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Jonathan Sarna, Hornstein Program chair, welcomed students at orientation on Sunday, August 24. Twelve new students from seven states and Canada participated in this annual Hornstein event planned and run by the 2nd-year students.

The Hornstein community mourns the death of Leonard Fein (1934-2014), a Hornstein founder and faculty member, Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis for a decade, and a major public intellectual on the American Jewish scene for half-a-century. [Read more in the The Times of Israel]

Hornstein instructor, Matt Boxer, receives 2014-2015 Berman Foundation Early Career & Dissertation Fellowship from the Association of Jewish Studies.

"'Social Media Ceasefire' for 17th of Tammuz Sparks Debate", Hornstein student, Joseph Hyams '15, quoted in Times of Israel, 7/15/14.

6/3/14 Read our latest newsletter, Impact.

7/15/14 Jonathan Sarna recovering well at home after May hospitalization. [read more]

Alison Kur '02, executive director of Jewish living at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA, was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. [read more]

AJC Boston has named Hornstein student, Elisheva Massel, as an Edward M. Chase Scholar to the AJC Global Forum this May. Eli did her field experience with AJC during this past summer and fall.

Hornstein student, Yuliya Serebryana, was selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend the Platforma International Summit for RSJ Community Initiators, June 6-8, 2014 in New York City. This summit for Russian-speakers aims to enable participants to develop their community building knowledge and skills, exchange ideas, and form connections that can lead to future collaborations.

Commencement 2014!

Hornstein Chair, Jonathan Sarna, was honored April 3, 2014 with the 2014 Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Mentoring Award.

First-year Hornstein students, Edana Appel and Heather Kufert, and second-year student, Lauren Fredman, participated in the  Jewish Community Centers of North America Biennial held in San Diego March 28 - April 1, 2014. All three are recipients of the JCCs of North America Graduate Education Scholarship and will spend two years working in a JCC network after graduation!

Check out a video of the event highlights for a brief clip of Edana Appel speaking on a panel about talent management.

BrandeisNow interview with Ukrainian Hornstein student, Yuliya Serebryana, about recent Hornstein trip to Ukraine. Read more impressions of the February 16-23,2014 trip to Moldova and Ukraine in the second-year students' daily blog with photos.

Hornstein first-year students, Beth Lesch and Joe Hyams, receive Harry Fein, Samuel Pinanski and Louis Shain Memorial Fellowship awards established by the Hebrew Free Loan Society to recognize academic excellence among students currently pursuing graduate degrees and careers in Judaic Studies, Jewish Communal Service, and Jewish Education.

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry, in partnership with Hornstein, announces the launch of a professional development program for Russian-speaking Jewish communal professionals. [read more]

Hornstein First-Year student, Joe Hyams, presented Middle East Media: Covering a Region in Turmoil at AIPAC Conference, March 3, 2014.

Hornstein Chair, Jonathan Sarna, elected president of the Association for Jewish Studies . [read more]