From the Fieldwork Supervisors

"He was a pleasure to have in our office. His friendly personality, professional work ethic and team attitude all played a role. He was very resourceful in his approach to all his projects and did well jumping right in and working autonomously when need be."

"The contribution that she made to re-examining the Russian Jewish portfolio is huge and will be measured over time as we work with our agency to build a program based on her recommendations."

"He is an exceptional human being who one day (very soon) will make for an incredibly effective and inspiring camp director."

"His work performance was outstanding from the far exceeded our expectations!"

"Our organization benefited significantly from having her on board. Her creativity and can-do attitude contributed greatly…many methods and materials she put in place will be used in future years."

From Our Alumni

"Working at Mayyim Hayyim was a tremendous experience for me both personally and professionally. I managed projects for the fall and spring fundraising benefits; directed the Personnel Committee in the creation of the organization's Employee Handbook; prepared financial documents for presentation at Board of Directors and Committee meetings; and wrote a grant for a new program. Empowered by the talented, passionate group of women with whom I worked, and strengthened by the diverse skill set I acquired, I became that much more confident in my abilities and my potential moving forward in my career."

Jenny Kibrit Smith MA/MBA'09
Program & Operations Officer, Joshua Venture, NYC

"Fieldwork at Hornstein gives students the opportunity to find synergy between the classroom and the Boston Jewish community. I was able to pinpoint specific skill sets I wanted to improve and use the fieldwork experience as a catalyst for growth in professional and educational settings."

Jordan Fruchtman MA/MBA'08
Chief Program Officer, Moishe House, Oakland, CA

Field Experience

The Hornstein Program's professional field experience requirement is designed to help students develop and refine important career skills that can only be acquired in a setting outside of the classroom. All Hornstein students spend a minimum of 150 hours working for a Jewish organization prior to graduation, either during the summer after the first year of the program or during their second year. Students are given considerable support and latitude in choosing an organization with a mission that matches their interests. Stimulating fieldwork projects are carefully designed to provide students with practical experience as well as guidance and mentoring from experienced Jewish professional.

Fieldwork 2017*

  • Deryn Harbin MA/MBA '18 is working this summer at Cohen Hillel Academy, Marblehead, Massachusetts on Alumni Relations & Fundraising and Strategic Philanthropic Development.

  • Gabrielle Hersch BA/MA'18 is working at PJ Library in New York City. She is helping with projects and facilitating and organizing events.

  • Dalia Krusner MA/MBA '18 is doing her fieldwork at Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto. She will be developing a corporate sponsorship model for Taking Root, Shoresh's annual fundraising event, as well as designing family-oriented educational activities, soliciting vendors, and meeting development goals for Shoresh's first ever summer Honey Festival. 

  • Rose Levenson MA/MBA '18 has been working at The Northeast Teen Collective reviewing and revising a teen leadership curriculum; assisting with logistical aspects of the various programs; assisting in the creation of supplemental documents for the program; conducting informational interviews with the teen participants; and attending and assisting with the program's Summit in September. 

  • Kayla Reisman MA/MBA '18 is working at the Sid Jacobson JCC in Roslyn, New York on various projects around Jewish Life and Learning, day camp, development, and marketing.

  • Mikhael Reuven MA/MA '18 worked at Koren Publishers in Jerusalem. He was involved in every stage of the publishing process, from choosing a title, to formatting and cover design. He copyedited the first volume in a new series of books on Jewish thought.

  • Herschel Singer MA/MBA '18 is doing his fieldwork atGateways in Newton, Massachusetts, specifically helping them to build systems for evaluation/analytics. 

  • Joanna Spyra MA/MA '18 is working at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City.

Fieldwork 2016

  • Michal Dicker MA/MBA'17 worked in California at Stanford Hillel on an initiative that targets young professionals in Silicon Valley.
  • Mollie Feldman MA/MA'17 worked at Hebrew College on Eser, a young adult learning series.
  • Leo Fuhrman MA/MBA'17 was the counselor-in-training coordinator for Kids4Peace, a summer interfaith camp for teens.
  • Cara Gold MA/MBA'17 worked in New York City with the Joshua Venture Group (with Jenny Kibrit Smith MA/MBA '09 as a mentor); and Bikkurim to learn about the Jewish start-up world.
  • Melanie Phillips MA/MBA'17 worked at Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) on TELEM, a social justice program for teens.

Fieldwork 2015

David Korenthal, Fellows' Seminar, Taglit-Birthright-Israel-iCenter

David Korenthal MA/MBA'16 joined the team of staffers at the Taglit-Birthright Israel four-day Fellows' Seminar in late August, the culmination of his summer fieldwork at The iCenter.

Joel Abramson, AJC Goldman Fellow

Joel Abramson MA/MBA'16 spent his summer working in Washington, D.C. at American Jewish Committee (AJC) as a Goldman Fellow. "It's been an amazing experience so far," said Joel a few weeks into his internship, "and I’m very grateful to the Hornstein program for opening the door for this experience. I’ve had the opportunity to work with diplomats and ambassadors from around the world, and explore the areas of advocacy and public policy in our nation’s capital.”

During his internship, Joel attended AJC’s Global Forum annual policy conference where he participated in sessions and lectures on a range of pressing issues, including European antisemitism and the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Joel also got to meet Indian Ambassador to the United States, Arun Singh. Mr. Singh was hosted by B'nai B'rith International and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin, a Hornstein alumnus from 1973, at their D.C. offices as part of their Diplomatic Encounter Series. Mr. Mariaschin presented Mr. Singh with a copy of "Lincoln & the Jews: A History," a new book by Hornstein Prof. Jonathan Sarna. (See pictures from this event at Facebook.)

As part of Joel's fellowship, he traveled to Germany, got to experience "Germany Close Up,” and explored the modern identity of the German Jewish community. (More about Joel's trip to Germany can be seen at our Facebook page.)

Rachel Eisen

Rachel Eisen MA/MA'16 did her summer fieldwork at Mayyim Hayyim in Newton, Massachusetts. Mayyim Hayyim provides educational and experiential opportunities to understand mikveh. Rachel’s focus is on the mikveh as ritual.

“When people practice this ritual, for whatever reason, in order to spiritually connect to Jewish life, mikveh becomes a way of thinking and knowing,” Rachel wrote in her June 22, 2015 blogpost.

“When we make this ritual open and accessible to everyone, mikveh becomes a way of thinking and knowing. When people can learn about and explore this ritual as well as practice it, mikveh becomes a way of thinking and knowing. When there are people who spend their days thinking about how to make this ritual mean something to Jews of all backgrounds, and then spend more time turning those ideas into action, mikveh becomes a way of thinking and knowing.”

Eric Maurer, Macks Center for Jewish Education

Eric Maurer MA/MA'16 shared pictures of his first day of summer fieldwork at The Macks Center for Jewish Education in Baltimore.

*Not all students are able to share information about their fieldwork because of confidentiality agreements.

Field Experience Descriptions

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Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston

At Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston's federation, a student interested in strategic planning managed a pilot measurement and evaluation project for the federation's strategic funding initiatives.

Camp Supervisors Exchange Project, various locations

A student interested in improving Jewish camps, used his social entrepreneurship skills to initiate the Camp Supervisors Exchange Project. Check out his blog for more about the program which is destined to become a regular part of summer camp staff training.

Tishkofet/Life's Door, Jerusalem

The connections between Judaism and healthcare were the focus of a student who spent the summer at Tishkofet/Life's Door, an organization that provides support programs for Israeli patients, families, and professionals dealing with illness.

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

The Lisa F. Brill Institute of Jewish Learning at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is the setting for a student  interested in outreach to families. The student's main focus, to promote a course for parents of young children (0-8), sometimes requres her to utilize non-traditional marketing methods, such as a pitch at the "Dive-into-Shabbat" swimming pool event!

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, New York City

The New York headquarters of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was the setting for a student interested in international Jewry. He worked under the auspices of the International Development Program, which offers non-sectarian development and relief projects that assist distressed communities around the world.

Yad Chessed: Compassionate Support for Jews in Need, Boston

Yad Chessed ("Hand of Loving Kindness" in Hebrew) is providing a student with the opportunity to learn about poverty (Jewish and general) while working on specific skills and projects related to young professional donor engagement, office systemization, grant writing, and social media.

Darim Online, Charlottesville, VA

Darim Online, an organization focused on Internet strategies for Jewish organizations, provided an ideal opportunity for a student who wanted to develop social media expertise.

Natan Fund, New York City

Natan Fund, a giving circle that makes grants to start-up Jewish organizations, was an excellent choice for a student interested in philanthropy and evaluation. His project was to evaluate the impact of the organization on members, grantees, and other funders.

JVMS-Jewish Venture Mentoring Service, Boston

A student interested in entrepreneurship worked on marketing and strategic planning for JVMS-Jewish Venture Mentoring Service which supports entrepreneurs in the greater Boston area by matching business ventures with mentors.

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