Sivan 5768/
June 2008

In This Issue
Fieldwork Update
Foster Seminar
Alumni News
Trends in the Field
Hornstein Alumni in Israel
Theory & Practice
Commencement 2008
Curricular Changes
Susan Shevitz Reitires
Alumni Benefits
Leadership Forum
News from Jody Comins, Director of Fieldwork
Jody Comins, Director of Fieldwork and Alumni Relations
What a great year for Hornstein! We had seven students working in the field and each came away with a different and interesting experience.
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Foster Seminar in Israel
Student Reflections  
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Save the Date:
Hornstein @ 40
March 15, 2009
What happened in 1969 that had the greatest cultural impact in addition to the founding of the Hornstein program?

 The best answers will be published in the commemorative journal for the celebration of the Hornstein program.

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Hornstein Alumni News
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Current Trends in the Jewish Community

Click here for articles by Steven Windmueller, Ph.D., Dean of HUC (Los Angeles Campus)- Jewish Institute of Religion

Hornstein Alumni in Israel
In Israel there are more than 30 Hornstein Alumni! Most are "Olim" (immigrants) from the United States.
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commencementI write this on the eve of the holiday of  Shavuot. Shavuot underscores the power of change in Jewish life. The holiday began as a pilgrimage festival tied in with the start of the harvest. It was the day when Jews brought up the harvest's first fruits - the wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive oil, and date honey for which ancient Israel was renowned - to the holy temple in Jerusalem as a thanksgiving offering to God. [read more]
Hornstein Student Yishai Ashkenazi
Theory & Practice;
The Hallmark of a Hornstein Education
A unique characteristic of the Hornstein Program throughout its history has been the integration of theory and practice, the classroom and the field. Now, as Hornstein approaches its fortieth anniversary, that integration will take on very practical implications at the initiation of two of the program's alumni, Steven Jacobson '93 of the Dorot Foundation and Jason Soloway '01 of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. [read more]
Group shot of Hornstein Students in regalia at CommencementCommencement 2008

Graduating Hornstein students planned the Commencement ceremony which, for the first time this year, was held in the Heller School's beautiful new Irving Schneider and Family Building.

Alan Teperow '76 received the Bernard Reisman Professional Excellence Award and delivered the keynote address entitled "Mondays with Bernie". [read more]
Curricular Changes at Hornstein
by Ellen Smith
The Jewish Professional Leadership program at Brandeis University debuts its new curriculum schedule this coming fall semester, reflecting Hornstein's three dual-degree tracks for its Master's Program.
Students enrolling in Hornstein's 21-month program receive an MA from Hornstein, as well as an additional degree: either an MA from the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department; an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management; or an MPP (Masters in Public Planning) from the Heller School, a new dual-degree track being introduced this fall. [read more]
New Date!
Susan Shevitz Retirement Party
Susan Shevitz, long-time Hornstein Faculty member and former Program Director, retired from the Brandeis University faculty this May. Although her departure is a great loss to Brandeis, Susan will continue to actively work on behalf of the Jewish Community.
To recognize Susan's 25 years of distinguished service and extend our deep appreciation, we are planning a celebration and ask that you save the following date and time:

Sunday, September 21, 2008
2:00-4:00 PM
Brandeis Campus
Making a Gift to Hornstein
Did you know that you could make a gift to Hornstein in honor or in memory of a loved one? Just follow the instructions below: 
  1. Go to
  2. Fill out your information in the four tabbed areas.
  3. IMPORTANT: Under the second tab called "Gifts", there's a drop-down menu called "other designations" where you can choose the Natalie Greene fund.
Brandeis Alumni Benefits
Did you know that the University provides the following benefits to all Brandeis Alumni?

Auto and Home Insurance
Health and Life Insurance
Rental Car Discounts
Continuing Education
Alumni Merchandise

Link to: for more information!
Hornstein Leadership Forum 2007/8
by Adrien Uretsky
During the spring semester, guests at the Hornstein Leadership Forum challenged students, faculty, and alumni to examine how Jewish leaders develop and communicate their visions in a way that strengthens Jewish peoplehood. [read more]