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May 30, 2019 Hebrew College Live! Stories in Honor of Our Teachers

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  • location Temple Beth Elohim
    10 Bethel Road
    Wellesley, MA 02481
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An evening to celebrate our teachers

Online registration for Hebrew College Live! Stories in Honor of Our Teachers has closed.

Tickets for the event are $360.

If you would like to purchase tickets, please send an email to and we will reserve your seats.

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Thursday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA

Mark OppenheimerEMCEE
Mark Oppenheimer
Host of Tablet Magazine’s popular podcast “Unorthodox.”
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Leah Goldstein Director, Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston at Hebrew College (JTFGB)
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Our storytellers, who teach in Hebrew College graduate degree and community learning programs, Hillels, congregations, and universities are:

Tiferet BerenbaumRabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Rab`13, MJEd`13

Story: "Honor and Dignity"

Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum is the spiritual leader of Temple Har Zion in Mt. Holly, NJ. She has a strong passion for working with children and a deep commitment to connection across generations and across communities. In her multi-faceted career, Rabbi Tiferet has a front seat at the intersection of race, racism and religion, giving her valuable insights into how different groups of people see the world and refining her powers of empathy. This summer she will be moving back to the Boston area to join Temple Beth Zion in Brookline as their Director of Congregational Learning and Programming.

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Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD

Story: “The Ladies’ Malbishiruim”

Rabbi Dan Judson, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He received his doctorate from Brandeis University in Jewish history and his book, Pennies for Heaven: The History of American Synagogues and Money, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He also likes to tell stories, mostly about himself because those are the stories he knows best. He has competed in the Boston GrandSLAM Storytelling Championship and one of his stories was featured on The Moth Radio Hour on National Public Radio. He is also the storyteller-in-residence at the Jewish Arts Collaborative night at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Listen to Dan's MOTH Radio Hour story
Celene-IbrahimCelene Ibrahim, PhD

Story: "Coming Full Circle"

Celene Ibrahim is a member of the Advisory Council for the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College. She is the author of numerous publications in the fields of Qur’anic studies, women’s and gender studies, and interreligious relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a PhD from the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University. She is the editor of the anthology One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets. Her next book on female figures in the Qur'an is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Dr. Ibrahim currently serves as the Muslim Chaplain for Tufts University and will join the faculty of Groton School later this year. From 2014–2017, she held a joint faculty appointment at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School where she co-directed the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education.

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Rabbi Margot Meitner, LICSW, Rab`14, MAJS`14

Story: "Bubbe and the Boichick"

Rabbi Margot Meitner is a Boston-based community rabbi and psychotherapist. She holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and History from Yale University, an M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work, and rabbinical ordination and a Masters in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Margot has a private psychotherapy and pastoral counseling practice at The Meeting Point and approaches her work with the understanding that individual healing is inextricably linked with collective healing and social change. She will be joining the Rabbinical School faculty in the fall to teach courses on pastoral care. She is also an accidental GrandSLAM Story Slam Winner, which itself is a great story for another time.

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Rabbi Jordan Schuster, Rab`18, MAJS`18

Story: “Reb Nachman, Yiddish Nihilism, and That Time I Made Pilgrimage to a Jersey Mall”

Rabbi Jordan Schuster serves as Director of the Rabbinical School’s Mekorot program and Associate Director of Open Circle Jewish Learning’s Mysticism and Mindful Living track. Before receiving his ordination through Hebrew College in 2018, Jordan taught Yiddish literature and language at Columbia University in New York, studied psychoanalysis and queer theory in San Francisco, and tended the gardens and greenhouse of a small local grocery store in southeastern Wisconsin. He loves to bring Jewish texts – both classical and modern – to life with his students, and he feels blessed to watch how the meanings of these texts shift, refract and evolve as he and his students forge a way through them together.

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Richond-Shazeer familyMusic: The Richmond-Shazeer Family Band with Cantor Ken Richmond, Adjunct faculty, School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College; Rabbi Shira Shazeer, Rab`10 & Family

Ken Richmond & Shira Shazeer first met in a klezmer band 20 years ago. Since then, they’ve been playing music and singing together. Their family band includes their sons, Zalmen, Velvel, & (sometimes) Betzalel, who speak Yiddish as their first language. Shira is the school rabbi at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham. Ken is the cantor of Temple Israel of Natick and is now studying in the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.

Read more about the family band

Honor a special teacher with your gift

Please consider a celebratory gift to Hebrew College in honor of an inspiring teacher and help Hebrew College continue to impact Jewish learning and leadership around the world.

  • Making a gift in honor of a teacher (any amount)
  • Purchasing event tickets ($360 each)
  • Sponsoring a Day of Learning in the Beit Midrash  ($360)
  • Purchasing our ticket and sponsorship package: purchase 2 tickets and sponsor a Day of Learning in the Beit Midrash ($1,080) – Learn more

Use our online form and note who you are honoring in the “Comments” field or send a check to the address above.

For President’s Council and Shabbat Table Members

Not sure of your giving level or interested in becoming a member? Email us or call us at (617) 559-8764. We look forward to being in touch with you.

Rather do it on your own? Find your name on the list of 2018-2019 members.

President’s Council Members & Shabbat Table Haverim/Friends
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Shabbat Table Yedidim/Companions
Special offer: purchase 2 tickets to the event and sponsor a Day of Learning in the Beit Midrash for $720 (a savings of $360)

Rabbi Jordan Schuster



venue & contact info
Temple Beth Elohim 10 Bethel Road Wellesley, MA 02481