Dr. Bethamie Horowitz

Bethamie Horowitz

Dr. Bethamie Horowitz

Director of Professional Learning Communities, CASJE

School: Graduate School of Education and Human Development


Mobile Phone: (917) 885-3914

Dr. Bethamie Horowitz serves as the inaugural Director of Professional Learning Communities for the Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE). In this role, Dr. Horowitz will direct the CASJE Research Fellowship and launch new professional learning groups.

Dr. Horowitz has three decades of experience directing research in a variety of applied contexts in the United States and in Israel. She has published widely on the sociology of American Jews in terms of population, identity, community, and education. Her training began in international conflict resolution and peacemaking, where she subsequently conducted both election research and educational research in Israel.

From 2007-2020, Dr. Horowitz served as a faculty member and eventually co-director of the Ph.D. program in Education and Jewish Studies Program at New York University. Previously, she served as Research Director at UJA-Federation of New York and as Chief Scientist at the Mandel Foundation Israel and its School for Educational Leadership.

A.B. in Anthropology, Harvard University

Ph.D. in Socio-Psychology,  The CUNY Graduate Center

Refereed Journal Articles

Horowitz B. (2020). Jewish Identity and Its Discontents. Journal of Jewish Education, 86:3, 358-366.

Horowitz, B. (2019). A Critical Eye on the Prize: Unpacking the Meaning of “Applied Jewish Wisdom.” Journal of Jewish Education.

Horowitz B. (2019) The Mismeasure of Jews. American Jewish Yearbook, 2018; 93-96. Springer.

Horowitz, B. (2016). “Evolving Forms and Functions: Reconsidering Local Studies in Light of a Century of Practice.” Contemporary Jewry. 36:447-452

Horowitz, B. (2015). The Importance of a Navigational Perspective in The Study of Contemporary American Jews. Contemporary Jewry. 35:2, 137-145.

Horowitz, B. (2015).  “Assimilation Anxieties and the Case of American Jews.” The American Jewish Yearbook, 2014. Springer.

Horowitz, B. (2015). Israel Education in Unsettled Times, Journal of Jewish Education, 81:1, 1-3.

Horowitz, B. (2011). Old Casks in New Times: The reshaping of American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century. Studies in Contemporary Jewry, XXV. Oxford University Press.

Horowitz, B. (2010) Beyond Attachment: Widening the Analytic Focus about the American Jewish Relationship to Israel. Contemporary Jewry 30:241–246.

Horowitz, B. (2008). “New Frontiers: “Milieu” and the Sociology of American Jewish Education.” Journal of Jewish Education, Volume 74 Supplement 1, pages 68-81. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a906364550~db=all~jumptype=rss

Charmé, Horowitz, Hyman, and Kress (2008). “Jewish Identities in Action: An Exploration of Models, Metaphors, and Methods.”Journal of Jewish Education, 74:2,115-143. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a794984498~db=all~jumptype=rss

Horowitz, B (2002)." Reframing the Study of Contemporary American Jewish Identity.” Contemporary Jewry, vol. 22. https://www.policyarchive.org/handle/10207/10004.

Horowitz, B. (1998) “Connections and Journeys: Shifting Identities Among American Jews.” Contemporary Jewry, vol. 19, 63-94.

Horowitz, B. (1994). “Findings from the 1991 New York Jewish Population Study.” Contemporary Jewry, vol. 15.

Horowitz, B. and Solomon, J. (1992). “Why is this city different from all other cities? New York and the National Jewish Population Survey, 1991.” Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Summer. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=3189

Horowitz, B. (1983). “The two Israels.” The Melton Journal, Summer. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=13091


Book Chapters and Articles

Horowitz, B. (Forthcoming 2023). Disrupting the Habits of Israel Education: Kivunim as a “Case to Think With.” In Sivan Zakkai and Matt Reingold (Eds.) Teaching Israel. Brandeis University Press.

Horowitz, B (2014). “Identity and Agency in Choosing to Teach” in S. Feiman-Nemser, E. Tamir and K. Hammerness (Eds.). Inspiring Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools. Harvard Education Press, 75-102.

Horowitz, B. (2014). “Agency.” In David Coghlan & Mary Brydon-Miller (Eds.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research. SAGE Publications Ltd: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pages 32-33.

Horowitz, B. (2007). American Jewish Identity in the Post-World War II Era. (in Hebrew). In Yirmiyahu Yovel, Y. Tzaban and D. Shoham (Eds.) A New Jewish Time - Jewish Culture in a Secular Age - An Encyclopedic View. Keter: Jerusalem.

Horowitz, B. (2003). Connections and Journeys: A New Paradigm for Understanding American Jewish Identity. In Nechama S. Moskowitz (Ed.), The Ultimate Jewish Teacher’s Handbook. Denver, CO: A.R.E. Press.

Horowitz, B. (1999). "Jewishness in New York: Exception or Rule?” In S. M. Cohen and G. Horenczyk (Eds.). National Variations in Modern Jewish Identity. Albany: State University of New York Press. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=3078

Horowitz, B. (1991). "Havurah Jews and where they give." In Ritterband and Kosmin (Eds.) Contemporary Jewish Philanthropy in America. Savage, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 187-204.


Proprietary Reports

Cadge, Wendy and B. Horowitz (2022). Mapping Jewish Chaplaincy. Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, Brandeis University. https://chaplaincyinnovation.org/resources/working-papers/mapping-jewish-chaplaincy

Horowitz, B. and Amanda Winer (2020). A 2020 Study of the Alumni of Kivunim. http://www.kivunim.org/alumni-study

Horowitz, B. (2018) Recent sociological developments regarding American Jews. Essay prepared for Westat as part of its community and socio-demographic studies of American Jewry.

Horowitz, B. and Beck, P. (2017). An Examination of Amplifier and Its Impact Upon Jewish Giving Circles. Final report to Amplifier and Natan.

Horowitz, B. (2012). “Defining Israel Education”. Published by the iCenter, with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, Schusterman Family Foundation, AviChai Foundation and The Marcus Foundation. https://www.bjpa.org/search-results/publication/13727

Horowitz, B. (August 2010). “Schusterman Visiting Artist Program Year Two Evaluation.” Report submitted to the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Horowitz, B. (July 2009). “Schusterman Visiting Artist Program Year One Evaluation.” Report submitted to the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Horowitz, B (August 2009). “Cultivating, Art, Artists and Audiences: An Evaluation of the Six Points Fellowship.” Report submitted to Six Points and UJA-Federation of New York. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=4088

Horowitz, B. (November 2008). “Yeshivat Chovevei Torah’s Continuing Rabbinic Education Efforts and the Building of “Open Orthodoxy.” Report submitted to the Legacy Heritage Foundation.

Horowitz, B. (February 2008). “Initial Findings from an Exploratory Study of MASA Participants.” Report submitted to the Avi Chai Foundation, February. Initial Findings from an Exploratory Study of MASA Participants

Horowitz, B. (2006) “Enhancing “Knowledge Production” to Inform Decision-Making in the American Jewish Communal World.” White Paper commissioned by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation, Southfield, MI. Enhancing “Knowledge Production” to Inform Decision-Making in the American Jewish Communal World

Horowitz, B. and Mevorach, A. (2002). Mandel School Graduates: Leadership in Action. Policy brief prepared for the Mandel School. Jerusalem, Israel.

Horowitz, B and Mevorach, A. (2002). The Study of Mandel School Graduates. Unpublished manuscript,. Mandel Foundation Israel. Jerusalem, Israel. (158 pages)

Horowitz, B. (2000, revised 2003). Connections and Journeys: Assessing Critical Opportunities for Enhancing Jewish Identity. New York: UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4131

Horowitz, B. (1999). Indicators of Jewish Identity: Developing a Conceptual Framework for Understanding American Jewry. Discussion paper prepared for The Mandel Foundation. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadPublication.cfm?PublicationID=16650

Horowitz, B., Beck, P. and Kadushin, C. (1997). Power and Parity: The Roles of Women and Men on the Boards of Major American Jewish Organizations. Center for Social Research and Center for Jewish Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY. Research report for Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project. https://www.bjpa.org/search-results/publication/4288

Horowitz, B. (1994). Profile of Counties, Boroughs and Neighborhoods. UJA-Federation: New York. http://databank.bjpa.org/Studies/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=1777

Horowitz, B. (1993). The UJA-Federation 1991 New York Jewish Population Study. UJA-Federation: New York. http://databank.bjpa.org/Studies/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=1778

Other Publications (Selected)

Horowitz, B. (2012). Jewish Identity and Beyond. Contact, 15:2.

Horowitz, B. (2009). “A rising credit rating and the opportunity it presents.” Contact, 12:1. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=5131

Horowitz, B (2006). From data to knowledge: A strategy to decipher trends in American Jewish life. Contact, 8:4. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=5152

Horowitz, B. (2001). “Informal Education and Jewish Identity Development”. Sh'ma, May 2001. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=2300

Horowitz (2013). And now for some good news about the Pew Study (October 18, 2013). The Forward.

“Trend-Spotting” monthly columns about sociological trends in American Jewish life in The Forward. [I wrote 23 pieces published between 2003-2007].

Invited Scholarly Presentations

“Blue and White or Black and Blue? Israel Education in Bruising Times” The Taub Center for Israel Studies conference “American Jews and Israel: A Relationship in Transition,” New York University, April 19, 2015.

“Identity and Agency in Emerging Adulthood.” Taglit-Birthright Israel Academic Symposium, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 11-12, 2013.

“Blue and White or Black and Blue? Israel Education in Bruising Times.” The Weinstein-Minkoff Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 18, 2013.

“A New Look at an Old Idea: Revisiting Jewish identity in the 21st Century”. Keynote speaker for conference The Future of the Jews, Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. February 12-13, 2012.

“Trends in American Synagogues in the 21st Century.” Conference on Crossing Denominational Boundaries: Trans-denominationalism and the Synagogue of Tomorrow, The Hebrew College, Newton, MA, May 8-9, 2006.