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News & Media Coverage

Read articles and press releases featuring our alumni, faculty and students.

  • Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Rab`12 was featured in the Nov. 25, 2019 Louisville Jewish Community Newspaper Online article “Sarah Tasman  returns home, talks creativity  at AJ,  Spirit of Sophia.”
  • Cantor Becky Khitrik, Can`14, is featured in a Nov. 20, 2019 Wicked Local Sharon article, “Temple Sinai of Sharon installs new cantor.”
  • “A New Hasidism: Study, Reflection, and Celebration,” Hebrew College’s day of learning and music in honor of Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green and Dr. Ariel Mayse’s new work on Neo-Hasidism, was featured in the Nov. 20, 2019 Jewish Advocate. 
  • Rachel Raz, MJEd`06, Director of the Hebrew College Early Childhood Institute, is mentioned in a CollectSpace.com article entitled “Postage stamps feature first Torah in space, support documentary.”
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Dan Judson is mentioned in an October 21, 2019 URI Today article,”Dean of Hebrew College Rabbinical School to discuss Judaism in America at URI’s Honors Colloquium, Oct. 29.” Rabbi Dan Judson’s lecture part of the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, “Religion in America.”
  • Hebrew College’s cantorial program, students, and alumni were featured in the October 11, 2019 the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent article “The Cantorate’s Future is Bright at Hebrew College.”
  • Hebrew College alumnus Rabbi Joseph Berman, Rab`10, was quoted in a Sept. 28, 2019 Washington Post article, “During the Jewish High Holidays, there’s a growing awareness that not all U.S. Jews are white.”
  • Hebrew College President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was quoted in a Sept. 11, 2019 The Jewish Advocate article entitled “Hebrew College raises $2 million.”
  • Rabbinical student Alex Matthews was featured in an August 28, 2019 The Jewish Advocate article entitled “A new leader for Newburyport’s Ahavas Achim.”
  • An article by Early Childhood Institute Assistant Director Linna Ettinger entitled “In Which Society will our Children Flourish and Thrive” was published in the August 25, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • An article by Jarad Matas, JLDC`14, entitled “Are Your Students Partners in Creation?” appeared in the August 25, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Misha Clebanar, Rab`19, was featured in the August 22, 2019 article  “J-Wire: Digital Jewish News Daily for Australia and New Zealand” article entitled NSTE Welcomes Rabbi Clebaner.
  • Rabbi Art Green‘s article “Trump Doesn’t Understand  American Jews. We Will Always  See Him as a Greater Threat than the Left” was published in the Aug. 21, 2019 issue of The Forward.”
  • Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal, Rab`19, was featured in an August 20, 2019 Wicked Local article entitled “Melrose, Temple Beth Shalom  welcomes Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal.”
  • Hebrew College Board of Trustees member, Tara Mohr, was mentioned in the August 13, 2019 eJewish Philanthropy article “The Look on his Face was the  Data We Needed” for her research on job application gender equity.
  • Incoming Rabbinical School of Hebrew College student Beni Summers was profiled in an August 9, 2019 Jewish Journal article entitled “The Millennials: Beni Summers.”
  • President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and her poem “Prayer for Immigrant Children and Families” was featured in an Aug. 7 Jewish Journal article entitled “Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellows Fight for Immigration, Criminal and Housing Justice.”
  • The article “Function, Form, and the Future of Jewish Life” by Rabbi Ayalon Eliach, Rab`18, was published the July 31, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Hebrew College Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, published two pieces in summer 2019:  “Why It Was So Hard to Say #MeToo And What I Learned When I Finally Did,” AJS Perspectives, the Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies (Spring/Summer 2019) and Review of Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination, Journal of Jewish Identities, July 2019, Vol. 12:2.
  • Rabbi Jim Morgan, Rab`08, of Hebrew SeniorLife was featured in the July 15 Newton Tab article “A blessing of the f(l)eet: Brookline seniors celebrate mobility.”
  • An article written by Rabbi Michael Shire and Dr. Deborah Skolnick Einhorn entitled “The Master’s Degree as a Way to Deepen the Talent and Motivation of Teachers” appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of HaYidion.
  • The Judaism Unbound bonus podcast episode “Communal Singing” with Rabbis David Fainsilber and Jessica Kate Meyer” (that was recorded live at Hebrew College during the Rabbinical School’s Winter Seminar in January 2019)  was released on June 5, 2019.
  • Hebrew College’s new leadership hires — Dr. Susie Tanchel and Dr. Jeffrey Summit — were featured in the June 3, 2019 “Comings & Goings” section of eJewish Philanthropy and the June 6, 2019 issue of The Jewish Advocate.
  • Rabbi Ayalon Eliach, Rab`18, was featured in the May 31 podcast episode of “Judaism Unbound” entitled “Judaism with Purpose(s).
  • Rabbinical student Giulia Fleishman and her work with on a collaborative b’nai mitzvah program with 2Life Communities & Hebrew College for seniors was featured in Tablet Magazine on May 29, 2019, on WGBH TV and Radio Boston on May 22, 2019, WBUR Boston Radio on May 10, 2019 and in a May 7, 2019 Newton Tab article entitled, “Newton senior excited for bat mitzvah ceremony.”
  • Rabbinical School alum Rabbi Becky Silverstein was featured in a May 14, 2019 JewishBoston.com article entitled “Three Area Leaders Are Awarded Schusterman Fellowships.”
  • Rabbinical Student Lisa Feld was featured in the May 8, 2019 Florida Jewish Journal article “Is the Jewish world ready for a new holiday?” about initiative to create a new holiday called  Yom HaTzedek –  Day of Justice.
  • Celene Ibrahim, member of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership Advisory Council, was featured in a May 6, 2019  New Haven Register article entitled, “Muslim chaplain bring message of unity, hospitality.”
  • Jeff Finkelstein, Prz`86, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation, was featured in an April 22  Israelnationalnews.com article “Pittsbugh community representative will light torch” about his being chosen to carry the Diaspora Beacon at Israel’s 71st Independence Day.
  • Early Childhood Institute Assistant Director Linna Ettinger’s article “Setting the Table for Life” appeared in the April 15 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbinical School alums Rabbi Becky Silverstein, Rab`1,4 & Rabbi Avi Killip, Rab`14, were featured in the April 8 eJewish Philanthropy article “Schusterman Family Foundation Annouces 27 Outstanding Fellows For Global Leadership Program” on their selection in the next cohort of Schusterman Fellows!
  • Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership was featured in an April 3 The Boston Globe article entitled, “Hebrew College receives $250,000 grant for interfaith fellowship.”
  • A story about the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation’s $250,000 grant to the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College appeared in the March 15, 2019 Religious News Service.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson, Rabbinical School Dean, is featured in the March 5, 2019 eJewish Philanthropy article “You Got Rid of What? – Synagogues and Money.”
  • The article “The Big Jewish Question On My Mind: Where am I Complicit in Perpetuating Bias?” by Shoolman School MJEd graduate Andrea Kasper, Head of School at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, was published in the Feb. 19, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Eser‘s “The Nosh: Jewish Stories Told Live” event was featured in a February 7, 2019 The Jewish Journal article “At Mamaleh’s in Cambridge, millennial Jewish nosh and schmooze.”
  • Rabbinical School Rector Rabbi Arthur Green was quoted in a January 24, 2019 The Jewish Journal article entitled “Learning from friends: The spirit of havurah is alive and well.”
  • The article “Is the Autumn Ingathering Festival the Beginning, Middle, or End of the Year?” by Harvey Bock, Hebrew Language Coordinator, in the Rabbinical School was published on February 4, 2019 in TheTorah.com.
  • President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is quoted in a February 1, 2019 The Boston Globe article entitled “Hebrew College launches new dual degree program.” In the article, which describes Hebrew College’s partnership with the Pardes Institute in Israel and the College’s current strategic planning work, she says the College is “a really vibrant center of intellectual, spiritual, and communal engagement” and “the core mission of educating and inspiring Jewish learners and Jewish leaders to create a spiritually vibrant, pluralistic, purposeful Jewish community … is not going anywhere.”
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in the January 21, 2019 JewishBoston.con article “Keren McGinity’s #MeToo Moment.”
  • An excerpt from President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld‘s Installation speech “A Sacred Mission Now” was published in the Winter/Spring 2019 issue of Lilith Magazine.
  • Chief Academic Officer, Rabbi Michael Shire, was mentioned in the December 19, 2018 eJewish Philanthropy article “Striving for Shlemut: An Emerging Approach to Jewish Education” for his work on the Fellowship in Educating for Applied Jewish Wisdom, made possible by the support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah and the William Davidson Foundation.
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Dan Judson was the featured guest on two episodes of the podcast Judaism Unbound. The first, entitled “From Selling Dues to Temple Pews” aired on December 7, 2018. The second, entitled “Pennies from Heaven…and Building Upkeep,” aired on December 14, 2018.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in the December 7, 2018 issue of The Forward in the article “Giving A Jewish Response To #MeToo.”
  • Rabbi Daniel Klein, Rab`10, Rabbinical School Associate Dean of Admissions & Student Life, was the guest on WBUR’s Radio Boston on December 6, 2018. He spoke about celebrating the season of miracles in the aftermath of the November 2018 tragic happening at Etz Chaim in Pittsburg.
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, Can`17 received a CJP Chai in the Hub 2019 Award. She is among  10 young adults being honored by CJP on Feb. 9, 2019 for the amazing things personally and professionally to better Greater Boston’s Jewish community.
  • On November 23, 2018, Cantor Dara Rosenblatt, Can`18, was featured in the Richmond, VA’s WVTR-TV nightly news piece  “Day aims to show ‘love conquers all’ in Virginia.” The event brought together faith leaders from different backgrounds for a first-of-its-kind event focused on love and acceptance following Virginia state lawmakers passage of a bill declaring the day after Thanksgiving as “I am My brother’s and sister’s keeper Day.”
  • A November 29, 2018 Weston Wicked Local article featured Emily Rubin, a participant in Hebrew College’s Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB), who earned a Rotary Award for her community work.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was quoted in the November 21, 2018 The New York Jewish Week article “Interfaith Families Increasingly Jewish.”
  • On November 14, 2018, Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Jewish Studio Project (JSP) in Berkeley, CA, received the Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize, a prestigious award recognizing five rising leaders in the field of Jewish education. The cohort includes educators working in diverse settings across the country from Berkeley to Boston, each bringing fresh promise and deep commitment to continually elevating Jewish learning.
  • Rabbinical School Rector Rabbi Arthur Green’s piece “American Jews After Pittsburg: Where do we stand?” appeared in the November 7, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Hebrew College Chief Academic Officer Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire’s article “What Studying Text can Teach Us About Our Place in the World” appeared in the November 2, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Ayalon Eliach, Rab`18 co-authored the articles “Should You Get Election Day Off? This Jewish Organization Says Yes” and “Can Jewish Wisdom Help Save Democracy” in the October 23, 2018 issue of The Forward and the October 22, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy respectively.
  • Rabbinical student Sarah Noyo was featured in an October 19, 2018 story in the Worcester Telegram entitled “Reb Noyo shring love of Judaism.”
  • Rabbinical student Rachel Putterman and Gita Karasov and the All Genders Wrap project were featured in the October 19, 2018 The Forward article “Laying Tefillin Isn’t Just For Straight Men Anymore.
  • The Hebrew College Presidential Installation Ceremony was featured in an October 16 Boston Globe article entitled Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Installed as first female president of Hebrew College, an October 16, 2018 JTA News Brief article entitled Hebrew College installs its first female president, an October 16, 2018 article in The Newton Tab entitled Hebrew College in Newton Installs First Female President, and an October 18, 2018 The Jewish Journal article entitled Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld installed as president of Hebrew College.
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Dan Judson was quoted in the Oct. 4, 2018 Jewish Journal article “Shirat Hayam announces move to voluntary dues.”
  • President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is mentioned in an Oct. 8, 2018 Jewish Journal article about Harvard University’s new President Larry Bacow. The article, entitled, “Bacow bring Jewish spirit of inclusion to Harvard community,” mentions Bacow’s Hebrew College connections, including his service on the Board of Trustees, his 2004 honorary degree from the College, and his attendance at President Anisfeld’s inauguration on Oct. 15, 2018.
  • Rabbinical School alum Rabbi David Cohen Henriquez was featured in the Oct. 4, 2018 Jewish Journal articleBeing God’s hands: three faiths unite to end hunger on the North Shore.
  • The article “The Legacy of My Jewish Education: Lessons for Today” by Paula Jacobs, graduate of Hebrew Teachers College (now Hebrew College) appeared in the Oct. 8, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • The 5779 Kol Nidre sermon delivered by Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14 to the Berkeley Community appeared in the October 5, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy. The sermon was entitled, “Turn it and Turn it: Text Study as a Practice for Life.”
  • Rabbinical student Misha Clebaner‘s piece “How my (Prayer) Life Changed When I Stopped Trying to Change” appeared in the October 8, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program (IFJE) was featured in an October 4, 2018 article in The Times of Israel Jewish Week entitled, “For Young Jews, Kavanaugh hearings are a ‘Wake-up Call.'”
  • Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14, co-founder of The Jewish Studio Project, was featured in The Jerusalem Post article “Wrestling with faith” on Sept. 6, 2018.
  • Rabbi Phil Bressler, Rab`18 was featured in a Sept. 24, 2018 article in the Corvallis Gazette & Times entitled, “A different kind of rabbi.” Bressler is the rabbi at Temple Beit Am in Corvallis, OR.
  • Rabbi Bryan Mann, Rab`18, was featured in a Sept. 26, 2018 Tampa Bay Times article entitled “Rainbow yarmulke signals arrival of new rabbi at Brandon’s Beth Shalom.” Mann serves Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon, FL.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program (IFJE) was featured in a a September 17, 2018 article in Moment Magazine entitled, “What’s the best way to say #MeToo?”
  • Rabbinical School alum Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz, Rab`10 and her eco-friendly tashlich practice were featured in a September 4, 2018 JTA article entitled “A Jewish atonement ritual (not the chicken one) gets an eco-friendly  makeover.”
  • Eser’s Sara Gardner was featured in the September 3, 2018 issue of The Forward in an article entitled “For Centuries, Spanish Jews Have Held Rosh Hashanah Seders” for her research on Sepharidic Jewish food and and her recently published cookbook, “The Rosh Hashanah Seder Cookbook: Stories & Recipes From the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid.”
  • Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Can`16, was featured on the front page of the July 20, 2018 The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only) in a story entitled “Area clergy protest separation at US-Mexico border.”
  • Rabbi Josh Breindel, Rabbinical School grad, was featured in an August 2018 Metrowest Daily News article entitled “New Sudbury rabbi aims to show Judaism as ‘vibrant’.”
  • Rabbinical School 2009 alumna Rabbi Alyson Solomon was interviewed in a August 3, 2018  JTA article entitled “Living with the Volume Turned Up.”
  • Rabbinical School alumnus and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens instructor Rabbi Philip Sherman‘s article “Gratitude in the Morning” was featured in the July 12, 2018 issue of JewishBoston.com.
  • Rabbinical student and Director of Learning and Strategic Communications at the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah Ayalon Eliach’s article “Learning Together and from Jewish Wisdom to Elevate American Democracy” was published in the April 25, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy
  • Dr. Keren McGinity’s piece “American Jewry’s #MeToo Problem: A First-Person Encounter” appeared in the July 5, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program was featured in an April 13, 2018 article in the Omaha Jewish Press entitled, “Interfaith Marriage Historian Keren McGinity Scholar-in-Residence at Beth El.”
  • President-Elect Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was featured in a February 13, 2018 article in The Forward entitled “An Interview with Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, the First Woman to Head Hebrew College.”
  • Rabbi Dan Judson’s appointment as the new Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College was featured in the January 26, 2018 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education and the January 5, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy .
  • Early Childhood Institute Director Rachel Raz‘s article “Another Kind of Birthright” appeared in the January 24, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14 and The Jewish Studio Project, which she, co-founded with her husband Jeff Kasowitz, were featured in a January 11, 2018 JTA article entitled, “This art studio in Berkeley is combining painting and prayer.”
  • Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Rab’13 was featured in a November 13, 2017 eJewish Philanthropy article entitled “Five Rising Jewish Educators Receive 2017 Pomegranate Prize.” Rabbi Nelson received the award from the Covenant Foundation for his work as Director of Education at T’ruah.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson’s was featured in the November 9, 2017 Jewish Standard article “No dues is good news.
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld’s appointment as the next President of Hebrew College was featured in several publications including The Chronicle of Higher EducationeJewish PhilanthropyThe Jewish Journal, The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only), JewishBoston.com.
  • Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Rab`13 was featured in a November 8, 2017 Philly.com story, “She’s an African American rabbi with Southern Baptist roots.”
  • David Cohen-Henriquez, Rab`09 was featured in The Jewish Journal’s, Manna rains on Marblehead interfaith project. The article chronicles the development of an interfaith initiative between Marblehead ‘s Temple Sinai, led by Cohen-Henriquez, and Clifton Lutheran Church, led by Pastor Jim Bixby. The result of the collaboration is The Manna Project which is characterized by a pulpit exchange, a Harvest Festival, and a food-packing event to benefit the needy in Lynn.
  • Dr Keren McGinity, Director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program was a contributor to the November 6, 2017 Moment Magazine article “Is Intermarriage Good for the Jews?”
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, was featured in a September 7, 2017 article in her undergraduate alumni magazine, Vanderbilt Magazine, entitled “Aliza Berger, BMus’11: Sermons in Song.”
  • Parenting Through a Jewish Lens Program Coordinator Erica Streit-Kaplan’s piece “13 Lessons Learned from Parenting Through a Jewish Lens in its B’nai Mitzvah Year” appeared in the August 10, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rachel Raz, Director of the Early Childhood Institute at the Shoolman School, wrote “Jewish Early Engagement Forum One year Later: Dayenu? Is it Enough?” which was published in the August 7, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, Can`17 was featured in the July 30, 2017 Boston Globe Metro section “Up Close”article entitled “Newton’s Temple Emanuel boasts rare rabbi-cantor.”
  • Director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program Dr. Keren McGinity and the program were featured in a July 17, 2017 front page article in The Jewish Voice entitled “CJE Brings Interfaith Family Education to the Forefront.”
  • News coverage of President Daniel Lehmann stepping down from Hebrew College’s presidency included July 12, 2017 articles in The Boston Globe and eJewish Philanthropy; July 11, 2017 articles in The Forward and The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only); and mentions on the July 12, 2017 episode of PBS’s television show Greater Boston and the July 13, 2017 episode of WBUR Boston Radio’s Morning Edition (segment begins as 23:06.)
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, wrote the article “If Jews are People of the Book, Why Aren’t We Studying Intermarriage?” which was published in the June 30, 2017 issue of Lilith Magazine and the July 5, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • An article about Hebrew College’s 92nd Commencement entitled “Hebrew College Holds Commencement Exercises” was featured in the June 26, 2017 edition of The Newton Tab.
  • Dean of the Rabbinical School Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld‘s article “Messy over Messianic” was published in the June 15, 2017 issue of Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities hosted by The Forward.
  • 2015 School of Jewish Music alumna Cantor Risa Wallach’s article “What’s it Like to Be a Queer Female Cantor” appeared in the June 10, 2017 issue of The Forward.
  • Shoolman School faculty member Allison Kent’s article “Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement” was published in the June 8, 2017 issue of The Jewish Federation of North America blog.
  • The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only) featured The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston in a June 2, 2017 article entitled “To learn giving, teens grant $47K.” The Jewish Teen Foundation is a year-long program for Jewish high school students from across the metro Boston area.
  • Rabbi Dr. Dan Judson, Director of Professional Development & Placement for the Rabbinical School and an expert on synagogue dues, was featured in a June 2, 2017 New York Jewish Week article entitled “Synagogues Upending Old Model for Dues.”
  • Rabbinical School student Jevin Eagle was featured in the Boston Globe May 27, 2017 Metro section cover story, “Boardroom to bimah” about his new position as executive director of BU Hillel. Eagle and soon-to-be-alumnus Elie Lehmann were also featured in the May 27, 2017 Jewish Advocate and in a June 5, 2017 BU Today story entitled, “BU Hillel’s New Executive Director Follows his Dream.” about their new roles at BU Hillel. Additional coverage on Eagle can be read in the Needham Times, and on both Eagle and Lehmann in MA Jewish LedgerJewishBoston.com and on Newton Patch.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson, Rabbinical School Director of Professional Development and Placement, co-authored Connections, Cultivation and Commitment: New Insights on Voluntary Dues, published May 17, 2017 on eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Steven Abraham, a student in our inaugural Interfaith Jewish Families Engagement (IFJE) cohort, wrote about keeping an eye toward history while acknowledging the realities of our modern world in It’s Time to Say ‘Yes,’ published in eJewish Philanthropy on May 11, 2017.
  • Hebrew College Rabbinical School student Ayalon Eliach was featured recently in eJewish Philanthropy. In his essay, “Bridging Generations, Building Jewish Lives” (previously published in Contact), Ayalon discusses his experience as Rabbinic Educator for DOROT’s Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program and the impact it had on its students.
  • Barbara Merson, PhD candidate in joint Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education-Lesley University program was featured in eJewish Philanthropy. Barbara is the Executive Director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival and, in “Maine Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Community Engagement,” she shares her insights on the festival’s 20 years of success in what many would consider to be a seemingly challenging region.
  • Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Can’16 is quoted in a May 5, 2017 The Jewish Advocate article (paid subscription only) about sanctuary entitled, “Merrimack Jews aiding undocumented immigrants.”
  • Dr. Keren McGinity’s blog post “Let’s Stop Romanticizing the Jewish Womb” appeared in the Spring 2017 print issue of Lilith magazine as “Interfaith Parenting: Jewish Fatherhood Needs a Makeover” (pp. 8-9). McGinity is director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program.
  • Rabbinical School student and former CEO of DAVIDsTEA Jevin Eagle was featured in an April 24, 2017 article entitled “Bu Hillel announces new executive director.”
  • Rachel Raz, Director of the Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College, had an article published on March 27, 2017 in Jeducation World entitled “Ayeka, Where are you” (Genesis 3:9).
  • Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, and Celene Ibrahim, Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence, were quoted in a March 27, 2017 Boston Globe article entitled “Muslim and Jewish communities bond amid fear.” The article highlighted their work to promote greater understanding between Jews and Muslims.
  • Jewish Studio Project Co-Founder & Creative Director Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab’14 was featured in the March 15, 2017 eJewish Philanthropy article “Open Dor Project Announces its First Cohort of Spiritual Startup Leaders/Communities.” Rabbi Allen is among the first recipients of this award.
  • “Jewish fatherhood needs a makeover,” writes Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Director Dr. Keren R. McGinity in a February 17, 2017 Lilith Magazine article entitled “Let’s Stop Romancing the Jewish Womb.
  • Jewish Studio Project co-founder & creative director Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab’14 article “Is, Was, Will Be” appeared in the February 12, 2017 issue of The Forward’s Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities.
  • Hebrew College Chief Academic Officer Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire’s article “Those Who Can…Will Teach! The Jewish Day School Teacher Re-Design 2017” appeared in the February 3, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Early Childhood Institute Director Rachel Raz’s article “Who will Guide and Nourish and Love the Next Generation?” appeared in the Feb. 3 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.”
  • Celene Ibrahim, Miller Center of Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College Islamic Scholar-in-Residence. Ibrahim was part of a recent dialogue between a handful of Boston Muslim leaders, the Cardinal, the Governor and the Mayor. The dialogue was featured in a February 2, 2017 Boston Globe story entitled, “Cardinal O’Malley stands in solidarity with Muslims over travel ban.”
  • Cantor Louise Treitman, Adjunct Instructor of Jewish Music at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, published “Off the Deep End! The Mikvah Has Left the Building'” on February 1, 2017 in the Mayyim Hayyim blog.
  • The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement (IFJE) program and its director, Dr. Keren McGinity, were featured in a January 31, 2017 The Forward article entitled, “Study of Jewish Intermarriage Get Much-Needed Update.”
  • Rabbinical School student Jessica Goldberg was featured in a January 30, 2017 The Forward article entitled “A Radically Egalitarian Wedding.” In the article, Goldberg said, “Given our shared values, there was never a question whether [the wedding] was going to be radically egalitarian,…The question was just how traditional we wanted it to be at the same time.”
  • Dr. Rabbi Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer at Hebrew College, and Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program, published “Why would a Graduate School of Jewish Education Teach about Intermarriage?” in the January 30, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Hebrew College, as a signatory on the Boston Jewish Communal Joint Statement on Immigration and Refugees, stands with Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and other Massachusetts Jewish institutions to urge our country’s administration “to open the gates of compassion to those seeking safety, regardless of their faith or country of origin.” The statement was released on January 30, 2017. View the PDF.
  • Rabbinical School alumnus Rabbi Van Lanckton, Rab’09’s article “Fake news and Jewish Truth” was published in the January 6, 2017 edition of The Jewish Advocate. “Speaking only the truth is one of the highest Jewish ethics. The Hebrew word for ‘truth’ is emet. In Yiddish, it’s emess, as in, ‘I’m telling you, it’s the emess,'” says Rabbi Lanckton.
  • Shoolman School Adjunct Instructor Ronit Zvi-Kreger’s article “Implementing Project-Based Learning in Congregational Schools” was published in the NewCAJE journal “The Jewish Educator.” Zvi-Kreger designs and facilitates project-based learning training for the Shoolman School’s Congregational Educational Initiative (CEI) project.
  • Rabbi Alana Alpert, Rab’14 was featured in a January 10, 2017 article in the Detroit Jewish News entitled “36 Under 36: Rabbi Alana Alpert.” An advocate for social change, Rabbi Albert works at Temple T’chiyah in Detroit as a rabbi and community organizer.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in a January 3, 2017 article in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent entitled “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Chrismukkah —But Don’t Call It That.
  • Shoolman Early Childhood Institute Director Rachel Raz and Nina Wugmeister co-wrote “Bringing Israel to Manchester Vermont: Pilot Summer Camp Program” in the December 23, 2016 issue of eJewish Philanthropy. In the article, Raz writes, “I told Nina that I would like to bring Israel to Vermont. I wanted to bring them a sense of the vibrancy of Israel, which would help inspire the kids to connect with Israel.”
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in December 21, 2016 Baltimore Jewish News article entitled, “The December Dilemma. How interfaith families make the holidays meaningful.” In the article, Dr. McGinity says, “It is important to try to recast what has sometimes been referred to as ‘December Dilemma’ to ‘December Delights.’”
  • Rabbinical School Rector Rabbi Arthur Green’s article “The Pull of our Inclinations: Steering Away from the Binary View of Good and Evil” was published in the December 13, 2016 issue of The Forward’s online publication Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities.

Hartford Seminary Joins Journal of Interreligious Studies Team

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 28, 2019  – Hartford Seminary is pleased to announce that it will collaborate with Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology in publishing the Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS), a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the study of the interactions within and among religious communities past and present. JIRS provides a forum for the exploration of theological, ethical, social, and historical issues related to interreligious engagement.

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With New Strategic Direction, Hebrew College Hires Educational Leaders Dr. Susie Tanchel and Rabbi Jeffrey Summit

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, May 28, 2019 – Hebrew College President, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, is thrilled to announce that two dynamic and prominent Jewish educators, Dr. Susie Tanchel and Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Summit, will be joining the College’s leadership team. These appointments represent the first of several steps toward implementing a new strategic direction for Hebrew College, bringing its vital, pluralistic vision for Jewish life into the world, amplifying and enhancing its impact in the community, and providing a sustainable operational model for the future.

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Hebrew College selected by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to receive grant for interreligious programming across Boston-area college campuses

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, March 14, 2019 – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) awarded Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership a three-year $250,000 grant to develop and expand the Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI), an innovative fellowship program for undergraduate students.

The BILI fellowship, currently in its second year, trains students from eight Boston-area colleges to serve as effective interreligious leaders on their campuses and in the broader community. The year-long program brings together undergraduate fellows from Bentley University, Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Wellesley College.

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Hebrew College Announces Partnership with  Institute in Jerusalem

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, January 23, 2019 – Hebrew College (www.hebrewcollege.edu) has announced a new dual degree program with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies (www.pardes.org.il) in Jerusalem that will train outstanding future rabbis and educators who are passionate about day school education and leadership.

Set to launch in fall 2019, the six-year program will include a two-year teacher training program in Jerusalem, where students will study in the Pardes Day School Educators Program, followed by four years in Greater Boston at Hebrew College’s Rabbinical School.

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Hebrew College Announces Sale of Newton Centre Campus

Will Rededicate Resources to Educational Programs and People

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, August 17, 2018 – As Hebrew College nears its 100th year, it continues to create opportunities for innovation, ensuring that the College’s centennial anniversary will mark the beginning of another century of excellence in Jewish learning and leadership. In another transformative transaction in the College’s distinguished history, the Hebrew College Board of Trustees yesterday finalized an agreement to sell the College’s Newton Centre campus. The agreement allows Hebrew College to remain in its current location for several years under favorable terms.

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Rabbi Daniel Judson Named New Dean of Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, January 3, 2018 — Hebrew College today announced that Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD, core faculty member and Associate Dean of Placement and Professional Development of the Rabbinical School, has been chosen to serve as the next Dean of the Rabbinical School. Rabbi Judson has been on the faculty for the past 10 years, and previously served as a congregational rabbi. He will succeed Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, who the Board of Trustees selected late last year to serve as the next President of Hebrew College following a national search.

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Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Named New President of Hebrew College

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, November 29, 2017 — Successfully concluding a national search, the Hebrew College Board of Trustees yesterday voted to select Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, current Dean of the Rabbinical School, to serve as the next President of Hebrew College.

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Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology Awarded Henry Luce Foundation Grant for Journal of Interreligious Studies

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, August 16, 2017 — Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership and Boston University School of Theology are pleased to announce that the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to support the Journal of Interreligious Studies and related projects jointly published and coordinated by the two schools.

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Following Nearly a Decade of Distinguished Service, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann to Step Down from Hebrew College Presidency

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, July 11, 2017 — Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, under whose stewardship Hebrew College has set the standard for Jewish learning and leadership for a pluralistic world, announced to the Hebrew College community today that he would step down from his position as president during the next academic year.

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Boston University Hillel Chooses Two Hebrew College Rabbinical School-Educated Leaders

Hires Rabbinical Student Jevin Eagle as Executive Director and Graduating Student Elie Lehmann as Senior Jewish Educator

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, April 21, 2017 — Jevin Eagle, a former business executive and current Hebrew College Rabbinical School student, will leverage his entrepreneurial talent, spiritual depth and passion for Hillel’s mission as he becomes the next executive director of Boston University Hillel, among the largest private university undergraduate Hillels in the country. Also taking a leadership role at BU Hillel will be Elie Lehmann (Rab ’17), a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Hillel International Rabbinical Entrepreneurs Fellow, who will serve as campus rabbi.

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Hebrew College’s Miller Center Hosts Colloquium on Rabbinical Training in Multi-Religious Society

NEWTON CENTRE and BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, December 13, 2016 — The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College hosted a unique colloquium on the training of rabbis for service in a multi-religious society. This gathering brought together 15 outstanding educators, scholars, and clergy from eight different seminaries and related organizations to share best practices and challenges in interreligious education. The participants explored what knowledge, skills, and experiences rabbis need to possess in order to be effective bridge-builders across faith and cultural lines.

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Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology Form Partnership

Collaboration Will Provide Interreligious Programming, Educational Opportunities

NEWTON CENTRE and BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, November 2, 2016 — Hebrew College (HC) and the Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) have announced a new partnership that includes joint interreligious publications, academic courses, and public events. This partnership of two major centers for the training of religious leaders—one Jewish and one Christian—represents an important opportunity to advance the field of interreligious education and leadership development.

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Media Relations

Hebrew College’s Marketing team works to raise awareness about Hebrew College by featuring people, events and news within our vibrant community. Our staff members work with the press to communicate news about faculty and student research and achievements and college programs and events, as well as to provide information about and arrange interviews with students, administrators, and faculty expert. The team also works with students, faculty members, and administrators who need assistance pitching a story or preparing for an interview.


Media Inquiries

Hebrew College’s Marketing team is available to assist journalists seeking information about Hebrew College; to connect journalists with academic experts; and to help journalists interested in featuring a Hebrew College student or faculty member. Please reach out to Sydney Gross, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, at 617-559-8785 or SGross@HebrewCollege.edu.


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If you have a suggestion for a story about Hebrew College students, faculty, alumni, projects, or events that would interest external media, please reach out to Sydney Gross, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, at 617-559-8785 or SGross@HebrewCollege.edu.


Press Kit

The Hebrew College press kit is a resource for members of the media looking for information about the College. For more information, please contact Sydney Gross, Communications and Media Relations Specialist, at 617-559-8785 or SGross@HebrewCollege.edu.


 

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Hebrew College’s faculty experts are available to provide commentary on Jewish history and contemporary events, as well as Jewish texts and traditions. Learn more about our faculty here. Need help finding an expert? Call us at 617-559-8785l.

Cantorial music

Cantor Dr. Brian J. MayerDean of the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College


Contemporary Religious life

Rabbi Arthur GreenRector, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


Halakhah

Rabbi Jane KanarekAssociate Dean for Academic Development & Advising; Professor of Rabbinics, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


Hasidism

Rabbi Arthur GreenRector, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

Rabbi Nehemia PolenProfessor of Jewish Thought, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


History of Jewish American Education

Dr. Deborah Skolnick EinhornAssociate Dean for Academic Development Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education


Holocaust Music

Cantor Lynn TorgoveHead of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music


interfaith families

Dr. Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education


Interreligious Learning

Rabbi Or RoseDirector, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College


Judaism and Gender

Rabbi Sharon Cohen AnisfeldPresident, Hebrew College

Dr. Deborah Skolnick EinhornAssociate Dean for Academic Development Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education


Judaism and Social Justice

Rabbi Sharon Cohen AnisfeldPresident, Hebrew College


Jewish theology and mysticism

Rabbi Arthur GreenRector, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College 


Jewish Cabaret, Choral, and Art Music

Cantor Lynn TorgoveHead of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music


Modern Jewish History and Thought

Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


Nusach

Cantor Lynn TorgoveHead of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music


Philanthropy in Jewish Life

Dr. Deborah Skolnick EinhornAssociate Dean for Academic Development Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education


Philosophy of Religious Education and Spiritual Development in Jewish Education

Rabbi Dr. Michael ShireChief Academic Officer and Dean of the Schoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College


Psychology of religion/ comparative religious ethics

Solomon SchimmelProfessor Emeritus


Organizational change in American Jewish life

Dr. Deborah Skolnick EinhornAssociate Dean for Academic Development Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education


Rabbinic literature

(Rabbinic-Christian interactions, gender, and health and the body; the intersections of law, religious difference, gender, and power in the Babylonian Talmud; post-Talmudic Jewish law)

Rabbi Micha’el RosenbergAssistant Professor Rabbinics, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


Talmud

Rabbi Jane KanarekAssociate Dean for Academic Development and Advising; Professor of Rabbinics


Vocal Training, Communication and Presentation Skills

Cantor Lynn TorgoveHead of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music


Yiddish literature and language

Rabbi Jordan Schuster, Mekorot Program Director, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College


Yiddish Theater music

Cantor Lynn TorgoveHead of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor, School of Jewish Music

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