Upcoming Events

Who by Fire: The 2016 Election and the Trials of the American Religion with Professor Yehudah Mirsky
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 - 1:00pm
Mishkan Tefila, 384 Harvard St., Brookline


Professor Yehudah Mirsky, Associate Professor of the Practice of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis University studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and completed his PhD in religion at Harvard. He worked in Washington as an aide to then-senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton Administration as special advisor in the U.S. State Department's Human Rights Bureau. From 2002-2012 he lived in Israel and was a fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute. He has written widely on politics, theology and culture for a number of publications including The New York Times, The New Republic and The Economist, and he is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret. After the attacks of September 11, he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. He is a member of the board of Ha-Tenuah Ya-Yerushalmit, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed volume, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press). This event is part of the Hebrew College-Congregation Mishkan Tefila educational series at the Mishkan Tefila Brookline location at 384 Harvard Street. This program will follow morning Shabbat services.

National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia, PA

Hebrew College's Dr. Keren McGinity, director of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education's new Interfaith Families and Jewish Engagement program, will be among the speakers at Interfaith Opportunity Summit: Embracing the New Jewish Reality at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The goal of the Summit is to explore – with funders, federations, leaders of Jewish organizations and interfaith family engagement practitioners – the issues that need to be addressed to have more interfaith families engage in Jewish life and community, and begin to build consensus for increased efforts towards that end. The event is sponsored by InterfaithFamily, in partnership with the Jewish Funders Network and the Jewish Federations of North America.


Tablet, the leading Jewish on-line magazine in North America, will be hosting a live production of its flagship podcast “Unorthodox” at Hebrew College on Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm. Expect lively audience interaction, fascinating conversation, and a plethora of perspectives. UPDATE! Interview guests, Jeff Jacoby Op-ed Columnist for the Boston Globe, Jeremy Hobson, Co- host of NPR's Here and Now, and retired General James "Tom" Hill will discuss Religion and the 2016 Presidential election. Hosts of the weekly podcast, Mark Oppenheimer, Tablet editor-at large and Los Angeles Times columnist, Tablet deputy editor, Stephanie Butnick and senior writer Liel Leibovitz, are known for their smart, fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture. General Admission: $20  | Students $10

Uncharted Journeys: Women Rabbis and the Transformation of Jewish Life An Evening of Stories and Song
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 - 8:00pm
Hebrew College


General Admission: $10 | Hebrew College Students register for free mstern@hebrewcollege.edu 

In just a few short decades, since rabbinical schools began ordaining women, women rabbis have transformed Jewish life around the world.  Rabbis Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Angela Warnick Buchdahl, Dianne Cohler-Esses, Laura Geller and Claudia Kreiman will reflect on their roles and experiences as spiritual guides, scholars, Jewish communal leaders, social activists, healers and teachers. In this joyful and spirited evening, moderated by Dr. Judith Rosenbaum of the Jewish Women’s Archive, we will hear from five remarkable women rabbis about the challenges and blessings they’ve encountered along the way, and join them as they share their visions for the future. This event is made possible with support from The Samuel Bronfman Foundation in celebration of Edgar M. Bronfman’s final book, Why Be Jewish and support from the Bronfman Youth Fellowships. Co-Sponsored by  Hebrew College, Jewish Women's Archive and Temple Beth Zion.

Fall 2016 CEO Forum: A Conversation with David Fialkow, Rob Biederman and Andy Levine
Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 - 7:30am
Berenson Hall


CEO Forum with David Fialkow, managing director of General Catalyst Partners in conversation with Rob Biederman, co-founder and CEO of Catalant and Andy Levine, founder and president of  DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear an interchange between a venture capitalist and two entrepreneurs. This event includes a kosher breakfast buffet. Hebrew College's CEO Forum Series aims to bridge academic Jewish studies and community needs by serving as a resource for leaders who want to engage in Jewish values and Jewish community. Buffet breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Program 8-9 a.m. Read more about the event and speakers.

Hebrew College and BU School of Theology Collaborative Panel: Religion and Race in the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle
Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 - 5:00pm
BU School of Theology, Community Center, Lower Level. 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

You are cordially invited to attend the first public program of a new collaboration between the BU School of Theology and Hebrew College. Following a welcome by Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean of the BU School of Theology, Hebrew College President Rabbi Daniel Lehmann will moderate a discussion  featuring three distinguished panelists speaking about the timely issue of Religion and Race in the 2016 Presidential Cycle:
Dr. Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion, Boston University
Dr. Susannah Heschel, Chair, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College
Dr. Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University
During a reception that will follow, Rabbi Or Rose, Director of Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership, will speak about the collaboration between the BU School of Theology and Hebrew College.
The evening will close with words of blessing from Salma Kazmi, Boston Islamic Seminary; Rev. Dr. Bryan Stone, Boston University; and Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace, Andover Newton Theological School

Free | Registration Required

Rabbi David Jaffe, Founder of the Kirva Institute for Torah and Spiritual Practice, will offer lessons from his recently published book Changing the World from the Inside OutA Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change.  Drawing on centuries of Jewish wisdom, Rabbi Jaffe will discuss key Jewish spiritual principles and practices for becoming wiser, more compassionate people while transforming the world around us. A social justice advocate, Rabbi Jaffe’s work explores the intersection of moral-spiritual development and ethical action in the world. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Bat Ayin Yeshiva in Israel and is a trained social worker. A book signing and reception will follow the event.

Rabbi Jaffe will be teaching the course "Inner Life and Social Activism" this fall on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Hebrew College as part of the Rabbinical School's new Spirituality and Social Justice Leadership Program. The program, and this course, are open to community members as well as Rabbinical School students.

For the Love of God and Country: Jews, American Religion, and the 2016 Presidential Election in Historical Context with Dr. Jonathan Golden
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 - 1:00pm
Mishkan Tefila, 384 Harvard St., Brookline

Dr. Golden will speak about How American Jews voted in 2016 and how the 2016 Jewish vote compared with past presidential elections. He will explore these questions through exit polls, the Pew Research Center's Portrait of American Jews, and broader voting patterns of other American religious groups.

Jonathan Golden, PhD, is the Israel Curriculum Coordinator and an American History teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, MA, where he has taught since 1999. During his career at Gann, Dr. Golden has taught AP American History, chaired the History Department, and served as Assistant Head of School and Director of Academic Operations. As a member of a Conservative synagogue in his childhood, a Reform community in college, modern Orthodox synagogues in his 20s and the independent Temple Beth Zion today, Dr. Golden is interested in historical and contemporary questions of Jewish pluralism. In 2007, he was the recipient of Hebrew College’s Sydney Hillson Memorial Award for Distinguished Leadership in and Commitment to Jewish Education. In 2014, he received the AJC Boston Young Leadership Award. He is the Chair of AJC ACCESS Boston, the young leadership division of the American Jewish Committee’s Boston office. Dr. Golden serves on the board of trustees for Camp Yavneh which he attended for 13 summers as a camper and counselor. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his MJEd from Hebrew College and PhD from Brandeis University. 

This event is part of the Hebrew College-Congregation Mishkan Tefila educational series. It will be held at the Mishkan Tefila Brookline location, 384 Harvard Street. This program will follow morning Shabbat services.

Kol Arev at the Boston Byzantine Music Festival: Sacred Voices, Sacred Traditions
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 - 7:30pm
Sacred Voices, Sacred Traditions November 12, 2016, 7:30pm First Church in Cambridge

Kol Arev, Hebrew College’s Chamber Choir performs Jewish music of many different genres and centuries as part of the Byzantine Music Festival. They will sing selections from the traditions of Klezmer, Chazzanut, 19th century Choral and from Contemporary repertoire, based on ancient Jewish chant, cantorial modes and liturgical melodies and will include instrumental as well as solo vocal music. The festival explores the medieval, post-medieval, and contemporary liturgical and para-liturgical music of Christianity and Judaism. 

Ta Sh'ma (Come and Hear) Open House: Rabbinical School and School of Jewish Music
Monday, Nov 14, 2016 - 8:00am
Hebrew College

Get a taste of rabbinical school or cantorial school as you join with students for a day of learning on “Inheriting and Innovating: Finding Our Place in Jewish Practice and Leadership.” Explore theology, text and ritual with outstanding faculty; engage with a diverse community of rabbinic and Jewish music students; tand our our beautiful facilities and the surrounding community. Food and housing are provided at no cost.There is also an option to stay for Tuesday, November 15 for a regular day of classes. Registration and schedule coming soon. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rabbi Daniel Klein, director of admissions for the Rabbinical School, or Bob Gielow, Director of Enrollment Management.



The sacred bond between teachers and their students lies at the heart of Jewish mysticism. This free Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education webinar will explore some core Hasidic teachings on the soulful encounter between the master and disciple. Drawing upon both Hasidic homilies and stories, we will examine different models of student-teacher relationship in the Hasidic legacy with an eye to the great power, sensitivity and potential dangers of this bond. We will also highlight the relevance of these Hasidic teachings for our contemporary lives as students and teachers alike. Instructor: Rabbi Ariel Mayse, Director of Jewish Studies, Hebrew College, Newton, MA.

10th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy with Professor Glenn Dynner In 19th century Eastern Europe, liquor was the region's boom industry,
and Jews were believed to be the only group sober enough to be entrusted with its
production and sale. Jewish tavern keepers became integral to both local
economies and local social life, presiding over Christian celebrations and
dispensing advice, medical remedies and loans. The lucrative trade reflects an
impressive level of level of Jewish-Christian coexistence that contrasts with
the more familiar story of anti-Semitism and violence. Professor Glenn Dynner
is author of YankelÆs Tavern: Jews, Liquor & Life in the Kingdom of
(Oxford University Press, 2014), Professor of Religion at Sarah
Lawrence College and Associate Editor of the journal Jewish History.
Refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture. Admission is free and
advance registration is recommended. TCo-sponsored by Hebrew College and the
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.

Illuminating the beauty of Kabbalat Shabbat: An evening of art, song and learning with artist Debra Band and Introduction by Rabbi Arthur Green
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

General Admission: $10 | Hebrew College Students register for free mstern@hebrewcollege.edu 

The spiritual glory of creation and the wonders of its embodiment in nature are celebrated in Band’s visual interpretation of the beloved mystical traditions of the Kabbalat Shabbat customs and will be highlighted in this engaging slide-discussion. Band’s illuminated paintings with their poetic translations of the blessings and prayers for greeting Shabbat will be on exhibit and available in her new book Kabbalat Shabbat The Grand Unification. Debra Band’s work in Hebrew illuminated manuscripts draws upon her love of both the manuscript arts and biblical studies.  Her work includes illuminated and papercut books and ketubot, other manuscript pieces and papercuts. Kabbalat Shabbat: the Grand Unification will be available for purchase at the book signing following the event. Co-hosted with Temple Beth Zion.

Threads of Identity: A Conversation with Three Contemporary Jewish Women Authors
Thursday, Dec 15, 2016 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

General Admission: $10 | Hebrew College Students register for free mstern@hebrewcollege.edu 

The Jewish Women’s Archive and Hebrew College are thrilled to bring together three Jewish women authors—Jennifer Brown (Modern Girls, 2016), Tova Mirvis (Visible City, 2014, The Outside World, 2004, The Ladies Auxiliary, 1999), and Anna Solomon (Leaving Lucy Pear 2016, Labor Day, 2014, The Little Bride, 2011)—whose novels feature Jewish women protagonists. Join us as we explore how and why writers make certain choices about the storylines of their characters, how their identities as Jewish women inform their storytelling, and what implications these have on our experiences as readers. Moderated by Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive.  Books will be sold and a book signing will follow the event – just in time for Hanukkah!

Voices of Resilience and Hope: A Concert and Conversation with activists Rabbi Shoshana Friedman, Rev. Mariama White-Hammond and Rev. Fred Small
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

General Admission: $10 | Hebrew College Students register for free mstern@hebrewcollege.edu 

Nourishing our spirits is vital to sustaining a life of activism. These three inspirational spiritual leaders -- who champion the cause of social justice through their song -- will reflect on the significance of music in their own spiritual lives and in their work for climate justice. Their voices will uplift and empower each of us to continue the important work of healing our broken world.Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Brookline. She is a leader in the interfaith climate justice movement and recently started ClergyClimateAction.org. Rev. Mariama White-Hammond is the Ecological Justice Minister at Bethel AME Church. Rev. Mariama uses her preaching, writing, singing and activism to foster a spirit-led intersectional movement for justice.Rev. Fred Small is Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church (Unitarian Universalist), Boston, and Director of Faith Outreach for Climate XChange. This event is made possible with support from the Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation.


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