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Mark Rosen cited in "AJWS Cuts Back on Domestic Advocacy After Donors Balk," Josh Nathan-Kazis, May 13, 2015,

Matthew Boxer joined Marcie Sillman of KUOW 94.9FM on April 3, 2015, to talk about Seattle's soaring Jewish population.

Jonathan D. Sarna cited for his new book "Lincoln and the Jews" in "'With Malice Toward None' Exhibit at New-York Historical Society reveals rich relationship between Abraham Lincoln and the Jews," Sandee Brawarsky, March 17, 2015, The New York Jewish Week.

Mark Rosen was cited in "Want To Give To Jewish Charities? Don't Do It Over The Phone," Josh Nathan-Kazis, March 16, 2015, The Jewish Daily Forward.

Ellen Smith and Jonathan D. Sarna cited in "Boston's Vilna Shul Connects Present With Past," Anna Goldenberg, February 27, 2015, The Jewish Daily Forward.

Jonathan D. Sarna cited in "Shomrim's Watchful Eye," Heather Norris, February 26, 2015, The Baltimore Jewish Times.

Leonard Saxe cited in "Federations join together for Birthright trip," Marvin Glassman, February 16, 2015, Sun Sentinel. 

Recent Publications

"Discovering Israel at War: The Impact of Taglit-Birthright Israel in Summer 2014," Michelle Shain, Leonard Saxe, Shahar Hecht, Graham Wright, Theodore Sasson; Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University; February 2015. 

"2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study," by Leonard Saxe, Janet Krasner Aronson, Matthew Boxer, Matthew Brown, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University; January 2015.

"Conversations with Engagement Innovators: Alison Kur,” interview by Rabbi Bradley Solmsen, URJ Director of Youth Engagement in Reform Judaism Blog; July 3, 2014.

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Hornstein 2015 Orientation, Brandeis University

2015 Orientation!

The Hornstein Program's 2015 Orientation took place on Sunday, August 23. It was a fun-filled and info-packed day with both the new incoming Class of 2017, the Class of 2016 who are now second-years with only two semesters to go, and Hornstein's faculty and staff. The day's event is one of several co-curricular opportunities for students to participate in event-planning. This year's orientation events were planned by student co-chairs Alyssa Bogdanow and Rachel Eisen under the guidance of Professor Amy Sales. See more pictures at our Facebook page.

Hal Ossman and Zac Kaye, Hillel

Hillel and Hornstein Jewish Professional Leaders

Hillel International and Cornell Hillel recently announced new positions for Hornstein alumni Zac Kaye (1982) and Hal Ossman (2001). Hal was named new Chief Campus Officer in early May. “Hal has the experience, insight and creativity to develop the strategies that will lead us to excellence on all Hillel campuses," said Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut. Previously, Hal was the Executive Director of Hillel Cornel. Zac Kaye takes over this position. “He brings to this position a deep and nuanced understanding of Jewish students, Hillel and campus life," said Hillel Executive Director Search Chair, Marc Schlussel. 

Jonathan D. Sarna at the National Library of Israel

This summer, Hornstein Professor Jonathan D. Sarna is helping the National Library of Israel "get its American Jewish archival house in order." Read about a few of the treasures he's rediscovered in recent weeks in the article, "Getting to Know Stateside Jews," (The Jerusalem Post) and to learn more about the project. (Click on PDF at top right-hand corner for the full article.)

Leonard Saxe announces new report on antisemitism to the media.

Hornstein faculty Professor Len Saxe spoke to Israeli media at the end of July about findings from his new study about antisemitism on North American college campuses. 

Hornstein Program Class of 2015 commencement

The Hornstein Program's Class of 2015 commencement program was enjoyed by graduating students, faculty, friends, and family. Watch the video of the ceremony by clicking on the image above, and for more pictures, see our album on Facebook.

Dr. Zohar Raviv, Bernard Reisman Award 2015

Dr. Zohar Raviv, Class of 2000, Receives 2015 Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award

The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University is pleased to announce that Dr. Zohar Raviv is the recipient of this year's Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award.

Established by the Hornstein alumni association and friends and colleagues of Bernard Reisman, this award is presented each year at the Hornstein Commencement to a professional who "has demonstrated innovative work and significant leadership ... as well as a commitment to the standards of excellence, Jewish commitment and sensitivity to others as reflected by Bernard Reisman in his work."

Dr. Raviv, a Hornstein alumnus from 2000, is International Vice President of Education for Taglit-Birthright Israel, directing the largest Jewish educational program in the world. He is a master teacher, and his deep knowledge of Jewish history, culture and the modern state of Israel, along with his pedagogical acumen, make him one of the most influential Jewish educators in the world.

Dr. Raviv presented the keynote address at the Hornstein Class of 2015 Commencement.

Alyssa Bogdanow, Olshansky Award recipient 2015

We are pleased to announce that Alyssa Bogdanow (MA+MA 2016) is this year's recipient of the Bernard and Rena J. Olshansky Prize for Jewish Communal Service. Established in 2007, the prize is for a first-year Hornstein student who is distinguished through work in a Jewish communal agency and displays commitment to Jewish community.

Schusterman Fellows Jennifer Zwilling and Jordan Fruchtman

Hornstein alumni Jennifer Zwilling Rosenwasser MA'98 and Jordan Fruchtman MA/MBA'08 were recently selected as part of the inaugural class of the Schusterman Leadership Fellowship program. A media announcement reports that "during the 18-month program, each fellow will create a plan to address a pressing challenge in his or her organization. They will also work collaboratively as a cohort of peer leaders, forming a strategic network they can leverage as they work toward leading transformational change in their organizations, the Jewish community and beyond."

Annual Presentation of the Hornstein Graduating Students' Culminating Projects

CLASS OF 2015 PRESENTATIONS: Please join us on April 28, 2015 (2:00 - 6:00 p.m.) for a presentation of culminating projects by this year's graduating class. 

Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library


President Frederick M. Lawrence invites you to join him for a special evening celebrating the publication of "Lincoln and the Jews: A History" by Jonathan D. Sarna '75, MA '75 and Benjamin Shapell.

Tuesday, April 28
Brandeis University

6:30 pm
Sherman Function Hall
Dietary laws observed

7:30 pm
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Welcome, President Frederick M. Lawrence
Remarks, Jonathan D. Sarna '75, MA '75

Please RSVP by April 21 by clicking on the registration button at the top of this page.

This event is co-sponsored by the Brandeis University Alumni Association and the Shapell Manuscript Foundation.


If you weren't able to attend the Milender Seminar Panel event on March 30, you can  now watch a video recording of the event. Panelists Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, our 2015 Milender Fellow, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Rabbi Dan Judson, and Rabbi Baruch HaLevi offered insights into how Jewish leaders can continue to nurture meaningful spiritual congregations. 


Milender Seminar public panel discussion, March 30, 2015, Brandeis University

Milender Seminar in Jewish Communal Leadership

The Milender Seminar in Jewish Communal Leadership is fast approaching. Set for March 29-30, 2015, it will conclude with a public panel discussion about creating new models of Jewish community and dessert reception on March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

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Prof. Jonathan Sarna in conversation with Rabbi R. Karpov, Ph.D.

Lunch & Learn, March 6

Join Professor Jonathan D. Sarna who will be talking with Rabbi R. Karpov, Ph.D. on Friday, March 6, 2015, noon - 1 p.m. This brown-bag lunch-&-learn will be held in room 315, Lown Center for Judaica Studies. Beverages and cookies will be provided.

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Hornstein students at the birthplace of Shimon Peres, Belarus, 2015.

FSU Seminar: Belarus!

Second-year students (class of 2015) traveled on Monday, February 16, 2015 to Belarus for their FSU Seminar. Read their Letters from Belarus, accounts of the trip and hints of deeper conversations they're having.

Hornstein students at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2015.

Betty Starr Seminar NYC 2015!

Hornstein first-year students (class of 2016) are networking this week with prominent Jewish organizations in New York City as part of the Betty Starr Seminar. The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (above) was just one stop on their busy schedule. More photos coming soon! 

Larry Tobin

Larry Tobin Promoted to Associate Vice President, Major Gifts, CJP

Please join us in congratulating Hornstein student Larry Tobin MA/MBA'16 (pictured above)! In early February, Larry was promoted to Associate Vice President, Major Gifts at Combined Jewish Philanthropies! 

Excerpted from CJP's announcement:

Larry Tobin on his promotion to Associate Vice President, Major Gifts. Larry began at CJP seven years ago as a Development Officer, Affinities and has grown into a true leader in CJP and the Boston Jewish community. For the past four years, Larry has been a key member of the Major Gifts team, working with our highest capacity financial service donors. 

We know that Larry’s knowledge of and passion for this work will continue to inspire many donors to embrace and support adult education through the work of CJP. As AVP, Larry will significantly expand his management responsibilities, continuing his close partnership with a uniquely skilled and dedicated team of major gift officers... Together, this team has helped CJP to achieve unprecedented growth in the areas of Israel Advocacy, Jewish education and engagement with Jewish life, families with young children, interfaith, IACT, and most recently, combating poverty in the Jewish community. 

Arnee Winshall and Alan Leifer visit Hornstein

Arnee Winshall and Alan Leifer Visit Hornstein

Despite the mountains of snow, Arnee Winshall and Alan Leifer took time out of their busy schedules on January 29 to come to Brandeis and speak to Hornstein students about boards of directors and their roles in nonprofit management. 

Arnee is currently the president and CEO of Hebrew at the Center and Alan is president of The Leifer Family Fund and the founder of the Jewish Community Endowment Pool. 

Students were enlightened and inspired! Thanks so much to Arnee and Alan for visiting.

Elisha Gechter

Elisha Gechter '07, A 2015 Chai in the Hub Winner

Congratulations to Elisha (Horen) Gechter MA/MBA'07, Hornstein alumna from the class of 2007! She's one of 18 Chai in the Hub 2015 winners honored for their outstanding contributions to the Boston Jewish community.

New Study Illuminates Seattle's Jewish Community

New Study Illuminates Seattle's Jewish Community

In January, Hornstein Program faculty Leonard Saxe and Matt Boxer from the Cohen Center and alumnus Matt Brown MA/MPP'13 released their report on the 2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study. 

The study, like any community demographic study, was designed to help Jewish agencies in the community learn about the community's demographics; community members' interest in services, affiliations with Jewish organizations, behaviors, and attitudes; and a wide array of other subjects that inform communal planning. The results of such studies help local Jewish organizations make well-informed, data-driven decisions about programming, resource allocation, goals, and the impact of their efforts. Studies are also underway in Boston and Nashville. 

Joe Hyams Gives Keynote Address, CJP

Joe Hyams '15 Gives Keynote Address to CJP Annual Lawyers & Accountants Conference

Joe Hyams (MA/MBA), Hornstein student and CEO of, gave the keynote address on January 15 at the CJP Annual Lawyers & Accountants meeting. His topic: "Israel and the Media: Why Your Voice Matters." 

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