DataBank Staff


LAURENCE KOTLER-BERKOWITZ is Director of the Berman Jewish DataBank and Senior Director, Research and Analysis,at The Jewish Federations of North America. Prior to joining The Jewish Federations of North America in 2000, he was a lecturer at Haifa University and a post-doctoral fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned a Ph.D. in political science, an M.A. in modern Jewish society and politics and a B.A. in political science and Judaic studies, all from Brown University, and an M.A. in Jewish communal service from Brandeis University. He has published articles in political science, sociology, Jewish studies and Jewish communal journals.


RON MILLER is Senior Research Consultant at the Berman Jewish DataBank. During 1996-97, Ron was instrumental in shifting the DataBank survey research data files to a mobile platform when he served as a consultant to the North American Jewish Data Bank at the Graduate Center of the The City University of New York and to its Director, Egon Mayer z’l.   From 2005 to 2013, he served as the Associate Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Miller has been the Senior Research Consultant to the Berman Jewish DataBank since it became a project of The Jewish Federations of North America in July, 2013.  From 1991 until Spring 2015, Ron also served as survey research director at Ukeles Associates, Inc., where he directed and analyzed numerous Jewish community studies conducted by UAI which are archived at the DataBank. He retired as Associate Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College after 25 years of teaching and research. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University after receiving a M.A. from the University of Michigan and a  B.A. from Brooklyn College, both in history.


ARNOLD DASHEFSKY is Director Emeritus and Senior Academic Consultant of the Berman Jewish DataBank and was Director of the North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut from 2004 until 2013. He is the Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies and Professor of Sociology Emeritus and was the founding Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut. He is currently the editor of the American Jewish Year Book. He has edited or co-authored seven books and numerous articles and papers on a variety of topics in sociology and Jewish studies focusing on Jewish identity, family, ethnicity, emigration, and interfaith marriage. Arnie was a founding member, secretary-treasurer, vice president and president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry and served as editor of its journal, Contemporary Jewry. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University, George Washington University and Florida Atlantic University, and a consultant to the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, United Jewish Appeal, and the state of Rhode Island. He earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. and B.A. from Temple University, and a B.H.L. from Gratz College.