Hornstein Students

            Our students are experienced professionals who are searching for meaningful work...

  ...and choose Hornstein to become critically informed, highly skilled professionals committed to shaping the future of the Jewish community. 

Each year, 10 to 15 qualified future Jewish professionals from all backgrounds are chosen to enroll in the Hornstein Program. A typical student has strong academic qualifications and several years of work experience in organizations such as Jewish camps, museums, Hillels and Jewish education; federations and JCCs; fundraising, community relations and start-ups; and work in overseas Jewish communities.

Some students are experienced professionals in other fields who are searching for meaningful work that brings their personal and professional identities closer together.

No matter what their background, our students chose the Hornstein Program to become critically informed, highly skilled professionals committed to shaping the future of the Jewish community.

The diversity of a typical class adds to its intellectual and professional excitement. Because graduates will be working in an increasingly diverse Jewish community, they confront tough questions about pluralism, tolerance and inclusion in their training. The educational experience at the Hornstein Program presents "living models" of good professional practice.

Class of 2019 | Class of 2020Hornstein Alumni

Class of 2019

Leslie Black

Leslie Black (MA/MBA) is originally from Natick, Massachusetts and considers herself a product of the Boston Jewish community. Leslie attended Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston and then went to high school at the Maimonides School. After a year in Israel, she attended New York University’s Preston Robert Tisch School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management. Upon graduation, Leslie decided that fundraising would be the perfect way to meld her passions for working with people and giving back. During her time at Hornstein, Leslie worked at Honeymoon Israel, an organization that helps bring couples to the state in order for them to explore what Judaism means to them through an immersive experience. Upon graduation, Leslie will start working in the Boston community as a Senior Development Officer at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. 

Tali Flomenhoft

Tali Flomenhoft (MA/MBA), born and raised in Mexico City and Israel, attended Brandeis University where she completed her BA in Health: Science, Society and Policy and minors in Economics and French. Through her time at the Hornstein Program, Tali interned at the JCC Greater Boston where she analyzed donation trends, conducted research, and developed a staff campaign timeline. She also worked in the public health sector and in academic research, where she played a key role in community outreach and implementing new programs. Tali helped establish the Spanish-speaking program at the Mothers' Milk Bank Northeast. She led health education outreach activities at The Family Van, and drove the creation of a mental health survey instrument at the Health Equity Research Lab. The survey will be utilized as a tool for eliciting patient preferences, particularly for racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. Following graduation from Hornstein, Tali will be the Associate Director of Development, Brandeis Hillel. She is married to Charlie Flomenhoft, whom she met at Brandeis University during their undergraduate studies. 

Katie Goldig

Katie Goldig (MA/MBA) is from Montreal, Quebec, where she found her passion for Jewish communal work. She is a graduate of McGill University in Psychology, with minors in Behavioral Science and Anthropology. Katie worked at Camp Kinneret-Biluim in Quebec for seven summers as a counselor and was the Program Director in her final year. Katie’s camp experience solidified her commitment to working in the Jewish community. After graduating, Katie moved to Israel and completed an internship abroad on a Masa Israel Journey program where she worked at the Jaffa Institute in South Tel Aviv with young girls from underprivileged communities. In recent years, Katie has worked at Montreal’s Federation CJA, in the Israel Experience Department for Birthright, and as the first Masa Israel Journey representative in her city. She also worked as the Engagement Coordinator at Hillel Montreal at McGill University. Following graduation from the Hornstein Program, Katie will be the Manager of Community Philanthropy at Hillel Ontario for nine university campuses and 13,000 students.

Jonathan Marx

Jonathan Marx (MA/MBA) originally hails from Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington. Before coming to Hornstein, Jonathan attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. Jonathan spent eleven summers as a camper, counselor, and senior staff member at Camp Havaya (formerly known as Camp JRF), the official overnight camp of the Reconstructionist movement, and he is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Nachshon Project Graduate Fellowship, which works to develop and grow Jewish professional leaders throughout their undergraduate and graduate school tenure. During his first year at Hornstein, Jonathan worked part-time as the Senior Youth Advisor at Temple Aliyah, a Conservative synagogue in Needham, and he spent the summer completing his Hornstein fieldwork as a Development Intern at Brandeis Hillel. This year, in addition to his coursework, Jonathan served as the Field Engagement Associate for New England Region USY.

Josh Mellits

Josh Mellits (MA/MBA), Philadelphia born and raised, has cherished vibrant Jewish community throughout his life—formed by family, day school education, USY and Camp Ramah in the Poconos—and seeks to make a meaningful impact in the community that cared for and inspired him. In his first year at Hornstein, he was awarded the Harry Fein, Samuel Pinanski and Louis Shain Memorial Fellowship for academic excellence and an iCenter Fellowship/Master’s Concentration in Israel Education. He completed fieldwork at the New York Jewish Week, one of the largest and most well-respected Jewish media outlets in the country, working closely with editorial and business staff to learn about American Jewish press operations and write an in-depth story on the Jewish community of Harlem. Previously, Josh earned a journalism degree with honors from Boston University while practically living at the Hillel House, and worked for six years in the development department of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, heading donor engagement and fundraising events for the leading media-monitoring nonprofit. He enjoys singing a cappella, trivia, board games, and cheering for Philadelphia sports. Following graduation, Josh will be moving to Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Lauren Brodsky. 

Jonathan Wertheim

Jonathan Wertheim (MA/MBA) career objective is to support adult Jewish education—it is the birthright of all Jews to be enriched by robust Jewish learning opportunities and self-identified with the global Jewish collective. Before enrolling in the Hornstein Program, Jonathan was a Development and Operations Associate at Hillel at Virginia Tech, where he learned firsthand the challenge of communicating a nonprofit’s mission and impact to stakeholders. During his employment, he coordinated Hillel at Virginia Tech’s direct mail campaigns and grant submissions, managed all aspects of the donor and prospect database, served as the de-facto office manager handling all matters related to personnel, administration, accounts payable and receivable, information technology, and building operations, and supported the Executive Director in day-to-day matters and crisis management. Jonathan graduated magna cum laude after three years of study from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in French & Francophone Studies. 

Class of 2020

Harry Abrahams

Harry Abrahams MA/MBA, originally from Natick, Massachusetts now lives in Cambridge over by Porter Square. He graduated with a BS in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut where he was involved in the Student Union, intramural sports, a capella, and Alpha Phi Omega, the National Co-Ed Community Service Fraternity. While at UConn, he uncovered a passion for Jewish communal and nonprofit work thanks to some very dedicated Hillel professionals. His experience with Hillel lead him to work for the organization for three years starting as a program director, becoming an assistant director, and finally running his own Hillel as an executive director. After his work with Hillel, Harry started his own nonprofit consulting business working with smaller schools and nonprofits on how to improve their management and fundraising practices. In his free time, Harry enjoys writing and recording music and playing guitar at coffeehouse open mics.

Sanford Aronson

Sanford Aronson MA/MBA was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he earned degrees in Iberian and Latin American Studies and Jewish Studies. At Vanderbilt, he also served as a Vice President of his campus Hillel and lived in a dorm community dedicated to cross-cultural communication. For the past four years, Sandy has worked at Temple Beth Elohim (TBE) in Wellesley, Massachusetts as their Community Organizer, where he supports both youth and adults in pursuing their social justice passions. In particular, he has helped push the topic of mental health into synagogue life, and has guided his members through the process of resettling two Syrian refugee families. He is an alumnus of the JOIN For Justice Jewish Organizing Fellowship. Sandy is excited to be a part of the Hornstein community and hopes to make a greater impact on the world around him.

Michael Fishbein

Michael Fishbein MA/MBA is thrilled to begin the Heller MBA track of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program this fall. Mike has worked at Temple Israel of Boston for the past nine years, most recently as Assistant Director of Education. In this role, Mike helped create “The Tent: a Jewish Learning Community for Greater Boston Teens at Temple Israel of Boston,” a pluralistic school based on partnerships among area congregations. Mike was The Tent’s director for its first three years. He holds a BA in Biology from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and began his professional life first as a high school teacher and coach, and then as the general manager of a Boston restaurant. Mike was a 2018 Combined Jewish Philanthropies “Chai in the Hub” honoree. He lives with his family in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where he loves to cook paella with friends in the backyard.

Molly Goldmeier

Molly Goldmeier MA/MBA is so excited to be joining the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program in the fall! Originally from Detroit, Molly currently lives in New York City and has been working in the fashion industry for the past three years at Warby Parker and J.Crew. Prior to these experiences, Molly attended New York University for her undergraduate degree. She spent countless summers at summer camp in various leadership positions and worked with the Bronfman Center at New York University to energize Jewish Life on campus. Molly is passionate about creating unique and inclusive Jewish experiences and spaces. 

Katie Hamelburg

Katie Hamelburg MA/MBA is a Washington, D.C. native who studied Jewish and Middle East Studies at the University of Maryland, with a focus in Hebrew Language Education. In college, Katie was active in her Jewish community, co-creating the conservative minyan and pluralistic Jewish group at the University of Maryland. She also organized a tutoring program at a local high school and an Alternative Winter Break program in Guatemala. Katie is a returning staff member for United Synagogue Youth, working with middle and high school students while serving on the education team for Seaboard Region USY. She was the advisor at a local synagogue, and staffed USY on Wheels in 2016. Katie spent this year in Boston working as the Metrowest Jewish Community Pre-Teen Engagement Coordinator, through a cross-institutional partnership focused at promoting pre-teen engagement in the Natick and Framingham areas. She is an avid Israeli dancer and loves working with youth groups and Jewish camps.

Matthew Jadd

Matthew Jadd MA/MBA is a second generation Hornstein student from Toronto, Ontario. He believes that all his experiences in the Jewish youth organizations has led to his passion for working in the Jewish community. Matthew attended Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa for eleven summers, including holding the position of Head of Judaic Programming during his last summer. He attended The Toronto Heschel School for elementary school before attending TanenbaumCHAT for high school. Matthew graduated from Huron University College at Western in 2017 with an Honors Bachelor’s of Management and Organizational Studies and a Minor in Jewish Studies. Upon graduation, Matthew worked for UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Walk with Israel and spent the past year as the Director of Youth Engagement at Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, Maryland. Matthew is excited to further learn how to use his business skills to impact Jewish non-profits, while meeting others who share his passion.

Danny Nussbaum

Daniel Nussbaum MA/MPP grew up not far from Brandeis in Framingham, Massachusetts with a strong connection to his local Jewish community. He attended Temple Shir Tikva Religious School in Wayland and worked as an assistant teacher there for five years. During his college years, he was a head counselor at Camp Kaleidoscope at the JCC Greater Boston. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For his honors thesis, he examined the relationship between social welfare spending and mental health. The experience led to his interest in research that meets social policy goals. Currently, Daniel is a research specialist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis. He works on the American Jewish Population Project to estimate the Jewish population at national, state, and sub-state levels. He is excited to broaden his understanding of Jewish communities, and to become a more effective social science researcher.

Leah Robbins

Leah Robbins MA/MA comes to Hornstein as a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Florida with bachelors in Jewish and Women's studies. Her thesis on Orthodox Jewish feminism led her to Mayyim Hayyim, a pluralistic community mikveh where she served as the Marketing and Administrative Assistant for two years. She later transitioned to Mayyim Hayyim’s newest initiative, the Rising Tide Open Waters Mikveh Network, helping to birth an international open mikveh movement. She is a also trained Mikveh Guide, shepherding community members through critical life transitions. Robbins also serves as the Community Accountability Coordinator for the 20s & 30s Kavod Community, creating peer mediation processes and addressing intra-community conflict. She is also a Graduate Research Assistant for the Boston Agunah Taskforce of Brandeis University helping to eliminate the agunah crisis in Greater Boston. She’ll begin training for the Community Hevra Kadisha in Spring 2019.

Bar Sananes

Bar Sananes MA/MBA is from Rosh Ha'Ayin in Israel. She most recently served as the Israeli Emissary at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, where she worked to strengthen Palm Beach's connection to the people, culture, and history of Israel. Bar holds a degree from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) in Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy – with a sub-specialization in Counter-Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Political Communication. She is a graduate of the Honors Rabin Leadership Program that trains young people for leadership roles in Israel. Prior to this, Bar served three years in the Israel Defense Forces as an infantry instructor and officer in the rank of Sergeant in the IDF's officers’ training course. Bar has taken various leadership roles in the field of female empowerment in business, foreign affairs and diplomacy, social entrepreneurship, and Jewish communal work. She is interested bridging the gap between the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to promote social responsibility in Israel. 

Talia Weisberg

Talia Weisberg MA/MBA is originally from New York, NY. She most recently served as the Director of Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to New England, working with students, faculty, and administrators to promote understanding and knowledge of Israel within the universities in New England. She earned her BA at Harvard University in Religion with a secondary field in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her senior honors thesis explored the Bais Yaakov girls’ school movement, of which she is an alumna, and its role in the evolution of Orthodox women’s formal religious education. Talia held several leadership roles at Harvard Hillel as an undergraduate and currently serves on the board of the Orthodox Minyan at Harvard Hillel, a prayer space for students and young professionals in Cambridge and Somerville. She is excited to hone her leadership skills and learn how to meaningfully impact American Jewry as part of the vibrant Hornstein community. 

Hornstein orientation 2018, Classes 2019 and 2020

Hornstein students in the Class of 2019 and 2010 pause for a photo in front of Lown, home of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. (Orientation 2018.)