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Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute - Making a Difference Through Research

The Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute was established in 1974 as an independent, non-profit partnership between the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the Government of Israel.


The David and Inez Myers Foundation of Cleveland entered into the partnership in 2004.


Our founding in 1974 was a milestone in the efforts to promote the use of research to improve the effectiveness of Israel’s social service system.


Today, thanks in no small part to MJB, research, evaluation, and ongoing learning are now ingrained in much of Israel’s social policy and program development.


MJB's research makes a difference across the entire life cycle from children and youth at risk to the elderly, in every important dimension of life—education, employment, disabilities, health, immigration, and social welfare. 
Internationally, our knowledge and expertise are increasingly sought after by Jewish organizations around the world, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, and others.


MJB's internationally recognized model links research with policy, practice, and action to enable more effective responses to social challenges. 


For 40 years, we have been involved in Israel’s most important national social initiatives, using cutting-edge research to contribute to many significant social policy and program reforms in Israel.  

  • Our multi-year research program focuses on issues of national significance to make a long-term difference
  • Our objectivity and independence create a neutral meeting ground for evidence-based discussions of issues and solutions
  • Our intensive interaction with policymakers, service developers, and professionals in the field promotes effective responses at all levels

Our organizational culture puts impact first.


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