Upcoming Events

Presidential Installation Ceremony
Monday, Oct 15, 2018 - 6:15pm
Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street Newton Centre, MA

Join us for the Iinstallation of Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld as Hebrew College President. Reserve tickets now, and visit the Installation website for more information about the event and celebration gift opportunities.

Words to Live by Book Launch & Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

Please join us as we celebrate the publication of the new and timely anthology, Words to Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement (Orbis Books). This groundbreaking collection features primary sources and commentary from a diverse group of spiritual and ethical leaders engaged in interreligious study, dialogue and action. The evening will include a panel discussion among book contributors, interactive text study, and brief reflections from Rabbi Or Rose and Rev. Soren Hessler, two of the editors of this important new resource. "Words to Live By is a precious gift....These testimonies invite us to go deeper into traditions we know well, and also to visit other traditions perhaps for the first time, and find nourishment there, too.” - Dr. Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School.

If you have any questions, please contact Marilyn Stern at mstern@hebrewcollege.edu.

Hebrew College is hosting it's annual conference on October 28-31, 2018. This year's theme, Israel's Multiple Dimensions, was chosen in celebration of Israel's 70th birthday, The conference will include four days of learning, with each day dedicated to different topics. This conference is designed to expand and depend the knowledge about Israel for educators and professionals and help them develop the skill of sharing their learning with students and families. The conference will focus on the multiple dimensions of Israel, including its diverse people, spirit of innovation, Hebrew language, and Israeli literature, culture, nature and much more.

An Evening in Memory of Dr. David Ariel z"l
Thursday, Nov 1, 2018 - 8:00pm
Temple Emanuel 385 Ward Street Newton MA


We come together to honor the memory of Me'ah instructor Dr. David Ariel z”l, scholar, educator and mentor, who touched so many of us through his teaching. We’ll hear testimonies from some of David’s students and then learn together with Dr. Everett Fox. This event is co-sponsored by Temple Emanuel and Hebrew College.

Sweet Sounds of Peace: Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society Concert
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College

Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music and the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership invite you to experience the Sweet Sounds of Struggle for Peace performed by the IMILONJI KaNTU Choral Society from Soweto, South Africa. The evening will include a mix of the choir’s Jewish and African pieces. Kol Arev, Hebrew College’s music ensemble, will join the chorus for one of the pieces. Before the 7:30 pm concert, the IMILONJI KaNTU Choral Society will conduct an open workshop from 4-6pm.

Founded in 1988 in Soweto, the choir was the first to express the struggle of the people in Apartheid South Africa in an organized musical context. The choir was there at the site of the struggle – at protest rallies, at funerals of victims of Apartheid and at commemoration services. It became the serenading voice of hope for the many families that felt isolated by the system. When South Africa gained independence the choir spread a message of reconciliation to the new nation of South Africa and was a messenger of good news to the countries it visited.

The workshop and concert are open to the public. Workshop: Free. Concert: $10. Email mstern@hebrewcollege.edu fir more information or questions.

Torah Godly Play Training
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 9:30am
Hebrew College

Godly Play © is an accredited Torah-telling practice used in religious education throughout the world designed to enhance the spiritual lives of children. Its application to Jewish education has been pioneered by the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education at Hebrew College and a community of practice led by Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire. Teachers in Jewish Education settings are invited to participate to enhance their repertoire of teaching Torah. There will be an opportunity to practice the art of Torah Godly Play, experience newly written stories on Jewish holidays and Torah stories and to enroll in a community of practice designed to support practitioners of Torah Godly Play. There will be an opportunity to take home materials to tell your first story. Learn more

Annual Heidi Urich Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 3:30pm
Hebrew College

"Credit to the Nation: East European Jewish Immigrant Bankers, Mass Migration and American Finance" with Rebecca Kobrin - co-sponsored by Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew College. Jewish immigrant bankers helped shape the mass migration of Jews from Eastern Europe and the development of 20th century American finance.  Entrepreneurial Jewish immigrants formed small banks to facilitate purchasing passage to America. Their innovative credit mechanisms gave immigrant Jews, who could offer no collateral, access to basic financial services. They encouraged immigrants to invest in new homes, contributing to the immigrants’ economic success and the expanding U.S. economy.

Dr. Rebecca Kobrin is the Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University.  Her book Jewish Bialystok and Its Diaspora (2010) was a National Jewish Book finalist.  She is editor and author of multiple books on Jewish history and its impact on American capitalism. Her next book, Credit to the Nation: Jewish Immigrant Bankers and American Finance, 1870-1914, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2019. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.


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