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Grads Say

Eli Cohn MA/MA'15

"I believe this program gives students significant freedom to combine Jewish leadership training with their own interests in Judaic Studies. ​I appreciated the diverse course offerings​, which​ include topics such as education, ancient and modern Jewish history, languages, Jewish thought, and critical theory. In synthesizing their unique interests with Jewish professional studies, I find that through this program, Jewish leaders can develop the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to advance their careers in the Jewish community."

—Eli Cohn MA/MA'15

Eli is currently South Peninsula Project Director at Jewish Teen Foundations, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

MA+MA


MA in Jewish Professional
Leadership + MA in
Near Eastern & Judaic Studies


In partnership with Brandeis University's 
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department (NEJS) 

This rigorous program prepares future Jewish leaders to understand contemporary Jewish issues within the context of Jewish history, culture and tradition. The program is designed to provide the tools necessary to articulate a leadership vision for the Jewish community. Students have the opportunity to study with some of the foremost Judaic scholars in the world and to consider how what they learn can be put to practical use in shaping 21st century Jewish life.

Courses

MA-Hornstein-MA-NEJS curriculum chart

The curriculum chart describes the MA-Hornstein/MA-NEJS course schedule over 21 months and links to descriptions of each course in the program. The program consists of eighty required course credits comprised of specific Hornstein courses totaling approximately 36 credits, and specific NEJS courses totaling 36 credits (100-level or above) of which at least 24 credits are taught by NEJS faculty members. The remaining credits are taken as electives. The program is usually completed in four and a half semesters, including the summer between years one and two. 

Hebrew Requirement

All degree candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in modern Hebrew. Students may fulfill the Hebrew language requirement by either: 1) scoring high enough on the pre-matriculation written and oral placement assessment to “place out” of the requirement, or 2) passing (B- or above) a 40- or higher level Hebrew course at Brandeis.


Hornstein Alumni @Work

Recent graduates of this program have gone on to doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina, Boston University, and Brandeis University.

They also took positions, such as:

  • Policy Analyst, The David Project
  • Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
  • Assistant Director, Camp Tawonga
  • Assistant Director, Philadelphia Chapter, American Jewish Committee