Otzrot Concert: Musical Treasures of Hebrew College

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Join us on March 23, 2023 for a concert on entitled Otzaret: Musical Treasures of Hebrew College. The “Otzaret” (meaning treasures) concert will feature cantorial alumni, Hebrew College’s chamber choir Kol Arev (under the director or conductor Amy Lieberman), and music from the Hebrew College collection.

We are excited to present this concert on our new shared campus in the Musicant Cohen Center for Performing Arts at Ordis Hall.

Watch for more information soon!

Prozdor Virtual Reunion 2023 with Dr. Jonathan Sarna

Prozdor alumni, please join us for the second annual Prozdor Virtual Reunion on May 21, 2023. Shmooze with former classmates and listen to Prozdor and Hebrew College alumnus Dr. Jonathan Sarna share some memories.

Watch for registration information coming soon.

Jonathan Sarna (Jan 2023)Dr. Jonathan Sarna

Hebrew College and Prozdor alumnus Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna `74, Proz`70 is University Professor, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. He is past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish history in Philadelphia. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion, and life. In 2009, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sarna received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2011.

March 2 Dedication Concert Featuring Divahn, Led By Galeet Dardashti

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New Campus Dedication Concert for the Musicant Cohen Center for the Performing Arts at Ordis Hall

Join us on Thursday, March 2, 2023 for the dedication of the Musicant Cohen Center for the Performing Arts at Ordis Hall on Hebrew College’s new shared campus, named in honor of Howard Cohen and Myra Musicant. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert will begin at 7:15 p.m.

The evening will feature a live musical performance by the five-woman band Divahn, led by world-renowned Middle Eastern vocalist and composer Galeet Dardashti. Infusing traditional and original Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies and entrancing improvisations, Divahn has an international following, performing in venues ranging from top concert halls in Poland to the most prestigious clubs in New York City.

Tickets are $15 for general public, free for Hebrew College students. Seating is limited, so make your reservation today!

jarts-logoThis special event is hosted by Hebrew College and campus partner Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts).

 


Myra Musicant and Howard CohenMyra Musicant & Howard Cohen

Myra Musicant is Treasurer of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College with a major in religion.  She studied in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University for 3 1/2 years while in graduate school. She received a master’s degree from the Simmons Graduate Program in Management.  She obtained her CPA and had 7 years’ experience with the firm of Coopers & Lybrand. Myra was a member of the board of trustees at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Boston, serving as Treasurer and First Vice President. She is an alumna of the Me’ah program at Hebrew College. Myra has dedicated her life to volunteering in non-profit organizations. Currently, she is a hospice volunteer at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Howard Earl Cohen is the founder and chair of the board of Beacon Communities LLC.  He serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Advisory Committee, and the Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Preservation Advisory Committee. Howard holds a BA summa cum laude in economics from Washington University of St. Louis and a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School. He also co-founded and served as chair of the board of New Lease for Homeless Families. He serves as chair of the real estate committees at both Hebrew College and Hebrew SeniorLife. He chaired the community committee that resulted in the creation of Jewish Arts Collaborative and served as its initial board chair.


 Galeet DardashtiAbout Divahn

Lead singer Galeet Dardashti (right) follows a family tradition of distinguished musicianship dating back to 19th-century Persia. But it was down in Austin, Texas, where this bold, all-woman Mizrahi/Sephardi ensemble began dazzling audiences with its Middle Eastern grooves, infusing traditional and original Jewish songs with sophisticated harmonies and entrancing improvisations.

Galeet is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. Her grandfather (Younes Dardashti) was one of the most highly acclaimed singers of Persian classical music in Iran and her father, Farid Dardashti, is a renowned cantor in the United States.

The group’s live shows include lush string arrangements, eclectic Indian, Middle Eastern, and Latin percussion, and vocals spanning Hebrew, Judeo-Spanish, Persian, Arabic, and Aramaic. Dardashti’s diverse background performing Persian and Arab classical music, Ashkenazi cantorial music, Western classical music and jazz enhance Divahn’s unique and innovative sound.

The group has appeared at music festivals and live television and radio shows internationally and has shared the stage with some of the world’s most renowned master musicians. As one of the few groups performing Mizrahi and Judeo-Arab music in the United States, Divahn welcomes its audiences to a beautiful sphere of shared Jewish and Muslim culture. Learn more here.

Kol Arev at International Choral and Arts Festival

Reclaiming Communities of PEACE Through PRAISE

Gun violence has erupted in the City of Boston, erasing promising teen lives and countless others. These acts have called for community action with ALL FAITHS TOGETHER. The youngest victim murdered in Boston, Massachusetts in 2019 was just 16 months old, the oldest 74 years.

Join Hebrew College’s chamber choir Kol Arev and area choirs on February 14, 2023 (Valentines Day) for an evening of healing through song. Find your light and voice towards forgiveness and reconciliation. Renew your spirit. Stand with us. Sing with us. Be with us.

Once called the “BTI Choirfest,” this event, hosted in the historic Marsh Chapel at Boston University, in partnership with the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, has a mesmerizing line-up of praise and worship international performances.

Musical acts include:

  • Kol Arev, Hebrew College Chamber Choir
  • St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Hellenic College Holy Cross (Fr. Romanos Karanos)
  • Seminary Singers, Boston University School of Theology (Chad Kidd)
  • Boston College Choir (Jackie Regan)
  • Voices of Hope Choir, A New Way Recovery Center (Barbara Sanford)
  • Orkestra Marhaba

MLK Day Embrace Boston Event: Jewish Community Allies with African American Civil Rights Leaders

On Friday January 13th, 2023, the Boston Jewish community will ally itself with the gathering of African American Civil Rights leaders, State and City officials, and a representative from the White House at the Embrace Boston Installation in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta Scott King. At a ceremony, to be held on Boston Common, Rabbi Dr Michael Shire of Hebrew College and Central Reform Temple, along with his congregation and other sponsoring Jewish communities including Congregation Mishkan Tefila of Brookline, will process with the Torah Scroll from Central Reform Temple at 15 Newbury Street to the Embrace Boston Installation.

The Embrace Boston memorial, dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. King, will be a major feature of Boston’s future commitment to racial justice and equality. Noting the partnership of Dr. King and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the fight for Civil Rights in the 1960s,

Rabbi Shire commented, “We aim to rekindle the Jewish Community’s solidarity with the African American Civil Rights Movement and our joint commitment to work for equality and justice together. As Rabbi Heschel marched in step with Dr. King and all those seeking justice, so we march with our sacred Torah to bring tikkun – repair – to our streets, our City, and our neighbors in an act of restoration of our historic alliance for justice”.

Jewish communities across the city and their rabbis (Rabbi Marcia Plumb, Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Brookline, Rabbi Or Rose, Director the Miller Centre for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College, will join with Rabbi Shire to process to the Embrace Boston Installation. Also participating will be Central Reform Temple’s Covenanted partner, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, and its rector, The Very Rev. Pam Werntz

More Information

Noon: Gather at Central Reform Temple, 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
12:30: Program at Boston Common begins

 

January Symposium: Exploring Interfaith/Interreligious Pedagogies for the Undergraduate Classroom

The Journal of Interreligious Studies and its partners are leading a symposium and workshop led by educators, scholars, and experts in interfaith/interreligious studies and pedagogies. The symposium expands on the special issue (No. 36) on the same topic and features many of the same authors and respondents. Panelists will share concrete classroom exercises, assignments, and assessments along with learning goals, teaching philosophies, and pedagogical theories behind them.

During workshop sessions, participants will work with individual panelists to sharpen their own pedagogies, explore new ideas, ask critical questions, and examine the features that distinguish interfaith/interreligious pedagogies from pedagogies in the study of religion or theology classroom and how they can be integrated in varying institutional contexts.

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Panelists

  • Katherine Janiec Jones, Ph.D. (Professor of Religion at Wofford College)
  • Khyati Joshi, Ph.D. (Co-Founder of the Institute for Teaching Diversity and Social Justice and Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University)
  • Younus Mirza, Ph.D. (Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University and the Founding Director of Global Virtual Learning at Shenandoah University)
  • Kate DeConinck, Th.D. (Director of Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College)
  • Kevin Minister, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Religion at Shenandoah University
  • Hans Gustafson, Ph.D. (Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies at the University of St. Thomas
  • Axel M. Oaks Takacs, Th.D. (Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interreligious Studies and Assistant Professor of Religion at Seton Hall University)
  • Lucinda Mosher, Th.D. (Senior Editor of the Journal of Interreligious Studies and Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace)

Co-Sponsors