Core Semikha, Class of 2025
Susan Hornstein is an educator and a lifelong student. 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.
Susan completed a long career in User Experience, designing computer systems and websites so that their users would be able to understand them. Susan has also spent many years as a Jewish educator. A passionate student of Jewish text and Hebrew language, she has learned at Hebrew University, Michlelet Bruria (now Ohr Torah Stone) 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 a founder and gabbait of the Women’s Tefillah Group of Raritan Valley, where she works on education and inclusiveness. She has served on the boards of her Modern Orthodox synagogue and mikvah.
Susan is also a musician, and is the conductor of the Central Jersey chapter of HaZamir, The International Jewish Teen Choir. She lives in Highland Park, New Jersey with her husband, and has three grown children, one in the Washington area, and two in Israel, all working in Jewish education.
publications and media
The Partnership Between God and Humans
The Legacy of Sarah
Remember What Happened on the Way Out of Egypt
Anxiety and Faith
The “Perfect” Kohen
#maharat10daysoftorah Purim 2022, Day 3
Dvar Torah; Multimedia
Holidays; Video Divrei Torah
Avraham: Patriarch and Father