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April 18, 2021 Faith in Isolation Expressed: A Multifaith Panel Discussion

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In response to Brenda Bancel’s new photographic exhibit “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” religious leaders from the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions will explore the ways in which they and their communities have expressed their spiritual commitments during the pandemic. This will include discussion of prayer, meditation, study, and acts of service and advocacy. Read more


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).

Celene-IbrahimDr. Celene Ibrahim serves on the faculty of the Groton School where she offers courses in religious studies and philosophy. She is the author of Women and Gender in the Qur’an (Oxford University Press, 2020) and the editor of One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets from Wipf & Stock Publishers (2019).

Shively Smith, PhDShively T. J. Smith, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology. She has written a monograph, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household and articles on Howard Thurman, womanist hermeneutics, and Christian Testament Studies in general.

ABOUT the Inaugural Hebrew College Arts Initiative

Hebrew College’s inaugural Arts Initiative project “Faith in Isolation Expressed” is photography exhibit curated by Brenda Bancel. The exhibit will run April 12 to June 6, 2021  in the Hebrew College Cutler Atrium and be open for public viewing Mondays through Fridays by appointment, using COVID-safe protocols.

supported by cjp logoHebrew College is grateful that our Arts Initiative is supported by Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston (CJP).

Exhibit dates + in person touring schedule
Hebrew College, Cutler Atrium, April 11- June 6, 2021. To tour the gallery in person, please email Tanya McCann at to sign up for a 30-minute visit with masks and distance. Four people per group.
The show may be viewed on the following days and times:
  • Mondays: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Fridays: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

>> Read more about Bancel and the inspiration for the exhibit

About the Curator: Brenda Bencel

Brenda Bancel is the co-founder and president of the TAKE 5 Foundation and the owner of Brenda Bancel Photography LLC. She graduated from the University of Washington and then spent 10 years in the advertising industry working on clients such as Apple and IBM. She then realized her desire for non-profit work and graduated from the New England School of Photography in 2011 where she graduated with honors in documentary.  She recently finished two years at the Harvard Divinity School as a special student. She hopes to use photography to bring awareness to important social issues.

Selections from the “Faith in Isolation Expressed” Exhibit
faith-in-isolation-Rev. Miriam White Hammond
Kiddush cup and screen photo
child photo
Havdalah-service photograph
mask making photo