Notable & Quotable
Bernice Lerner, director of adult education, delivered a lecture, "Who Saved My Mother? Discovering Glyn Hughes, Liberator of Bergen-Belson," on April 14 at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline. The talk was an overview of Lerner's current project, a dual biography of her mother, Rachel, a Holocaust survivor, and
Brigadier Glyn Hughes, deputy director of medical services for the
British Second Army who was notable for his role in the care and rehabilitation of the victims of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II.
Jacob Meskin, academic of adult learning and assistant professor of Jewish thought and education, and Harvey Shapiro,
former dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education,
published an article, "To Give an Example Is a Complex Act’: Agamben’s
Pedagogy of the Paradigm," in the March 2013 edition of Educational
Philosophy and Theory.
Rabbis Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College; Arthur Cohen, rector of the Rabbinical School; and Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, dean of the Rabbinical School were named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's list of 50 most influential rabbis in America. The three were selected as a group at No. 14 on the list.
Rav-Hazzan Scott Sokol, professor of Jewish music, Jewish education and psychology, was elected to a three-year term as secretary of the board of directors of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology, an international body that establishes criteria for board certification and is the leading force behind clinical specialization of neuropsychologists in child and adolescent neuropsychology.
Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, published an article, "Religions and Civil Society: A Jewish Perspective," in the spring 2013 issue of European Judaism, a journal that focuses on the Jewish world in Europe after the Holocaust.
Rabbi Dan Judson, director of professional development and placement for the Rabbinical School, published an article, "What One Chabad Rabbi Can Teach Synagogues About Money," Jan. 24 on ejewishphilanthropy.com. Advocating for financial transparency among synagogues, Judson writes, "At a time when transparency is such a pivotal value for all nonprofits and at an economic moment when synagogues have to do even more to convince members and prospective members to give financially, there could be no better statement of fiscal responsibility and credibility than to make their finances public." Read the full article.
Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, is serving for the month of January as the inaugural scholar in residence for the School of Education at Hebrew Union College in New York. He will present sessions to the school’s alumni, clinical faculty and student body.
Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, attended the Limmud conference Dec. 23 to 27 at the University of Warwick in the U.K. He presented sessions on pluralism in Jewish life and spirituality in Jewish education.
Rav-Hazzan Scott Sokol, professor of Jewish music, Jewish education and psychology, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Greater Marlborough-Hudson Interfaith Association. The title of his talk was "On Hebrew Homonyms and the Universality of Thanksgiving." His composition N"igun-Oseh Shalom" was performed by the choir at the same meeting.
Joshua Jacobson, visiting professor and senior consultant to the School of Jewish Music, received favorable notices in a Nov. 27 New York Times musical review of the Clarion Music Society's performance of vocal music by Salamone Rossi. The music was "presented in an evocative reconstruction by Joshua Jacobson that places Rossi’s polyphonic settings alongside the ancient Jewish Italian melodies that would have been used in Mantua," Times reviewer Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim wrote.
Rabbinic students Nate DeGroot and Steven Jablow, who are both working internships in Rhode Island this fall, were featured in a Nov. 23 Jewish Voice & Herald story on the pair's very different paths to rabbinical school. DeGroot, 24, decided he wanted to be a rabbi after attending a Chabad program during his junior year at Vanderbilt University, where he was majoring in marketing. "I felt like I woke up midstride running a race I’d never signed up for. I came out of that weekend with the decision to become a rabbi,” he said. Jablow, 53, knew at age 18 that he wanted to become a rabbi, but he spent the first 30 years of his professional career in Jewish education. At age 50, he applied to rabbinical school. "What I’m doing now is just a different branch on the same tree,” he said. “The whole process excites me!”
Cantor Lynn Torgove, adjunct instructor of Jewish music, received strong notices for two recent performances at Jordan Hall in Boston. The Boston Globe made note of Torgove's "wonderfully velvety dark sound" in a review of the Cantata Singers and Ensemble's Nov. 9 performance of "Et la vie l'emporta." And in a Nov. 10 performance of "The Midsummer Marriage" by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Torgove and Robert Honeysucker "ably took on the two-dimensional roles of the Ancients," the Globe said.
Barbara Cassidy, administrative director for the School of Jewish Music, performed at a benefit concert Nov. 4 to mark the release of the Barbara Cassidy Band's new CD, "Leaving Things the Way I Found Them." Cassidy and her husband, Eric Chasalow, the Irving Fine Professor of Music at Brandeis University, are the driving forces behind the band.
Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, was quoted in a front-page story in the Nov. 2 Jewish Advocate about Godly Play, an instructional game that uses simple props to teach Bible stories. Shire said the game helps develop spirituality in children. "It's not just a series of facts and skills they can discard later," Shire said, "but a holistic way to become more fully human and more fully Jewish."
Rabbi Dan Judson, director of professional development and placement for the Rabbinical School, was quoted in a Sept. 6 Jewish Journal article about the growing Jewish tent that now includes lesbian, gay, and single-parent spiritual leaders. "No matter what stripe of synagogue you are, you need to be inclusive because the people who come to the synagogue look different than they used to," Judson said. "Rabbis who cannot keep pace with that will find themselves in trouble."
David List, associate director of Prozdor, will take on the additional role of co-coordinator of the YESOD Fellows Program within the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education. This is a CJP-funded project.
Rachel Raz, associate director of the Early Childhood Institute in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College, has been promoted to director of the institute.
Rabbi Art Green, rector of the Rabbinical School, had his newest book, "Hasidism for a New Era: The Religious Writings of Hillel Zeitlin," published by Paulist Press. Hebrew College will host an evening in honor of the book later this fall.
Harvey Sukenic, director of the Gann Library, published a review of "A Jewish Voice From Ottoman Salonica: The Ladino Memoir of Sa'adi Besalel a-Levi" in the May/June 2012 issue of the Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews.
Joshua Jacobson, faculty and consultant in the School of Jewish Music, conducted the Colorado Hebrew Chorale in a program commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.