Our students are experienced professionals who are searching for meaningful work...
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.
Meet Our Current Hornstein Students!
Joel Abramson (MA/MBA), originally from Longwood, Florida, attended Kent State University where he received two bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Theatre Studies. Prior to enrolling at the Hornstein Program, he worked as the Community Engagement Associate for the Jewish Federation of Nashville developing the next generation of Jewish leadership.
Alyssa Bogdanow (MA/MPP) was born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 2011, she graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, where she used her double major in Anthropology and Religious Studies for a crossdisciplinary senior thesis that explored the anthropological aspects of religious conversion. Before coming to Brandeis, Alyssa served as a Goldman Bridge Fellow in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Washington Regional Office. Prior to joining AJC, she worked for Israel Outdoors, where she facilitated the registration and pre-trip preparation process for Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. She also previously served as the NFTY Assistant Coordinator of Finance and Event Logistics at the Union for Reform Judaism.
Zachary Bronstein (MA/MBA) was born and raised in northern New Jersey. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Public Policy from George Washington University (GWU) in 2012. While at GWU, Zach served as a program assistant for Jews United for Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Jewish values in the greater Washington, D.C. community. Upon graduating, Zach returned to his summer camp of 12 years, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where he has served as Program Developer and Director of the Counselor in Training (Machon) program. Concurrently, Zach served as the Director of Youth Engagement for Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, New York; a marketing consultant helping to launch multiple new product lines for a beverage alcohol distributor in New Jersey; and as a private tutor for high school students. Zach is passionate about his work in the Jewish community and looks forward to using his skills to work with Jewish youth to enhance their experience and help them to explore their unique Jewish identity.
Rachel Eisen (MA/MA) grew up in New York and Maryland. During her time at Hornstein, Rachel co-chaired the Hornstein Gender Initiative and the 2015 Hornstein Orientation, and served on the Community Time Committee and Kraft Shabbat Committee. Prior to Hornstein, she spent three years at Brown RISD Hillel as the Senior Engagement Associate, meeting ne-on-one with Jewish students, building strategic community relationships, and supervising student leadership. While in Providence, she also served on the board of a new Jewish young professionals initiative, (401)j, and organized a Rosh Chodesh women’s group. Rachel graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Jewish Studies and History. At Vassar, she was active in the Vassar Jewish Union, and she worked as a Jewish educator at a local synagogue and as a public school Holocaust educator through the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Rachel is interested in Jewish identity, gender and inclusion, education, and community engagement.
Erica Goldman (MA/MBA) grew up in Levittown, New York, and Coral Springs, Florida. After receiving her BA in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from Brandeis University, Erica went on to work in software development in the Boston area until the summer of 2004, which she spent as Director of Dance at Camp Alonim in Los Angeles. That began an incredible new career of teaching Israeli dance yearround, both in the U.S. and internationally, always returning to camp for the summer. In 2011, Erica joined the Global Jewish Education department at New Community Jewish (now deToledo) High School in Los Angeles and helped coordinate and implement both their threeweek and three-month exchange programs with Tel Aviv high schools. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Erica was the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History. In 2015, she joined the education faculty of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship and launched Ma’agal, an initiative to improve Israeli dance education at schools and camps across the nation. Erica is a proud and grateful Wexner Fellow/Davidson Scholar.
Alena Gomulina (MA/MBA) is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Davidson Scholar and former JCCA Merrin Fellow. Prior to graduate school, Alena spent more than a decade dedicated to JCC work in South Brooklyn where she worked with the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Having immigrated to the US in 1996 from Russia, she is passionate about the continuity and engagement of the Russian-speaking Jewish community in the vibrant tapestry of American Jewish life. Most recently she worked on marketing, branding, community organizing projects at the JCC and at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. She hopes that her toolbox of professional skills will allow her to forge a career enhancing the professional Jewish field, giving back to her community and creating more entry points for the unengaged. She is an amateur graphic designer and fine-cheese connoisseur, and in her free time enjoys NY sports.
Ariel Hausman (MA/MBA) is from Concord, Massachusetts and is an alumnus of both Gann Academy and Ramah Palmer, the two institutions to which he attributes much of his interest in working in the Jewish field. He is interested in the widespread implementation of pluralism, and in southern Jewish communities. Ari received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and in Judaic Studies from Binghamton University in 2012.After graduation, he spent two years living and working in Greensboro, North Carolina;where he founded the alumni association at the American Hebrew Academy and taught music at B’nai Shalom Day School. Ari loves a cappella, ultimate Frisbee, and dabbles in music recording and production.
David Korenthal (MA/MBA) is from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Ithaca College in 2010 with a BA in History. Upon graduation, David spent time living in Cairo, Egypt, and then a year living, working, and volunteering in Israel as a fellow on OTZMA 26. Prior to Hornstein, David worked as the Engagement Associate at UChicago Hillel and served on the Masa Alumni Committee of Chicago. David spent 14 summers as a camper, counselor, and unit head at Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River, Wisconsin. While at Hornstein, David participated in the iFellows Master’s Concentration in Israel Education, and served on the student organizing committee for the 2016 Kraft Seminar in Israel.
Eric Maurer (MA/MA) is from the Greater Boston area. While earning his BA in Judaic Studies from the University of Hartford, Eric served on the Hartford Hillel board and was president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, the premiere Jewish fraternity. During his studies, Eric was honored both as the Jerome E. Caplan Scholar of the Year and as a Fishman Fellow in American Jewish History and Jewish Communal Leadership. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Eric worked as a full-time synagogue educator at Temple Emunah in Lexington, Mass. As a student in the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership program, Eric has enjoyed integrating the study of Jewish history and culture into the realm of Jewish communal service. He is looking forward to putting his learning into practice after graduation.
Teri McGuire (MA/MA) is originally from the New York City suburb of New City, New York. The granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, she was raised to take pride in her Judaism and contribute strongly to the community around her. Teri strengthened her Jewish identity through her involvement in United Synagogue Youth (USY) where she gained an informal Jewish education and important leadership skills. Her involvement in USY inspired her to spend a year studying and volunteering in Israel after graduating from high school. Following her gap year program, The Nativ College Leadership Program in Israel, she enrolled at Binghamton University and earned a BA in Judaic Studies. Teri is excited to be a part of the Hornstein Program and hopes to gain the skills and knowledge needed to give her the ability to work in the Jewish nonprofit world and give back to the Jewish community.
Sara Miller (MA/MBA) received her BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with minors in Music, Religious Studies, and Hebrew Language and Literature at Brandeis University. A native of Northern Virginia, Sara spent a semester abroad in the spring of her junior year at the University of Haifa’s International School, and spent summers as a music specialist at the JCC day camp in Fairfax, Virginia, interning at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and working for BIMA at Brandeis University, an arts program for Jewish high school students. Before Hornstein, Sara spent three years as the Senior Israel Engagement Fellow at Brown RISD Hillel, where she engaged with students in Providence through Taglit-Birthright Israel trips, advised the pro-Israel groups under the Hillel umbrella, and mentored leaders of the Reform community. For her fieldwork last summer, Sara analyzed financial aid data, researched strategic human resources policies, wrote a Request for Proposals for student travel to Israel, and contributed to Israel education curriculum development at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. At Hornstein, Sara has enjoyed serving on the Admissions Committee and co-chairing the Hornstein Gender Initiative.
Naomi Rosenfeld (MA/MBA) was born in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate education at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON where she graduated first in her class and received the highest non-academic honor awarded by the university. Upon finishing her studies, Naomi became the Hillel Director of Atlantic Canada where she spearheaded innovative Jewish programming on university campuses spanning four different provinces and a landmass larger than the state of California. Naomi is completing the Hornstein/Heller program as one of the Jewish Federations of North America’s FEREP graduate scholars and one of the iCenter’s iFellows.
Larry Tobin (MA/MBA) is Associate Vice President, Major Gifts, at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation. Larry joined CJP in 2008 to focus on their annual campaign fundraising efforts, specifically working with donors within the financial services industry. Over his tenure at CJP, Larry has focused especially on building relationships with high-potential younger donors, on CJP’s Day School Initiative, and on Birthright Israel. In his current role, Larry leads a team of 12 staff charged with realizing the community's financial dreams through CJPs $55M+ annual campaign, planned giving and endowment raising. In his spare time, he sits on the development committee at his first alma mater, The Rashi School, and sits on the alumni board of his second, BU Academy. Larry lives in Needham with his wife Jesse.
|Chen Arad (MA/MBA), originally from Hod HaSharon, Israel, is Subscriptions Marketing Manager in North America and a regular blogger for the Israeli daily Haaretz. Formerly, Chen served for three years as an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Foreign Press Spokesman, worked as a news editor for the popular Israeli website ynet, and ran a fundraising campaign for the Israel Cancer Association. Chen is a recent graduate of Brandeis University (2015) where he was a recipient of the Malkin Israeli Endowed Scholarship for Jewish-Arab coexistence and the relationship between Jews in Israel and the United States. His academic focuses were American History, East Asian Studies and Politics. While at Brandeis, he co-founded Brandeis Visions for Israel in an Evolving World (bVIEW), a student-run grassroots movement and conference seeking to create a more constructive discourse regarding Israel on American college campuses. Chen is deeply passionate about promoting Holocaust awareness among non-Jews, and has worked with the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Center.|
|Michal Dicker (MA/MBA) hails from the Philadelphia Main Line. In 2014, Michal received her BA from Barnard College, where she majored in religion with a concentration in philosophical theology. Her senior thesis, awarded with distinction, analyzed the agunah crisis through the prism of critical gender theory. Throughout college, she served as a campus fellow for the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals and the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. She also ran and biked in a number of marathons, including New York’s ING full-marathon, and placed second in Barnard's annual oratory competition. Since moving to the Boston area, Michal has worked in the fashion and retail business at Nordstrom and is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Hornstein cohort.|
|Mollie Feldman (MA/MA) graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College in 2011 with a degree in Philosophy. Mollie’s senior capstone project addressed the question of what makes a group continuous over time, focusing her research on the continuity of the Jewish people. After her BA, Mollie worked for three years as youth director at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. In 2014, Mollie received a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College, joining a cohort of Jewish leaders passionate about professionalizing the field of experiential education. Most recently, Mollie was part of the Experiential Educators program at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Mollie’s love for Jewish experiential education is largely inspired by her 2009 participation in Brandeis Collegiate Institute, where she returned as a staff member in summers 2014 and 2015. Mollie is excited to expand her capabilities as an educator through a deeper understanding of Jewish history and the Jewish institutional landscape.|
|Leo Fuhrman (MA/MBA) was born in Argentina. When he was three years old, he and his family moved to a kibbutz in Israel. He grew up in the city of Be’er Sheba where he became active in the conservative youth movement, NOAM. Leo went on to volunteer on Kibbutz Ketura and at a number of educational institutes in the year before beginning his service in the Israeli military. He served as a combat soldier and commander in the Nahal division. After his release from the army, Leo returned to Ketura to continue his volunteer work and traveled in the U.S. with his new wife. Leo returned to Israel to attend Ben Gurion University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Foreign Linguistics. He also returned to NOAM as a professional, starting and running a new city chapter of the youth movement and serving as the National Coordinator of NOAM’s counselor training program. Leo recently finished a year at High Q, a specialized language education and standardized test training institute, where he was as an English teacher. Leo used his fluency in Spanish to assist in the development of a new Spanish program. At Brandeis, Leo hopes to strengthen his management skills in informal “out of class room” education, passing on the same impactful extra-curricular experiences he had in his youth.|
|Cara Gold (MA/MBA), originally from Ottawa, Ontario, graduated from the University of Kings College in Halifax, Nova Scotia with honors in International Development Studies and Spanish. She participated in Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps, a program that cultivated in her a lifelong commitment to Judaism, activism and social justice. Cara worked at Interfaith Worker Justice in Chicago, where she facilitated national advocacy and organizing campaigns. She participated in Eco Israel, a permaculture apprenticeship in Modi'in, Israel, where she studied land-based Judaism. Returning to Toronto, Cara founded Grassroots Shabbat, an alternative ritual community; launched Roots of Poverty, a program that explores local poverty issues through a Jewish lens; and co-founded a progressive Jewish investment and giving collective.|
|Daniel Larson (MA/MBA) was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 2012, Daniel graduated from the University of Alberta with a BA in anthropological archaeology, and sociology. Concluding his undergraduate degree, his major thesis dealt with the evolution of Zionist archaeological narrative. Throughout his time at the U of A, Daniel was involved with Hillel Edmonton, including serving as Co-President and Communications Chair. He also served on the national advisory board of the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students, representing Hillels and independent Jewish Student Associations across Canada. After graduation, Daniel trained and served as a madrich with Canada Israel Experience, Canada’s national Taglit-Birthright Israel trip provider. Shortly thereafter, Daniel joined the team at The Jewish Federation of Edmonton as Director of Communications & Campaign Coordinator, in addition to capacities as Director of Hillel Edmonton and Festival Coordinator for the Edmonton Jewish Film Festival. While at The Jewish Federation of Edmonton, Daniel oversaw year-on-year campaign growth and partnered with J.CORE, Edmonton’s Young Adult Division, to establish a campaign for young professionals. Daniel is excited to join the Hornstein family as a FEREP fellow through The Jewish Federations of North America’s Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence, and as a Rodkin Scholar through Jewish Federations of Canada-United Israel Appeal. Daniel is looking forward to the relationships and networking that will emerge from the Hornstein cohort, as well as studying the fundamentals and theory surrounding the evolving Jewish philanthropic landscape!|
|Natasha Nefedyeva (MA/MBA) was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia). At the age of thirteen, she attended Jewish summer camp for the first time. Inspired to further explore her Jewish roots, and eager to share her newfound passion, Natasha went on to join several Jewish programs, eventually becoming a camp counselor. While pursuing her BA in Sociology at the University in St. Petersburg and a master's degree in European Sciences, Natasha continued to dedicate her time to Jewish informal education. Later she joined the Jewish Agency for Israel as a fundraiser and missions’ coordinator and then JDC where she currently coordinates community development projects and Public relations. Putting her personal and professional creative energy into action, Natasha was among the founding members of the first Moishe House in St. Petersburg. Even after moving away, she continues to stay in touch with the MoHo network through its Ambassadors Circle.|
|Melanie Phillips (MA/MBA) was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2012, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Sociology and a minor in Social Welfare. During college, Melanie was very involved with Jewish life on campus serving as the Engagement Intern for Hillel and President of Alpha Epsilon Phi, as well as holding various positions at the Weinstein JCC. After graduating Melanie spent ten months living in Rishon Lezion, Israel as a participant on the Masa Israel Teaching Fellows: Israel Experience program. Immediately following the program she returned to Richmond, Virginia where she began working as the Director of Young Leadership at the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond. During her two years there, Melanie participated in many different programs and conferences including presenting at JFNA's TribeFest 2014 and the inaugural Taglit Fellows conference.|
|Josh Satok (MA/MBA) was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, before moving to the U.S to attend Yale University. At Yale Josh majored in Religious Studies, writing his thesis on Jewish school and Jewish camp, and graduated cum laude and with distinction in the major. Josh has worked in a variety of settings in the Jewish world, particularly in formal and informal education. He has taught at Toronto's Montessori Jewish Day School, spent a year working and living at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, the world's only pluralistic Jewish boarding school, and taught at the Yale Hillel Children's school. Josh's greatest love is Jewish camp. He spent six summers as a staff member at Camp Kadimah in Nova Scotia, Canada, a Young Judea camp that he started going to after grade nine, serving as a counselor, sports staff, Section Head, and Program Director. This past summer he worked as the Program Director at Camp Ramah in Canada. He also worked for the Foundation for Jewish Camp in New York City as a Bildner Fellow. Josh is a recipient of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. He is very much looking forward to being a part of the Hornstein community and experiencing everything that Brandeis and Boston have to offer.|
|Tamar Shachaf-Schneider (MA/MA) is from Tel Aviv, Israel where she received a BA in Political Science and Communications from Tel Aviv University. In 2013, Tamar took a six-month trip around the world, starting in Thailand and ending in Canada with stops in Laos, New Zealand and the U.S.A. It was during these six months that she realized that working with young Jews from around the world is something she would like to pursue as a career. After participating in a Chicago-based conference dedicated to the meaning and future of Zionism and Israel Education, she realized that working with Jews from all over the world is not merely an interesting endeavor, but her true calling. She looks forward to participating in the Hornstein Program, learning from the best scholars in the field as well as from fellow students, in order to pursue her dream and give back to the Jewish education field.|
|Rina Wagman (MA/MBA) was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. She graduated from Cornell University with a double major in Government and Near Eastern Studies. While at Cornell, Rina served as the Executive Intern at Cornell University Hillel. Since graduating, Rina has spent her last five years living in Boston working for Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). She started at CJP as a Planning Assistant and made her way up through the organization, serving as a key member of the staff team for CJP’s high-level Acharai leadership development program, and most recently serving as a Missions Officer. In this capacity, Rina organized Missions to Israel and other Jewish communities and worked closely with major donors to organize individualized trips. Outside of CJP, Rina manages the fundraising for and performs in the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston as well as co-runs a weekly Israeli dance session and annual Israeli dance camp in Boston.|