The Orthodox Union’s Center for Communal Research has appointed Guila Benchimol Ph.D., Adina Bankier-Karp, Ph.D., and Barak Hagler to its professional team as it expands its work in studying the issues of importance to the Jewish community and creating programming to better serve its constituents.
Mr. Hagler, who grew up in Elizabeth, is a recent graduate of the Center for Communal Research’s college internship program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and lives in Manhattan.
Dr. Benchimol returns to the OU as a principal researcher after serving as a senior advisor on research and learning with the Safety Respect Equity Network, a Jewish network of over 125 organizations committed to creating safe, respectful, equitable workplaces and communal spaces in North America. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Dr. Bankier-Karp joins from the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilization at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where she lives.
“As we look toward the future of the Jewish community and of our organization, it is important that we create programming that is meaningful and critical to our community,” the OU’s executive vice president, Rabbi Moshe Hauer, said. “The expansion of the OU’s Center for Communal Research enables us to do so based on facts, not anecdotes, which will lead to stronger programming that targets gaps in our community.” For more information, go to ou.org.