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!
Class of 2016 | Class of 2017 | Hornstein Alumni
Joel Abramson (MA/MBA), originally from Longwood, Florida, attended Kent State University where he studied Communication and Theatre. He has spent his last three years living in Nashville, Tennessee working for the Jewish Federation of Nashville. As the Community Engagement Associate, it was Joel’s responsibility to network with the young professional community as well as provide opportunities for leadership development and philanthropy. While working with the Federation, he rebranded the cohort to become NowGen Nashville, and developed a network of more than 600 young professionals who participate in over 150 programs a year. Joel enjoys network weaving and extols community cohesion. He is recently married to Felicia Abramson, whom he met at a Hillel Shabbat dinner.
Alyssa Bogdanow (MA/MPP) was born and raised in Lexington Massachusetts. She graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in 2011 where she used her double major in Anthropology and Religious Studies for a cross-disciplinary senior thesis that explored the anthropological aspects of religious conversion. Most recently, Alyssa served as a Goldman Bridge Fellow in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Washington Regional Office. In this capacity, she oversaw ACCESS DC, AJC's young professionals’ initiative in Washington, focusing specifically on strengthening relationships with religious and ethnic partners, developing advocacy opportunities with younger members of the diplomatic community, and building a base of committed Jewish leaders. 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 previously served as the NFTY Assistant Coordinator of Finance and Event Logistics at the Union for Reform Judaism. In the summer of 2010, she was an AJC Goldman Fellow in Warsaw, Poland, where she worked with Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, a non-profit that fosters Polish-Jewish dialogue and reduces anti-Semitism in Poland. Alyssa is interested in studying the intersection of social policy, program management, and leadership development through a Jewish lens.
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 has also 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. She graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Jewish Studies and History, earning departmental honors in Jewish Studies and the Sherman Book Prize for Distinguished Accomplishment in Jewish Studies. She was active in the Vassar Jewish Union, serving in various student leadership roles, including president and co-editor of the Jewish culture magazine. Rachel worked both 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 has spent the past three years at Brown RISD Hillel as the Senior Engagement Associate, meeting one-on-one with Jewish students, building community relationships, and supervising student leadership. During her time 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 is excited to expand her knowledge of Jewish organizations in order to continue building and improving the Jewish community's educational models and community engagement strategies.
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 full-time, 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 High School in Los Angeles and has helped coordinate and implement both their three-week and three-month exchange programs with Tel Aviv high schools. Erica is also the Goodman Educator for Camp Alonim, working to expand and improve Israel education at camp as part of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the iCenter’s Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History.
Alena Gomulina (MA/MBA) was born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, New York and is an active member of the Russian-speaking Jewish community in New York City. Growing up at the Marks JCH (a Jewish Community Center in South Brooklyn) fostered her passion for work with Russian-speaking youth. During her undergraduate years at Baruch College, where she received a BS in Public Affairs, she was involved with Hillel and BARS (Baruch Association for Russian Students). These influences laid the foundation for a career as a Jewish Professional. As a JCCA Merrin Teen Fellow and former camp madricha, she considers her biggest accomplishment to be igniting the spark of Judaism in the hearts and minds of the youth in her community. Alena is the recipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. She has volunteered in Jewish communities in the Former Soviet Union and in Russian-speaking communities in Israel, running cultural programs in camps, coordinating holiday celebrations, and even teaching dance. Alena is an avid N.Y. sports fan, an artist, and an amateur graphic designer.
Ari 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. While at Brandeis, Ari will be working at Temple Emunah in Lexington as the United Synagogue Youth advisor and Madrich Ruchani for the Hebrew School. Ari loves a cappella, ultimate Frisbee, and dabbles in music recording and production.
David Korenthal (MA/MBA) is from Chicago, Illinois, and graduated in 2010 with a BA in History from Ithaca College. Upon graduation, David spent time living in Cairo, Egypt, and then spent a year living, working, and volunteering in Israel as a fellow on OTZMA 26. For the past two years, David has worked as the Engagement Associate at UChicago Hillel. He also 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.
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 interned for the Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT), worked as a religious school teacher, and served as a docent for the Sherman Museum of Jewish Civilization. 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 graduation he worked as a full-time synagogue educator at Temple Emunah in Lexington, Mass. Eric is eager to integrate the study of Jewish history and culture into the realm of Jewish communal service.
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) is excited to return to Brandeis University, where she received a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies with minors in Music, Religious Studies, and Hebrew: Language and Literature. While at Brandeis, Sara participated in the Hillel community, running Hillel Orientation for new students, performing onstage with the Hillel Theater Group, and coordinating the Brandeis Reform Chavurah (BaRuCH), for which she was awarded the Brandeis Student Life Award. She also served the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS) department as an Undergraduate Departmental Representative (UDR). Sara spent a semester abroad in the spring of her junior year at the University of Haifa’s International School, and has spent summers as a music specialist at the JCC day camp in Northern VA, interning at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and working for BIMA at Brandeis University, an arts program for Jewish high school students. Raised in northern Virginia, Sara was active at her synagogue and with the pluralistic youth group BBYO. Most recently 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. At Hornstein (and after!) she is looking forward to deepening her knowledge of the Jewish professional world through a multiplicity of lenses.
Naomi Rosenfeld (MA/MBA) was born in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated first in her program from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, with a BScH (psychology) in 2013. While Naomi was involved in many extra-curricular activities during her undergraduate career, it was her work as chair of Holocaust Education Week that ultimately lead to her receiving the highest non-academic, non-athletic honour bestowed upon any Queen’s student. Prior to beginning the Hornstein/Heller program as one of the Jewish Federations of North America's FEREP scholars, Naomi was the Director of Jewish Student Life in Atlantic Canada on behalf of Hillel where she, as a lone professional, spearheaded innovative Jewish programming on more than seven university campuses spanning across 4 different provinces and a landmass larger than the state of California. Alongside her penchant for the Jewish community, Naomi is also passionate about fitness – instructing several group fitness classes per week in her spare time.
Profiles of the Class of 2017 will be published soon! Please check back in early September.