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"Before I came to Hornstein, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the difference between Corporate Finance, Economics, Financial Management and Financial Accounting—they all sounded like the same thing to me! I never thought that I would end up in business school. But as I spent more time working as a professional in the Jewish community, I realized that I wanted to gain the skills to build organizations that are strong and strategic. My MBA coursework provided me those fundamental literacies, borrowing from the best practices of the for-profit sector and adapting it to mission-driven work. Now I can read and understand a set of financial documents, create a budget, parse a business plan and execute a development strategy. I can hold my own in conversations with friends who work in investment banks or in start-ups—something I never could do before."
—Beth Lesch MA/MBA'15
Beth is currently Director of Ma'ayan: Torah Studies from the Sources.
Dual MBA-MA in Jewish Professional Leadership
In partnership with Brandeis University's
Heller School for Social Policy and Management
This innovative program prepares future Jewish community executives with the full complement of MBA/non-profit skills and specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life.
It is specially designed to provide a strong foundation in management practices and Jewish professional studies. In addition to courses with scholars throughout the university, students take management courses focused on non-profit organizations, as well as courses specific to the Jewish community.
The curriculum chart lists the MA-Hornstein/MBA-Heller course schedule over 21 months. The program consists of eighty required course credits comprised of specific Hornstein courses totaling approximately 36 credits, and specific Heller courses totaling 38 credits.
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.
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 20- or higher level Hebrew course at Brandeis.
Hornstein Alumni @Work
Recent graduates of this program have taken or returned to positions as:
- Director of Jewish Innovation & Engagement, Memphis Jewish Community Center
- Director, Ma'ayan: Torah Studies from the Sources
- Director of Community Outreach & Program Development, Westside Jewish Community Center
- Chief Executive Officer, HonestReporting.com
- Project Director, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco
- Major Gifts Officer, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
- Assistant Director/Director of Program Design & Operation, Camp Alonim, American Jewish University
- Senior Development Officer, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
- Chief Program Officer, Moishe House
- Chief Financial Officer, Genesis Philanthropy Group
- Director, Camp Kadimah
- Assistant Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League of New England
- Senior Development Associate, Jewish Home Lifecare
- Hillel Director, University of Western Ontario