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Encountering Other Faith Communities
Hebrew College believes that the education of contemporary religious leaders should include regular and substantive encounters with students and teachers from other religious communities.
Through our partnership, programs and classes with our hilltop neighbor, Andover Newton Theological School, as well as our membership in the Boston Theological Institute — an association of ten university divinity schools, schools of theology and seminaries in Greater Boston — you’ll have the opportunity to make interfaith engagement a core part of your rabbinical school experience.
The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education is a joint initiative of Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School. Its mission is to help prepare religious and ethical leaders for service in a religiously diverse society.
Each year, approximately 10 students from Hebrew College, Andover Newton and the Muslim community in Boston receive CIRCLE Fellowships. Fellows work in teams of two on an interfaith-based project of their choosing, and participate in regular and intensive learning as a cohort. Fellows also receive a stipend. You can learn more about CIRCLE and the CIRCLE Fellowship here.
Hebrew College students are eligible to take courses for no additional charge at any of the other nine member institutions of the Boston Theoligical Institute, including Andover Newton, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, the Boston University School of Theology and Harvard Divinity School. These courses allow you to diversify your learning, pursue subjects of particular interest and learn with people of different faiths. Learn more about BTI and the course offerings here.
Specialization in Global Interreligious Leadership
Hebrew College offers a Global Interreligious Leadership specialization within the Master of Jewish Liberal Studies degree. The goal of program is to help current and future religious and cultural leaders — clergy, educators, chaplains, activists, etc. — develop the knowledge and skills to serve effectively in an age of unprecedented interaction among people of different beliefs and practice the world over. The program, a collaboration with Andover Newton, features extensive interaction and course work with ANTS students and faculty. Students in the Rabbinical School can participate in the Global Interreligious Leadership track as part of their program for no additional cost.