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Celebrating the Publication of Dirshuni—Contemporary Women’s Midrash

Join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Hebrew College for an evening of study and conversation where we will explore the meaning of the project that seeks to expand our sacred texts.

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Hayom harat olam. May we be brave this year. Together, may we reach out to the world—this world—and try to embrace it,” writes Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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. 

 

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Kol HaKavod Hebrew College Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer on The Kitchen‘s first album “Shabbat in The Kitchen.” The music is an offering, a tikkun, & a collaboration of many voices and melodies from the prayersong of The Kitchen community in SF. 

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Baby birds on the construction site of our new shared campus in Newton, MA. Construction workers were protecting the eggs and babies throughout the process!

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Construction continues on our new shared campus! Learn more and view new construction photos.

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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!

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“On the eve of Exodus as we prepared to leave behind all that had befallen us in Egypt & make our way out into the vast expanse, do you remember the way a galaxy of possibility opened inside of you?” writes Hebrew College rabbinial grad & Jewish Studio Project‘s Rabbi Adina Allen.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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“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`21

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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.”

Join the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College for a book launch and conversation with Roslyn G. Weiner PhD STM, a spiritual director at Hebrew College and in the Greater Boston community and author of “Seeking in the Company of Others” on March 23!
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“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.

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Are you a Jewish educator with a passion for transformative Jewish education? Hebrew College’s MJED Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines leadership for learning, pedagogic application, social, emotional and spiritual learning; and supervised field experience. Join our thriving, pluralistic community of students from around the country and the world! Click the link in our bio to learn more.
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It’s our Centennial year. With 100 gifts of $360 each, you can help Hebrew College continue to offer innovative programs for Jewish teens. Give today. 
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Can you name any of these Hebrew College Prozdor alums from the 1960s? Do you have any images to share? Help us celebrate our centennial! #ThrowbackThursday #hebrewcollegecentennial
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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.

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“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.

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“For me, text study is a means not only for developing knowledge but for nurturing our sense of community with one another. ‘Text Messages’ offers an opportunity for deep conversation and connection through traditional Jewish texts. I love watching my students see themselves in ancient texts, and see one another across differences in background and perspective!”— Naomi Gurt Lind, Hebrew College rabbinical student and Hebrew College Adult Learning instructor.
“Text Messages” will be held Sundays, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., on Zoom, starting March 13.
Click in the link in our bio to learn more about Naomi’s class and other Hebrew College Adult Learning winter/ spring offerings.
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“It took real creative genius to merge the diverse cultures into a coherent presentation week by week. I found groups like the Yemenite Jews both historically and contemporarily fascinating. Ethiopian Jews are studied from the land they came from and how the Ashkenazi influence affects their living today in Israel. This course stimulates your thinking and I highly recommend it.” —Fall 2021 Hebrew College Adult Learning student


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.

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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.

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“As a community organizer and a traditionally observant Jew with a background in finance, I’m grateful for the chance to create space with people I care about to reflect on money and morality through the rich lens of modern Jewish legal thought!” —Allen Lipson, Hebrew College rabbinical student and Hebrew College Adult Learning instructor.
 
Allen’s class, “Tzedakah, Taxes and Torah: Dilemmas in Jewish Finance Ethics,” will be offered on Zoom on Monday evenings, starting March 7.
 
Click the link in our bio to learn more about Allen’s Open Circle Jewish Learning class and other Hebrew College winter/spring 2022 courses!
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“I love the wisdom of the Hasidic masters. Their way of interpreting Torah is not only ingeniously creative and intellectually stunning, but it opens us up to deeper spiritual levels of self-exploration and transformation.” —Hebrew College Adult Learning instructor Rabbi Lev Friedman `18.
 
Click the link in our bio to learn more about Rabbi Friedman’s Open Circle Jewish Learning class, “Rebbe Menachem Nachum’s Luminous Torah: The Me’or Eynaim/Light of the Eyes,” and other winter/spring Hebrew College Adult Learning classes.
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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.

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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.

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Continue your Jewish learning journey this winter with Hebrew College Adult Learning Classes start in February. Find your favorite topic and register today. 

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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!

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Hebrew College Ulpan Hebrew language classes start in February. Classes meet on Zoom, in beginner through advanced levels. Register by January 24!

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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.  

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Thanks @jewishjournalma for writing about our shared campus groundbreaking celebration!

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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. 

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Thanks EJewish Philanthropy for featuring our Shared Campus Groundbreaking and Hanukkah Celebration as your “Pic of the Day”! @jartsboston 

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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 #synagoguecouncil

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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. 

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“A student was looking at a page of Talmud with me last night Teen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College and asked is this a living document? I answered that because we were looking at a two thousand year old story, originally printed in the 17th century and figuring out what it meant for us today makes it very much a living document. Want to be part of the conversation?” —Rabba Claudia Marbach, director of Teen Beit Midrash at Hebrew College. Join us in person in Boston or online!
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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 Press

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Know any couples interested in a conscious and healthy transition to marriage? Encourage them to join Rabbi Getzel Rosenberg DavisHebrew College #opencircle class: “Zivug: Activist Couples Preparing for Marriage.” STARTS TOMORROW 11/3.
Through Jewish wisdom, text study, guided exercises, and frank conversations, the group will explore the growth and maintenance of vibrant relationships. This is a cohort for folks specifically interested in exploring power dynamics, feminism, and how our decisions as a couple interact impact the world.
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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!

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“What all these different jobs and internships have allowed me to do is to grow my skill set so that when I become a rabbi, I’ll be able to have a load of lived experience to fall back on… I’m starting to see what it looks like to be a rabbi without the pressure of having to do it on my own, so when I become a rabbi in a few years, I’ll be ready to go.”—Fourth-year rabbinical student Ryan Leszner, rabbinical intern at Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, Mass.
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“Now that I’m deep into my pastoral care training and internship at Hebrew SeniorLife, it feels like a natural extension of my 2Life Communities work,” said fifth-year Hebrew College rabbinical student Giulia Fleishman. “I love working with a senior population—I really value this population that is often pushed out to the margins. There is so much deep wisdom in people who have lived through so much. Getting to learn from them while connecting them from my experience feels incredibly powerful.”
Learn more about where our students and alumni serve around the country and world and join us for Ta Sh’ma (Come & Hear) 2021/5782, our fall Open House for prospective rabbinical and cantorial students, on November 7 (vitual) and/or November 15 (in-person).
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“I’m passionate about Judaism as a vibrant wisdom tradition and technology of making meaning. To me, spirituality consists of asking questions that matter, and then living courageously in line with what we hear. Poetry is to me the essence of writing, painting an entire landscape with the most sparse yet illuminating strokes. I see prayer as our attempt to speak G-d’s language and poetry as a bridge between us and G-d. So, putting all this together, my poem Thank You, Modeh Ani was born!” — Hebrew College alumna Rabbi Alyson Solomon on publishing her first book, “Thank You, Modeh Ani.”
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Thinking of a career change? Rabbi Daniel Berman `10 practiced as a trial attorney for several years before coming to Hebrew College. He is now the rabbi at Temple Reyim in Newton.
Learn more at Ta Sh’ma, Hebrew College‘s upcoming ordination open houses: November 7th online; November 15th in-person.
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Join #HebrewCollege Rector Rabbi Art Green and 7 other leading Jewish scholars from North America & Israel for Hebrew College Adult Learning‘s Special Centennial Lecture Series “The Old Made New and the New Made Holy: Leading Scholars & Thinkers Reflect on a Century of Jewish Experience and Explore the Challenges That Lie Ahead” beginning 10/21.
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#HebrewCollege Prozdor alumni: It’s the College’s centennial year and we want to share all the latest news with you.
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Reflect on a century of Jewish experience and explore the challenges that lie ahead with nine Jewish leaders and thinkers from across North America and Israel. In honor of Hebrew College’s centennial, Hebrew College Adult Learning is offering a special monthly community learning lecture series: “The Old Made New and the New Made Holy”: Oct. 21, Nov. 16, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 24, April 7, May 19, 7-8:30 p.m. EST. Cost: $350; generous financial aid is available.
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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!

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“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.

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Join us for Ta Sh’ma (Come & Hear), #HebrewCollege‘s ordination program Open House: Virtual Open House Nov. 7; In-person Open House Nov. 15.

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“As a parent who is also a student, I have a unique and precious opportunity to show my children that learning is a lifelong endeavor, that growing closer to the Divine is a priceless gift, and that it is never too late or too hard to become who we are meant to be.” —Naomi Gurt Lind, a Hebrew College rabbinical student. Learn more about our pluralistic rabbinical and cantorial programs at this year’s Ta Sh’ma (Come & Hear) Ordination Programs Virtual Open House.
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“As Rosh Hashanah nears, it is typical during the month of Elul to commit to heshbon nefesh, an accounting of the soul. We reflect on the ways in which we can grow to bring more light and healing to ourselves and our communities in ways both spiritual and practical. This Elul, what comes to mind as I think about my own growth and what empowers me towards religious action is the work of Northeastern University’s Community Fridge.” —Danny Stein, a Hebrew College rabbinical student and former rabbinic intern at Northeastern Hillel.
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Hebrew College’s Teen Learning Fall 2021 programs start soon! Learn more about Hebrew College Prozdor Teen Open Circle, the Teen Hebrew Institute, Gesher Israel, the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston at Hebrew College, and Teen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College!
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Hebrew College rabbinical student Ezra Furman was featured yesterday in JTA news. Ezra joins the Shanah Aleph class.

Learn more about Hebrew College’s rabbinical program at one of our November Open Houses on Nov. 7 (virtual) or Nov. 15 (in person). 

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From now until September 18, we are accepting applications for the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston at Hebrew College, a nine-month program for teens to develop strong leadership and communication skills, dive deep into Jewish values-driven decision making through consensus, learn the ins and outs of professional philanthropy and grant-making through a Jewish lens, and allocate grants to effect real change in the issue areas they care about most.
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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.

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Know any teens who are interested in studying Talmud? Encourage them to check out Teen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College. Classes offered in person and online. 

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Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College, is featured on the August 6, 2021 UNenlightenment podcast with Eric Scot English.
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Season 3 of Hebrew College’s Speaking Torah podcast is live!
Join Rabbi Shoshana Friedman and Bil McKibben, Rabbi Or Rose and Dr. Shively Smith, and Rabbis Jordan Braunig and Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld as they discuss how Torah is relevant to today—and how it can inform and help us in a world in need of healing and hope.
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Hebrew College MaTaRoT

Jewish educators: Join the inaugural cohort of Hebrew College MaTaRoT to help you and your school reach your goals in 2021-22. Application deadline July 23, 2021.
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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 #FaithinVaccineProgram

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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.

 

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2021 Fall Ordination Open House

Learn about our rabbinical and cantorial programs and attend Ta Sh’ma (Come & Hear) — our fall Open House.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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 .

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#HebrewCollege is honored to be part of The Big Bold Jewish Climate Fest, making climate change a central moral issue of the Jewish community. Come learn with us & explore over 100 other Festival events — free and online January 27-31, 2021.

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Hebrew College Elul Together Project

It’s Thursday, which means #elul is about bees! Watch today’s #hebrewcollege #elultogether offering “Sweetness in Elul” with #HCRS alumna Rabbi Suzanne Offit.

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From artist to rabbi

New ordination students come to Hebrew College with diverse perspectives & life experiences. Performance artist Lawrence Dreyfuss is among the fall 2020 cohort.

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Leadership, Learning, and Love in this Uncertain Time

Heres a sampling of the Torah and tefillah our #HebrewCollege community is creating for this moment. Wishing you a healthy and peaceful Shabbat. #NewsandViews

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