Upcoming Events

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In conjunction with the “Deathbed Wisdom” conversation, Hebrew College will hold the opening of the Photographic Exhibit: “The Persistence of Memory: Photographs from a Genizah “ by Vivien Goldman. Goldman’s strikingly beautiful images taken at the Baker Street cemetery genizah in West Roxbury, capture the age-old graceful Hebrew script, found on the fraying edges and bindings of sacred books- and in the remains of tefillan and tallitot. The exhibit which will be introduced by Dr. Daniel Jacobs, will open at 7pm and there will be an opportunity to tour the exhibit with the photographer before and after the talk. The exhibit will be up through the end of November.

Deathbed Wisdom: Hasidic and Psychoanalytic insights on end of life conversations
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College


Hebrew College and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute present Rabbis Joel Baron and Sara Paasche-Orlow, authors of Deathbed Wisdom of the Hasidic Masters: The Book of Departure and Caring for People at the End of life, in conversation with Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW and Dr. Bennett Simon of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The panel will reflect on the timeless wisdom revealed in the end-of-life conversations between the Hasidic masters and their disciples and the lessons they hold for us today drawing on their professional experiences in their respective fields of chaplaincy and psychoanalysis. Learn more about Hebrew College's Certificate in End-of-Life pastoral care.

Mayyin Hayyim | 1838 Washington St., Newton, MA | 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Join us at Maayim Chayim in Newton , MA to explore the transformative power of Jewish niggunim (wordless melodies) with renowned Jewish musician, composer, and teacher, Joey Weisenberg as we prepare for the coming new year!  Sponsored by Mayyim Hayyim, Hebrew College and Temple Reyim.

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. 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. In addition to the fast-paced segment “News of the Jews” spanning developments in the Jewish world from hard news to pop culture tidbits, the hosts will interview two special guests with a focus on religion and the 2016 election. General Admission: $20 (Sign up early because the first 50 purchasers will receive a free subscription to Tablet’s print magazine.) | Hebrew College students $10 (does not include free subscription offer.)

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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.

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.

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.


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