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Please join us on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 7-8:30 p.m. for the opening of Hebrew College’s fall art exhibition Syncopation, featuring Israeli art from the College’s permanent collection in celebration of Israel’s 75th anniversary. Explore 22 works on paper, all created in the 1970s. This is the College’s final exhibit it Newton Centre before we move to our new home on January 2023.
RSVP required for the opening.Visit Syncopation
One of the most widely recognizable Jewish labor activists in modern history, Clara Lemlich Shavelson was born in 1886 in Gorodok, Ukraine. According to the Jewish Women’s Archive, “As an immigrant garment worker in New York City, [Shavelson] began organizing women began organizing women into the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1905, forcing male union leaders to include women workers in strikes. At a 1909 strike meeting at the Cooper Union, Shavelson’s fiery speech set off the Uprising of the 20,000, the largest strike by women workers to that date. She later focused on the suffrage movement and organized housewives around food boycotts, including the 1917 kosher meat boycott.”Read the JWA article
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College recently announced a new partnership with Interfaith America and the national expansion of the BILI fellowship program. Religion News Service national reporter Bob Smietana covered Interfaith America’s annual summit, where he interviewed several of the incoming BILI fellows.Read the RNS article
The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College recently announced the national expansion of its Building Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI) fellowship, its new partnership with Interfaith America, and the launch of BILI Online, a free online curriculum based on the fellowship program.
President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (center) was part of #HebrewCollege‘s team at yesterday’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. The team raised funds to advance the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s mission as a Center of Healing, Teaching, and Learning. (Rabbi Suzanne Offit & #HCRS student Hindy Finman were Hebrew College’s Team Captains.)
“This is the centennial anniversary of Hebrew College, and I wanted to help celebrate that milestone, to contribute to the future of the College, and to ensure the sustainability of vibrant Jewish learning.” (Mark Atkins, honoree) Join us on June 2!Read more
Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for the opening of Hebrew College’s Centennial Art Exhibit “Remember. Renew. Reimagine.” The exhibit runs through mid-June in Hebrew College’s Ted Cutler Atrium.Gallery hours & tours
Hebrew College alumna Frankie Snyder discovers major find from the archaeological excavations at Mt. Ebal in Israel—what some are saying could be as consequential as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.Read more
The Hebrew College Passover Companion offers a pathway into one of our central ritual moments—the Passover seder. We hope it will generate new questions and conversations around your own seder table—and that you will be touched and surprised by the many ways we can tell our story of liberation.Order or download now
“Hebrew College teen beit midrash is the perfect environment for those of us who are sometimes marginalized and encounter hostility and disrespect in other parts of our lives. After all, havruta learning centers around listening, openness, support, and respect.”Read more & register for fall 2022
“I initially planned to take a couple of Hebrew College courses. After learning more about the program, and the availability of a mid-career fellowship, I realized that seeking a Masters in Jewish Education would be an excellent opportunity for me.” — Bridget Connor-Feldbaum, MJEd`21Learn more & apply
When she’s not in the beit midrash, you can find Shana Bet rabbinical student Michelle Goldhaber swimming in all weather, on Cape Cod! “I often dedicate my swims to people upon request who submit prayers, wishes, hopes, dreams, etc. to me. I also dedicate them to issues, causes, themes, holidays, etc. Sometimes I post YouTube videos of them. Since February 24, you can find me in nonstop contact with my friends in Ukraine and advocating for their peace and safety from my vantage point in the US.”
“Being a rabbi was that thing I was seeking—walking with people in hard times and low places as well as in joyous times.” — Yael Werber
Hebrew College rabbinical student Yael Werber is featured in “Envisioning the Rabbinate Through a Different Lens,” in the March 2022 Hadassah Magazine.
Join Rabbi Neal Gold on Zoom for “From the Corners of the Fields to the Repair of the Universe: How Judaism Teaches Justice, Righteousness, and Peace,” a Hebrew College Adult Learning #MeahSelect course hosted by Congregation Eitz Chayim, Tremont Street Shul, and Kahal B’raira, starting March 23.
Click the link in our bio to see our winter/ spring Hebrew College Adult Learning offerings.
“Our Hebrew College classes are a time for us to slow down and connect. As working parents of teenagers, we don’t have much time to do things for us. And, as Director of Adult Learning and a former director of Me’ah, it is also a way for me to observe the magic of our programs in motion, and to participate in the beautiful community of learners of all ages who come together through Hebrew College.” —Sara Riedner Brown, Director of Adult Learning at Hebrew College.
Click the link in our bio to read more about Sara’s Jewish learning journey!Read more
Click the link in our bio to learn more about “The Diverse Cultures of Contemporary Israel: Exploring A Multiplicity of Identities Through Story and Film” and other Hebrew College Adult Learning Fall/ Winter 2022 courses.
Hebrew College Alumni Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin to Lead Essex County Social Justice Group
Veteran activist and Hebrew College alumna Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin `11 was named executive director of the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), a faith-based grass-roots organization that fights for racial and social justice. She is the first rabbi to hold this position.Read the article
Come and dream along with Rebbe Nachman of Breslev this winter in “Dreawmweaver: The Stories of Rebbe Nachman of Breslev,” starting TONIGHT on Zoom. Rebbe Nachman was an amazing storyteller, weaving tales that were often fairytale-like in their construction and filled with the most esoteric Kabbalistic symbolism.
This class — led by @rebgetzel — is geared towards adults in their late 30s and 40s. All are invited (but not required) to bring their own dreams or daydreams for spiritual inquiry.Learn more and register
Looking for some levity during these trying times? Think ahead to Purim with “Feasts, Fasts, and Fakeries: The Scroll of Esther through a Photographic Lens.”
Join Leann Shamash on Zoom, Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-Noon, starting February 6.
Read the Megillah and explore a theme of your chosing through photography.Learn more and register
Thinking about learning Hebrew? Want to advance your Hebrew conversation skills? Hebrew College Ulpan Hebrew language classes start in February. Classes are offered on Zoom, in beginner through advanced levels. Register by January 24!Learn more
Hebrew College is offering a discounted mid-session registration rate for its special centennial course, “The Old Made New and the New Made Holy.” In addition to the five upcoming sessions, registrants will receive access to the three previous session’s video recordings with Rabbi Arthur Green, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, and Rabbi David Ellenson.Learn more
Hebrew College is looking for works of art for its centennial art exhibit, “Remember, Renew, Reimagine.” This exhibition will center on Torah, reflecting a variety of inspirations from its teaching, traditions, and rituals. Artists are invited to submit works in a variety of media. The curators will select works that demonstrate how artists in the Hebrew College community are actively “Remembering, Renewing and Reimagining” the tradition through the visual arts (2D and 3D), poetry, music, and performances.Learn more
It was wonderful to celebrate our new home with so many friends at our Shared Campus Groundbreaking yesterday. Visit our website (link in bio) to watch the video and see additional photos. #templereyim @keshernewton @keshetlgbtqjews @zamirchoraleofboston @jartsboston @jewishwomensarchive #synagoguecouncilWatch the video
In these dark days, we could all use a little hope and light. Join @joindayenu, Hebrew College, and other co-sponsors for “Lighting The Way: Jewish Song, Art and Activism in the Climate Movement,” the premiere of two new Jewish climate anthems, on Thursday, December 2, the 5th night of Hanukkah.Join us to celebrate!
A longing to do God-talk as part of my daily life, with others similarly inclined, led me to chaplaincy training, a theology degree, and a training program in spiritual direction. Today, spiritual direction permits me much God-talk, but does not require the use of the word God. For me, the word god is a placeholder; it awaits naming flowing from deep contemplation and careful noticing. My directees and I offer many names to each other—the Divine, the Holy One, the Great Whatever, the Rock, the Source are but a few examples . . . . — Roslyn G. Weiner, a spiritual director at Hebrew College, and author of Seeking in the Company of Others: The Wisdom of Group Spiritual Direction, published by Spiritual Directors International PressRead more
Join food historian Sara Gardner for a Hebrew College Adult Learning #opencircle class (starting November 7) to explore how Jewish culinary heritage affirms and reflects diverse expressions of Jewish identity throughout the diaspora. We will work together to construct our own individual “culinary action plans,” enacting change in our kitchens and beyond!Register now
Hebrew College Rabbinical Programs Shana Aleph students and their teacher Rachel Adelman had fun with a creative re-enactment of the midrash of the snake pushing Eve to touch the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Want to be a part of the next theatrical rendition of a famous midrash? Join us for Ta Sh’ma in November and sit in on classes with students at Hebrew College!Join us for Ta Sh'ma
“I would not be on the Jewish path that I am today as a rabbinical student if I hadn’t participated in Avodah and seen and experienced how justice is deeply integrated into Jewish tradition. I was able to engage with Judaism as an adult in a space where I could be vulnerable and grow.”—Sarah Rovin, Shana Aleph rabbinical student.
Thinking about rabbinical or cantorial school as part of your Jewish journey? We all have meaningful points along the way to rabbinical or cantorial school. What places helped shaped your path? Join us virtually or in person for Ta Sh’ma.
ONLINE: Sunday, November 7 from 2-5:30 p.m. EST
IN-PERSON: Monday and Tuesday, November 15 and 16.
Hebrew College rabbinical student Ezra Furman was featured yesterday in JTA news. Ezra joins the Shanah Aleph class.Read more
Introducing Koleinu (“our voice”), Hebrew College’s new weekly newsletter, replacing News & Views. As we begin our 100th year this fall, we are excited to share with you a selection of resources, special features, and reflections each week in time for Shabbat. We look forward to sharing the inspiring voices of our community with you during this centennial year! Link in Bio.Read Koleinu
Doing Our Part to Create a Healthier and More Just Society
“Through our training, we have also learned to listen carefully to people who are vaccine hesitant, knowing that individuals from different communities often have very different experiences with vaccines and with medical care more broadly, including painful experiences of medical racism.” #HebrewCollege #IFYC #FaithinVaccineProgramRead more
Welcoming Rosh Hodesh Av
As we welcome the new Hebrew month of Av, we invite you to read, listen, and share the words of Torah in this newsletter—bringing your lives to Torah and Torah to your lives. We again thank @nireh_or Instagram Project founders Rabbi Hayley Goldstein`19 and Lizzie Sivitz for their words and artwork.
The Kids Are All Right
Food insecurity, homelessness and health education have been amplified during the pandemic—particularly for underserved populations. Hebrew College Teen Fellows & Ambassadors aren’t just standing by. They are taking action to help heal the city of Boston.Read more
Hebrew College's New Home: A Shared Campus in Newton, MA
Hebrew College will partner with Temple Reyim and several other Jewish organizations to create a new shared campus for Jewish life in Newton and relocate to our new home in December 2022.Read more
Speaking Torah Podcast: Stop Making Sense
“For me, the poetry of Torah is very loud and very magnetic, and I think it can transform us if we let it in,” says Rabbi Mónica Gomery`17 in HebrewCollege’s SpeakingTorah podcast episode “Stop Making Sense.”Listen & subscribe
Rabbi Art Green Receives National Jewish Book Award
Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green, founder of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, has been awarded his first National Jewish Book Award for Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love .Read more