Pharoah's Daugher:The Unsung Heroine of The Exodus with Rachel Adelman
Saturday, Apr 1, 2017 - 9:30am
Mishkan Tefila 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

Rachel Adelman, Assistant Professor of Bible at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, will offer two talks on Shabbat morning at Congregation Mishkan Tefila. . During Sbabbat services which begin at 9:30 am, the topic will be "Pharoah's Daugher.". After kiddush lunch at 12:45 this gited teacher who is passionate about making Torah relevant to her students' lives, will reflect on "How Do We Tell the Story of our Redemption." This event is part of the Hebrew College-Mishkan Tefila learning series. No registration required.

The Ruderman Summit on Philanthropy, Power and Democracy in the Jewish Community of the 21st Century
Sunday, Apr 2, 2017 - 11:30am
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College

The Ruderman Family Foundation, together with Hebrew College and the Jewish Funders Network invites you to a summit and public conversation on Jewish communal governance for the 21st century. The summit's purpose is to explore and discuss the ways we govern ourselves in the American Jewish community and how changes in recent years may require different structures to respond to the current political and social culture.The program will take place on Sunday, April 2 from 11:30am-6:00pm at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA. Advance registration and fee of $50 required. Discounts available for students by contacting

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In this conversation with Rabbi Ebn Leader from the Rabbincal School of Hebrew College, we will discuss the challenges of celebrating Pesah in a historical context where we, as American Jews largely enjoy an unprecedented level of freedom, but many other people, even within the U.S. do not. 

The language of Awakening in the Zohar: The sparkling gem of mystical Judaism | With Melila Hellner- Eshed, Ph. D. | Introduction by Rabbi Arthur Green
Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

General Admission $10 | Students free with RSVP to

Join us for this exciting opportunity  to learn with gifted teacher and scholar of Jewish mysticism Melila Hellner- Eshed  who brings the language and essence of the Zohar to life for 21st century learners and seekers. Hellner- Eshed will provide an introduction to the Zohar, the sacred text of Jewish mysticism with its layers of stories, experience and wisdom. The focus of her teaching will be the Zohar’s call for the awakening of consciousness across the generations.

Melila Hellner-Eshed, Ph.D., is a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is a professor of Jewish mysticism and Zohar in the department of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She serves on the facutly of the Institute of Jewish Spirituality and is active in the 'Sulha' - a reconciliation project that brings together Israelis and Palestinians. Co-sponsored by The Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

This event is part of the Hebrew College- Congregation Mishkan tefila learning series.

Hebrew College Gala 2017
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 - 5:30pm
Back Bay Events Center Boston, MA

Save the date for Hebrew College Gala 2017 honoring Louis Grossman and Family of Grossman Companies, Inc., Rabbi Ma'ayan Sands, Rab'16, and Susan Ain, who will receive the Esther Award for Leadership and Philanthropy. Read more.

"Frauenstimmen: Women's Voices from the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp: A Musical Cabaret" with Cantor Lynn Torgove
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 - 9:30am
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline

The songs of Ravensbruck Concentration camp and the Jewish cabaret of Weimar Germany tell the story of the women of the Ravensbruck Camp and reflect the culture of German society before and during the war. Join us to hear and learn about this music  with Cantor Lynn Torgrove, Head of Vocal Arts at Hebrew College.This event is part of the Hebrew College-Congregation Miskan Tefila educational series.

Cantor Torgrove was ordained at Hebrew College and holds a M.A . in Jewish Studies and music and a Theatre. She also has taught at the major conservatories in the Boston area and has had an international career as a solist in many genres of classical and Jewish music.

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: A Conversation with Adina Hoffman and Rafi Segal
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

A fascinating exploration of three architects who were instrumental in shaping modern Jerusalem. Author Adina Hoffman (author of Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City; co-author of Sacred Trash, Story of the Cairo Geniza) and Israeli architect Rafi Segal discuss the people behind the buildings and the recurring themes of loss, exile, and belonging that make up the story of the new city of Jerusalem. Join us at 7:00 pm as we mark the start of Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli independence Day) with Israeli treats and musical accompaniment by Florie Namir. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Arts Collaborative with the Israeli American Council and Jewish Book Council.

Rabbi Nehemia Polen: "Niggunim"
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 9:30am
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline

Niggun refers to a melody sung for sacred purpose, expressing the soul's longing for sublime contact with the Divine. It may have words or be wordless, carried by vocables thata come from the heart and may be lively, pensive, joyous or introspective. Join us we learn from the Niggun Master, Rabbi Nehemia Polen, who will teach us the power of this musical style and lead us in singing our hearts out. This event is part of the Hebrew College-Congregation Miskan Tefila educational series.

Rabbi Polen, a leading expert in Hasidism and is Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew College. He describes the niggun as an experience to be entered into with all of one's senses and levels of one's being. In his course "Hasidic Niggun as Spiritual Practice" at Hebrew College he examines the function of niggun in prayer, and the role of the prayer leader in fostering sacred space. 

Torah Godly Play Training
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 2:00pm
Hebrew College

The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education will be offering two how-to training sessions on Torah Godly Play: Sunday afternoon, May 7 and Monday afternoon May 8 for anyone who is interested. This is the full 8 hour training and provides introduction to the methodology, practice with stories and resource development. If you are interested Hebrew College students attend for half price. Please return form to Shoolman Office. Register via this PDF.

Cantor Becky Khitrik and Hankus Netsky: "Klezmer"
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:30am
Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline

Klezmer music is lively, foot-tapping instrumental music. The event will include both a lecture on the history and development of Klezmer with live demonstration and  "Instant Kelzmer."  a jam session. Bring your instruments (your voice counts). This event is part of the Hebrew College-Congregation Miskan Tefila educational series.

Cantor Becky Khitrik holds a master degree of arts in religion from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and recieved her cantorial ordination and a degree in Jewish studies from Hebrew College. She maintains an active perfromance career as a Klezmer clarinetist and has performed internationally. Hankus Netsky is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist.  He chairs the Contemporary Improvisation Department at the New England Conservatory and is founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble.

A Taste of P4C: Philosophy for Children
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hebrew College

Philosophy for Children is  a student-centered  approach that works with children on important questions such as: What is goodness? What kind of life is worth living? Are there different kinds of truth? The approach, applied to Bible, helps children search for meaning and develop a world view. A Taste of P4C is your opportunity to experience this innovative educational approach in preparation for joining our four day seminar in July 2017. Meet Dr. Jen Glaser and hear from local educators using P4C in their classrooms and schools. RSVP to