Podcast Ep #13: You Shall Teach Your Children
We would make a mistake if we thought that the contribution of Hebrew College was just in training up scholars. Its contribution was in raising an educated, Jewishly educated laity here in Boston. A sense of a Jewish world where — this is a true story — the attorney of Warren Buffett, who was a Prozdor graduate, also knew how to study, knew Hebrew, and was really very proud of what that allowed him to do in his community when he moved from Boston to Omaha.– Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna
Today, we’re sharing a discussion between Rabbi Dan Judson and his teacher, Dr. Jonathan Sarna, held during Hebrew College’s Centennial Celebration on June 2, 2022. Together, they lead us through the history of Hebrew College, discussing the importance of l’dor v’dor, the link between Israel and the College, and the amazing intellectual shoulders we are standing on.
Rabbi Dan Judson is dean and chief academic officer of Hebrew College. From 2018 to 2021, he served as Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He received his Doctorate in Jewish History from Brandeis University where his research focused on the history of American synagogue finances. Dr. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun professor of American Jewish History and Director at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.
Tune in for a dynamic talk between Rabbi Judson and Dr. Sarna, giving us deep insight into Hebrew College’s commitments to Jewish culture, Jewish leadership, and passing wisdom from generation to generation. They even glimpse into the College’s cultural curriculum 100 years ago.
What You’ll Discover from this Episode:
- How Hebrew College built its unique connection to Israel in the early days through language.
- Hebrew College’s 100-year commitment to Jewish culture, and the cultural offerings the College had at the time of its inception.
- How Hebrew College has focused on raising Jewish leadership throughout the past century.
Featured on this Episode:
Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD was appointed Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Hebrew College in 2021 after serving as Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School from 2018-2021. Previously, he oversaw the School’s professional development program, and served as the placement director for the Rabbinical School. He received his doctorate from Brandeis University where his research focused on the history of American synagogue finances. His book, Pennies for Heaven: A History of American Synagogues and Money, was published in 2018.
Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, and Director at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. In 2018, he resigned as chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program after more than a decade of leadership. He is past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
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 the 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.
Ashreichem (Poet unknown – Persia)
Performed by Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg`17, Rabbi David Fainsilber`14, and Rabbi Micah Shapiro`17