From the Fieldwork Supervisors
"He was a pleasure to have in our office. His friendly personality, professional work ethic and team attitude all played a role. He was very resourceful in his approach to all his projects and did well jumping right in and working autonomously when need be."
"The contribution that she made to re-examining the Russian Jewish portfolio is huge and will be measured over time as we work with our agency to build a program based on her recommendations."
"He is an exceptional human being who one day (very soon) will make for an incredibly effective and inspiring camp director."
"His work performance was outstanding from the start...it far exceeded our expectations!"
"Our organization benefited significantly from having her on board. Her creativity and can-do attitude contributed greatly…many methods and materials she put in place will be used in future years."
From Our Alumni
"Working at Mayyim Hayyim was a tremendous experience for me both personally and professionally. I managed projects for the fall and spring fundraising benefits; directed the Personnel Committee in the creation of the organization's Employee Handbook; prepared financial documents for presentation at Board of Directors and Committee meetings; and wrote a grant for a new program. Empowered by the talented, passionate group of women with whom I worked, and strengthened by the diverse skill set I acquired, I became that much more confident in my abilities and my potential moving forward in my career."
Jenny Kibrit '09
Program & Administrative Associate, Joshua Venture, NYC
"Fieldwork at Hornstein gives students the opportunity to find synergy between the classroom and the Boston Jewish community. I was able to pinpoint specific skill sets I wanted to improve and use the fieldwork experience as a catalyst for growth in professional and educational settings."
Jordan Fruchtman '08
Chief Program Officer, Moishe House, Oakland, CA
The Hornstein Program's professional field experience requirement is designed to help students develop and refine important career skills that can only be acquired in a setting outside of the classroom. All Hornstein students spend a minimum of 150 hours working for a Jewish organization prior to graduation, either during the summer after the first year of the program or during their second year. Students are given considerable support and latitude in choosing an organization with a mission that matches their interests. Stimulating fieldwork projects are carefully designed to provide students with practical experience as well as guidance and mentoring from experienced Jewish professionals.
Recent Field Experience Descriptions
Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
At Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston's federation, a student interested in strategic planning managed a pilot measurement and evaluation project for the federation's strategic funding initiatives.
Camp Supervisors Exchange Project, various locations
A student interested in improving Jewish camps, used his social entrepreneurship skills to initiate the Camp Supervisors Exchange Project. Check out his blog for more about the program which is destined to become a regular part of summer camp staff training.
Tishkofet/Life's Door, Jerusalem
The connections between Judaism and healthcare were the focus of a student who spent the summer at Tishkofet/Life's Door, an organization that provides support programs for Israeli patients, families, and professionals dealing with illness.
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta
The Lisa F. Brill Institute of Jewish Learning at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is the setting for a student interested in outreach to families. The student's main focus, to promote a course for parents of young children (0-8), sometimes requres her to utilize non-traditional marketing methods, such as a pitch at the "Dive-into-Shabbat" swimming pool event!
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, New York City
The New York headquarters of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was the setting for a student interested in international Jewry. He worked under the auspices of the International Development Program, which offers non-sectarian development and relief projects that assist distressed communities around the world.
Yad Chessed: Compassionate Support for Jews in Need, Boston
Yad Chessed ("Hand of Loving Kindness" in Hebrew) is providing a student with the opportunity to learn about poverty (Jewish and general) while working on specific skills and projects related to young professional donor engagement, office systemization, grant writing, and social media.
Darim Online, Charlottesville, VA
Darim Online, an organization focused on Internet strategies for Jewish organizations, provided an ideal opportunity for a student who wanted to develop social media expertise.
Natan Fund, New York City
Natan Fund, a giving circle that makes grants to start-up Jewish organizations, was an excellent choice for a student interested in philanthropy and evaluation. His project was to evaluate the impact of the organization on members, grantees, and other funders.
JVMS-Jewish Venture Mentoring Service, Boston
A student interested in entrepreneurship worked on marketing and strategic planning for JVMS-Jewish Venture Mentoring Service which supports entrepreneurs in the greater Boston area by matching business ventures with mentors.