Upcoming Events

Kehilot Kedoshot (Sacred Communities): Emerging Models on the North American Jewish Landscape
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 4:00pm
Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education


Free Shoolman School webinar: Caren Levine will share her recent research on emerging American Jewish community models.  These examples of sacred Jewish communities and leadership put a premium on relationship building, community organizing, and creating points of intersection between individual exploration and being in community.  The communities studied include those that focus on prayer, that position themselves as cooperatives, spiritual hubs, or gateways, that “do Jewish” together, and that provide space to “be Jewish” together.  Caren will discuss her findings through the lens of contemporary approaches to Jewish spiritual and educational journeys.  As part of this webinar, we will investigate how these models can help us better understand our own educational communities’ potential for growth and change. 

CLASS IS FULL: Journey to Sinai: Toward a New Hasidic Torah Series
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
Hebrew College


Rabbi Arthur Green, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College Rector, will be offering a new spring series open to the general public entitled, "Journey to Sinai: Toward a New Hasidic Torah." Don't miss this opportunity to explore novel understandings of Torah by the author of Hasidic classic Me’or ‘Eynayim, "Light [of One's] Eyes"). A radical mystic of the late 18th century, the rabbi of Chernobyl sees Torah as the outward manifestation of a mysterious inner light. These texts, taught by a radical mystic of the early twenty-first century, will be combined with a very contemporary inquiry on the question of Neo-Hasidism: How can we update and universalize the Hasidic message to make it work for seekers in our day?  Can the deep truth within the Hasidic message expand beyond its original confines?  How do we allow this to happen without losing the richness of its teachings? Six-Sessions: Thursdays, May 5-June 9 from 7:30-9:15 p.m. 

This class is full. If you are interested in being on a wait list, please contact mstern@hebrewcollege.edu.

Poland: Uncovering the Past and Revealing the Future - with Glenn Kurtz and Leora Tec
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 7:30pm
Alumni Dining Hall


In 2009, writer Glenn Kurtz found a short, 1938 ‘home movie’ that his grandfather, an immigrant to the US, took when visiting his former home in Nasielsk, Poland.  The discovery led Kurtz on a four-year journey to identify the people in the film and re-capture life in the small, predominantly Jewish town before the Holocaust. Kurtz will discuss how his grandfather’s three minutes of film led him to a riveting exploration of memory, loss, and improbable survival.

Kurtz will be joined by Leora Tec, Director of Bridge to Poland, an organization she founded to share the memorialization of Jewish life being carried out by non-Jewish Poles. Tec first felt the connection to her Polish identity when she joined her mother, Nechama Tec, a survivor and Holocaust scholar, on a trip to Poland in 2005. Tec will share her passion for showing people the power of reconciliation and hope even in the shadow of the darkest history.  

CEO Forum: A Conversation with Constant Contact's CEO Gail Goodman
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 7:30am
Berenson Hall


Join business and non-profit professionals from the Greater Boston for Hebrew College's third CEO Forum, featuring keynote speaker Gail Goodman, former CEO of Constant Contact, on Tuesday, May 10. A small-business expert and visionary, Goodman will share her inspirational professional philosophy, through which she has revolutionized the way that small organizations find and grow customer relationships. Goodman, who led Constant Contact for 16 years, played a pivotal role in the company’s stellar rise: from start-up through venture funding, IPO, and ultimately, the sale to Endurance International. We look forward to hearing her unique perspective on leadership and the lessons learned while building a great company. 

This event, which includes a kosher breakfast buffet. Hebrew College's CEO Forum Series aims to bridge academic Jewish studies and community needs by serving as a resource for leaders who want to engage in Jewish values and Jewish community.  Buffet breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Program 8-9 a.m.There is an optional tour of the magnificent, Moshe Safdie-designed Hebrew College building from 9-9:30 a.m. #HCCEOForum

2016 Commencement and Ordination Ceremonies
Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 - 10:00am
Bereneson Hall and Temple Reyim
By Invitation


The College’s 91st annual commencement and ordination exercises will take place on Sunday June 5, 2016. The academic ceremony will be held at Hebrew College in the morning followed by a celebratory luncheon and an afternoon ordination ceremony at Temple Reyim in Newton. Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward, America’s foremost national Jewish news organization, will offer the address to the graduates and receive an honorary degree. In addition, three members of the Jewish community also will receive honorary degrees in recognition of their outstanding leadership and dedication to Jewish learning: Rabbi David Ellenson, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and former president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Joshua R. Jacobson, professor of music and director of choral activities at Northeastern University, visiting professor in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College and founder/director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston; and Diane Troderman, former chair of Jewish Education Service of North America. 

General Commencement Ceremony – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Hebrew College
Cantorial and Rabbinical Ordination – 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Temple Reyim, Newton, MA

Prayer Leader Summer Institute
Monday, Jun 6, 2016 - 9:00am
Hebrew College
Student & Community Pricing

For the first time, Hebrew College's School of Jewish Music will offer eight weeks of pluralistic programming in leading services and teaching music. The institute is open to students, lay leaders, teachers, and musicians interested in Jewish liturgical music and honing their musical skills. Session 1: June 6-24; Session 2: June 27-July 15; Session 3: July 18-29.


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