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Spring 2014-Summer 2015

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Hornstein Program Class of 2015 commencement

The Hornstein Program's Class of 2015 commencement program was enjoyed by graduating students, faculty, friends, and family. Watch the video of the ceremony by clicking on the image above, and for more pictures, see our album on Facebook.


Ariel Hausman MA/MBA'16 and Laura Berke tied the wedding knot on May 17, 2015!

Sharon and Joe Hyams MA/MBA’15 have a new baby boy, born on February 21, 2015!

Casey and Jason Pressberg MA/MBA'14 have a new baby boy, Logan Isaac, born on January 2, 2015! 

Svetlana Muterperel MA/MBA'11 has a new baby boy, Aidan, born May 2, 2015!

Isaac Rothbart MA/MBA’09 and Jessica Levine Rothbart MA/MBA'10 now have twin sons, David and Asher, born on October 13, 2014!

Stephanie Rotsky MA'88 and Rabbi Sandi Intraub have a new baby boy, Ilan Shalev, born January 1, 2015!


Nava and Mark Baranek MA'83

Hornstein alumnus Mark Baranek MA'83 and his wife Nava visited the Hornstein offices in late June. "Bernie Reisman was my mentor," said Mark. "And these were my people," he said, pointing to photos of Irving Greenberg and Robert Hiller, Milender Fellows from 1982 and 1983. Mark and Nava were in the Boston area on vacation. Mark is currently Director of Congregational Engagement at Temple Beth Sholom in Miami Beach.

Michael Soberman visits Brandeis University

The iCenter's Michael Soberman joined us in early June for talks about their "Masters Concentration in Israel Education," an annual program in which seven current Hornstein students, as iCenter Fellows, are participating in this spring. From left (inset) Michael Soberman, and Hornstein students Eric Maurer, Naomi Rosenfeld, David Korenthal, Teri McGuire, Sara Miller, and Joel Abramson. Erica Goldman is an iCenter Fellow but not shown.

Rabbi Charles Simon from FJMC.org at Brandeis University

Rabbi Charles Simon from the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs (FJMC) shared his work in building community for Jewish men with us on April 15. The FJMC mission is to involve Jewish men in Jewish life by building and strengthening men's clubs in the conservative / Masorti Movement. Rabbi Simon is the author of"Jewish Men at the Crossroads" and other books.

President Fred Lawrence, Hornstein Program, Brandeis

Brandeis President Frederick Lawrence gave introductory remarks at our Milender Seminar panel event on March 30, 2015. Seated behind President Lawrence are the event panelists, from left, 2015 Milender Fellow Rabbi Sharon Brous, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Rabbi Dan Judson, Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, and Hornstein faculty Professor Amy Sales.

See more pictures of the event on Facebook and watch a recording of the panel discussion at our event webpage.

Suzie Jacobson, Keshet

Hornstein Community Time on March 25, 2015, was spent with Keshet trainer, Suzie Jacobson. Suzie raised issues of language and proposed strategies we can use in our efforts to make the Jewish community inclusive of all, specifically, people who identify as LGBTQ. Download resources>> "LGBTQ Terminology"

Rabbi R. Karpov, Ph.D. at Brandeis University

Rabbi R. Karpov joined Prof. Jonathan Sarna for a 'lunch & learn' conversation in early March. A professor of English at Langston University and a former Temple Beth Israel rabbi, Rabbi Karpov was one of the first ten woman rabbis to hold a solo United Synagogue pulpit.

Arnee Winshall and Alan Leifer

Despite mountains of snow, Arnee Winshall and Alan Leifer took time out of their busy schedules on January 29 to come to Brandeis and speak to Hornstein students about boards of directors and their roles in nonprofit management. 


Beth Bernstein MA’90 is now Interim Executive Director of the Brandeis National Committee at Brandeis University

Jody Brauner MA'88 is now Early Intervention Service Coordinator at Hamaspik of Rockland County.

Elan Burman MA’06 is now Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts at Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Rachel Canar MA'00 starts a new consulting agency in May 2015. She is based in Tel Aviv.

Eli Cohn MA/MA'15 starts work in August 2015 as Project Manager, South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation for the San Francisco Jewish Community Foundation. 

Ellen Cohn MA’88 is receiving her Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education (May, 2015). Her dissertation was on adult education in the Modern Orthodox community, which included an 850 respondent survey of congregants from synagogues across the United States. Hornstein Professor Dr. Joseph Reimer served as an active member of the dissertation committee.

Rosa Kramer Franck MA/MBA’07 is now Director of Development at The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture.

Elisha (Horen) Gechter MA/MBA’07 is now Program Manager for the Wexner Israel Fellowship and the Wexner Senior Leadership Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Wexner Foundation.

Cara Unowsky Glickman MA/MA’03 is now Vice President of Administration and Finance at Temple Emanu-El of New York City.

Elizabeth Goldberg MA’06 is now Senior Director of General Campaign at Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Melissa Goraj MA/MBA’13 is now a Staff Accountant at Johnson Lambert in Burlington, Vermont.

Meredith Grabek MA/MBA'15 begins her new position as Senior Development Officer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Greater Boston's Jewish Federation, on June 1, 2015. Meredith was recently spotlighted for her social activism when she joined the American Jewish World Service’s (AJWS) three-day 2015 Policy Summit to lobby for laws to protect women and girls against violence and to advance the legal rights of people in the LGBT global community.

Jeff Hast MA/MBA’13 is now a College Guidance Coordinator & Psychology Teacher at BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona.

Lynn Hazan MA'80 recently celebrated 30 years in the business of executive recruiting; and 15 years as President of Lynn Hazan & Assoc. Says Lynn, "I attribute much of our success to the outreach and community building skills I developed while at Hornstein."  

Joe Hyams MA/MBA'15 is returning to Israel to continue leading HonestReporting.com.

Ellie Klein MA’12 is now an Instructor at Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, California.

Adam Kolett MA/MBA‘09 is now Director, North Dade Branch at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

Heather Kufert MA/MA'15 takes up her new position this summer as Director of Jewish Innovation and Engagement at the Memphis JCC.

Ariel Libhaber MA/MBA’08 is now the Director of the Boston-Haifa Connection at Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Bennett Lorman MA’83 is now Case Manager II at Broward County Government.

David Manchester MA/MPP'15 is continuing his studies at Brandeis University, seeking a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Monica Pevzner MA/MPP'12 is now Young Adult Community Engagement Professional at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco.

Jason Pressberg MA/MBA’14 recently began a new role as the Young Leadership Director at AIPAC.

Melissa Kohn Rosen MA’91 is now the Director of National Outreach at Sharsheret.

Yuliya Serebryana MA/MBA’14 is now Program Manager at Genesis Philanthropy Group in New York.

Dina Shvetsov MA/MPP'14 is now the Planning Manager of Jewish Education and Continuity at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Barry Silvermore MA'73 celebrateed 15 years as Director of the Center for Nonprofit Studies as Austin Community College; and was the keynote presenter on "The Power of the Future" at the 2014 conference of the Association of Binational Centers of Latin America I. Florianapolis, Brazil.

Evan Taksar MA/MA'15 is joining the year-round leadership team at Camp Alonim in Brandeis, California after she graduates in May.

Sabrina Taran MA/MBA'15 is joining the Planning and Strategy team at Federation CJA.

Lora Eliachar Tarlin MA'92 is now working at the Schechter Holocaust Services program at Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Boston.

Donna Tarutz MA’79 is now Senior Program Manager at Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston.

Alan Teperow

Alan Teperow MA’76 (pictured at left) retires after 33 years as Executive Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Alan is credited for building "bridges and warm community relationships with the members of synagogues, minyanim and agencies throughout the Commonwealth." He will be honored at the SCM’s Annual Tribute
on June 22.

Larry Tobin MA/MBA'16 has been promoted to Associate Vice President, Major Gifts, Combined Jewish Philanthropies. 


Joel Abramson MA/MBA'16 was selected as an American Jewish Committee (AJC) Goldman Fellow for 2015. He'll be working at the AJC Washington, D.C. office in the summer and traveling to Germany with other fellows. 

Alyssa Bogdanow MA/MA'16 received the 2015 Bernard and Rena J. Olshansky Prize for Jewish Communal Service. Alyssa was recently spotlighted for her social activism when she joined the American Jewish World Service’s (AJWS) three-day 2015 Policy Summit to lobby for laws to protect women and girls against violence and to advance the legal rights of people in the LGBT global community.

Rachel Eisen MA/MA'16 received a Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Research on Jews and Gender from Hadassah-Brandeis Institute for her essay "'I carried a watermelon': Jewish Women Writers Confront the JAP Stereotype."

Elisha (Horen) Gechter MA/MBA'07 was named a 2015 Chai in the Hub winner.

Alison Kur MA’02 received a Covenant Award from The Covenant Foundation.

Dr. Zohar Raviv MA'00 receives the 2015 Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award. As the award recipient, he gave the keynote address at the Hornstein Program's Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

Jennifer Zwilling Rosenwasser MA'98 and Jordan Fruchtman MA/MBA'08 were recently selected as part of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's inaugural class of the Schusterman Leadership Fellowship program. 


Matthew Brown MA/MPP'13 participated in a consultation session on "Research directions for Jewish youth philanthropy" and was part of the pre-conference Emerging Scholars Mentoring Seminar at the 2015 Network for Research in Jewish Education organized by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in New York and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

Joe Hyams MA/MBA'15 gave the keynote address to CJP's Annual Lawyers & Accountants Conference. 

Sara Miller MA/MBA'16, Nate Vaughan MA/MPP'15, and David Korenthal MA/MBA'16 attended Taglit Fellows Conference in San Diego.

Hornstein faculty Amy Sales and Joseph Reimer were part of a discussion entitled "The evolving relationship between Jewish education and psychology" at the 2015 Network for Research in Jewish Education Prof. Sales presented a paper on Israel education at camp; and Prof. Reimer presented a paper on Shabbat at camp.  

Nate Vaughan MA/MPP'15 participated in a consultation session at the 2015 Network for Research in Jewish Education called "Don't you want to live here too? A plan to study small American Jewish communities." He also presented a paper based on his Hornstein Program capstone project entitled "Pedagogy in Jewish education: Understanding how Jewish education impacts adult Jewish behavior." Earlier in the year he attended Taglit Fellows Conference in San Diego. 

Nate Vaughan, Sara Miller and David Korenthal

Nate Vaughan '15, Sara Miller '16, and David Korenthal '16 attended the Taglit Fellows Conference in San Diego at the end of January 2015. 


Antisemitism on the college campus: Perceptions and realities

"Antisemitism on the college campus: Perceptions and realities," Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson, Graham Wright, and Shahar Hecht, Brandeis University Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, July 2015.

Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna"Lincoln and the Jews: A History," Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell, Thomas Dunne Books, March 17, 2015.

"Discovering Israel at War: The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel in Summer 2014," Michelle Shain, Leonard Saxe, Shahar Hecht, Graham Wright, Theodore Sasson; Cohen Center for Moden Jewish Studies, Brandeis University; February 2015. 

"2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study,"by Leonard Saxe, Janet Krasner Aronson, Matthew Boxer, Matthew Brown, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University; January 2015.

"Conversations with Engagement Innovators: Alison Kur,” interview by Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, URJ Director of Youth Engagement in Reform Judaism Blog; July 3, 2014