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.


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
  • Adult Learning: 1,530
  • Youth Education: 217 — 104 Prozdor, 67 Makor, 62 JTFGB

Faculty and Staff

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

Gann Library

90,000 volumes

Graduate Schools and Programs

Degrees Offered

Certificate Programs

Community Learning Opportunities (Non-Degree)

supported by cjp logoCJP Supported Programs

Professional Development: Centers & Institutes

Youth-Education Programs


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

College Partners

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Watch, listen and read the words of Torah emerging from the students, faculty and alumni of our school. May they draw you more deeply into sensitive listening, probing questioning and humble speaking of Torah and Jewish living.

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"At a time like today, when we as American Jews have experienced a small taste of the precariousness of Jewish existence that our European ancestors unfortunately lived daily, it is the perfect time to look closely at how, in the midst of all that danger, threat, hatred, they created vibrant Jewish culture and lived adamantly, proudly, richly Jewish lives," writes Rachel Greenblatt, PhD, who is teaching the Hebrew College: Open Circle Jewish Learning course "Six Jews of Vilna." (There's still time to register!) #NewsandViews #blogissue ... See MoreSee Less

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