Core Semikha, Class of 2025
Susan Hornstein views her Yeshivat Maharat studies as the synthesis of her professional and avocational work to this point. Susan holds a BA from Brandeis University and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Brown University. She grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, where her family was instrumental in founding the Jewish community. The values she learned from her parents of seeing a need and discovering how your own talents can help to fill it have been hugely influential throughout her life. Susan had a long career in User Experience Design, and a stint as a teacher and administrator at Sinai Special Needs Institute. Both of these endeavors involve designing systems and experiences for recipients who are often underserved. A passionate student of Jewish text and Hebrew language, she has learned at Hebrew University, Michlelet Bruria and Yeshivat Har Etzion, and has taught in Hebrew Schools, synagogues, and groups around Central New Jersey. She has tutored several dozen Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, some of whom have gone on to tutor students of their own. Susan is also a musician in voice, piano, and guitar, and is the conductor of the Central Jersey chapter of HaZamir, The International Jewish Teen Choir. She is on the board of her synagogue and is a founder of the over 30-year-old Women’s Tefillah Group of Raritan Valley. She lives in Highland Park, New Jersey with her husband, and has three grown children, one in Washington, DC, and two in Israel, all working in Jewish education.
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