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Prozdor

Teens in the Jewish community of Boston and southern New England have been studying Judaic and Hebrew studies together at Prozdor since the 1920s graduating more than 5000 students. Today, Prozdor remains a central hub for teen learning and engagement in the Greater Boston area.

  • time 8th-12th Grade
  • location Hebrew College Campus
  • duration Academic Year
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Prozdor creates a vibrant community for Jewish youth during their adolescent years. Through our diverse program, we help students develop strong Jewish identities and prepare them to be future leaders of the American Jewry.

Rich and Varied Academic Program

Students have the power to choose the subjects that they wish to study. Traditional texts, history, Israel, philosophy, literature, Hebrew and the arts are just some areas that engage our students as they gain a genuine love of Jewish learning from our faculty.

Experiential Education

Prozdor’s commitment to Jewish experiential education provides students with additional opportunities to connect to their peers and to Judaism beyond the classroom, and our Jewish travel experiences serve to expose our students to Jewish life all over the world.

Develop Deep Connection to Israel through a Lens of Diversity

Prozdor promotes the value of “ahavat Yisrael” — love of Israel — culminating in Prozdor graduates who have a strong understanding of, and connection to, the State of Israel. Prozdor also promotes a community built on “k’lal Yisrael” — all of Israel — and a respect for Jewish diversity. It allows students to find their place in “am Yisrael” — the nation of Israel — and become aware of their responsibility to pass down Judaism to the next generation. Prozdor prepares students to enter their college years ready for the challenges of being a Jewish young adult in America and in the larger world.

Faculty

The faculty of Prozdor are as diverse as our students. Our teachers are Rabbis and Rabbinical students, professional educators, PhDs, librarians, Hebrew teachers, graduate students, philosophers, historians, artists, and more, and run the length of the denominational spectrum, from Orthodox to Humanistic Judaism. Their common denominator is their passion for teaching and learning in a pluralistic setting, their dedication to our students, and their willingness to foster meaningful connections with each and every one of our students.

Faculty

Adva Alpert
Limor Cohen-Melul
Glenn Dickson
Rabbi David Ehrenkranz
Ben Einsidler
Norman Finkelstein
Mor-Li Hartman
Osnat Hazan
Ruth Mooney
Rinat Naggar
Daniel Parmer
Rivka Pe’eri
Yigal M. Pe’eri
Charlie Radin
Esther Shorr
Max Werber

Advisory Board

Ahava Rosenthal
Cheryl Aronson
Sharon Gillis
Jill Hai
Lisa Hills
Wendy Landon
Laurie Samuels
Ester Shneorson
Ross Silverstein
Adam Smith
David Strauss

Program Goals

  • Facilitate the development of student intellectual and spiritual life through the study of Torah, Israel, rabbinics, Jewish history, ethics, literature and the Jewish arts, in an open environment that encourages inquiry.
  • Enable students to develop and expand their proficiency in the Hebrew language.
  • Provide a variety of teaching methods to promote experiential learning and critical thinking; provide a nurturing environment where students may develop mentoring relationships with their teachers.
  • Foster meaningful peer relationships.
  • Create an environment that encourages respect for divergent opinions, where students may learn about and honor diversity in Jewish life and embrace k’lal Yisrael.
  • Offer opportunities for social action and political activism through which students learn to value participating in ethical “mitzvot” (commandment of Jewish law) and “tikkun olam” (“repairing the world”) and understand that Judaism obligates them to “make the world a better place.”
  • Strengthen students’ sense of their Jewish identities.

Prozdor encourages personal growth in a way that no other form of organized education in my life ever has. It provided me with a community where I felt comfortable sharing and evolving my personal ideologies, but that is only possible because of the huge amount of respect that each student has for one another, and that unspoken camaraderie between the students as well as the teachers is one that I’m not sure I’ll ever find anywhere else. I am the Jew, and the person that I am today because of Prozdor, and I’m so thankful for that.

– Rutie Mackenzie-Margulies, P’16

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