Yana Drozdovski Hazan

On living and working in Israel

Yana Drosdovski HazanYana Drozdovski Hazan, MA/MBA’13

During her senior year of undergraduate studies at Ben Gurion University, Yana was invited to join a Birthright group of young adults from New York. After spending five days with them in Israel, she became passionate about the Jewish world outside of Israel.

Upon graduation, she spent a year abroad serving as the Israel fellow in Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College, New York, on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).  This was her first “real job” in the Jewish world, she says. And it was also a turning point.

“I fell in love with my work and realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” she remembers. “I wanted to continue working in the Jewish world, fostering meaningful connections between the Jewish people and Israel, but I knew there was so much more for me to learn.”

Yana attended the Hornstein Program to begin to fill in the gaps in her education and skills. In 2013 she graduated with a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Leadership and an Master of Business Administration in Nonprofit Management.

She recalls her Hornstein years and especially the Kraft Seminar in Israel: “As an Israeli… it was amazing to experience the Kraft Seminar together with my fellow Hornstein students who challenged me to see things from a completely different perspective and learn so much about my country and the place I call home.

"One of the most meaningful experiences for me was the visit to the YMCA Jerusalem and meeting with the CEO at the time, Forsan Hussein, a Brandeis alumnus from the class of 2000. Hearing him speak was absolutely inspiring and I remember leaving there filled with hope for peace and a better future for all human beings.”

Yana Drosdovski Hazan and familyYana Drozdovski Hazan MA/MBA ’13 and family

Yana lives in Tel Aviv now and works for the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) as a senior program manager. This private foundation is dedicated to developing and enhancing a sense of Jewish identity among Russian-speaking Jews worldwide.

She is pictured here with her husband, Tzachi, and their 3-year-old son, Eitan. They are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second child, due any day now!

In Her Own Words: Q&A with Yana Drosdovski Hazan

Tell us about your life (work and family)

Remembering Hornstein and your seminar in Israel

About living and working in Israel

Advice to current students

This interview with Yana was published in the Hornstein Program's Impact Newsletter, March 2018. If you would like to quote any part of this conversation, please attribute content to the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University and link to this page. All rights reserved.

“The most common challenge facing nonprofits in Israel is resource development. The sector is overly saturated and the competition for resources is immense. The second challenge, I believe, is effective and efficient management. In many cases the organizations are very mission-driven but lack the knowledge and skills needed to improve efficiency and impact. This is where the Hornstein-Heller MA/MBA education and skills can come into play.”

Yana Drozdovski Hazan, MA/MBA’13