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Beth Lesch

"Before I came to Hornstein, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you the difference between Corporate Finance, Economics, Financial Management and Financial Accounting—they all sounded like the same thing to me! I never thought that I would end up in business school. But as I spent more time working as a professional in the Jewish community, I realized that I wanted to gain the skills to build organizations that are strong and strategic. My MBA coursework provided me those fundamental literacies, borrowing from the best practices of the for-profit sector and adapting it to mission-driven work. Now I can read and understand a set of financial documents, create a budget, parse a business plan and execute a development strategy. I can hold my own in conversations with friends who work in investment banks or in start-upssomething I never could do before."
   —Beth Lesch MA/MBA'15

Beth is currently Director of Ma'ayan: Torah Studies from the Sources.


MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and
Social Impact MBA

In partnership with Brandeis University's
Heller School for Social Policy and Management

This innovative program prepares future Jewish community executives with the full complement of MBA/non-profit skills and specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life.

It is specially designed to provide a strong foundation in management practices and Jewish professional studies. In addition to courses with scholars throughout the university, students take management courses focused on non-profit organizations, as well as courses specific to the Jewish community.


MA-Hornstein-MBA-Heller curriculum chart

The curriculum chart lists the MA-Hornstein/MBA-Heller course schedule over 21 months. The program consists of eighty required course credits comprised of specific Hornstein courses totaling 38 credits, and specific Heller courses totaling 38 credits.

The remaining credits are taken as electives. The program is usually completed in four and a half semesters, including the summer between years one and two.

Hebrew Requirement

All degree candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in modern Hebrew at the time of graduation. Students may fulfill the Hebrew language requirement by either: 1) "placing out" of the requirement through a written and/or oral assessment, or 2) passing (B- or above) a 20- or higher level Hebrew course at Brandeis.

Hornstein Alumni @Work

Recent graduates of this program have taken or returned to positions as:

  • Director of Jewish Innovation & Engagement, Memphis Jewish Community Center
  • Director, Ma'ayan: Torah Studies from the Sources
  • Director of Community Outreach & Program Development, Westside Jewish Community Center
  • Chief Executive Officer,
  • Project Director, Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco
  • Major Gifts Officer, Combined Jewish Philanthropies 
  • Assistant Director/Director of Program Design & Operation, Camp Alonim, American Jewish University
  • Senior Development Officer, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Chief Program Officer, Moishe House
  • Chief Financial Officer, Genesis Philanthropy Group
  • Director, Camp Kadimah
  • Assistant Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League of New England
  • Senior Development Associate, Jewish Home Lifecare
  • Hillel Director, University of Western Ontario