Fast Facts

We are on a quest to create a kind of Judaism that is spiritually compelling and intellectually honest, deeply rooted in the sources of tradition, and driven by a spirit of religious creativity and the constant question of how the new Judaism will emerge.

Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


Hebrew College was founded in 1921.


Hebrew College is a pluralistic institution, open to all forms of Jewish expression, commitment and practice. We welcome diverse perspectives on any given Jewish topic, both to encourage a dynamic exchange and to foster respect for other points of view. The College is not formally affiliated with any religious institution or denomination.

Location and Campus

Hebrew College is located in the Greater Boston area — one of the leading regions of Jewish innovation and entrepreneurship and home to Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), a progressive federation encompassing a wide range of Jewish religious and social-justice institutions, affiliated and independent congregations, day schools and supplementary Jewish schools that are at the forefront of Jewish education. The Hebrew College campus, designed by Moshe Safdie and Associates, sits on nearly 7 acres on a hillside in Newton Centre, MA and is composed of four interconnected buildings, totaling 72,000 square feet.

Hebrew College offers formal academic classes on campus. Informal community classes and programs take place on campus, as well as at synagogues and other off-campus locations. Matriculated Hebrew College students are permitted to take academic courses on the campus of educational partner  Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (10 Theological Institutions in Boston Area), and can transfer credit towards a Hebrew College degree.  Matriculated Hebrew College MJED students who are also enrolled in the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies take courses both at Hebrew College and at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem).


A private, not-for-profit, graduate degree-granting institution, Hebrew College offers programs leading to rabbinical and cantorial ordination, master’s degrees and a joint doctoral degree with Lesley College and provides non-degree community adult, youth and professional development study opportunities.


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Annual Budget

$10.6M (FY2017)
Note: Requests for the College’s audited financial statements should be directed to the President’s Office.”


    • Graduate Degree/Certificate:164 — 65 full-time and 99 part-time
    • Non-degree: 225
    • Community Learning: 1,530
    • Teen Learning: 217 — 104 Prozdor, 67 Makor, 62 JTFGB
    • Wexner Fellowships (12-year total): 17


  • Rabbinical student placement rate: 94%
  • Cantorial student placement rate: 97%
  • Master of Jewish Education – Pardes program placement rate: 100%
  • Rabbis working in pulpits:  Reform movement synagogues (28%),  Conservative movement synagogues (28%), independent synagogues (28%), Reconstructionist movement synagogues (13%), Renewal movement synagogues (2%)
  • Number of states where rabbinical & cantorial alumni work: 22
  • Number of countries where alumni work: 4
  • Alumni employers: synagogues, Jewish day schools, Hillels, Jewish communal/nonprofit organizations, assisted living/hospital chaplaincy;
  • Alumni positions: spiritual leaders (rabbis, cantors, rav-hazzanim), executive directors, pastoral counselors, scholars, educators and heads of school, musicians, artists, social activists, community organizers
  • Loan default rate: 3.3% (source: Dept. of Education)

Faculty and Staff

  • Full-time faculty: 7
  • Adjunct faculty: 98
  • Full-time staff: 40
  • Part-time staff: 19

Gann Library

90,000 volumes

Graduate Degrees Offered

Community Education Opportunities (Non-Degree)

supported by cjp logoCJP Supported Adult Programs

Professional Development: Centers & Institutes

Teen Learning Programs


Hebrew College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

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SHANA TOVA! As we greet 5781 with the sweetness of new beginnings, allow us to wish you a happy and healthy new year.

Hebrew College inspires and empowers learners of all ages to be creative participants in the unfolding story of the Jewish people. This year enliven your heart, mind, and soul with wisdom rooted in our sacred traditions. We invite you to visit to sign up for a virtual event, take an online class, enjoy pre-recorded talks, read the Hebrew College High Holiday Companion, and listen to our new Hebrew College "Speaking Torah" podcast.

Your support allows us to fulfill our sacred mission of Ahavat Torah, love of learning, and to make it available to all who seek it. As you invest in your Jewish discovery and expression, please invest in Hebrew College and make a gift that is meaningful to you: Thank you!

(Cover art: "Awareness - a pathway with Middot" by Deborah Feinstein ©2020)
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