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Each semester, Hebrew College faculty go beyond our classrooms to bring compelling, relevant and creative ideas to your community. We share our love of Torah, our commitment to communal and social responsibility, and our diverse perspectives, to ask and help find answers to the most important and challenging questions of our time—and of our lives. Our faculty inspire, enlighten and engage.

If you have a morning, a weekend, or an evening to explore these ideas, you can spend it with our faculty in cities across Greater Boston, North America and Israel at synagogues, conferences, theaters, or institutions. Below, you will find a sample of faculty appearances in the upcoming months.


January | February| March | April | May | June | July


JANUARY

Cantor Brian Mayer, Dean, School of Jewish Music 

Where: Temple Emanu-El, Providence, RI

When: January 27

What: Conducting a fifty voice ecumenical choir, “Singing the Dream,” a musical event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King with special guest Joshua Nelson, the Prince of Kosher Gospel


Dr. Keren McGinityInterfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: Jewish Studies Program, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

When: January 27

What:Still Jewish and Newly Jewish: Two Histories of Women and Intermarriage in America.” Year of the Woman: Celebrating 100 years of Women at the College.


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Bet Tefillah Yisre’elit, Tel Aviv, Israel

When: January 28

What: First of three public classes sponsored by Bet Tefillah Yisre’elit


Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean, Rabbinical School

Where: Temple Israel, Boston, MA

When: Jan 30, Feb. 6, 13

What:From Buffalo to Jerusalem: A History of American Zionism and Our Complex Love Affair with the Jewish Homeland


 

Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Associate Dean for Academic Development and Advising; Professor of Rabbinics

Where: Hebrew College & Adelson Educational Campus, Las Vegas, NV

When: Ongoing through June 30

What: Rabbinical Advisor, Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute, working with a group of pre-school teachers at the Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas. This remote and onsite project guides instructional leaders in Jewish day schools to build standards-based curriculum for Bible and Rabbinics.



FEBRUARY

Dr. Rachel Adelman, Assistant Professor, Bible

Where: Temple Or Atid, Wayland, MA

When: Feb. 5,. 19, March 5, 19, April 2. 10 am-noon

What:Bad-ss Broads of the Bible.” The women featured in this course are the less known, more obscure characters such as Rahab, the prostitute, the women in Samson’s story, and Queens Jezebel and Athalyah, Judith of the Apocrypha, both the good and the wicked female figures in Tanakh. Sponsored by the West Boston Women’s Learning Group and CJP.


Rachel Adelman, Assistant Professor, Bible

Where: Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA

When: February 6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 27; April 3, 10; May 1, 8, 15, 22. (No class February 20, March 20, April 17 or 24. Snow/sick days TBA). 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

What:The Making and Breaking of a King (Studies in the Book of Samuel),” exploring David as both a historical figure and mythical character. Sponsored by Kent Street Group and under the aegis of Open Circle Jewish Learning.


Rabbi Or Rose, Director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership

Where: Temple Beth Elohim Scholar in Residence Weekend–Jewish Spiritual Renewal in a Pluralistic Age, Acton, MA

When: February 8-10

What:  “Towards a Theology of Jewish Pluralism,” “American Mystics: Reverend Howard Thurman and Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi,” and “Case Studies in Religious Cooperation and Challenge”


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Pardes Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

When: February 13

What: Lecture on “A Neo-Hasidic Judaism for the 21st Century”


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President, Hebrew College

Where: San Francisco Friends School, San Francisco, CA

When: February 15-16

What: Delivering D’var Torah for The Kitchen


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA

When: February 20

What: Leading a day of teaching for Israeli Masorti rabbis


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Synagogue, Kfar Sabba, Israel

When: February 20

What: All-day seminar for Israeli Masorti rabbi


Cantor Lynn Torgove, Head of Vocal Arts, School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College

Where: CJP, Boston, MA

When: February 28 & March 6

What: Co-leading workshops on ‘Foundations of Effective Communication’ and ‘Presentation Preparation’ for new and continuing CJP staff members.



MARCH

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: Romemu, New York, NY

When: March 1-2

What: Guest Darshanit at Romemu, (annual Hebrew College-Romemu Shabbaton)


Cantor Lynn Torgove, Head of Vocal Arts, School of Jewish Music . Where: First Church Congregational Cambridge, Cambridge

When: March 2, 8 pm

What: “Chichester Psalms” for Spectrum Singers. Hebrew Language & Diction Coach


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

When: March 3

What: Judge for the Collegiate Moot Beit Din


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: New York, NY

When: March 8-9

What: Visiting faculty at Bronfman Youth Fellowship Collegiate Shabbaton


Barbara Merson, Adjunct Professor, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education

Where: Multiple Venues: Portland, Brunswick, Bangor, Lewiston, Rockland, Waterville

When: March 9-17

What: Executive Director, Maine Jewish Film Festival


Rabbi Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer; Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education

Where: Prizmah Conference, Atlanta, GA

When: March 10-12

What: “ Spiritual Education; Mapping the Field”


Cantor Brian Mayer, Dean, School of Jewish Music 

Where: The Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL

When: March 10-11

What: Speaking on “Pluralistic Cantorial Ordination Education in 2019” and participating in a Cantorial Education Leadership Symposium entitled  Hallel v’Zimra: Jewish Liturgical Music, Present and Future conference sponsored by The University of Chicago Divinity School, The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, and The Mervis Chair in Jewish Culture at Indiana University.


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President, Hebrew College

Where: Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA

When: February 12

What: Featured speaker for Community Hevra Kadisha Zayin Adar dinner


 

Dr. Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: University of Michigan School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI

When: March 13-15

What:#MeToo”. “Jewish Feminisms/American Visions: Perspectives From Fifty Years of Activism” Jewish Communal Leadership Program and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA

When: March 15-16

What: Scholar-in-Residence, Glatzer Weekend


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel

When: March 17

What: Seminar


Rabbi Ebn Leader, Faculty,  Rabbinical School; Rabbi Nehemiah Polen, Professor of Jewish Thought, Rabbinical School; and Rabbi Or Rose,  Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College

Where: Merkaz, Israel American Council of Boston (IAC), Newton, MA

When: March 18, 8-10:15 pm

What:  “Alternative Realities: Purim & the Possibility of Transformation. Jewish Mystical Insights for Contemporary Life.” Sponsored by IAC & Hebrew College.

Rabbi Nehemia Polen: Spoiler Alert: A Theory of Laughter & the Meaning of the Book of Esther. An intertextual exploration of the biblical text, hasidic sources, and recent writing on laughter.Rabbi Ebn Leader: Turning Away to Come Together: Rabbi Isaac Luria’s Vision of Purim & Sacred Time. Using this great mystical master’s (16th-century) theory of eternal cycles of creation and becoming, we will study his vision of Purim and the spring season.

Rabbi Or Rose: From Sinai to Purim and Beyond: Uncovering the Sacred. Following in the footsteps of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev (18th-century), we will explore the themes of revelation, concealment, and the ongoing quest for meaning and purpose.


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld,  President, Hebrew College

Where: AIPAC Policy Conference, Washington, DC

When: Sunday, March 24


Dr. Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA

When: March 25

What:Vashti, Esther and #MeToo: A Conversation with Dr. Keren McGinity


Cantor Lynn Torgove, Head of Vocal Arts, School of Jewish Music

Where: Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, West Newton, MA

When: March 29

What: Leading Hebrew College’s choir, Kol Arev, in a Klezmer Kabbalat Shabbat Service


Rabbi Dan Judson, Dean, Rabbinical School

Where: Temple Reyim, Newton, MA

When: March 30 (Private event)

What: Scholar-in-residence. “Lessons for Today from the Past: An Investigation of American Jewish History


Cantor Brian Mayer, Dean, School of Jewish Music

Where: David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

When: March 31

What: Conducting HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir, a 400-voice ensemble


Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: Jewish Community Day School of Boston, Watertown, MA

When: March 31

What: #MeToo: Lessons Learned and Moving Forward.”  20th Annual “Matters of Taste” Benefit Jewish Community Day School


Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Associate Dean for Academic Development and Advising; Professor of Rabbinics . Where: Temple Israel, White Plains, NY

When: March 31

What: Day of Learning honoring Rabbi Gordon Tucker. Rabbi Gordon Tucker just retired from his pulpit at Temple Israel in White Plains, whole day of learning to honor a new learning center being endowed in his name.



APRIL

Dr. Rachel Adelman, Assistant Professor, Bible

Where: Temple Agudat Achim, Leomister, MA

When: April 5-6

What: Scholar-in-Residence. “Shabbat HaHodesh”


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: Temple B’nai B’rith, Braintree, MA

When: April 6

What: Installation of Rabbi Ma’ayan Sands, Rab`17


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Brandeis University Library, Waltham, MA

When: April 7, 4:00 p.m.

What: Event Honoring 50th Anniversary of Havurat Shalom


Dr. Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

When: April 7-10

What: “#GamAni: How #MeToo Inspired the American Jewish Community to Look Inward.” International Symposium: Comparative Perspectives on #MeToo,” and “Jewish Continuity and the #MeToo Movement”


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Tufts University, Somerville, MA

When: April 9

What: “A Neo-Hasidic Judaism for the 21st Century”


Rabbi Nehemia Polen, Rabbinical School

Where: Drake University, Des Moines, IL

When: April 11

What: “Miracles in Hasidic Judaism: Changing the Natural Order, or Opening the Eyes To What Is Already There”


MAY

Cantor Lynn Torgove, Head of Vocal Arts, School of Jewish Music

Where: Boston Lyric Opera, Boston, MA

When: May 5-12

What: Singing the role of Martha in “The Handmaids Tale


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President, Hebrew College

Where:  Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, MA

When: May 11

What: Installation of Rabbi Daniel Schaefer, Rab`18


Dr. Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, Newton Centre, MA

When: May 15

What: “The Changing Narrative of Intermarriage and How to Embrace Interfaith Families”


Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Associate Dean for Academic Development and Advising

Where: Boch Center (formerly Citi Performing Arts Center), Wang Theatre, Boston, MA

When: May 17

What: New England Law School Commencement ceremony benediction and receiving an honorary doctor of humanities degree


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: New York, NY

When: May 20

What: Keynote at Legacy Heritage Fund Educators Conference


Cantor Brian Mayer, Dean, School of Jewish Music

Where: Louisville Marriott Downtown. Louisville, KY

When: May 20

What: Receiving the Samuel Rosenbaum Award for Scholarship and Creativity at the 72nd Annual Cantors Assembly Convention


Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Associate Dean for Academic Development and Advising

Where: Online (via Zoom) to Chicago, IL

When: May 22

What: Teaching on ‘Women and Headcovering” for the Chicago Rabbinical Assembly


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church. VA

When: May 26

What: “Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers.” Co-sponsored by the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies and Temple Rodef Shalom.



JUNE

Dr. Rachel Adelman, Assistant Professor, Bible

Where: Kehillath Israel, Brookline, MA

When: June 8

What: Tikkun Lel Shavuot


Dr. Keren McGinity, Director, Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program

Where: Congregation Sinai, Chicago, IL

When: June 13-14

What: “Breaking the Cycle: The Jewish Community in the Age of #MeToo.”


Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, President Hebrew College

Where: Temple Beth David, Rochester, NY

When: June 16

What: Installation of Rabbi Michael Silbert, Rab`12


Rabbi Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer; Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education

Where: St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

When: June 20-22

What: Presenting Torah Godly Play at the 2019 North American Godly Play Conference

 


JULY

Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector, Rabbinical School

Where: Uman, Ukraine

When: July 7-14

What: First International Conference on the Study of Hasidism – “The Hasidic Experience – Literature, Tale, & Melody”


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