Past Publications

"Conversations with Engagement Innovators: Alison Kur”, interview by Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, URJ Director of Youth Engagement in Reform Judaism Blog, 7/3/14.

"Thanksgivukkah Makes a Mockery of the Jewish Message of Difference," Simon Klarfeld '94 in, 11/27/13.

"Letter from Boston: People of the Silver Linings Playbook," Jonathan D. Sarna in Hadassah Magazine, November 2013.

"Why is Orthodoxy Packing Up Big Tent?," Jonathan D. Sarna in ,The Jewish Daily Forward, 11/6/13.

"Biggest Campus Threat Is Jewish Disunity, Not BDS", Larry Sternberg '80 in, 10/1/13.

"L’Chai –yim to Working in the Jewish Community", Lisa Tabak '95 in, 9/8/13

"America's Russian-Speaking Jews Come of Age", Project Head, Jonathan D. Sarna. (Written for the Barbara and Jack Kay Center for Communal Life at the Jewish People Policy Institute) Summer 2013.

"Toward a Comprehensive Policy Planning for Russian-Speaking Jews in North America", Project Head, Jonathan D. Sarna. (Written for the Barbara and Jack Kay Center for Communal Life at the Jewish People Policy Institute) Summer 2013.

"My Years with Hillel", Tzvi Raviv '12 in, 5/10/13

"Why American Has No Chief Rabbi", Jonathan Sarna in, 1/23/13

"Chanukah 5773", an inspiring historical perspective on contemporary Chanukah observance, Jonathan Sarna. (Originally written for the American Jewish World Service.)

"General Grant's Infamous Order", Jonathan Sarna in, 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", Jonathan Sarna's OpEd in the December 2, 2011 Wall Street Journal

Mission, Meaning, and Money: How the Joint Distribution Committee Became a Fundraising Innovator by Mark Rosen. iUniverse (February 3, 2010)

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Hornstein BA/MA student, Aaron Weinberg, presented "Holocaust Taught in Morocco?" at Limmud Stockholm, November 16-17, 2013.

Heller MBA scores high on Global Green Survey

Congratulations to our partners at the Heller School for being ranked 4th in the nation and 12th universally in Corporate Knights' sustainability ratings.

Brandeis University’s Heller School MBA in nonprofit management program ranks fourth in the nation and 12th internationally out of 80 business programs surveyed by the Canadian-based Corporate Knights Inc. on the degree to which sustainability is integrated into the academic experience. The Global Green Survey seeks to promote MBA programs that establish social responsibility, environmental sustainability and community engagement as fundamental business values. [read more]

Hornstein Chair, Jonathan Sarna, elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. [read more]

JCC Association Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to incoming students, Edana Appel and Heather Kufert, on being awarded the highly selective JCC Association scholarship for students interested in careers in the Jewish Community Center movement! They join 2nd-year student, Lauren Fredman. For more information about this scholarship, and other prestigious scholarship opportunities, please see our Financial Aid web page.

Commencement 2013

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Trauma and Healing: Jewish Values – Global Challenges, April 9, 2013

Hornstein Students Visit Ukraine, February 2013


Making a Difference: Careers in the Jewish Community, November 26, 2012

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), October 17, 2012

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.

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.

See also:

Commencement 2012
Dr. Erica Brown received the Bernard Reisman for Professional Excellence.

Bernard Reisman: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy, April 22, 2012

Photo of Hornstein Student Group on Kiev Ukraine Synagogue Steps Hornstein Students Visit Ukraine, February 2012

Hornstein Faculty Member, Len Saxe, Awarded Marshal Sklare Award

Picture of Shuva Book cover

Holocaust and History: Making Meaning from Jewish Catastrophe, April 19, 2012

A conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer on the themes of his newly released book, Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past published by Brandeis University Press.

Bernard Reisman: An Appreciation of the Life and Legacy, April 22,2012

Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service CEO, February 8, 2012


Baruch Dayan HaEmet

Photo of Bernard ReismanThe 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.

Emeritus Professor of Jewish Communal Studies at Brandeis University, founding Director of its Benjamin S. Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, and a pioneering educator, community professional, and advocate, Bernie trained nearly two generations of Jewish communal professionals. He was—and will remain—one of the most beloved figures in Jewish communal life. His teaching, mentoring, caring, and sheer menschlichkeit modeled a style of accomplished and humane Jewish leadership that shaped hundreds of students and thousands more who knew and worked with him across the world.

We invite the Hornstein community to post memories and tributes on our Alumni Facebook page.

Bernie's name was already a blessing to us in his lifetime. It shall remain so forever.

BrandeisNOW article

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."

Baruch Dayan HaEmet

Photo of Myra KraftThe 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.

BrandeisNow tribute and slideshow article

Commencement 2011
Photo of student receiving diplomaFifteen 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

Hornstein Students Visit Moscow, January 2011


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.
[Boston Globe obituary]
[Comments by Len Saxe]

Hornstein Chair, Len Saxe, Listed in "Forward 50"

Photo of David Starr

Hornstein welcomes David Starr

Bronfman Visiting Chair in Jewish Communal Innovation

Art of Giving Book Jacket

The Art of Giving:  Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan

September 27, 2010

Photo of Hornstein Graduates and FacultyCommencement 2010

Photo of Rabbi David RossennRabbi 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 text of Rabbi Rosenn's address to graduates.

Pictures of Resistance: The Wartime Photographs of  Jewish Partisan Faye Schulman, April 14, 2010

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", September 14, 2009
a talk by Yehuda Kurtzer, Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation

Commencement 2009
The following students were graduated from the Hornstein Program in a ceremony with faculty, friends, and family on May 17: 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

"Memory and Mitzvah: How We Can Reclaim the Commanding Force of the Jewish Past", April 29, 2009
a talk by Yehuda Kurtzer, Charles R. Bronfman Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewish Communal Innovation

Hornstein@40, March 15, 2009
Jeffrey Swartz gave the Hornstein Program's 40th anniversary lecture.