Hornstein Students

            Our students are experienced professionals who are searching for meaningful work...

  ...and choose Hornstein to become critically informed, highly skilled professionals committed to shaping the future of the Jewish community. 

Each year, 10 to 15 qualified future Jewish professionals from all backgrounds are chosen to enroll in the Hornstein Program. A typical student has strong academic qualifications and several years of work experience in organizations such as Jewish camps, museums, Hillels and Jewish education; federations and JCCs; fundraising, community relations and start-ups; and work in overseas Jewish communities.

Some students are experienced professionals in other fields who are searching for meaningful work that brings their personal and professional identities closer together.

No matter what their background, our students chose the Hornstein Program to become critically informed, highly skilled professionals committed to shaping the future of the Jewish community.

The diversity of a typical class adds to its intellectual and professional excitement. Because graduates will be working in an increasingly diverse Jewish community, they confront tough questions about pluralism, tolerance and inclusion in their training. The educational experience at the Hornstein Program presents "living models" of good professional practice.

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Class of 2019

Leslie Black

Leslie Black (MA/MBA) is originally from Natick, Massachusetts and considers herself a product of the Boston Jewish community. Leslie attended Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston and then went to high school at the Maimonides School. After a year in Israel, she attended New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management. Upon graduation, Leslie decided that fundraising would be the perfect way to meld her passions for working with people and giving back. She spent a year building a network of young women in Brooklyn at UJA-Federation of New York and then made her way to Westchester Day School where she reignited an interest for giving in the day school community. Leslie loves the diversity that Judaism allows and hopes to one day teach children the importance of working together in order to create an even stronger, more effective Jewish community.

Tali Flomehoft

Tali Flomenhoft (MA/MBA) is both Mexican and Israeli. She was born in Mexico City and lived in Israel for the last years of her high school education. Tali attended Brandeis University, where she completed her BA in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minored in Economics and French. Tali is interested in the intersection of public health, research, and the Jewish community. Her professional background is in the non-profit sector and in academic research, where she has played a key role in community outreach by bringing people together from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to facilitate research strategies that focus on the needs of the community. In addition to her experience with different communities, Tali believes that communication is the path to mutual understanding. She speaks Spanish, Hebrew, French, and Mandarin. Tali is very excited to join the Hornstein Program where she is looking forward to furthering her understanding of the Jewish community. She hopes to use her public health and research background to focus on issues that relate to the Jewish communities in the United States and abroad. 

Katie Goldig

Katie Goldig (MA/MBA) is from Montreal, Quebec, where she found her passion for Jewish communal work. She is a graduate of McGill University in Psychology, with minors in Behavioural Science and Anthropology. Katie worked at Camp Kinneret-Biluim in Quebec for seven summers as a counsellor and was the program director at the camp in her final year. Katie’s camp experience solidified her commitment to working in the Jewish community. After graduating, Katie moved to Israel and completed an internship abroad on a Masa Israel Journey program where she worked at the Jaffa Institute in South Tel Aviv with young girls from underprivileged communities. In recent years, Katie has worked at Montreal’s Federation CJA, in the Israel Experience Department for Birthright, and as the first Masa Israel Journey representative in her city. She also worked for one year as the Engagement Coordinator at Hillel Montreal at McGill University. Katie has a true passion for informal and experiential Jewish education and she is thrilled to continue her career in the Jewish professional world 

Jonathan Marx

Jonathan Marx (MA/MBA) is originally from Chevy Chase, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. He recently graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut with a degree in Political Science. For his senior thesis, Jonathan explored the relationship between Israel's center-right establishment and the extreme Kahanist movement. Jonathan has spent the past eleven summers as a camper, counselor, and senior staff member at Camp Havaya (formerly known as Camp JRF), the flagship camp of the Reconstructionist movement. He is a proud member of the inaugural cohort of the Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship, which works to develop and grow Jewish professional leaders throughout their undergraduate and graduate school tenure. Jonathan is excited to learn alongside passionate future Jewish leaders and to develop new skills and perspectives which allow him to build, develop, and bring together a variety of Jewish communities. 

Josh Mellits

Josh Mellits (MA/MBA), Philadelphia born and raised, has cherished the vibrant Jewish community throughout his life, formed by his day school education, USY and Camp Ramah in the Poconos. He earned a broadcast journalism degree with honors from Boston University while practically living at the Hillel House on campus. For the past six years, he has worked in the development department of CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, heading donor engagement and fundraising events from the headquarters of the leading media-monitoring nonprofit organization. He currently sings in a postgraduate Jewish a cappella group, enjoys trivia and board games, and despite being a Philadelphia sports fan, remains an optimist at heart. Josh is thrilled for the opportunity to learn managerial and leadership skills through a Jewish lens from the students and faculty at Hornstein, in order to make a meaningful impact in the community that cared for and inspired him.


Jonathan Wertheim

Jonathan Wertheim (MA/MBA) aspires to understand the Jewish community and its philanthropic priorities in order to better support innovative agencies that engage Jewish youth and young adults. In the role of Development and Operations Associate at Hillel at Virginia Tech, Jonathan spent the past two years in southwest Virginia, where he learned firsthand the challenge of articulating Hillel at Virginia Tech’s mission and impact to stakeholders. During his tenure, he coordinated Hillel at Virginia Tech’s mail campaigns and grant submissions, served as de-facto office manager handling all matters related to administration, information technology, and building operations, and assisted his Director in day-to-day agency management. Prior to his employment, Jonathan graduated after three years of study from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Francophone Studies. Jonathan has enjoyed the challenge of learning new languages ever since he achieved fluency in French as a high school student in New York; he has developed proficiencies in German and Modern Hebrew. 


Class of 2020

Coming soon!

Hornstein students at orientation 2017 in front of Lown, Brandeis campus

Hornstein students pause for a photo in front of Lown, home of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, as they head out for a tour of the Brandeis campus. (Orientation 2017.)