Boston College (also referred to as BC) is a private Jesuit Catholic research university located in the village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States, 6 miles (9.7 km) west of downtown Boston. It has 9,100 full-time undergraduates and almost 5,000 graduate students. The university’s name reflects its early history as a liberal arts college and preparatory school (now Boston College High School) in Boston’s South End. It is a member of the 568 Group and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America. Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Leadership & Learning works closely with the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
The Boston Theological Institute is an association of nine university divinity schools, schools of theology and seminaries in Greater Boston. It is one of the oldest and largest theological consortia in the world. The organization is not a degree-granting institution, but coordinates various administrative, program and academic activities so as to enhance the work of the member schools. Members are:
- Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
- Boston College Theology Department
- Boston University School of Theology
- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Hartford Seminary
- Harvard Divinity School
- Hebrew College
- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
- Saint John’s Seminary and Theological Institute
Boston University School of Theology is preparing leaders who are pursuing a wide range of vocations – parish ministry, conflict transformation, chaplaincy, campus ministry, administration, non-profit management, social work, the teaching profession, justice advocacy, peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, and more.
A seminary of The United Methodist Church, Boston University School of Theology is also a robustly ecumenical institution that welcomes students from diverse faith traditions. They combine a 175-year heritage of academic distinction with the flexibility to lead the reshaping of global religious life. Its renowned faculty helps each student craft a curriculum to nurture his/her academic goals and realize whatever ministry the student imagines.
Camp Yavneh, an affiliate of Hebrew College, is a residential Jewish camp for children 8 to 16 in Northwood, N.H. Founded by Hebrew College in 1944 and now an independent not-for-profit institution, Yavneh is unaffiliated with any religious movement and offers an environment where Jewish values and activities are emphasized. Its administrative offices are housed at Hebrew College.
Hebrew College is the North American home for the CET (Center for Educational Technology) program, a dynamic Hebrew language professional development curriculum designed for teachers of students in grades seven through 12. Created by Hebrew language curriculum specialists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, administered by Hebrew College and supported by The AVI CHAI Foundation, CET reaches students in more than 90 Jewish day schools worldwide. Hebrew College offers three certificate programs in collaboration with CET — in Hebrew language teaching, Hebrew language teaching and mentoring, and Hebrew teaching for master teachers.
Combined Jewish Philanthropies brings together Greater Boston’s Jewish community to care for people in need, advocate for Israel and ensure a vibrant, Jewish future. CJP has been a major partner of Hebrew College in creating a variety of adult-learning programs, including Me’ah, a two-year, intensive curriculum; Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, an adult learning program for parents of young children; Parenting Your Teen; and Eser, a program for young adults. CJP also supports Hebrew College’s work in providing professional-development opportunities for Boston-area Jewish educators.
Hebrew College is excited to continue its partnership with Hadar for an annual Halakhah Intensive. As a component of our Halakhah specialization track, this multi-day learning seminar focuses on an in-depth study of a targeted area of halakhah and is taught by both Hebrew College and Hadar faculty.
Hadar empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed. Hadar’s strategy to realize this vision has two parts; each is crucial for the realization of our ultimate goal: (1) Building a core of individuals and communities that lives out our vision of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed, and (2) Ensuring that this core radiates out to those in the larger Jewish community who can participate in and shape its vision.
The Massachusetts Board of Rabbis (MBR) is an organization of rabbis of various streams and groups serving congregations, agencies and institutions within Massachusetts. Its membership consists of men and women from across the denominational spectrum who come together for fellowship, religious camaraderie, educational enrichment, and to speak with a single voice on behalf of our Jewish community.
Kivunim offers an academic gap-year program for North American High School graduates based in Jerusalem, Israel with programmed field trip visits to 11 countries and over 50 cities and villages significant to the historical and contemporary Jewish global world. Course work includes academic introductions to the history, culture, geographic and demographic context and Jewish institutions of the local Jewish community.
Hebrew College partners with Kivunim to offer five courses totaling 30 credits. Courses run for an entire academic year from September through June.
Kivunim students are academically oriented learners, strongly motivated as Jewish learners with significant potential as future Jewish leaders. Hebrew College is keenly interested in such learners as key prospects for our graduate programs in Jewish leadership, ordination and Jewish Education. The pluralist, academic and contextual orientations of the Kivunim program align closely with Hebrew College’s mission.
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem immerses students in the study of classical Jewish texts. Men and women of diverse religious backgrounds learn together in a rigorous, challenging and open-minded environment. Hebrew College and the Pardes Institute offer a two-year, pluralistic graduate degree program that leads to a Master of Jewish Education and Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College and a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute.
Hebrew College is joining with SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva to transform how, where, and why rabbis teach Talmud. Hebrew College will offer a fellowship to current rabbinical students and alumni beginning in Academic Year 2021-22, helping them strengthen the ways in which they teach Torah in their communities. Fellows will participate in an intensive training module with Rabbi Lappe to turn their theoretical study of Talmud pedagogy into the skills of teaching, as well as a semester-long study of Talmud pedagogy with Rabbi Dr. Kanarek. Fellows will then teach Talmud classes under the supervision and guidance of Rabbi Lappe and Rabbi Dr. Kanarek, drawing on the pedagogies and skills they have gained in the program. Read the press release.
SVARA is a traditionally radical yeshiva dedicated to the serious study of Talmud through the lens of queer experiences. SVARA’s unique pedagogy makes Talmud study in the original accessible—for the first time in Jewish history—to all who want to learn. At SVARA, everyone—queer, straight, trans, alef-bet beginners, experienced talmudists, secular, religious, Jews, non-Jews—everyone learns together in a mixed-level bet midrash that recognizes as crucial the insights of all those on the margins.
Young Judaea Year Course provides a year of immersive and intentional educational experiences. The program consists of three major components; service learning and volunteer/internship placements in the city of Tel Aviv and surrounding area, academic studies in Jerusalem, and regular seminars that enable participants to explore Israeli society, culture, nature, politics, and history.
Hebrew College partners with Young Judaea to offer courses totaling 30 credits. Courses run for an entire academic year from September through June.