Legal Fiction? Torah Narratives and the Formation of Rabbinic Law
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
Main Beit Midrash (third floor)
Hebrew College
Free


The stories of the Torah are not just stories. In the hands of the rabbis of the Talmud, they become sources of meaning and norms. Join Rabbi Jane Kanarek, associate professor of rabbinics at Hebrew College, and Rabbi Gordon Tucker, rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y., for a discussion of the origins of and future directions in Jewish law. The event is a celebration of Rabbi Kanarek’s new book “Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law.”

Making Adult Jewish Learning a Communal Priority: A Dialogue
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:30pm
Main Beit Midrash
Hebrew College
Free


As organizations around the country seek to advance adult Jewish learning, what role can and should federations play? Join in an enlightening conversation with leaders whose organizations, through a long and productive partnership, have changed the landscape of adult learning in Greater Boston. With Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, and Barry Shrage, president of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston.

Adults and Jewish Text Study: A View From the Inside
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 7:30pm
Conference Center
Hebrew College
Free


All teaching involves a set of dilemmas that teachers must confront. To use the word "dilemma" means that there is no simple solution to these issues, but by thinking about them and trying to unpack their significance we can move our practice as teachers of adults forward. In this session, Barry Holtz, the Theodore and Florence Baumritter Professor of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, will discuss some of these ongoing challenges and explore goals for Jewish adult learning.

The Genetic History of the Jewish People
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 - 3:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
Free


In 1921, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the Berlin rabbis in which he observed, “I notice that the word Jew is ambiguous in that it refers (1) to nationality and origin, (2) to the faith.” Population genetics research is adding new meaning to Einstein’s view of being Jewish by showing that the history of the Jews can be seen in their genes. Jews can be said to be a people with a shared genetic legacy, but not all Jews share the same genes, nor is having part of that legacy a requirement for being Jewish. Nonetheless, shared genetic legacy can be a factor in Jewish identity that takes its place alongside those factors identified by Einstein — nationality (or group membership), the culture emanating from group membership and shared religious belief. Dr. Harry Ostrer, professor of pathology, genetics and pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and director of genetic and genomic testing at Montefiore Medical Center, leads a discussion of this fascinating topic. Co-sponsored by Hebrew College and the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.

Interpreting Psalms: The Challenge of Writing a Jewish Critical Commentary
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Marc Brettler, who is part of a team writing a commentary on the biblical book of Psalms for the Jewish Publication Society Commentary Series, will discuss the many challenges presented by such an undertaking. Brettler is the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. His talk is part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.

The Nazis Next Door
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 - 7:30pm
Alumni Dining Hall
Hebrew College
Free


Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau unveils the secret history of how America became home to thousands of Nazi war criminals after World War II, many of whom were brought here by the OSS and CIA. Lichtblau will sign copies of "The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) following his talk.

Loving the Real Israel: An Educational Framework
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 - 6:30pm
Tichnor Conference Room
Hebrew College
Free


It's hard to be a liberal Zionist these days. Our liberalism often puts us at odds with the Israeli government, and sometimes with the Israeli people; our relationship with Israel navigates between, on the one hand, pride, defense and support for Israel's right to exist and flourish in peace and security, and on the other, anger, alienation, frustration, bewilderment and critique. In this session, we'll explore that navigation, and consider ways that Jewish leaders can frame for themselves and their communities relationships with Israel that contain all those emotions and ideas. With guest speaker Alex Sinclair, director of programs in Israel education and adjunct assistant professor in Jewish education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

CIRCLE House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
CIRCLE House
Andover Newton Theological School
Free


To mark the opening of the new CIRCLE House for interreligious programming, we will gather for a housewarming celebration, including a presentation by leading interfaith activist and writer Eboo Patel. We will also inaugurate the Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Library for Interreligious Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

Are Women and Gentiles "Persons"? Biblical and Rabbinic Perspectives
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

All ancient Jewish texts are androcentric and Judaeocentric — that is, they put men and Jews (and Judaism) at the center of their discourse and thinking. Occasionally, however, our texts allow us to see how the Israelites and their Jewish successors construed women and gentiles, two anomalous categories of human. Rabbi Shaye Cohen leads us on a discussion of this fascinating topic. His talk is part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.

Writing in the Dark: A Meeting With David Grossman
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Israeli author and social activist David Grossman delivers the inaugural Martin Kace Lecture, “Writing in the Dark,” in which he reflects on his work as a Jewish writer and public intellectual in contemporary Israeli society. The series honors the late Martin Kace, a successful businessman, teacher and social entrepreneur who engaged in a variety of innovative social, cultural and economic projects in Israel and the United States. Arrangements for the appearance of David Grossman made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y.

Jewish Difference and the Parish Priest: A 14th-Century German Guide to Christian-Jewish Coexistence
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

With Deeana Klepper, associate professor of religion at Boston University. Part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.

Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

With Maud Mandel, associate professor of history at Brown University. Part of "Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations," a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College's signature adult-learning program.

Celebrate 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm
Gann Academy
Waltham, Mass.


Hebrew College Me'ah has transformed our community. For 20 years, hundreds of adults have embarked on a two-year journey of study that has changed them and our world. We will honor the stories that have arisen from this remarkable initiative. With the support of CJP, the Boston Jewish community now boasts leaders and learners from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We celebrate the power of Me'ah!