Matzah Matters
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 - 2:30pm
Conference Center
Hebrew College
Free if registered by March 6


Spend an afternoon with the Parenting Through a Jewish Lens community and discover how to engage your entire family in the holiday of Passover. Discussions led by Rabbis Dan Liben (Temple Israel, Natick) and Jillian Cameron (director of Interfaith Family, Boston). This free event includes babysitting and children's activities. Register before March 6 for a chance to win a children's art kit from Outside the Box.

Seventh Annual GISHA Conference: Excellence in Inclusion
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 - 3:00pm
— Monday, Mar 16, 2015 - 5:00pm
Hebrew College
$35-$225


This year's conference, organized by the Center for Jewish Special Education at Hebrew College, will offer innovative strategies for supporting students with special needs in a wide range of inclusive educational settings. Participants may choose from 25 workshops with diverse topics. Yoni Schwab, assistant head of school at the Shefa School in New York City, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will also include a special presentation of Sivan Ben Yishai's award-winning play "Never Ever Ever." Proposals for workshops are now being accepted here.

CEO Forum: A Conversation With Aron Ain
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 - 8:00am
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
Free


Join us for a conversation with Aron Ain, CEO of Kronos, who will speak on how he integrates Jewish values into his business life. A lay leader in both the Jewish and secular world, Ain's remarks will be of interest to executives in high-tech, biotech, real estate, retail and other for-profit endeavors. Kronos was recently named the No. 1 company to work for in Massachusetts. A kosher breakfast buffet will be served. Registration required.

Jewish Difference and the Parish Priest: A 14th-Century German Guide to Christian-Jewish Coexistence
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Medieval European Jews were highly integrated into majority society and culture, but they were also partially marginalized. With little warning, Jews living peacefully among Christian neighbors could suddenly find themselves the target of violence. In the aftermath of plague-related violence against Jews in Southern Germany, a popular German guidebook for parish priests tried to put the brakes on anti-Jewish violence, outlining a path toward peaceful coexistence. How does the existence of such a work affect the way we understand the history of the Jewish experience in Europe? Deeana Klepper, associate professor of religion at Boston University, leads the discussion. Part of “Celebrating 20 Years of Me’ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations,” a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College’s signature adult-learning program.

Bar Mitzvah: A History
Monday, Mar 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
Tichnor Conference Rooms 1 and 2
Hebrew College
Free


How did bar and bat mitzvah develop over centuries from an obscure legal ritual into a core component of Judaism? How did girls come to be included in a ceremony originally for boys only? When did rabbis and congregations begin to complain that parties had gotten too big and lavish? Michael Hilton, rabbi at Kol Chai Hatch End Jewish Community in London, discusses these and other questions from his new book "Bar Mitzvah: A History" (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). Hilton will sign copies of the book following his talk.

A World Apart
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Inspired by hundreds of her parents' love letters discovered after their deaths in 2010, Joyce Friedman explores her family's parallel lives on both sides of the ocean during World War II. This heartwarming one-woman cabaret-theater performance, to take place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, features songs of the 1940s from America and Eastern Europe. Following the performance, Friedman will take questions from the audience.

The Heart of the Matter: A Book Event With Rabbi Arthur Green
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 - 3:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
Free


Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion, discusses his newest book, "The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology" (The Jewish Publication Society, 2015), a collection of essays that brings together Green's scholarly writings. Melila Hellner-Eshed, professor of Jewish mysticism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, calls the work "a river of living waters connecting heart, mind and spirit, flowing through past, present and future." Following his talk, Green will sign copies of the book.

Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict
Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Maud Mandel, dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University, presents her research on the conflict that has long shadowed Muslim-Jewish relations in France. Although anti-Semitic violence began capturing international attention in 2000, Muslim-Jewish tensions were, in fact, the subject of commentary much earlier in the century, as a diverse range of social actors began to fear that Middle Eastern conflict was coming to France. Mandel will argue, however, that focusing solely on the Middle East in an effort to understand Muslim-Jewish politics in France misses key aspects of the story. Part of “Celebrating 20 Years of Me’ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations,” a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College’s signature adult-learning program.

Celebrate 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm
Gann Academy
Waltham, Mass.


Hebrew College Me'ah has transformed our community. For 20 years, hundreds of adults have embarked on a two-year journey of study that has changed them and our world. We will honor the stories that have arisen from this remarkable initiative. With the support of CJP, the Boston Jewish community now boasts leaders and learners from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We celebrate the power of Me'ah!

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me — Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

The School of Jewish Music presents a special showing of "Mendelssohn, the Nazis, and Me," a documentary film by writer and director Sheila Hayman, a descendant of the famed 19th-century German composer. The film chronicles the Nazis’ attempt to erase the music of Felix Mendelssohn — a devout Christian who was born Jewish — from the history  books, and of his decsendants’ struggle to stay alive during the Holocaust. Prior to the screeening, the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Hebrew College’s Lynn Torgove will perform excerpts of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” oratorio. After the film’s showing, a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Joshua Jacobson, will focus on Mendelssohn’s musical and cultural legacies, as well as the Jewishness of Mendelssohn and his descendants.