Join us for this annual event that both teaches and celebrates the mitzvah of tefillin, the set of small black leather boxes worn by observant Jews during weekday morning prayers. Connect with your heritage and embrace it on your own terms. Shacharit service, which will be streamed online from Barranquilla, Colombia, begins at 9:40 a.m. For more information, email Steffi Bobbin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featuring musical performances by member groups of the Boston Theological Institute, including Kol Arev, the chamber choir of Hebrew College. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. No registration required.
Rabbi Or Rose, director of the Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, and his colleagues from the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education, Jennifer Howe Peace and Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, deliver the keynote panel presentation at Northeastern University's annual observance of the United Nations' World Interfaith Harmony Week. In this interactive session, the trio will reflect on the power of storytelling as a modality for constructive dialogue across lines of difference. Rose, Peace and Ibrahim-Lizzio will be honored prior to the talk as the 2014-15 Northeastern University Interfaith Leadership Fellows for their innovative interreligious educational work.
Join us for a thought-provoking and heart-opening evening as we explore the intersection of religion and race in the United States with two distinguished speakers: the Rev. Ray Hammond, founder and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, and Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times columnist and the Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College. The panelists will discuss issues of civil rights, religious freedom and the ongoing challenges we face in integrating these values into our society. The conversation will focus on the recent tragedies in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere, and the role religious communities can play in creating a more just and compassionate nation.
Rabbi David Seidenberg discusses his groundbreaking new book that resets the conversation about ecology and the Abrahamic traditions. "Kabbalah and Ecology" (Cambridge University Press, 2015) challenges the anthropocentric reading of the Torah, showing that a radically different orientation to the more-than-human world of nature is not only possible, but that it also leads to a more accurate interpretation of scripture, rabbinic texts, Maimonides and Kabbalah. Deeply grounded in traditional texts and fluent with the physical sciences, this book proposes not only a new understanding of God's image but also a new direction to restore religion — to its senses and to a more alive relationship with the more than human, with nature and with divinity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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