Stories by and about Hebrew College students and alumni.

New cantor Lawrence refers to Emanu El as 'family'

cantor rick lawrenceJULY 8, 2014 — Cantor Rick Lawrence, new cantor of Temple Emanu El in Orange, said when he came for his job interview, he felt welcomed as part of the family. “I always found myself saying, ‘being part of the Temple Emanu El family,’ rather than ‘part of the (temple) staff,’” he said. “They are clearly a family.” Read story

The women rabbis of New Mexico

women rabbis in new mexicoJULY 15, 2014 — When I tell East Coast Jews that I’m from New Mexico, the first question out of their mouths is invariably, “Are there Jews in New Mexico?” Once I’ve quashed the temptation to shoot back, “What do YOU think?” I go on to explain. Yes, there are Jews in New Mexico. > Read story


The Boston Globe recently profiled two graduates of the Rabbinical School's Class of 2014, Jessica Kate Meyer and Joel Baron.

From 'The Pianist' film role into real life as a rabbi

jessica kate meyerJULY 5, 2014 — After a prominent role in Roman Polanski’s acclaimed 2002 Holocaust film “The Pianist,” Jessica Kate Meyer was poised for a screen career. But that star turn ultimately sent her in a very different direction. > Read story

Joel Baron is North America's oldest newly ordained rabbi

joel baronJUNE 8, 2014 — Last Sunday was a day of dual celebration for Joel Baron. In the morning he received a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College Rabbinical School in Newton. That afternoon, Baron was one of 14 graduates being ordained as rabbis, in a moving ceremony at Chestnut Hill’s Temple Mishkan Tefila. > Read story


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