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Specialization in Social and Environmental Change Leadership

At Hebrew College, our commitment to the inner life is coupled with a deep and passionate sense of communal responsibility. We live in a world that is deeply in need of Jewish leaders who can not only identify and address pressing issues and injustices, but also organize and inspire individuals and communities to bring forth lasting change.

The Social and Environmental Change Leadership track is designed to give students the Jewish knowledge to impact and transform the world around them.

  • Inner Life and Social Justice Activism
  • Organizing Skills for Social Justice
  • Torah for Transformative Social Change
  • Models of Jewish Social Justice Leadership
  • Judaism and Ecology

Course of Study

All Master’s in Jewish Studies students take a common core before specializing. The common core gives students overview of Jewish history, combining in-depth text study with global picture of Jewish experience across the three millennia. All students also choose two readings courses from two different time periods (Biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern), offered with rotating topics, allowing them to do advanced study in a broader field that matches their intellectual and spiritual interests. 

  • Texts and Contexts: Foundations of Jewish Cultures and Wisdom
  • Creation, Revelation, Redemption: Studies in Biblical Literature
  • Zachor: An Exploration of Jewish Memory 
  • The Histories of God: Readings in Classical Jewish Theology
  • The Nature of Torah: How to Read Torah, Midrash, Mishnah and Talmud as Natural Systems
  • Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Approaching the Holocaust: History, Memory and Faith

Degree Requirements

  • Demonstrated Hebrew proficiency of Level 4 or higher
  • Completion of 36 credits, including core classes and electives



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