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Jonathan Boiskin MA'95 is Chief Development Officer for the Birthright Israel Foundation, New York, NY. Email Jonathan or call him at 917-692-9713.

Matt Brown MA/MPP‘13 is pleased to announce his marriage in September. He and his wife are taking a new last name, Brookner, which is a portmanteau of their birth surnames. 

Cindy Chazan MA’74 is currently Vice President of The Wexner Foundation, working in the NY office of the Foundation which is based in Columbus, OH. In January, she will become Senior Advisor to the Foundation, working two days a week on specific projects and pursuing new adventures, travel and learning, together with her husband, Jay Leipzig.

Sara Clark MA/MM’00 has left her position at Gateways: Access to Jewish Education after 9 years.  In September, she became the Finance and Administration Officer at the Ruderman Family Foundation.

Yana Drozdovski MA/MBA'13 and husband, Tzachi Hazan, are pleased to welcome a son, Eitan Leon Hazan, born in June 2015.

Jordan Fruchtman MA/MBA'08, was recently profiled in an article "The Myth of Mediocrity: Celebrating Talent in the Jewish Sector" in eJewishPhilanthropy. 

Noam Gilboord MA/MA'10 is now Director, Israel and International Affairs at Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

Rabbi Roni Handler MA'05 has joined Temple Micah in Lawrenceville, NJ. 

Elinor Josephson MA'81 has a new position as Director of Engagement and Programming at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, Florida. 

Elliot Karp MA’80 has left the desert for sunny South Florida after 7 successful years as President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.  He will become the Executive Director of the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center.

Beth Lesch MA/MBA'15, and husband, Charlie, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Yehuda, on August 7, 2015. 

Zac Kaye MA'82 is now the Interim Executive Director of Cornell Hillel for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Hal Ossman MA'01 is now the Chief Campus Officer of Hillel International.

After 35 years in the classroom in Jewish education, Cynthia Peterman MA'86 has moved on to a number of voluntary positions. She serves as an education researcher at the National Archives College Park and as coordinator for programming for her synagogue's upcoming centennial year. 

Jason Pressberg MA/MBA'14 has become the Young Leadership Director for AIPAC in New York.  They welcomed their first son last January and he joined the board of Advancing Jewish Professionals in September.

Jennifer Saber MA’99 started a new position as Education Director at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid (CBINT) in Glendale, Wisconsin.  

Yana Tolmacheva MA/MBA'13 began work in April 2015 at Moishe House as Director of RSJ Programming. Read her article published in eJewishphilanthropy: "Moishe House Hosts First Russian Speaking Jewish Learning Retreat."

Nathan Vaughan MA/MPP’15 recently began a position as a Research Associate and the Community Relations Manager for JData at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies here on the Brandeis campus. 

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Hornstein Class of 2016 Brandeis University

Congratulations to Hornstein's Class of 2016, which graduated in fine, professional style on May 22!

Anne Lanski Receives 2016 
Bernard Reisman Professional
Excellence Award

Anne Lanski 
The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University is pleased to announce that Anne Lanski 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."

Anne Lanski, founding Executive Director of the iCenter, is a pioneer in the development of Israel education for youth and young adults. She was the founding director of both the iCenter and Shorashim, nationally recognized organizations which develop and promote Israel education. Ms. Lanski is a model of Jewish leadership, admired by her students and peers. Her work embodies the vision and care for interpersonal relations that distinguished the Hornstein Program's long-term director, Bernard Reisman Z"L.

Ms. Lanski will be presenting the keynote address at the Hornstein Class of 2016 commencement.

Please join us in congratulating Ms. Lanski for her service to the Jewish community. 

Class of 2016 Presentation of Culminating Projects

Hornstein Class of 2016 final projects presentation

Hornstein's Class of 2016 presented their final projects to the Hornstein community on May 3. Students presented on topics relevant to Jewish communal services, including "Jewish Ritual, Meaning, and Gender at Brandeis University," "Helping Mayyim Hayyim Envision a National Network of Community Mikva'ot," "Expanding Access to Paid Parental Leave," "American Jewish Communal Relations with Evangelical Zionists at the Turn of the Millennium," "Outreach Recommendations for Yad Chessed," and "Don't Close the... Door: Rugrats and its Impact on Jewish Children." The presentation is supported by the Bernard Olshansky Jewish Continuity Fund. Members of the Olshansky family joined us for this annual celebration. See more photos>

Hornstein Seminars

Hornstein students visit the Bedouin community, Kraft Seminar 2015-16

It's a whirwind of activity for students from the end of December through the third week of February. Each year at the end of December, both cohorts travel to Israel as part of the Kraft Seminar. (The photo above shows students with the Bedouin community.)

Upon their return, second-year students have the option of participating in the Hornstein-BGI FSU Seminar, which this year went to Vilnius, Lithuania and Minsk, Belarus. It's held during February winter vacation. While second-year students are in the FSU, first-year students spend four days in New York City for Starr Seminar. 

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The Future of the Jews, panel discussion, Brandeis University, Nov. 17, 2015

The Future of the Jews: 
  One "Statement on Jewish Vitality"
  Six Brandeis Opinions

“The Future of the Jews” event provided an opportunity for further discussion. It provided panelists, some of whom were signatories to the document and some of whom were not, with the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns, provide context or tempered agreement, or respectfully disagree.

It also gave members of the Brandeis community, of which there were at least one hundred in the Treasure Hall and nearly 150 in the virtual audience, a chance to ask questions or rebut rationales. They took their turn at the microphone in the middle of the dimly lit hall and addressed the panel.

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Read a follow-up article about the event>

Professor Jonathan D. Sarna and his book

SAVE THE DATES: Hornstein Chair and Professor Jonathan D. Sarna will be speaking about President Abraham Lincoln and his relationship with the Jews and other topics on the following dates:

January 15 & 17: Beth El Scholar-In-Residence Program
focusing on "American Jewish Creativity,"
Congregation Beth El, 8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland

5-6: Temple Beth Shalom, Sarasota, Florida
14: Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
15: Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

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New Publications

Hornstein faculty Dr. Matt Boxer recently released the findings of a new Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies demographic study of the Jewish population in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. He and Matthew Brookner MA/MPP'13 presented the findings to the community in late February, 2016. 

"Newcomers account for a quarter of Jewish Nashville, survey finds," by TGregory, The Jewish Observer.

Professor Jonathan D. Sarna somehow finds time to write in spite of a very full schedule of teaching and lectures around the country and in Canada.

"Subversive Jews and American Culture: Notes on the Leonard Milberg Collection of Early American Judaica." In "By Dawn's Early Light," eds. Adam D. Mendelsohn, Shari Rabin, and Heather S. Nathans. 189-204. Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2016.

America's most memorable Zionist leaders: Louis Brandeis and Henrietta Szold

America's Most Memorable
Zionist Leaders

Louis Brandeis and Henrietta Szold are America's most memorable Zionist leaders, writes Jonathan D. Sarna in a chapter for the new book, "Individuals in History: Essays in Honor of Jehuda Reinharz," published this month by the Tauber Institute, Brandeis University. Read excerpts>

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Recent Visitors to Hornstein

Ors Mars visits Wexner Graduate Fellows at Brandeis University

The Wexner Foundation's Or Mars, Director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship / Davidson Scholars (second from right in above photo), came by Brandeis University on September 9. Or was here to visit three Wexner Graduate Fellows, our own Hornstein-Heller students, (from left) Josh Satok, Erica Goldman, and Alena Gomulina. Says Alena, "We were glad to have had the opportunity to familiarize Or with the ins and outs of what Hornstein is and stands for."

Alena Gomulena's mother, in front of the Heller School, Brandeis University

Irina Zeldin, second-year student Alena Gomulina's mother, visited Brandeis University, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and the offices of the Hornstein Program in early September as classes started.

Says Alena, "This [photo above] is the first time my mom came to visit me here at Brandeis. It was a humbling experience watching the pride radiate from her face as every faculty member and classmate she met told her how wonderful her daughter is. We came from the Former Soviet union in the mid '90s, from Arkhangelsk to New York. I watched my mother work harder than anyone in order to achieve her American Dream. Today she's a nurse with her dream house, two dogs, and her daughter eight months away from graduating with a Heller MBA and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership. She has supported me no matter what and this degree is partially hers for everything she has given up for my future."

Hornstein Life Event

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.