Leading Faithfully in a Time of Division: A Virtual Retreat for Religious Leaders

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About the Virtual Retreat

These are trying times for religious leaders, who are charged with supporting, challenging, and inspiring their constituents. International and domestic events have created heightened tension and polarization, both within and across our communities. How do we stand for our cherished beliefs and ideals, while also engaging in a dignified manner with those with whom we disagree? With a contentious presidential election looming, the specter of a country further fractured—no matter the outcome—is real and frightening. Yet, religious leaders can serve a vital role in fostering an ethos of civility and decency, breaking the current gridlock of vitriol and debasement.

In this painfully divisive time, we are called to serve as “repairers of the breach.” Together, we intend to create a sacred space for honest and empathic exploration of how we might engage authentically—individually and collectively—in the shared labor of mending our beloved nation.

E pluribus unum—Out of many, one!”

Featured speakers

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
President, Hebrew College, Newton, MA

Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond
Co-founding pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond
Co-founding pastor, Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA

Dr. Celene Ibrahim
Islamic scholar, educator, author, Women and Gender in the Qur’an

Reverend Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben
Chaplain, United States House of Representatives 

Rev. Dr. Brian McClaren
Dean of faculty, Center for Action and Contemplation, author, The Great Spiritual Migration

Rabbi Jack Moline
President emeritus, Interfaith Alliance, retired congregational rabbi

Rabbi Or Rose
Founding director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership, Hebrew College

Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck
Visiting scholar of Christianity and religious leadership, Hebrew College, author, Costly Grace

Acharya Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown
Co-founding professor emerita, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

Rev. Adam Russell Taylor
President, Sojourners, author, The Beloved Community


Dr. Eboo Patel
Founding president, Interfaith America, author, We Need to Build

Rev. Dr. Suzan D. Johnson-Cook
Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

View and share the event flyer here. We hope you will join us for this online one-day seminar.

Fee & Financial Aid

Registration fee: $99.
Financial Aid Available: Please contact mstern@hebrewcollege.edu


Register here 


Tikkun Zoom Shavuot

Hebrew College is excited to again co-sponsor Temple Israel of Boston’s annual Tikkun Zoom Shavuot on June 11-12. Offerings include learning sessions, discussions, and a tiny desk series with musicians. We’ll begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and the last learning session will end at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.


Visit the Temple Israel website for details and the schedule.


Email Brigid Gogginat education@tisrael.org

Information Session: The Etgar 36 Civil Rights Journey to the American South

Hebrew College’s Adult Learning Travel Program Presents:

The Etgar 36 Civil Rights Journey to the American South

Trip Dates: Sunday, November 10 – Tuesday, November 12, 2024
Information Session Date: Monday, May 20, 8-8:45 pm ET | 5-5:45pm PT on Zoom
Information Session Registration: Register here

This Civil Rights journey is not just a tour, but a unique educational experience. It uses the history, sites, and current issues as a springboard to highlight the relationship, and at times, the tension, of the Jewish and American identity. The journey is a mix of fun, sightseeing, and in-depth education, including meetings with organizations and people who have been and are still involved in creating America.

During the information session, we will share a trip itinerary and cover trip logistics, including travel, costs, meals, and more!).

In conjunction with this trip, but not a pre-requisite, we are offering a class with Marc Dollinger, How did we get here? Civil Rights, Social Justice, and Race in American Jewish History.

Learn more information about the course and Marc’s biography.

Taste of Me’ah Classic
(June 2024)

We invite you to join us for an in-person “Taste” of Me’ah Classic on Tuesday evening, June 4, 2024, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Lehrhaus Tavern and House of Learning, 425 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143.  Learn more about the amazing two-year journey through Jewish history that provides adults of all backgrounds with a foundation in Jewish culture and civilization. Year 1 of this 2-year program will begin this coming Fall 2024.

During the “Taste of Me’ah” you will learn with Rav Rachel Adelman, Ph.D, with one of our stellar instructors, enjoy a sample lesson, and learn how to join the Me’ah journey. Rav Adelman is also an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible in Hebrew College’s Rabbinical School.

If you know of others who may be interested in this program, feel free to invite them to join us for this Taste of Me’ah session.

If you are unable to attend this upcoming Taste of Me’ah but would like additional information, we invite you to watch a recording of a previous Taste session from earlier this year that is found on the Me’ah Classic home page.

Adult Learning GROW Series: June 2024

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For the next program in Hebrew College Adult Learning’s free, monthly GROW series, we examine social justice and the the fight against racism. We hope you will spend an hour with us for this and future programs in our series, to gather, reflect, observe, and wrestle with topics that will deepen your Jewish learning.

Date: June 18, 2024 | 12-1 PM EST/9-10 AM PST | Zoom
Program: Jews and the Call for Social Justice: Lessons Learned in The Fight Against Racism 
Instructor: Marc L Dollinger 

book coverAs the nation’s racial reckoning continues, more American Jews are eager to explore important, yet challenging, questions and issues around Jews, whiteness, privilege, and racial justice.  Join Professor Marc Dollinger , author of the upcoming revised edition of  Black Power, Jewish Politics, as he shares his experience as a white male scholar writing and teaching in 2024 about Jews and social justice. Hear about the perspective and understanding Professor Dollinger gained in his own steep learning curve between the publication of the first edition of the book in 2018 and today.  How does Professor Dollinger’s personal journey reflect our own learning process when it comes to race and the meaning of equity? On the eve of Juneteenth, join us for this important conversation.


Marc Dollingermarc-dollinger is the Goldman Research Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, gifting him the platform to talk about his passion for Jewish social justice. He is a past board president of both Brandeis-Hillel Day School and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, and has served on the board of Jewish LearningWorks, URJ Camp Newman, Brandeis Marin Jewish Day School, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, and Ha-maqom. Currently, he serves on the board of the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Federation in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dollinger was named the volunteer of the year in 2008 by the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. In 2015, the Jewish Community Relations Council awarded him the year’s Courageous Leader for his work at San Francisco State University, a sometimes-hostile campus for Jews. He has appeared in a PBS television show, American Jerusalem, offering insights into the history of San Francisco Jews, and then enjoyed 8 minutes of fame on NBC’s prime-time “Who Do You Think You Are?” teaching academy-award winning actress Helen Hunt about her San Francisco Jewish roots.

Dollinger is the author of Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960’s, American Jewish History, Quest for Inclusion and California Jews.


You can dedicate a GROW session in memory or in honor of a dear one and you and your name will be shared with gratitude in the session. Simply click the link below, fill in the secure form, and indicate in the text box that this is your GROW sponsorship [suggested minimum gift of $180].

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Judaism is About Love

Join Hadar Institute Dean Rabbi Shai Held, President on April 4, 2024  for a discussion about his new book “Judaism Is About Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life” with respondents  Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President of Hebrew College, and Dr Jerome Groopman, author, physician, and scientist.

book coverRabbi Held calls his book an “act of recovery.” In 15 chapters — backed up by 130 pages of notes and citations — it sets out to restore the idea that Judaism is animated by love, no matter what the reader might have heard about a fierce, vengeful “Old Testament God.” It’s a love that manifests itself in acts of “loving kindness,” in the way Jews are supposed to behave with family and neighbors, and how Jews practice their responsibility to the wider world.

The event will be in person at Harvard Hillel and livestreamed.