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
    • Wexner Fellowships (12-year total): 17


  • 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 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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Meet the teachers! Next up is Heather, teaching our Wednesday Somerville group in her own home. This is our first group to get started, THIS WEDNESDAY! We can't wait.

Heather Renetzky is a self-declared nerd for all things related to Judaism, psychology, and cooking. She brings many of these passions together as a resident of the newest Moishe House in Boston, Moishe House Somerville! She's looking forward to hearing people's hot takes and deep reflections on everything from the #MeToo movement to Jewish philosophy!

Final week of registration for any of our Eser groups (special prices in JP, Moishe House Somerville, and Sharon!):
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