Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program

Master's Certificate in Jewish Professional Leadership Online

The online Master's Certificate in Jewish Professional Leadership is for those already working in the Jewish community who wish to add to their leadership experience and advance their careers. The certificate is an excellent option for professionals who want to "test drive" an online graduate education without committing to a full graduate program.

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Program Snapshot

Develop Jewish Leadership Fundamentals

With the online Jewish Professional Leadership certificate, you'll learn the building blocks to become a more effective leader within the complex lens of contemporary Jewry and today's Jewish nonprofit space. 

In this fully online, asynchronous program, you will:

  • Learn from active Jewish professionals alongside master's degree candidates 
  • Build lasting relationships with all Hornstein cohorts, the greater Brandeis community, and Jewish organizations around the country and the world
  • Access cutting edge, highly regarded online learning technology with 24/7 support


  • Organizational Behavior in Jewish Nonprofits
  • Human Resources Management for Jewish Nonprofits
  • Confronting Contemporary Antisemitism 
  • Skills and Techniques in Jewish Philanthropy and Fundraising

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Pathway to a Master's Degree

Students who complete the certificate and want to pursue a full graduate degree can apply their credits toward the Hornstein MA or dual-degree program. Please note that certificate graduates must have a bachelor's degree to be accepted into a Hornstein master's program.

“I graduated from the Hornstein program in 2016. I am now the Director of Annual Giving at Mayyim Hayyim. I ensure that fundraising stays on track throughout the year so that Mayyim Hayyim can keep its doors open to all Jews and those becoming Jewish and continue to tear down barriers to Jewish life, whether those barriers be physical, invisible or financial. More specifically, I help create the annual fundraising plan and, in addition to cultivating and soliciting my own portfolio of donors, I provide resources and support to board members, development committee members and the executive director. I also oversee all communications, whether fundraising-related or otherwise.”

Rachel Eisen, MA/MA’16

Director of Annual Giving, Mayyim Hayyim