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

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.

The grant will enable the Miller Center to expand and further diversify its interreligious programming to:

  •  include students from four additional Boston-area institutions
  •  provide additional leadership development opportunities for fellows
  •  bring together religious life professionals from participating schools
  • publish resources to bolster interreligious programming on college campuses
  • explore the possibility of creating similar undergraduate interfaith initiatives in other parts of the country

“We are honored that AVDF chose to support this important intercollegiate initiative,” said Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, and a leading scholar and practitioner in the field of Interreligious Studies. “BILI’s student-driven model provides fellows with an important opportunity for substantive learning and cooperative programming across multiple traditions. We are excited to continue developing this initiative with talented and passionate students and colleagues in Boston and beyond.”

Rabbi Rose and his colleagues launched the BILI program in August 2017 to provide a space in which outstanding student leaders from Boston-area schools could develop interreligious leadership skills and build a network of peers and mentors. Each cohort includes religious and secular students from an array of spiritual and cultural traditions and a diversity of geographic, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds.

In addition to meeting monthly to explore theological, historical, and ethical issues and engage with religious, civic, and intellectual leaders, fellows plan an interreligious retreat for undergraduate students throughout New England. This process encourages fellows to utilize the skills and knowledge that they have gained in the program to expand the population of students engaged in interreligious dialogue.

“At Hebrew College, we are committed to religious depth and openness – drawing deeply on our sacred traditions, while building a world of dignity and compassion for all,” said Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld. “We are thrilled that The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ grant will enable us to share this commitment with undergraduates throughout Boston and beyond, empowering them to cultivate their own religious lives and their connections with one another.”

About The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (www.avdf.org) were established in 1952 by former ALCOA chairman, Arthur Vining Davis. Grounded in Arthur Vining Davis’s principled and innovative leadership in national corporate life and philanthropy, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations strengthen America’s intellectual life, humane instincts, and democracy through philanthropic support for private higher education, public educational media, interfaith leadership and religious literacy, the environment, and palliative care.

About Hebrew College: Founded in 1921, Hebrew College (www.hebrewcollege.edu) promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement, and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school.

About The Miller Center: Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership (www.hebrewcollege.edu/millercenter) provides current and future religious and ethical leaders with the knowledge and skills to serve in a religiously diverse society. The Center’s work is rooted in the cultivation of authentic personal and institutional relationships across lines of difference. It is our conviction that through study, dialogue, and joint action, we can help create a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world.

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Hebrew College Announces Partnership with  Institute in Jerusalem

NEWTON, MA, 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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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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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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