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Yana Drozdovski MA/MBA'13 and husband, Tzachi Hazan, are pleased to welcome a son, Eitan Leon Hazan, born in June 2015.

Jordan Fruchtman MA/MBA'08, was recently profiled in an article "The Myth of Mediocrity: Celebrating Talent in the Jewish Sector" in eJewishPhilanthropy. 

Rabbi Roni Handler MA'05 has joined Temple Micah in Lawrenceville, NJ. 

Elinor Josephson MA'81 has a new position as Director of Engagement and Programming at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, Florida. 

Beth Lesch MA/MBA'15, and husband, Charlie, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Yehuda, on August 7, 2015. 

Zac Kaye MA'82 is now the Interim Executive Director of Cornell Hillel for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Hal Ossman MA'01 is now the Chief Campus Officer of Hillel International.

After 35 years in the classroom in Jewish education, Cynthia Peterman MA'86 has moved on to a number of voluntary positions. She serves as an education researcher at the National Archives College Park and as coordinator for programming for her synagogue's upcoming centennial year. 

Jennifer Saber MA’99 started a new position as Education Director at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid (CBINT) in Glendale, Wisconsin.  

Yana Tolmacheva MA/MBA'13 recently had an article published in eJewishphilanthrop: "Moishe House Hosts First Russian Speaking Jewish Learning Retreat."

Nathan Vaughan MA/MPP’15 recently began a position as a Research Associate and the Community Relations Manager for JData at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies here on the Brandeis campus. 

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Professor Jonathan D. Sarna and his book

SAVE THE DATES: Hornstein Chair and Professor Jonathan D. Sarna will be speaking about President Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with the Jews on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 13: Westmount, Quebec
  at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim
Thursday, October 15: Springfield, Illinois
  at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum 
Wednesday, October 28: Scottsdale, Arizona
  at Congregation Beth Israel
Thursday, October 29, Los Angeles, California
  at Skirball Cultural Center

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America's most memorable Zionist leaders: Louis Brandeis and Henrietta Szold

America's Most Memorable
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Louis Brandeis and Henrietta Szold are America's most memorable Zionist leaders, writes Jonathan D. Sarna in a chapter for the new book, "Individuals in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz," published this month by the Tauber Institute, Brandeis University. Read excerpts>

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Recent Visitors to Hornstein

Ors Mars visits Wexner Graduate Fellows at Brandeis University

The Wexner Foundation's Or Mars, Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars (second from right in above photo), came by Brandeis University on September 9. Or was here to visit three Wexner Graduate Fellows, our own Hornstein-Heller students, (from left) Josh Satok, Erica Goldman, and Alena Gomulina. Says Alena, "We were glad to have had the opportunity to familiarize Or with the ins and outs of what Hornstein is and stands for."

Alena Gomulena's mother, in front of the Heller School, Brandeis University

Irina Zeldin, second-year student Alena Gomulina's mother, visited Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and the offices of the Hornstein Program in early September as classes started.

Says Alena, "This [photo above] is the first time my mom came to visit me here at Brandeis. It was a humbling experience watching the pride radiate from her face as every faculty member and classmate she met told her how wonderful her daughter is. We came from the Former Soviet union in the mid '90s, from Arkhangelsk to New York. I watched my mother work harder than anyone in order to achieve her American Dream. Today she's a nurse with her dream house, two dogs, and her daughter eight months away from graduating with a Heller MBA and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership. She has supported me no matter what and this degree is partially hers for everything she has given up for my future."

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Hornstein 2015 Orientation, Brandeis University

2015 Orientation!

The Hornstein Program's 2015 Orientation took place on Sunday, August 23. It was a fun-filled and info-packed day with both the new incoming Class of 2017, the Class of 2016 who are now second-years with only two semesters to go, and Hornstein's faculty and staff. The day's event is one of several co-curricular opportunities for students to participate in event-planning. This year's orientation events were planned by student co-chairs Alyssa Bogdanow and Rachel Eisen under the guidance of Professor Amy Sales. See more pictures at our Facebook page.