Podcast Ep #14: Educating for Hope Across Difference
When they internalize this process of dialogue with one another and with the Talmud, what I see is joy emerge. What I see is smiles in the classroom at the text and towards one another. And I hope and I trust that out of that joy also comes hope for my students, hope for being able to listen to one another, and equally important, hope that they may learn and find joy in listening to this ancient text that represents something beyond their own selves.– Rabbi Jane Kanarek
Over recent years, the institution of teaching and the process of open questioning and discussion has been widely debated. Throughout today’s episode, you will hear how the importance of openness often leads to struggle and discomfort, but that is where the joy of discovery, creativity, and hope must spring from.
Rabbi Jane Kanarek is Associate Professor of Rabbinics and Associate Dean of Academic Development and Advising at Hebrew College. Rabbi Or Rose is the Founding Director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership of Hebrew College. Dr. Susie Tanchel is Hebrew College Vice President and former Head of School at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School.
Tune in for this episode to discover Hebrew College’s work in creating community and hope across difference. Our panelists discuss what hope means to them, practices to help identify common ground and acknowledge differences, and insights into building a world where all voices are heard.
What You’ll Discover from this Episode:
- Why now is the time for Hebrew College to lift up its commitment to educate for hope.
- What the idea of complex hope means to Dr. Susie Tanchel, and the role education has to play in leading us through difficulty.
- Why Rabbi Jane Kanarek believes that Talmud is a book through which hope can be taught.
- How we can allow the texts to speak to us, and how we can respond from knowledge of who we are and the moment in which we currently live.
- Why the deepest, highest form of love allows for intimacy without annihilating difference.
- Hebrew College’s work in building a community where all voices are heard and embraced.
Featured on this Episode:
Rabbi Dr. Jane Kanarek is Associate Professor of Rabbinics and Associate Dean of Academic Development and Advising at Hebrew College. She is the author of Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law and the co-editor of Learning to Read Talmud: What It Looks Like and How It Happens and Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination, both of which were finalists for the National Jewish Book Awards.
Rabbi Or Rose is the Founding Director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College. Before assuming this position in 2016, he worked in various administrative and teaching capacities at Hebrew College for over a decade, including serving as a founding faculty member and Associate Dean of the Rabbinical School. He also has taught for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, The Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Hebrew College Me’ah community education program, and in a variety of other academic, religious, and civic contexts throughout North America and in Israel.
Dr. Susie Tanchel joined Hebrew College in the summer of 2020, after serving as Head of School at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School. During her 9 year tenure at JCDS, Tanchel was an accomplished and deeply beloved leader, guiding the school to preeminence as a national model of excellence in pluralistic Jewish education, and creatively embodying its abiding commitments to community, centrality of Hebrew language, and teaching the whole child. She was a recipient of the 2018 Covenant Award for Jewish Educators.
Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal `19 (Host) is the spiritual leader and Education Director at Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose, MA. She was ordained in 2019 at Hebrew College. Before attending rabbinical school, Rabbi Jessica was Assistant Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League in Boston, working with partners like MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) and MassEquality. She holds an MBA in non-profit management and MA in Jewish Leadership from the Hornstein program at Brandeis University and a BA from George Washington University in Religion and Judaic Studies.
A special thank you for this episode’s musical contributions:
Intro by: Jackson Mercer
Jackson is an Ordination Candidate at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in Newton, MA. He grew up at Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael, CA where he cultivated a love of Judaism, embolden with music, spirituality and justice.
Esa Einai (Psalm 121:1)
Music by Jackson Mercer
Guitar and Melody by Jackson Mercer
Harmonies by Cantor Rosalie Will, Ilana Sandberg, Rabbi Micah Shapiro, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, Noah Diamondstein, Ryan Leszner, Eliana Light.
Ki Me’Olam (Words from Hallel)
:כִ י מֵ עוֹלָ ם וְ עַ ד עוֹלָ ם אַ תָ ה אֵ ל
Before time and forever You are God, beyond what we can possibly know.
Music by: Rabbi Micah Shapiro`17
Produced by: Rabbi Micah Shapiro and Eitan Kantor
Yoni Battat ∙ Oud
Rabbi Minna Bromberg`10 ∙ Vocals
Leah Carnow ∙ Vocals
Rafi Ellenson ∙ Percussion
Rabbi David Fainsilber`14 ∙ Vocals
Rabbi Mónica Gomery`17 ∙ Vocals
Cantor Becky Khitrik`14 ∙ Clarinet, Vocals
Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg`17 ∙ Vocals
Ryan Leszner ∙ Vocals
Jackson Mercer ∙ Vocals
Cantor Dara Rosenblatt`18 ∙ Vocals
Rabbi Micah Shapiro`17 ∙ Guitar, Vocals