Eight Wednesdays between March 1 and April 26 | 7:00 PM-9:30 pm. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, in conjunction with Hebrew College, is offering its award-winning course on how to research your Jewish family history. The course is designed for beginners and those who have started their family research. Students should have experience using the Web and are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to class to participate directly in Web-based hands-on workshops. Learn more.
Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D will discuss his new book Singing God's Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism (Oxford University Press, 2016). This first ever study of the meaning and experience of chanting Torah among contemporary American Jews, explores why and how a growing number of American Jews see the public chanting of Biblical texts as one of the most authentic expressions of their religious identity and how this ritual is shaped by digital technology, feminism, and contemporary views of spiritual experience. Rabbi Summit is Research Professor in the Department of Music and in the Judaic Studies Program at Tufts University and the Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel. The event is co-sponsored by School of Jewish Music of Hebrew College and the Newton Centre Minyan.
We have witnessed a great deal of catastrophe and human suffering in the world and our response as Jews is crucial and significant. What does Jewish Education have to do to help redeem the world? How can it prepare people to engage in this new reality and develop their role for ‘tikkun - repair’? Does Jewish Education have anything to offer in making the world a better place? Instructor: Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer, Hebrew College.
Seeing our child become a parent is one of life's great joys. But it is not always clear how best to support our son or daughter in that role while also building close and loving relationships with our grandchildren. We will draw on Jewish wisdom to consider how to be the best grandparents we can be. We will explore ways to find our own roles as grandparents, when to step up and when to step back, and the special gifts of wisdom, tradition and identity we can bestow. Instructor: Margie Bogdanow, LICSW, educator, coach and consultant. The class runs three Wednesdays, March 22, march 29 and April 5 from 10 am to noon. The class is part of the Hebrew College-Mishkan Tefila Learning Series.
Join us as we explore the art of learning to read Talmud with habits of the heart and the mind. Led by master teachers Jane Kanarek (Associate Professor of Rabbinics and associate dean of Academic Development and Advising at Hebrew College) and Marjorie Lehman (Associate Professor of Talmud at the Jewish Theological Seminary), this celebration of their new book Learning to Read Talmud: What it Looks Like and How it Happens will engage us in a thought-provoking evening about how we learn to read this foundational and sacred text.
Jane Kanarek is the author of Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and is currently working on a feminist commentary on tractate Arakhin. Marjorie Lehman is the author of The En Yaaqov Jacob Ibn Habib’s search for Faith the Talmudic Corpus (Wayne State University Press, 2012) and is currently working on a feminist commentary on tractate Yoma. Together with co-editor Simon Bronner, they have recently completed the upcoming Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization).
The Ruderman Family Foundation, together with Hebrew College and the Jewish Funders Network invites you to a summit and public conversation on Jewish communal governance for the 21st century. The summit's purpose is to explore and discuss the ways we govern ourselves in the American Jewish community and how changes in recent years may require different structures to respond to the current political and social culture.The program will take place on Sunday, April 2 from 11:30am-6:00pm at Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA. Advance registration and fee of $50 required. Discounts available for students and senior citizens.
Save the date for Hebrew College Gala 2017 honoring Louis Grossman and Family of Grossman Companies, Inc., Rabbi Ma'ayan Sands, Rab'16, and Susan Ain, who will receive the Esther Award for Leadership and Philanthropy. Read more.