A Capital Campaign for Hebrew College
Branching Out, Building Together is a capital campaign to build a new home for Hebrew College on a shared Jewish campus in Newton. Learn more about us and save the date for our spring groundbreaking event on May 2, 2021.
A Vision for a Newton Campus Collaborative
Three years ago, Hebrew College made the decision to sell the College’s current campus in order to eliminate debt, reduce operating costs, rededicate resources to people and programs, and seek new opportunities for strategic partnership and collaboration.
We are thrilled to have identified an exciting site for our new home. In August 2022, we will relocate to Washington Street in Newton, where we will join with Temple Reyim, Mayyim Hayyim, and other partner organizations to create an interdisciplinary hub of Jewish learning, spirituality, and innovation. Read the Campaign Case Statement [PDF].
Building. Dreaming. Growing. Together.
Our new campus will preserve the warmth of the learning community we have cultivated, while creating pioneering opportunities for us to branch out and grow. We will renovate 25,000 square feet of existing space, and build an additional 15,000 square feet of new construction with state-of-the-art facilities.
WHY A SHARED CAMPUS?
At a time of so much division in the world, we are enlivened by this vision of deep connection and collaboration, enabling us to better serve the Jewish people and the world by branching out and building together. Read our mission statement and learn more about the impact our students and alumni are having in Greater Boston and across the world.
This dynamic shared campus will:
- Develop a national model for Jewish communal sustainability, creativity, and growth
- Create a vibrant living laboratory for spiritual and educational leadership and experimentation
- Deepen local and national impact through creative programmatic collaborations
- Promote the financial health of mission-aligned partners, with ongoing opportunities for cost reduction and resource optimization
Jewish Arts Collaborative
Kesher Afterschool Program
Massachusetts Board of Rabbis
Zamir Chorale of Boston
“Like Mayyim Hayyim, Hebrew College is a living laboratory for innovation, accessibility, and pluralism. We are excited about partnering together and the potential for achieving our shared goals within the Jewish community.”
— Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director of Mayyim Hayyim Mikveh and Education Center
“The Zamir Chorale of Boston is pleased to be a part of the new collaborative. Like our partners in this endeavor, we are committed to the preservation, perpetuation, and presentation of Jewish culture. We look forward to participating in the synergy that will be created through collaboration with like-minded partners.”
— Josh Jacobson, Founder & Director of Zamir Chorale of Boston
“I have long admired how Hebrew College has the most special way of bringing art and creativity into all they do, producing clergy and educators who really value the arts. Now, we at JArts couldn’t be more excited to be part of this new campus, and to be able to think collaboratively about how we can use art in so many ways to elevate the Jewish experience for Boston area audiences.”
— Laura Mandel, Executive Director of Jewish Arts Collaborative
WHY THIS LOCATION?
Our new site provides an ideal physical location for the College’s base of operations, including easy access to parking, local highways, and public transportation. It is conveniently located for our full-time students, faculty and staff, and members of the wider community we serve. And it is nestled on a beautiful wooded campus, which we will develop with an eye to environmental sustainability and the preservation of green space.
our new campus
Our new home will include state-of-the-art, flexible spaces for teaching and learning, community building, and collaboration.
Teaching and Learning
- A beautiful light-filled Beit Midrash will house the Rabbinical School during the day, and be used for community-based study programs on evenings and weekends
- A renovated school wing, as well as other gathering spaces throughout the building, will offer sun-infused and spacious classrooms for all of our programs
- A dedicated wing will be created for Kesher’s pluralistic afterschool program with welcoming and flexible learning spaces, as well as an outdoor playground
- The Joseph and Rae Gann Library will be accessibly housed on the lower level, with a comfortable reading lounge for students and visitors to gather.
- An enhanced entrance and reception area will create a welcoming experience for all who come to the campus.
- An outside shared courtyard for meals and conversation, quiet meditation, and public reception
- Access to a social hall and stage for cultural performances, film screenings, receptions, communal meals, and public events
Flexibility and Collaboration
- As we plan for a post-pandemic environment, we are putting a premium on flexibility – with private and shared offices designed to support faculty and staff working independently and collaboratively both on and off campus
- Small conference rooms and lounge spaces will foster and facilitate interaction and collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and core programs and partners
- A new recording studio will enable us to create and offer even more high-quality online content and will be a resource to artists, educators, and other organizations in the local Jewish community.
- Classrooms and conference rooms will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology for both on-campus and remote learning and collaboration and our library will include enhanced access to digital collections and online resources.
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; extend your cords, strengthen your stakes. (Isaiah 54:2)
Campaign Goal & Progress
Branching Out Building Together will provide the capital support required to make this vision a reality. To secure our dream we need to raise $7 million. With generous leadership gifts already confirmed, we are more than halfway there. When we reach $6 million, an inspiring $1 million challenge grant from the a major philanthropic foundation will bring us to our goal.
Enlarge the tent of our community. Stretch your imagination wide. Do not hold back. Please give generously. Extend the possibilities of what we can create together. Strengthen your stakes in the future.
Please contact Rosa Franck, Director of Development, if you are interested in discussing a gift to the Capital Campaign, a Naming Opportunity, or a combined gift to the Capital Campaign and Annual Fund.
Make a Campaign Gift
We welcome gifts of any amount, and you may designate your gift to the Capital Campaign or increase your impact by combining it with a gift to the Hebrew College Annual Fund. You may also wish to consider one of the new building naming opportunities. The Hebrew College Federal Tax ID number is 042104300.
Ways to Give
Online — Use our secure online form and designate if/how you want your gift allocated in the COMMENTS field.
Check — Please mail checks to: Hebrew College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.
Credit Card — We accept Visa and MasterCard. Donate online or call us during business hours at 617.559.8764
Securities — Provided you have owned the securities for more than one year, a gift of listed stocks, bonds or other publicly traded securities entitles you to a charitable income-tax deduction equal to the full market value of the securities; this is calculated by averaging the high and low selling prices on the date of the gift. Learn more
Real estate — A gift of real estate offers favorable tax benefits on the transfer of a highly appreciated asset. Learn more
Legacy plans — Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, gifts of life insurance and annuities. Learn more
Hebrew College receives the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, reflecting our efficient and fiscally-responsible management.
Please contact Rosa Franck, Director of Development, if you are interested in discussing one of the building naming opportunities below.
- Beit Midrash: $1,500,000
- Office Wing: $1,000,000
- Classroom Wing: $500,000
- Adult Learning Suite: $500,000
- President’s Office: $360,000
- Recording Studio: $360,000 – NAMED
- Miller Suite: $250,000 – NAMED
- Teen Learning Suite: $250,000
- Library: Gann Library – NAMED
- Conference Room: $250,000
- Library Lounge: $250,000
- Elevator: $100,000
- Individual Classrooms (6): $100,000
- Individual Offices (20): $50,000
Myra L. Snyder
Honorary Committee Community Leaders & Scholars*
Rabbi Marc Baker
Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl
Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum
Rabbi David Ellenson
Rabbi Arthur Green
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Rabbi Mark Sokoll
* in formation
Save the Date!
Hebrew College will celebrate the groundbreaking of our new home at our annual spring event.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
The groundbreaking will take place on the site of our new home on Washington Street in Newton, Mass. We will determine whether the event will be held virtually or in person in the spring, in accordance with all Massachsuetts safety guidelines.
Myra L. Snyder
Rabbi Daniel Berman`10 Temple Reyim
“This opportunity to bring organizations and people together as part of a shared campus feels so restorative and uplifting. Our vision for this collaborative is grounded in a desire to live more fully into our missions, and in deep love of Jewish learning, spiritual openness, and personal trust. We are thrilled to work with Hebrew College and each of our campus partners to bring this vision to life.”