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David Manchester MA/MPP'15

"The MA/MPP program offered through Hornstein and Heller prepared me to think about public policy at the local level in the Jewish community. How we allocate funds as individuals, through foundations, or as a Federation is grounded in policy priorities that we have made individually or communally to achieve certain objectives. The MA/MPP provided me with the knowledge necessary to consider the objectives we (as a community) seek, to identify different programs designed to address those objectives, and to evaluate the options to make an informed decision. I gained skills to assess the impact of programs, to evaluate our work, and adjust strategy to align to communal needs." 

—David Manchester

David is currently a Ph.D. student at The Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; and Graduate Research Associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, also at Brandeis University.


MA in Jewish Professional Leadership and
Master in Public Policy

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

This newer program blends the Heller School's public policy curriculum with the Hornstein Program's integrated approach to Jewish leadership training. By preparing professional leaders with a full array of policy analysis and development skills, as well as specialized knowledge of Judaic studies and contemporary Jewish life, it trains students to design and implement innovative solutions to the Jewish community’s most critical problems, and to analyze and reform existing practice


Hornstein-Heller MA/MPP graduate degree course curriculum

The curriculum chart describes the MA-Hornstein/MPP-Heller course schedule over 21 months and links to descriptions of each course in the program. The program consists of eighty required course credits comprised of specific Hornstein courses totaling 40 credits, and specific Heller courses totaling 32 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 positions as:

  • Director of Operations, Yeshivat Maharat
  • Research Associate, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University
  • Associate in Planning and Allocations, United Jewish Communities of Metrowest New Jersey
  • jData Project Manager, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies
  • Research Analyst, Joint Committee on Education, Massachusetts State House
  • Program Associate, Uri L'Tzedek
  • Social Justice Coordinator for Young Adults, Jewish Community Relations Council