In the News
"My Years with Hillel", Tzvi Raviv '12 in eJewishPhilanthropy.com, 5/10/13
"Why American Has No Chief Rabbi", Jonathan Sarna in jewishideasdaily.com, 1/23/13
"General Grant's Infamous Order", Jonathan Sarna in NYTimes.com, 12/19/12
"Forum for the Future: The Discontinuity of Continuity", Jonathan Sarna in Reform Judaism, Winter 2012
"Getting Grandma's Blessing", Roni Handler '05, Tablet Magazine, 7/20/12
"Rabbis Have Long Had Place at Conventions", Jonathan Sarna in the Jewish Daily Forward, 9/6/12
"Winning the Jewish Vote", Jonathan Sarna radio interview, 8/28/12
When General Grant Expelled the Jews, a new book by Hornstein Chair, Jonathan Sarna
"American Jewry's Data Problem"
Read Jonathan Sarna's OpEd in the December 2, 2011 Wall Street Journal
Spring 2013 Newsletter Published
Trauma and Healing: Jewish Values – Global Challenges
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Presentations 2-4:30 PM; Application to specific cases 4:30-6 PM
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Brandeis University Library
Free and open to the public.
Hornstein Students Visit Ukraine 2/16-2/24/13
Happy Chanukah to all of our alumni, students and friends!
Making a Difference: Careers in the Jewish Community
Come learn how to transform your Jewish community interests into a rewarding and meaningful career!
Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:30-8:00 PM, Hassenfeld Lurias
Two Alumnae Accepted into Prestigious Training Program
Congratulations to Robin Anderson '04 and Elinor Klein '12 who have been accepted into the Grinspoon Institute Fundraiser's Training (GIFT) program. This highly selective program, designed specifically for camp professionals, aims to give participants the "understanding and skills to help transform their camp into one with a strong culture of philanthropy which permeates their organization."
Scholarship and Social Analysis: A Conference in Honor of Lewis S. Feuer (1912-2002)
Lewis S. Feuer, one of the towering figures in American academic and intellectual life, made striking contributions to several fields and sub-specialties, especially sociology and philosophy, but also the history of science, the history of the Jews, and the history of Marxism. Brandeis is honored to hold Feuer's papers in Goldfarb Library.
A conference at Rapaporte Treasure Hall on the afternoon of October 17 evaluated Lewis S. Feuer's influence in several fields.
Two Alumni Receive Awards
Cara Unowsky ‘03, Corporate Director & Strategic Planning for Jewish Home Lifecare, NYC, received the Jewish Communal Service Association (JCSA) Ted Comet Exemplar Award, which is given to an "individual who exhibits outstanding leadership and skill in unifying & strengthening the Jewish People", and
Adam Kolett ‘09, Senior Planning Associate at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, received a JCSA Bernard Rodkin Professional Development Israel Fellowship.
Read our latest Newsletter, Impact
On May 20, thirteen students were graduated and Dr. Erica Brown received the Bernard Reisman for Professional Excellence. [read more]
Hornstein Community Comes Together to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Bernard Reisman
Visit our web page with pictures and videos of the 4/22/12 event.
Hornstein Students Return from Ukraine
Article by Amy Sales, accompanying faculty member
Hornstein Faculty Member, Len Saxe, Awarded Marshal Sklare Award
in recognition of his "significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry". [read more]
Holocaust and History: Making Meaning from Jewish Catastrophe
A conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer author of the newly released book,Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past published by Brandeis University Press, Thursday, April 19, 2012
An Appreciation of the Life and Legacy of Hornstein's Founder and Former Director, Bernard Reisman
April 22, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Brandeis University Campus
RSVP by April 9, email@example.com or 781-736-2990
Ruth Messinger Meets with Hornstein Students
On February 8, 2012, American Jewish World Service CEO, Ruth Messinger, dined with Hornstein students and spoke to the greater Brandeis community about world-wide social justice pursuits. [full story]
The entire Hornstein community mourns the death of Bernard Reisman longtime and beloved director of the Hornstein Program for 30 years. Bernie died Monday, November 21, 2011 at age 85 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Jonathan Sarna Receives Prestigious Award
On Sunday, November 20, 2011, Jonathan Sarna, Hornstein Program Chair and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis, received the 2011 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion from the American Academy of Religion. According to the Academy website, "The Marty Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the public understanding of religion. The award goes to those whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks not just to scholars but to the broader public as well."
BGI Fellowships for Russian Speakers
Pursue a career that can change your life and the the life of your community!
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
The entire Hornstein community grieves the loss of Myra Kraft, an exceptional and beloved friend of the Hornstein Program, Brandeis University, and the entire Jewish community.
Myra has inspired numerous groups of Hornstein students over the years. She often attended Hornstein programs and spent generous time with our students on those occasions. And, in the spring of 2007, with Barry Shrage of CJP, Myra was the honored Milender Fellow, sharing three days of teaching and learning, wisdom and conversation, with our Hornstein students. In the words of one Hornstein alumna from that time: "I cannot articulate the magnitude of this loss across so many communities...She had so much to teach us and will continue to do so through her legacy."
We will miss her. May her memory be for a blessing.
Fifteen students marched in Hornstein's commencement ceremony held on May 22, 2011 in Brandeis' striking new Mandel Center for the Humanities. In attendance were approximately 100 friends and family members — one of the largest Hornstein "mini-commencements" in many years.
Nancy Kaufman, President and CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, and former Executive Director of The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston was this year's keynote speaker and recipient of the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence.
Israeli Knesset Members Visit Hornstein and Brandeis, April 2011
The Ruderman Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program launched a new program designed to strengthen the bonds of understanding and appreciation between Israeli leaders and the American Jewish community. Six Members of the Knesset attended the program’s inaugural seminar on April 3 - 8, 2011 in Boston and New York, which included meetings with Hornstein students and a Town Hall Meeting for the entire Brandeis community. Read more
On January 11, 2011, six second-year Hornstein students and faculty member, Jonathan Sarna, departed the annual Foster Seminar in Israel to study the revival of Jewish life in Moscow, Russia. The trip, sponsored by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute (BGI) for Russian Jewry, had a profound impact on the students. View photos and read about the trip.
Baruch Dayan Ha'emet
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernard Olshansky, PhD '61, on December 1, 2010. Bernie was a longtime community leader and mentor in Boston and the American Jewish community, with a powerful commitment to social justice and to Israel. Bernie, his wife, Rena J. (Shapiro) Olshansky, and daughter, Hornstein alumna, Susan Singer '78, have been cherished friends and supporters of the Hornstein Program. Our deepest condolences go out to his entire family.
[more about Bernie]
[Comments by Len Saxe]
Hornstein Chair, Len Saxe, Listed in "Forward 50"
"The Forward 50 is compiled by [newspaper] staff members (with input from readers) who search for men and women who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story in a Jewish way. These are people whose religious and cultural values propelled them to engage, serve, lead, entertain, educate, create, advocate and exasperate in a decidedly Jewish voice."
Hornstein welcomes David Starr, the new Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation
Read the full article in BrandeisNow entitled: David Starr wonders: just who are we, anyway?
The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan
Sillerman Center director Andrew Hahn interviewed Charles Bronfman, chairman, and Jeff Solomon, president, The Andrea & Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, about their book, The Art of Giving.
September 27, 2010. 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Zinner Forum, The Heller School. Co-sponsored by the Sillerman Center, the Hornstein Program and the Fisher-Bernstein Institute for Jewish Philanthropy and Leadership. [read more]
The following students were graduated from the Hornstein Program in a ceremony with faculty, friends, and family on May 23, 2010: Phillip Brodsky, Mimi Garcia, Noam Gilboord, Jared Goldlust, Malka Jampol, Jessica Levine, Nina Robinson, Shirah Rosin, and Hannah White.
Rabbi David Rosenn, Chief Operating Officer of the New Israel Fund and former Executive Director of AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, was honored with the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence at the ceremony. Click here for the te xt of Rabbi Rosenn's address to graduates.
Faculty Book Published
Read eJewish Philanthropy article about Hornstein faculty member Mark Rosen's latest book: Mission, Meaning, and Money: How the Joint Distribution Committee Became a Fundraising Innovator.
Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman
On April 14th, 2010 Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photography of Faye Schulman was presented to a full house at Brandeis University for its Boston debut. The event included a special multimedia presentation by Zvi Bielski, son of Zus Bielski of the famous Bielski brigade portrayed by the film, Defiance. Full story
Baruch Dayan Ha'emet
It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Eugene J. Ribakoff, cherished friend and supporter of Brandeis University and the Hornstein Program. May his memory be for a blessing.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette Obituary, Sunday, April 11, 2010
Hornstein Student Featured in New Jersey Jewish News Article
Read about Nir Buchler and the fellowship United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ has awarded him to pursue graduate studies in public policy and Jewish professional leadership.
"Memory and Yir'ah: On Reclaiming a Sense of Awe in Skeptical Times"
a talk by Yehuda Kurtzer, Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation
Monday, September 14, 2009, 7:30-8:30 PM Click to see video.
The following students were graduated from the Hornstein Program in a ceremony with faculty, friends, and family on May 17, 2009: (L-R, top row) Yishai Ashkenazi, Adam Kolett, Josh Sternburg, Isaac Rothbart; (L-R, bottom row) Shira Zeliger, Shira Brown, Aliza Goodman, Jenny Kibrit
Brandeis Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry Established
Includes opportunities for Russian-speaking Hornstein students
"Memory and Mitzvah: How We Can Reclaim the Commanding Force of the Jewish Past"
a talk by Yehuda Kurtzer, Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, Brandeis University. Click to see video.
Jeffrey Swartz gave the Hornstein Program's 40th anniversary lecture on Sunday, March 15, 2009. Click here to hear Mr. Swartz' talk and to learn more about him.