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Nicole Samuel

Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University
Associate Research Scientist
Nicole Samuel is a senior research associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. Her work focuses on Jewish education, Jewish identity, and Jewish organizations. Her current projects include the evaluation of Hillel International’s Springboard Fellowship, research on innovation in Jewish community centers, and the first study of immersive Jewish retreats in North America. Her previous work includes studies of Jewish life and learning Israel education at overnight camp, teen engagement in Jewish life, synagogue and synagogue change, and the evaluation of various programs, including Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program. She worked with overnight and day camps on the JData initiative and was lead member of the research team mapping Jewish education in the United States for the Jim Joseph Foundation. She received her M.A. in near eastern and Judaic studies and women's studies from Brandeis University in 2005, concentrating in contemporary Jewish life. She earned her B.A. from American University in Washington, DC and studied abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.