Upcoming Events


The State of World Jewry
Sunday, Jan 11, 2015 - 3:00pm
Temple Beth Sholom
Framingham, Mass.
$5


As conflicts in Israel and other areas of the world persist, new waves of anti-Semitism are being reported. What are the challenges and threats facing the Jewish people today, in the United States, Europe, Israel and elsewhere? Will anti-Semitism ever be eradicated? Watch outspoken law professor Alan Dershowitz and renowned historian Deborah Lipstadt in this prerecorded program from the 92nd Street Y in New York City, as they discuss and debate many facets of this timely and important issue. Moderated by network television’s Jeff Greenfield. Co-sponsored by Hebrew College.

Israel's Seinfeldian Elections About Nothing — and Why They Are So Important
Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
Free


The candidates for Israel's March 17 early elections are focused on personality-politics and coalition computations. Yet polls indicate that the public knows better: These elections are critical to the future direction of Israeli society. Eetta Prince-Gibson, an award-winning journalist and lecturer on Israeli society and politics, discusses the issues and personalities that will ultimately determine whether the Likud party continues to hold sway over the country's national conversation.

1913: Seeds of Conflict — Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Most observers consider the Balfour Declaration and Mandate period of the 1920s as the origin of today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Breaking new ground, "1913: Seeds of Conflict," a one-hour documentary directed by filmmaker Ben Loeterman, explores the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before World War I, when Arabs and Jews coexisted in harmony as Ottomans, each yearning for a land to call their own. Loeterman will lead a discussion and answer questions following the screening.

Third Annual BTI Choirfest
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
Wilson Chapel
Andover Newton Theological School


Featuring musical performances by member groups of the Boston Theological Institute, including Kol Arev, the chamber choir of Hebrew College. More details forthcoming.

Sixth Annual GISHA Conference: Excellence in Inclusion
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 - 3:00pm
— Monday, Mar 16, 2015 - 5:00pm
Hebrew College


This year's conference, organized by the Center for Jewish Special Education at Hebrew College, will offer innovative strategies for supporting students with special needs in a wide range of inclusive educational settings. Participants may choose from 25 workshops with diverse topics. Yoni Schwab, assistant head of school at the Shefa School in New York City, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will also include a special presentation of Sivan Ben Yishai's award-winning play "Never Ever Ever." Proposals for workshops are now being accepted here.

Jewish Difference and the Parish Priest: A 14th-Century German Guide to Christian-Jewish Coexistence
Wednesday, Mar 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.

Bar Mitzvah: A History
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
Tichnor Conference Rooms 1 and 2
Hebrew College
Free


How did bar and bat mitzvah develop over centuries from an obscure legal ritual into a core component of Judaism? How did girls come to be included in a ceremony originally for boys only? When did rabbis and congregations begin to complain that parties had gotten too big and lavish? Michael Hilton, rabbi at Kol Chai Hatch End Jewish Community in London, discusses these and other questions from his new book "Bar Mitzvah: A History" (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Hilton will sign copies of the book following his talk.

Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict
Thursday, Apr 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!

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