Jewish Education Professional Leadership & Learning Information Session

MaTaRoT: Hebrew College’s Center for Jewish Professional Learning and Leadership

Your goals.Your growth.

Join us for an online Information Session June 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. EDT

Learn about Hebrew College’s menu of professional development opportunities for the upcoming 2021-2022/5782 school year.

MaTaRoT: Hebrew College’s Center for Professional Learning and Leadership is your hub for professional development in Jewish Education. MaTaRoT, meaning “goals,” describes our work together: Mentoring, Teaching, Reaching Together.

Our menu of upcoming professional development includes a variety of offerings for continual growth and innovation to help educators like you deepen and broaden your experiences as professionals, empowering you to support your students and their families. #PD@HC

How We Connect: Jewishness, Judaism, and the In-Between: A free virtual event for Young Adults

Are you seeking opportunities to explore Jewish identity and practice in ways that feel authentic?

Join CJP’s Boston-Haifa Connection, along with groundbreaking educators, musicians, artists, and clergy from the two partner cities for an afternoon of interactive learning, exploration, and rediscovery of Judaism.

Through innovative workshops offered by BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social ChangeHebrew College, and the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts), you’ll connect with other young adults from Boston and Haifa and explore new ways to apply Jewish wisdom to your daily life. See the choices below.

Please contact Meir with any questions.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of the following 30-minute workshops:

  • Slytherin Torah: Jewish Identity Beyond Bloodline
    with Akiva Nelson 
    As assimilation and intermarriage become more prevalent throughout the global Jewish community, is it possible to rethink Jewish identity beyond bloodline?
  • The Breath of Life: Ancient Israel & Yogic Breathing Practice
    with Yaakov Ginsberg-Schreck
    We’ll examine the nature of the breath in Torah — and engage in a brief neshama/breath practice ourselves — with an eye toward uncovering ancient Israelites’ experience of Nishmat Hayyim (the breath of life).
  • Sacred Work: Activism as Spiritual Practice
    with Rabbi Lila Kagedan

    Join a conversation about the Jewish role in leading the fight for social, economic, and environmental justice and explore the connection between social justice work and sacred work.
  • Delightful Desayunos: Practicing Shabbat, Sephardic-style
    with Sara Gardner
    Discover the Sephardic custom of desayuno, the meal traditionally eaten after Shabbat morning services. Learn what this tradition can offer us in our lives and pick up some great recipes and tips to make your own desayuno extra delicious.
  • Between Shamaim (Heaven) and Eretz (Earth)
    with Ariel Magal

    When the world was created, which came first, the Shamaim or the Eretz? What are the implications of the answer to that question on our lives, between sanctity and secularism?
  • Create Your “Jewish Identity” Self-Portrait
    with Israel-based mosaic muralist Mia Schon
    Mia’s paper mosaic workshop will guide you in a step-by-step process to create your own custom portrait using supplies from home.
    Please note: This workshop is for all levels. Beginners are welcome! All you need is a glue stick, a pair of scissors, and a magazine.

Embracing Creative Thinking

Join us Monday May 24 at 11 am – noon Eastern Daylight Time as we welcome Dr. Miriam Heller Stern, National Director of the HUC-JIR School of Education; Associate Professor of Education at HUC.

Please come prepared to do some hands-on work that will stimulate your creativity. If you can have two pieces of different colored paper handy that would be great.

This session is part of Hebrew College’s continuing series For Our Teachers and Their Students which strives to provide inspiring Professional Development conversations in a community of educators. This program is generously funded by CJP.

Please check out our online recordings from previous sessions including our last session on April 19 with Jonathan Krasner and Sarah Benor.

A Breath Lab Full Moon Workshop: Moving On and Holding On with Rabbi Ebn Leader

Please join us for Breath Lab’s next workshop: “Moving On and Holding On” with Hebrew College Rabbinical School faculty member Rabbi Ebn Leader on May 27 from 4-5:30 p.m.


One of the keys to Rabbi Nahman of Breslav’s practice of liturgical prayer is developing the capacity to move on to the next thing that needs to happen without rejecting or leaving the beauty of the current moment. In this meeting I will attempt to guide people through Rabbi Nahman’s description of this practice as it applies to prayer, and to an awareness of the physical embodiment of this practice in the relation between the ongoing rhythms of our breath and pulse, and the external movement of our body.

About Our teacher

Rabbi Ebn LeaderRabbi Ebn Leader grew up in Jerusalem and was a “talmid” (student-disciple) of Rabbi David Hartman, where he learned Talmud, and of Amos Hetz, where he studied movement and movement notation. He is currently a talmid of Hebrew College Rector Art Green, from whom he has received smichah. Leader has a growing international reputation as a Jewish spiritual teacher in the neo-Hasidic tradition and is an authority on Jewish prayer. He is co-editor, with Rabbi Or Rose, of “God in All Moments: Mystical and Practical Wisdom From Hasidic Masters” (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2011).

Breath Lab, soon to be Beit Neshama on Hebrew College’s new shared campus, is a home for breath, movement, and contemplative practice, and a pair of lungs for the heart of the Beit Midrash.

Faith — Here & Now: An Interreligious Exploration (Part 3)

Faith — Here & Now: An Interreligious Exploration

What does the word “faith” mean in this liminal moment between quarantine and a return to public life?  How have we held and expressed our faith commitments—religious and secular—over the course of the pandemic? What roles do doubt and questioning play as we sort through the collage of emotion that we carry with us daily?

Please join us for the final offering in this three-part opportunity for an interreligious exploration of notions of faith through text study and discussion with leaders from Boston’s Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities.

This session will open with a brief video presentation from the photographic exhibit “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” curated by Brenda Bancel, and close with a musical selection and silent meditation.

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This free program is a collaboration of the Miller Center of for Learning & Leadership and the Arts Committee of Hebrew College.

Date & Time

Tuesday, May 25 — 1-2 PM

Register for the free session here.

Participants will receive the Zoom link one day prior to the session.


Or RoseRabbi Or Rose Rabbi Or Rose is the founding director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College. Rabbi Rose is the author or editor of various scholarly and popular works, including Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Essential Teachings (Orbis Books).


Rev. StendallReverend John Stendahl (May 25)
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