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June 02, 2022 Hebrew College Centennial Celebration

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  • Date
  • time Eastern Time
  • location Temple Beth Elohim
    10 Bethel Road
    Wellesley MA
    (and via livestream)
  • organizer Hebrew College
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Please join us on Thursday evening, June 2, 2022 for a hybrid event celebrating our Centennial! Our program includes uplifting live music; delicious food; reflections from teachers and alumni on education, history, and hope; and blessings for our honorees.

In person: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA
6:30 p.m. Outdoor welcome reception — eat, drink & schmooze
7:30 p.m. Hybrid program — music, blessings & learning (masks required for indoor guests)
8:30 p.m. Dessert

If you cannot attend in person, please RSVP to join us virtually from wherever you are!

Virtually: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Reservations & Tributes: RSVP online here to attend in-person or online

The deadline for sharing your predesigned tributes, text, and/or logos has been extended to May 27. Kindly submit your materials to Dimensions for predesigned files:

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Our Honorees: Embracing Our Past, Building Our Future

  • Mark Atkins and Miho Sato (read bios)
  • Jack Eiferman (read bio)
  • Deborah Feinstein (read bio)
  • Myra Musicant and Howard Cohen (read bio)
    with the project development team for our new campus: Isabel Acuna, Paul Bouton, Karen Dubrovsky, and Pam Goodman

Conversations with Faculty and Alumni

  • Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD, Hebrew College Dean & Chief Academic Officer
  • Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Hebrew College Associate Dean & Professor of Rabbinics
  • Rabbi Or Rose, Founder of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College
  • Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University Professor of American Jewish History
  • Dr. Susie Tanchel, Hebrew College Vice President

    Pre-event Rabbinical & Cantorial Alumni Zoom Reunion

    Calling all alumni who plan to join us virtually for Hebrew College’s Centennial Celebration Livestream! Want to join us for our special alumni virtual class reunion at 7 p.m. to connect with former classmates before joining the livestream at 7:30 p.m.?  We will gather as an alumni community before entering decade-specific Zoom breakout rooms with both an alumni host and a current student. 

    Event Planning Committee

    Rabbi Suzanne Offit `09 — Event Chair
    Renée Finn, Me’ah `00
    Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal `19
    Myra L. Snyder, MAJS`01, Me’ah`97
    Carol Targum, Me’ah `07,`17

    Host Committee

    (List in formation)

    Geraldine Acuña Sunshine and Gabriel Sunshine
    Julie Altman and Alex Sagan
    Rabbi Sharon and Shimon Cohen Anisfeld
    Rabbi Marc Baker
    Brenda and Stéphane Bancel
    Beverly Bavly
    Harvey and Jayne Beker
    Nancy Kaplan Belsky and Mark Belsky
    Diane and Chester Black
    Michelle and Darren Black
    Terrie and Brad Bloom
    Dana Blumberg and Robert Kraft
    Helaine and William Braunig
    Dorothea and Sheldon Buckler
    Carol and Carl Chudnofsky
    Louise Citron
    Laura and Aaron Cohen
    Leslie and Alan Crane
    Dorit Harverd and Richard Dale
    Miriam Daniel and Laurence Wolff
    Suzanne and David Diamond
    Robert Feingold
    Ron Feinstein
    Renée and Steven Finn
    Fern Fisher
    Marjorie R. Freiman
    Amy Gerson and Louis Grossman
    Nurit and Jacob Gilon
    Rachel and Allan Goldstein
    Sandy Goldstein and Michael Buonaiuto
    Paula and James Gould
    Lillian and Richard Gray
    Lisa Gross and Richard Hoffman
    Sheri and Eli Gurock
    Judge Rand Hoch (ret.)
    Sherry Israel
    Dorian Goldman and Marvin Israelow
    Cantor Marcie Jonas
    Alison and Isaac Judd
    Rabbi Dan Judson and Dr. Sandy Falk
    Carolann Kamens Wiznia
    Sharlene Kamens Finkel
    Toby Kamens Rodman
    Faith and Bernard Kaplan
    Jen Kaplan and Susie Tanchel
    Judith and William Kates
    Marsha Katz Slotnick
    Stuart Kleeman
    Roselyn and Edwin Kolodny
    Rabbi Jamie and Harold Kotler
    Rabbi Claudia Kreiman
    Ruth Langer and Jonathan Sarna
    Rabbi David Lerner and Sharon Levin
    Debbie and Richard McNeil
    Anne and Rabbi Rim Meirowitz
    Dan Miller
    Susan Miron and Burton Fine
    Beth and Michael Moskowitz
    Sara Moss and Michael Gould
    Rabbi Suzanne and Andrew Offit
    The Priebatsch Family Fund: Suzanne Priebatsch and Norman Priebatsch z’l, Daniella Priebatsch Place, Seth Priebatsch
    Ina and Jerry Regosin
    Terry Rosenberg and Elliot Schildkrout
    Rudnick Charitable Foundation, Inc.
    Ronni Sachs Kotler
    Rabbi Sonia and Dr. Ned Saltzman
    Rabbi Ma’ayan and Rick Sands
    Susan and Bob Schechter
    Pamela and James Schwartz
    Rosalie and Jim Shane
    Susan Shevitz and Larry Bailis
    Rosalyn and Richard Slifka
    Susan and James Snider
    Denise Littlefield Sobel
    Rabbi David Starr
    Theodore and David Teplow
    Arnee R. and Walter A. Winshall
    Marni and Bob Wise
    Justin Wyner



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    Community Sponsors


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    Learn about Corporate Sponsorships

    Corporate sponsorships are available! All Corporate Sponsors receive a full-page ad with your sponsorship level indicated in our virtual tribute book, recognition at the event, and entrance* to the in-person celebration as well as access to the livestream link.

    Shutafim/Partners Level
    $10,000 to $19,999

    Haverim/Friends Level
    $5,000 to $9,999

    Yedidim/Companions Level
    $1,800 to $4,999

    *We appreciate your patience as we wait to see what the pandemic will allow closer to the date in terms of how many people we may welcome in person.

    Please contact Mia Tavan at with questions or your high-resolution logo and tribute book text. Thank you!

    Honoree Bios

    Mark-Atkins_MihoMark Atkins and Miho Sato

    Mark Atkins is a retired entrepreneur and longtime volunteer at Hebrew College. In 1990, he co-founded Vality Technology, Inc., a Big Data software company, where he served as Chairman and CEO until 2002, when Ascential Software (IBM) acquired the company. From 2002 until 2012, he served as Chairman and CEO of Invention Machine Inc., a global innovation software system that was acquired by IHS. From 2013 until 2018, he served as an adjunct professor at The University of Massachusetts-Boston College of Management, where he taught Entrepreneurial and Global Strategic Marketing courses to MBA and undergraduate students. Over the past decade, he has also served as a Board Director, consultant, and mentor to several technology companies.

    Mark is a member of the Board of Overseers of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Hebrew College and a former board member of the University of Massachusetts Foundation, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston, and The Vilna Shul. He is also a former trustee of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) New England, and served on the AJC National Board of Governors from 2015 until 2018. He was an honoree and recipient of the Vilna Visionary Leadership Award, as well as the recipient of the Distinguished Business Leader Award by the University of Massachusetts College of Management. In May 2017, Mark delivered the keynote address at the College of Management Convocation for the University of Massachusetts-Boston School of Management. In 2019, he received an honorary doctorate degree from Hebrew College. Mark received his MBA from Babson College and his BA from The University of Massachusetts-Boston, where he set up The Mark E. Atkins Scholarship Endowment.

    Miho Sato is a classically trained soprano singer and licensed broker. She graduated from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and studied at the Boston University Opera Institute. In 2004, she founded Urban Realty Group, which primarily served the Japanese community in Greater Boston. Her company was acquired by a publicly traded Japanese relocation company in 2014. She assists her partner, Mark Atkins, in managing their real estate holdings. She also continues to perform in classical concerts in Japan and Boston. She is the mother of two adult children, Akiba and Sarah.

    jack-eifermanJack Eiferman

    Jack Eiferman is an attorney at the Boston-based law firm of Goulston & Storrs.  Over the past four decades, he has worked on a wide range of legal issues that face businesses and nonprofit organizations, including many in the health care, education, cultural and trade association sectors.  Jack is a past Chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Tax-Exempt Committee and served on the Committee of the Boston Bar Association that last revised the nonprofit corporation laws. He is the author of several chapters in the Massachusetts law treatise for nonprofit corporations, which is used as a guide for lawyers concerning the legal challenges faced by practitioners and solutions to those problems.

    Jack is a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BA from The State University of New York at Albany, a Masters of Public Health from Yale University, and a JD from Rutgers University. He and his wife, Fern Fisher, are the parents of Bennett, Julia, and Reva, and the grandparents of Ronit and Leo. They are members of Temple Beth Zion and Congregation Kehillah Israel in Brookline. Jack is also the secretary of the Hebrew College Board of Trustees. 

    deb-feinsteinDeborah Feinstein, MAJS`07, Me’ah`99 

    Deborah Feinstein was a Museum Director/educator/curator for over 25 years. With her first graduate degree in Islamic art from Harvard University, Deborah lectured on religious, historical, and cultural connection of the three major religions through the visual arts in numerous universities and museum venues. She was also the Director/Curator of the Holyoke Museum in Holyoke, Mass., as well as an educational consultant for exhibits at the Springfield Museum of Art in Springfield, Massachusetts. Working for an international exhibit design firm, Christopher Chadbourne and Associates, Deborah was project manager and an exhibit writer. For the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, Deborah designed and wrote the panels for “The Boston Jewish Experience: Reconnect to the Tapestry” exhibit.

    After completing the master’s program in Jewish Studies at Hebrew College, Deborah has used the visual image as an interpretative tool in creating Jewish illuminated manuscripts. Her volunteer life has been full … being president of the Board of Directors for the Vilna Shul for 5 years, Chair of the Capital Campaign that raised $4 million for its renovation, co-chair of numerous missions in Europe for USHMM, co-chairperson for the Wings of Memory Society of New England for the USHMM, a Hebrew College overseer and member of the Leadership council, and member of many committees at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass.

    howard_cohen-myra-musicantMyra Musicant & Howard Cohen

    Myra 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.

    Myra and Howard are both active members of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, where they have proudly helped the congregation grow from 50 to 350 members. At various times Myra and Howard served as Board Chair, President, and staff members. Myra and Howard have been married for 48 years. Myra and Howard have three married children and seven grandchildren, all of whom live in the Greater Boston area.

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