Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
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.
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. Read the College’s Mission Statement.
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.
In December 2022, Hebrew College will relocate from its current location in Newton Centre to a new shared campus with Temple Reyim at 1860 Washington Street in Auburndale, Newton, MA. The new shared campus offers an inspiring model for Jewish communal sustainability, inclusion, and innovation and builds on the strength of our collaboration with our new shared campus partners: Temple Reyim, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, Kesher Newton Jewish Afterschool Program, Zamir Chorale of Boston, Jewish Arts Collaborative, Jewish Women’s Archive, Keshet, the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, RUACH/ Breath Lab, and Camp Yavneh.
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
Management Audited Financials
- 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
- 87% retention rate for first-year graduate students returning for their second year (includes new student cohorts enrolling between fall 2009 through fall of 2020)
- 74% of new ordination students graduated within 6-7 years (includes new student cohorts enrolling between fall 2009 through fall of 2015)
- 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: 4.4% (Cohort = class of 2017, Source = US Department of Education)
Faculty and Staff
- Full-time faculty: 7
- Adjunct faculty: 98
- Full-time staff: 40
- Part-time staff: 19
Graduate Degrees Offered
- Rabbinic Ordination
- Cantorial Ordination
- Rav-Hazzan Ordination
- Master of Jewish Education
- Master of Arts in Jewish Studies
Community Education Opportunities (Non-Degree)
CJP Supported Adult Programs
- Open Circle Jewish Learning
- Me’ah: Classic & Me’ah Select
- Parenting & Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens
Professional Development: Centers & Institutes
- Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership
- The Hebrew College Innovation Lab
- Early Childhood Institute
- Congregational Education Initiative (CEI)
Teen Learning Programs
- Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB)
- Teen Beit Midrash
- Gesher Israel Seminar
- Kivunim (gap-year)
Hebrew College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
- Bishvil-Haivrit Program
- Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI)
- Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
- Boston University School of Theology
- Camp Yavneh
- Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP)
- Kivunim Gap-Year Program
- Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
- Massachusetts Board of Rabbis
- New England Board of Cantors
- SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva
On Torah Commentary
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.