Notable & Quotable

Rabbi Shoshana Friedman, Rab'14, assistant rabbi at Temple Sinai in Brookline, Mass., was quoted in a July 27 Boston Globe article about Sunday's organized demonstration, led by area religious leaders, against Spectra Engergy's proposed expansion of a New Jersey-to-Boston gas pipeline that would run under several city streets in West Roxbury, Dedham and Westwood, Mass. Friedman said climate change is the pressing moral issue of our time, and religious leaders must speak out against practices that are destroying the environment. “The continuity of a livable planet starts in these very small and symbolic moments,” she said. — Posted July 27, 2015


Rabbi Randy Kafka, Rab'08, spiritual leader at Temple Kol Tikvah in Sharon, Mass., has self-published "So May It Be: Reflections on What Really Matters," a collection of her High Holy Day sermons of the last five years. She previously published "Bloom Where You Are Planted: A Spiritual Guide to Putting Down Roots." — Posted July 24, 2015


Rachel Raz, MJEd'04, director of the Early Childhood Institute, has published her second children's book, "The Colors of Israel" (Kar-Ben Publishing). Aimed at children 2 to 8 years old, the book showcases the many vibrant and beautiful colors of the land of Israel, from the red double-decker train in Akko to orange beach umbrellas in Tel Aviv. Raz served as both writer and photographer of the publication, which includes the English, Hebrew and transliterated words for all the colors. — Posted July 17, 2015


Cantor Kimberly Singer, MJEd'09, Can'09, has been named spiritual leader and religious school director at Temple Shir Shalom, a Reform congregation in Oviedo, Fla. She previously served as director of the choir and religious school at Temple Emanuel Sinai in Worcester, Mass. Singer told the Heritage Florida Jewish News that, as her own practice of Juadiasm grows, she looks forward to making an impact at her new congregation. "My core belief is that everything in life is potentially holy," she said. "It's much easier to find the holiness in a glorious sunset than in rush-hour traffic, so that would certainly be one of the challenges!" — Posted June 28, 2015


Rabbi Jane Kanarek, associate professor of rabbinics, served as co-editor, along with Charlotte Fonrobert and Marjorie Lehman, of the latest volume of Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues. The issue is a collection of feminist interpretations of the Talmud in honor of Rabbi Judith Hauptman's 70th birthday. Published by Indiana University Press, Nashim provides an international, interdisciplinary academic forum for the innovative work being done in Jewish women's and gender studies. — Posted June 25, 2015


Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, has been appointed to a committee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis that will focus on the future of Reform Jewish publishing. The group will consider current and anticipated future trends in publishing as well as how Jewish publishing impacts Jewish life as it seeks to set a roadmap for Reform Jewish publishing for the next 10 years. Members will participate in several webinars over the summer before coming together at a symposium in New York in October. — Posted June 19, 2015


Rabbi Tiferet Gordon Berenbaum, Rab'13, spiritual leader of the Reconstructionist Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee, was profiled along with her husband, Joel, in a June 14 article in the Jewish Daily Forward. She is one of a handful of African-American rabbis to be ordained in the United States. Asked to describe her typical week, Berenbaum replied, "I love my schedule. I wake up when I want and set my own hours. Sometimes that's a blessing because I need to sleep in or do errands. Sometimes I sit in one spot and work from morning to night. But, I'm happy with it. Sunday is a community day, usually with music rehearsals for Friday nights or some community event. Mondays are my day off, I usually learn with my rabbi, Sarah Bracha, my chevruta sister in Boulder, Colo. I've started a Jewish after-school program here called Yavneh, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays are crazy because I'm usually putting the finishing touches on Shabbos services. Joel knows to stay out of my way." — Posted June 15, 2015


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (above left), dean of the Rabbinical School, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from her alma mater, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, during the school's graduation ceremonies June 7. The honor coincides with Anisfeld's 25 years working in the rabbinate. She was recognized for enriching and supporting the lives of her students, both at Hebrew College and at Tufts, Yale and Harvard Hillels, and for helping nurture strong and vibrant Jewish communities through her writing and teaching. — Posted June 9, 2015


Rabbi Elisha Paul, Cert'14, head of school at Sulam, a K-12 Jewish school for diverse learners in Rockville, Md., has been appointed head of the Jewish High School of Connecticut in Stamford, Conn. He begins his new job July 1. "I am honored and excited to become JHSC's next head of school," Paul said. "In its relatively short existence, JHSC has already set itself apart as an excellent educational institution, steeped in Jewish values, and providing students with all of the skills they will need to succeed as leaders in their chosen fields and interests." Read more at the Connecticut Jewish Ledger website. — Posted May 21, 2015


Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion, delivered a lecture, "Day 46: Almost to the Mountain," May 20 at The Kitchen, a start-up religious community in San Francisco. — Posted May 20, 2015


Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky, Rab'08, founding rabbi of the independent congregation Ruach Ami in Santiago, Chile, has been appointed rabbi of Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto, Calif. Koritzinsky, a one-time Jewish community organizer in the former Soviet Union, will begin his new job July 20. Etz Chayim, which has 300 member families, melds Reform and Conservative traditions with elements from across the spectrum of Judaism. See more at the j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. — Posted April 25, 2015


Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, was a respondent at an April 15 seminar celebrating Jonathan Krasner's appointment to the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Educational Research at Brandeis University. — Posted April 16, 2015


Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion, was quoted in a March 28 Boston Globe article about the growth of Chabad houses in Greater Boston over the past decade. "They've tapped into a real longing of people for something more serious and more spiritually alive," Green said. "Many synagogue services are rather dull, and something about Chabad captures a sort of new energy. They're very old fashioned, and in some ways they are the old European product, but they have a kind of spiritual passion about them that people long for and don't find in their liberal synagogues." — Posted March 28, 2015


Ayalon Eliach, a rabbinical student at Hebrew College, is one of 12 seminary and divinity school students chosen by FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) to participate in a two-week program for future clergy that will take place this summer in New York, Germany and Poland. Over the course of 12 days, he will participate in seminars run by leading scholars who serve as FASPE faculty, and attend lectures with a range of guest speakers. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical and literary sources; survivor testimony; and workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz and Krakow. — Posted March 27, 2015  


Cantor Brian Mayer, dean of the School of Jewish Music, conducted HaZamir, the International Jewish High School Choir, at the Lincoln Center in New York City on March 22. The choir is composed of 350 teens from 26 chapter choirs from across the United States and Israel. — Posted March 23, 2015 


Rabbi Elyssa Auster, Rab'11, director of Jewish life at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville, Md., was named to the Jewish Daily Forward's list of America's Most Inspriring Rabbis for 2015. Thirty-three winners were selected by the paper, based on nominations from the public. Deb Litman nominated Auster in her capacity as visiting rabbi at B'er Chayim Temple in Cumberland, Md., where Litman serves as president. "Rabbi Auster brings a sincere and contagious joy for all things Jewish," Litman wrote. "She has given me, and others in our congregation, a renewed sense of excitement about our own Judaism." — Posted March 23, 2015


Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, wrote an article, "Children's Writings About God," for the Spring 2015 issue of HaYidion magazine, published by RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network. The article is available here (pdf). — Posted March 23, 2015 


Kate Judd, a 2015 cantorial candidate in the School of Jewish Music, was profiled in the March 18 issue of The Commons, an independent weekly in Brattleboro, Vt. Upon graduation, Judd will begin as cantor of the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, where she has served as spiritual adviser since 2013. "We've got a special kind of thing here, and it's different from the experience of the city or suburban Jew," she said. "I'm thrilled and delighted we made a good match." — Posted March 20, 2015 


Daniel Brosgol, director of Prozdor, was elected to a three-year term on the Bedford (Mass.) School Committee during town elections March 14. Brosgol, who won with 54 percent of the vote, took the oath of office this morning. He will take his seat on the committee Wednesday. — Posted March 16, 2015 


Rabbis Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Daniel Klein, Ebn Leader, Nehemia Polen and Or Rose participated in a daylong symposium, "Leaving Egypt Today: Passover Practices for Body and Soul," March 15 at the Schechter School in New York City. The symposium, co-hosted by Romemu, explored theological, ethical and ritual dimensions of Passover through text, prayer and song. — Posted March 15, 2015


Rabbi Daniel Klein, director of student life and director of admissions for the Rabbinical School, participated on a panel, "You Say Rabbi, I Say Shmabbi: A Conversation About the Future of Jewish Leadership," hosted Feb. 28 by Mishkan Chicago. Klein and fellow panelists Rabbi Benay Lappe of SVARA, Dan Liebenson from the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, and Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann of Mishkan Chicago discussed what it takes to lead Jews in the 21st century.  — Posted Feb. 28, 2015


Bernice Lerner, director of adult learning, published an article, "Moving Toward Jewish Literacy," in eJewish Philanthropy, in which she discusses the successes of Hebrew College's Meah, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, Eser and Leaders in Adult Learning programs. "Through our Hebrew College-Combined Jewish Philanthropie partnership," she wrote,"we have been able to build on successes and try new ventures. We strive to create warm, welcoming and stimulating learning environments for adults of all ages and backgrounds." — Posted Feb. 19, 2015


Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, and Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Cert'14, led a track on adolscent spirituality at NFTY Convention 2015 Feb. 13 to 17 in Atlanta. The leadership summit included one member of each of three cohorts of the Hebrew College Jewish emerging educators fellowship (JEEP), plus many of the Hebrew College's Professional development Institute for the BBYO organisation. — Posted Feb. 18, 2015


Rabbi Suzanne Offit, a 2009 graduate of the Rabbinical School and a member of the Board of Trustees, has been elected board chair of the Hadassah Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York City. "I am excited to take on this new challenge," Offit said in a release. "Both our new as well as continuing board members are well-equipped to further our mission to empower girls and women in Israel and the United States." — Posted Feb. 18, 2015


Rabbi Dan Judson, director of professional development and placement at the Rabbinical School, was quoted in a Feb. 2 New York Times article about the trend of temples and synagogues moving from a dues-based to voluntary-membership systems. "The dues system has fallen out of alignment with the zeitgeist," Judson said. "People want to feel that whatever they want to give to a religious community should be valued as a gift. They don't want to feel like they're giving money and still it's not good enough." — Posted Feb. 2, 2015


Cantor Louise Treitman, associate dean of the School of Jewish Music, sang with Zamir Chorale of Boston at the fourth annual Louis Lewandowski Festival Dec. 19 to 21 in Berlin, Germany. Joshua Jacobson, visiting professor and senior consultant in the School of Jewish Music, serves as conductor of the chorale. — Posted Dec. 22, 2014


Rabbi Micha'el Rosenberg, assistant professor of rabbinics, wrote an article, "The Conflation of Purity and Prohibition: An Interpretation of Leviticus 18:19," that was published in the October issue of the Harvard Theological Review. The article examines an issue that has received scant attention is recent studies of ritual impurity in biblical literature and early Judaism: the menstural laws of Leviticus.  — Posted Dec. 4, 2014


Bernice Lerner, director of adult learning, co-authored an article, "Boundary Crossers: Adult Jewish Learning Summit Explores Collaboration," that was published Nov. 16 on the eJewish Philanthropy website. — Posted Nov. 16, 2014


Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, and Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion and rector of the Rabbinical School, led a panel discussion, "Jews in the Pews: A Portrait of Jewish America," Nov. 9 at Temple Israel of Natick. — Posted Nov. 9, 2014


Rabbi Israel de la Piedra, Rab'13, was profiled in an Oct. 20 South Florida Sun-Sentinal story for his work at the Miami Jewish Health Systems, an innovative healthcare provider with nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities and independent-living facilities. De la Piedra recently joined the organization as director of spiritual care. "I'm enormously excited. It's not every day that one has the opportunity of joining an institution like Miami Jewish Health Systems," de la Piedra said. "I think the objective of basing our work in Jewish values such as honoring our elders, hospitality and taking care of the sick and the frail, while at the same time celebrating diversity, is a great thing."  — Posted Oct. 24, 2014


Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion and rector of the Rabbinical School, served as scholar-in-residence for "Coming Home to Our Soul: Preparing for the Holy Days" Sept. 12 and 13 at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, in Stowe, Vt. Green delivered a sermon and lecture on Friday evening and led text study on Saturday. — Posted Sept. 13, 2014


Risa Wallach, MJEd'14, was profiled in a Sept. 11 JWeekly.com article on new cantors in the Bay Area. Wallach, who will receive cantorial ordination next year, is a former social worker who was inspired to pursue the cantorate after being asked to help lead services. "The more I learned, the more I realized I wanted to become a cantor," she said.  — Posted Sept. 12, 2014


Sarah Bolts, a fourth-year student in the cantor-educator program, was featured in the Aug. 28 edition of the Brookline (Mass.) Tab. She discussed what a cantorial singer does and why she decided to become a cantor. See story here. — Posted Aug. 29, 2014


Nathan DeGroot, a fifth-year Rabbinical School student, received a $25,000 grant from the Natan Fund and NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation in support of his cooperative Jewish community and grassroots incubator, Mikdash, in Portland, Ore. The 2014 Natan/NEXT Grants for Social Entrepreneurs support ongoing cultural, spiritual, educational, service and community-building projects run by Jewish adults for their peers. See press release here. — Posted Aug. 19, 2014


Emilia Diamant, director of programming and initiatives at Prozdor, presented three sessions at NewCAJE 5, held Aug. 10 to 13 in Los Angeles. They were "Pop Culture Isn't Scary," "Social Work Principles in Jewish Education" and "A New Model for Social-Justice Education." — Posted Aug. 18, 2014


Rabbi Jane Kanarek, associate professor of rabbinics, had her book "Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law" published by Cambridge University Press. Drawing on legal theory and models of rabbinic exegesis, Kanarek argues in the book for the centrality of biblical narrative in the formation of rabbinic law. — Posted Aug. 14, 2014


Rabbi Hannah Orden, Rab'10, was quoted in an Aug. 1 article on the Madison (N.J.) Eagle website about her new rabbinical position at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Summit, N.J. "This is my passion," said Orden, a former teacher, actor and writer, "to build communities where people can make connections with each other, with Torah and with the divine spark in each of us and in the world." — Posted Aug. 2, 2014


Ri J. Turner, Cert'14, a student in the Rabbinical School, published an article, "The Women Rabbis of New Mexico: Southwest Offers Fertile Spiritual Environment for Rabbinate," in the July 25, 2014, issue of the Jewish Daily Forward. — Posted July 15, 2014


Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, presented three sessions at the Limmud Bay Area Conference July 13 and 14 at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. They were "Creativity as a Jewish Educational Imperative," "Jewish Pluralism: Contemporary Contemplations on Rabbinical Radicalism" and "New Paradigms for a Postmodern Judaism: The Thought of Rabbi David Hartman." — Posted July 15, 2014


Rabbi Minna Bromberg, Rab'10, was profiled in the Reading (Pa.) Eagle July 12 about her new position at Hebrew College. This fall, she begins work as coordinator of the Rabbinical School's Year in Israel program in Jerusalem, where she'll teach about a dozen students. "I very much look forward to working with rabbinical students," she said. "I feel like the time is right for me to do this." — Posted July 13, 2014


Cantor Rick Lawrence, MJEd'14, Can'14, was profiled in the Cleveland Jewish News July 8 about his new position at Temple Emanu El in Orange, Ohio. "I see a cantor as an educator and as a community builder through the music that we make together," he said. "One of my goals is to help people make educated decisions about how they practice their Judaism, especially because Jewish practice is such a personal experience that is done inside of a communal setting." — Posted July 9, 2014


Bernice Lerner, director of adult learning, was featured in a Q&A in the May 21 Newton Tab. The article focused on Hebrew College's three adult-learning programs — Me'ah, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens and Eser. "Our aim is to awaken adult learners to the relevance and beauty of Jewish texts, to spur positive personal and communal transformation and to inspire continued learning," Lerner said. "We want adult learners to think about what it means to lead an ethical life, and what is worth transmitting to future generations." — Posted May 22, 2014


Cantor Brian Mayer, dean of the School of Jewish Music, was honored May 18 by Temple Emanu-El in Providence, R.I., for 25 years of service to the synaogue and the larger Jewish community. Mayer was cited for his commitment to the temple's youth, his religious school teaching and the development of the Kol Kesem/HaZamir teen choir. He has also established two adult choirs, Shir Emanu-El and the Temple Emanu-El choir, as well as the Shabbat Chai and Kol Klezmer bands. — Posted May 19, 2014


Sandy Miller-Jacobs, former professor of special education in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College, was presented with the S'fatai Tiftakh (Open My Lips) Award at the college's sixth annual GISHA conference May 4.  — Posted May 5, 2014


Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin, Rab'11, spiritual leader of Congregation Sha'arei Shalom in Ashland, Mass., was featured in an online Jewish Advocate story (sub.) for her efforts in advocating for a raise in the state's minimum wage. She was among 23 clergy who went to the Statehouse April 10 to urge lawmakers to pass a strong minimum wage bill. "I think people often think this is somebody else's problem and that Jews don't face poverty," Ronkin said. "But in Ashland, our people are struggling, the economy has hit them hard." — Posted April 23, 2014


Rabbi Dan Judson, director of professional development and placement at the Rabbinical School, was quoted in an April 20 Boston Globe North story about the trend of area temples and synagogues moving from a dues-based to voluntary-membership systems. "In the contemporary milieu, people don't want to feel like they're being obligated to pay for their synagogue the same way they pay dues to a health club," Judson said. "They want to feel like they are giving freely and of their heart to a community that means something to them." — Posted April 20, 2014


Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, and Emilia Diamant, director of programming and initiatives for Prozdor, were featured speakers at "Bring Learning to Life," a program honoring President Barry Shrage's 25th anniversary at CJP, April 6 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston. — Posted April 7, 2014


Emilia Diamant, director of programming and initiatives for Prozdor, co-authored a commentary, "Cultivating a Spiritual Intensity," for the journal Sh'ma, which appeared online April 1. — Posted April 2, 2014


Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Rab'12, was the subject of an April 4 feature article in the New Haven (Conn.) Independent. Tasman is leading a three-week program that combines her love of yoga with the havdalah religious ceremony that marks the end of the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday evenings. "When you come into yoga, that's like having a mini-Shabbat," she said. — Posted April 5, 2014


Cantor Brian Mayer, dean of the School of Jewish Music, conducted Max Helfman's setting of "Hashkiveinu" at the 21st annual concert of HaZamir, the international Jewish high school choir, today at Carnegie Hall in New York City. — Posted March 30, 2014


Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion and rector of the Rabbinical School, led a daylong conference, "Neochasidism: Inspirational Chasidic Insights for the 21st Century," March 23 at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, N.Y. Other participants from Hebrew College were Rabbi Ebn Leader, faculty member in the Rabbinical School; Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Center for Global Judaism; and Jessica Kate Meyer, a student in the Rabbinical School. — Posted March 24, 2014


Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, led two sessions for the Jewish Educators Council of Rochester, N.Y., on March 20. One sessions was devoted to the changing landscape and ecosystem of Jewish education; the other introduced the spiritual pedagogy of Torah Godly Play. — Posted March 21, 2014


hinda eisen delivers klein lecture at northeastern universityHinda Tzivia Eisen, Can'14, MAJS'14, delivered the Gideon Klein Lecture Tuesday at Northeastern University's Holocaust Commemoration event. Eisen's pre­sen­ta­tion hon­ored German-Jewish inmates at the West­er­bork deten­tion camp, who staged six the­atrical pro­duc­tions from July 1943 to June 1944. Located in the north­east region of the Nether­lands, the camp famously housed Anne Frank and her family before they were deported to Auschwitz. See story here. — Posted March 19, 2014


Emilia Diamant, director of programming and initiatives at Prozdor, was quoted in a March 16 Boston Sunday Globe article [sub.] on the affect the political crisis in Ukraine is having on that country's Jewish population. Diamant recently led a group of high-school students on a weeklong trip to the Ukranian city of Dnepropetrovskl, home to 40,000 to 50,000 Jews. She said she told her students, "Some day your kids will study this, and you will tell them 'I was there.' We were there for one of the turning points, for a historic world moment." — Posted March 16, 2014


Andrea Kasper, MJEd'07, director of teaching and learning at the Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore, has been appointed head of school at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford in Connecticut. In addition to her career as a Jewish educator, Kasper is also a contemporary dancer who has performed and choreographed throughout the United States and danced with the Momentum Dance Company in Panama City, Panama. See full release of her appointment. — Posted March 9, 2014


Rabbi Dan Judson, director of professional development and placement at the Rabbinical School, was the featured subject of Reform Judaism magazine's spring 2014 cover story, "When Jews Choose Their Dues." Judson, who has written extensively on the history of American synagogues and money, discussed the new "free will"  model of congregational support — whereby members pledge an annual contribution of their own volition — being adopted by many Reform synagogues. "Ultimately, I think we are going to see many more congregations adopting a free will model," Judson said. "Members want to feel good about giving to their synagogue, and this system allows that to happen in deeper ways than a dues model." — Posted March 5, 2014


Cantor Lynn Torgove, MAJS'11, Can'12, head of vocal arts in the School of Jewish Music, was a featured mezzo soprano solist in Zamir Chorale of Boston's March 2 performance of the oratorio "Like Wildflowers Suddenly" at Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Josh Jacobson, visiting professor in the School of Jewish Music, served as conductor. — Posted March 3, 2014