Marla Olsberg joined the Hornstein Program as the program manager in 2022. She manages the program's communications, faculty and student day-to-day needs, recruitment and alumni relations, interdepartmental collaboration, finances in accordance with Brandeis University financial systems, as well as event planning and organization.
Marla has been working as a Jewish Professional in the Boston area for almost 30 years. Previously, she served as the manager of School-to-School partnerships of CJP’s Boston — Haifa Connection (BHC). She worked extensively with her Haifa colleagues, Boston and Haifa educational leaders and devoted volunteers, as she staffed the Jewish Ed & Identity Committee, in supporting and strengthening peoplehood connections and Jewish identity learning. She also created professional development opportunities for all the educators involved in BHC partnership work and implemented many educational and relational programs between our sister cities. Most recently, at the beginning of COVID-19, she co-founded and continues to co-lead a virtual international cafe, called BHCafe, between members of our sister cities, on topics of relevance to Jewish Peoplehood and current issues.
Marla is a proud alumna of Brandeis University (BA, NEJS and Elementary Ed) and of the Jewish Theological Seminary (MA, Jewish Education). She began her professional career dedicated to working in Jewish Day Schools and was employed at South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (SASSDS) for 20 years. At SASSDS, Marla served in various roles, including classroom teacher, family educator and coordinator of Judaic studies. She also co-directed her school’s participation in the Avi Chai Foundation’s Day Schools Tanakh Standards & Benchmarks Project
Marla earned her global certification in Project Management (PMP) in 2020. Before that, she was involved in project management of Hebrew College/ Pardes Institute’s Teacher’s Fellowship, working with emerging Jewish day school educators. Marla has also worked in supplemental and informal Jewish education, including Camp Yavneh and creating an independent home-based Sunday school.
Marla lives in Newton with her husband and is actively involved in her community. She serves as a team captain for volunteers for the Newton Community Freedge, a 24/7 access free fridge for those in need. She also serves as a City of Newton poll inspector for all local, state, and national elections.