Upcoming Events

2016 Commencement and Ordination Ceremonies
Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 - 10:00am
Bereneson Hall and Temple Reyim
By Invitation


The College’s 91st annual commencement and ordination exercises will take place on Sunday June 5, 2016. The academic ceremony will be held at Hebrew College in the morning followed by a celebratory luncheon and an afternoon ordination ceremony at Temple Reyim in Newton. Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward, America’s foremost national Jewish news organization, will offer the address to the graduates and receive an honorary degree. In addition, three members of the Jewish community also will receive honorary degrees in recognition of their outstanding leadership and dedication to Jewish learning: Rabbi David Ellenson, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and former president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Joshua R. Jacobson, professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University, visiting professor in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College and founder/director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston; and Diane Troderman, former chair of Jewish Education Service of North America. 

General Commencement Ceremony – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hebrew College
Cantorial and Rabbinical Ordination – 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Temple Reyim, Newton, MA

Prayer Leader Summer Institute: Week long courses throughout June and July
Monday, Jun 6, 2016 - 9:30am
Hebrew College
Student & Community Pricing

Sing, Create, Explore this summer. Do you love to sing, play, teach, or lead Jewish music? Whether you are a lay leader, student, musician or teacherif you are interested in honing your musical skills and expanding your understanding of prayer—from traditional liturgy to contemporary niggunim from klezmer to sacred drumming —join us at Hebrew College’s Prayer Leader Summer Institute. Pick from an array of pluralistic offerings that fit your interests and schedule and learn with accomplished musicians and master teachers including:

Cantor Jeff Klepper: Songleading in the Service and Contemporary Repertoire -Two Fridays, June 10 & 24
Rabbi Sruli Dresdner: Contemporary Models: Niggun and Klezmer June 27-July 1:
Mitch  Gordon: Sacred Drumming July 18-29
Shir Yaakov Feit: Contemporary Models: Renewal July 25-29
Ellen Allard: Pedagogy of Music: Teaching Music -July 25-29

An Evening of Klezmer Music with Sruli & Lisa
Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

Featuring Sruli Dresdner, Lisa Mayer & Zachary Mayer. Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Sruli and Lisa play clarinet, violin, accordion, bass recorder, cello and drum, and perform and teach klezmer and Hasidic music and dance all over the country. Sponsored by the School of Jewish Music’s Prayer Leader Summer Institute, June 6-July 29, 2016. The institute is open to the public and classes are available individually and in 1-, 2- and 3-week sessions. For more information visit the School of Jewish Music website.


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