Research Use Group


Research Use Group



How can research evidence help you and your organizations build shared knowledge, generate new ideas to inform your work, and shape plans for action? CASJE’s Research Use Group is a developing national network of professionals looking to build their capacity to lead research-informed initiatives.


Research Use Group Overview


The first CASJE Research Use Group, beginning in January 2024, is made up of a select group of Jewish educational and engagement professionals whose work focuses on Jewish teens. The program is facilitated by Dr. Bethamie Horowitz, Director of Professional Learning Communities at CASJE, and Dr. Laura Yares, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. Both have significant hands-on experience translating research evidence for use in Jewish organizational settings.

The group focuses on developing skills around framing questions for inquiry, identifying relevant research, assessing the quality of evidence, summarizing and synthesizing information across sources, sharing key information with colleagues, facilitating organizational conversations about implications for practice, and identifying gaps in knowledge that need future research. CASJE hopes to run future groups for professionals in various sectors of Jewish education and engagement.



Jen Anolik

Director of Pedagogical Design, Moving Traditions

Abby Cutler

Director, Teen Experiential Education, Builders of Jewish Education, Los Angeles

Odelia Epstein

Director, Knowledge, Research and Data, Prizmah

Dan Kurtz

Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Maccabi USA

Maya Tipiere

Learning and Research Associate, Foundation for Jewish Camps


Program Leadership


Dr. Bethamie Horowitz

Director of Professional Learning Communities

Laura Yares

Research Use Group

Michigan State University