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.


Class of 2019 | Class of 2020Hornstein Alumni


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 Flomenhoft

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 Behavioral Science and Anthropology. Katie worked at Camp Kinneret-Biluim in Quebec for seven summers as a counselor 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 vibrant Jewish community throughout his life, formed by family, day school education, USY and Camp Ramah in the Poconos, and is dedicated to further developing skills in order to make a meaningful impact in the community that cared for and inspired him. In his first year at Hornstein, he was awarded the Harry Fein, Samuel Pinanski and Louis Shain Memorial Fellowship for academic excellence and an iCenter Fellowship, pursuing a Master’s Concentration in Israel Education. He also completed fieldwork at the New York Jewish Week, one of the largest and most well respected Jewish media outlets in the country, working closely with editorial and business staff to learn about American Jewish press operations, write an in-depth story on the Jewish community of Harlem, and assist with a readership survey. Previously, Josh earned a broadcast journalism degree with honors from Boston University while practically living at the Hillel House and worked for six years in the development department of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), heading donor engagement and fundraising events from the headquarters of the leading media-monitoring nonprofit. He currently sings in Honorable Menschen, a postgraduate Jewish a cappella group, and enjoys trivia, board games, and cheering for Philadelphia sports. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife Lauren.

 

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

Harry Abrahams

Harry Abrahams MA/MBA, originally from Natick, Massachusetts now lives in Cambridge over by Porter Square. He graduated with a BS in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut where he was involved in the Student Union, intramural sports, a capella, and Alpha Phi Omega, the National Co-Ed Community Service Fraternity. While at UConn, he uncovered a passion for Jewish communal and nonprofit work thanks to some very dedicated Hillel professionals. His experience with Hillel lead him to work for the organization for three years starting as a program director, becoming an assistant director, and finally running his own Hillel as an executive director. After his work with Hillel, Harry started his own nonprofit consulting business working with smaller schools and nonprofits on how to improve their management and fundraising practices. In his free time, Harry enjoys writing and recording music and playing guitar at coffeehouse open mics.

Sanford Aronson

Sanford Aronson MA/MBA was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned degrees in Iberian and Latin American Studies and Jewish Studies. At Vanderbilt, he also served as a Vice President of his campus Hillel and lived in a dorm community dedicated to cross-cultural communication. For the past four years, Sandy has worked at Temple Beth Elohim (TBE) in Wellesley, Massachusetts as their Community Organizer, where he supports both youth and adults in pursuing their social justice passions. In particular, he has helped push the topic of mental health into synagogue life, and has guided his members through the process of resettling two Syrian refugee families. He is an alumnus of the JOIN For Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship. Sandy is excited to be a part of the Hornstein community and hopes to make a greater impact on the world around him.

Michael Fishbein

Michael Fishbein MA/MBA is thrilled to begin the Heller MBA track of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program this fall. Mike has worked at Temple Israel of Boston for the past nine years, most recently as Assistant Director of Education. In this role, Mike helped create “The Tent: a Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston,” a pluralistic school based on partnerships among area congregations. Mike was The Tent’s director for its first three years. He holds a BA in Biology from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and began his professional life first as a high school teacher and coach, and then as the general manager of a Boston restaurant. Mike was a 2018 Combined Jewish Philanthropies “Chai in the Hub” honoree. He lives with his family in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where he loves to cook paella with friends in the backyard.

Dara Gever

Dara Gever MA/MPP is a student of the Brandeis Hornstein Master of Public Policy and Master of Arts graduate program and a Graduate Research Associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies. She graduated with high honors from Emory University, where she majored in Political Science and Religion and conducted ethnographic research of Jewish campus organizations for her honors thesis. Prior to joining the Brandeis community, Dara worked as Director of Youth Engagement and Assistant Director of Education for Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina; ACCESS Goldman Bridge Fellow for American Jewish Committee in Atlanta, Georgia; Senior Campaign Executive for Jewish National Fund in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; and as a leader of four Birthright trips for 22-26 year-olds through Israel Outdoors and Shorashim.

Molly Goldmeier

Molly Goldmeier MA/MBA is so excited to be joining the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program in the fall! Originally from Detroit, Molly currently lives in New York City and has been working in the fashion industry for the past three years at Warby Parker and J.Crew. Prior to these experiences, Molly attended New York University for her undergraduate degree. She spent countless summers at summer camp in various leadership positions and worked with the Bronfman Center at New York University to energize Jewish Life on campus. Molly is passionate about creating unique and inclusive Jewish experiences and spaces. 

Katie Hamelburg

Katie Hamelburg MA/MBA is a Washington, D.C. native who studied Jewish and Middle East Studies at the University of Maryland, with a focus in Hebrew Language Education. In college, Katie was active in her Jewish community, co-creating the conservative minyan and pluralistic Jewish group at the University of Maryland. She also organized a tutoring program at a local high school and an Alternative Winter Break program in Guatemala. Katie is a returning staff member for United Synagogue Youth, working with middle and high school students while serving on the education team for Seaboard Region USY. She was the advisor at a local synagogue, and staffed USY on Wheels in 2016. Katie spent this year in Boston working as the Metrowest Jewish Community Pre-Teen Engagement Coordinator, through a cross-institutional partnership focused at promoting pre-teen engagement in the Natick and Framingham areas. She is an avid Israeli dancer and loves working with youth groups and Jewish camps.

Matthew Jadd

Matthew Jadd MA/MBA is a second generation Hornstein student from Toronto, Ontario. He believes that all his experiences in the Jewish youth organizations has led to his passion for working in the Jewish community. Matthew attended Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa for eleven summers, including holding the position of Head of Judaic Programming during his last summer. He attended The Toronto Heschel School for elementary school before attending TanenbaumCHAT for high school. Matthew graduated from Huron University College at Western in 2017 with an Honors Bachelor’s of Management and Organizational Studies and a Minor in Jewish Studies. Upon graduation, Matthew worked for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Walk with Israel and spent the past year as the Director of Youth Engagement at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland. Matthew is excited to further learn how to use his business skills to impact Jewish non-profits, while meeting others who share his passion.

Danny Nussbaum

Daniel Nussbaum MA/MPP grew up not far from Brandeis in Framingham, Massachusetts with a strong connection to his local Jewish community. He attended Temple Shir Tikva Religious School in Wayland and worked as an assistant teacher there for five years. During his college years, he was a head counselor at Camp Kaleidoscope at the JCC Greater Boston. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For his honors thesis, he examined the relationship between social welfare spending and mental health. The experience led to his interest in research that meets social policy goals. Currently, Daniel is a research specialist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis. He works on the American Jewish Population Project to estimate the Jewish population at national, state, and sub-state levels. He is excited to broaden his understanding of Jewish communities, and to become a more effective social science researcher.

Leah Robbins

Leah Robbins MA/MA comes to Hornstein as a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with bachelors in Jewish and Women's studies. Her thesis on Orthodox Jewish feminism led her to Mayyim Hayyim, a pluralistic community mikveh where she served as the Administrative and Marketing Assistant for two years. In this role she helped manage over 1,600+ immersions and 110+ education programs each year. Most recently, Leah transitioned to Mayyim Hayyim’s newest initiative, the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, helping to birth an international open mikveh movement. She is a trained Mikveh Guide, shepherding community members through critical life transitions. She is also an active member of the Moishe Kavod House community, where she helped spearhead curricula for a Boston-wide education initiative around Jews and racism. Soon she’ll begin training for the Community Hevra Kadisha in Spring 2018. Leah is also pursuing Birth Doula certification, hoping to someday serve incarcerated women and Orthodox Jews.

Bar Sananes

Bar Sananes MA/MBA is from Rosh Ha'Ayin in Israel. She most recently served as the Israeli Emissary at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, where she worked to strengthen Palm Beach's connection to the people, culture, and history of Israel. Bar holds a degree from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy – with a sub-specialization in Counter-Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Political Communication. She is a graduate of the Honors Rabin Leadership Program that trains young people for leadership roles in Israel. Prior to this, Bar served three years in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantry instructor and officer in the rank of Sergeant in the IDF's officers’ training course. Bar has taken various leadership roles in the field of female empowerment in business, foreign affairs and diplomacy, social entrepreneurship, and Jewish communal work. She is interested bridging the gap between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to promote social responsibility in Israel. 

Talia Weisberg

Talia Weisberg MA/MBA is originally from New York, NY. She most recently served as the Director of Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to New England, working with students, faculty, and administrators to promote understanding and knowledge of Israel within the universities in New England. She earned her BA at Harvard University in Religion with a secondary field in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her senior honors thesis explored the Bais Yaakov girls’ school movement, of which she is an alumna, and its role in the evolution of Orthodox women’s formal religious education. Talia held several leadership roles at Harvard Hillel as an undergraduate and currently serves on the board of the Orthodox Minyan at Harvard Hillel, a prayer space for students and young professionals in Cambridge and Somerville. She is excited to hone her leadership skills and learn how to meaningfully impact American Jewry as part of the vibrant Hornstein community. 

Hornstein orientation 2018, Classes 2019 and 2020

Hornstein students in the Class of 2019 and 2010 pause for a photo in front of Lown, home of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. (Orientation 2018.)