chairs the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership, directs the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and directs the Steinhardt Social Research Institute.

At the Steinhardt Institute, he is leading a program that is investigating the size and characteristics of the American Jewish population. Among his recent publications, he is co-author of a 2008 book, “Ten Days of Birthright Israel: A Journey in Young Adult Identity,” the story of Birthright Israel, an intensive 10-day educational program designed to connect Jewish young adults to their heritage.

Professor Saxe is an author and/or editor of nearly 250 publications. He has been a Science Fellow for the United States Congress and was a Fulbright professor at Haifa University, Israel. In 1989, he was awarded the American Psychological Association’s prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, Early Career.

For further information about the lecture, contact Marc Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of theology/religious studies at The University of Scranton, at 941-7956.


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