Upcoming Events


Our Communal Conversation About Israel: How Open Is It and How Open Should It Be?
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
Free


In the aftermath of this summer’s escalation of terrorist violence and military operations in the Middle East, there is heightened tension within the Jewish community about our discourse on Israel and related issues. How open is our tent and who should be in or out as we discuss the unfolding events? How is the landscape of the Jewish conversation different today as compared to the recent past? Panelists include Jeremy Burton, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston; Rabbi Jonah Steinberg, executive director of Harvard Hillel; and Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, a leader of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs' national civility campaign. Moderated by Hebrew College President Daniel Lehmann.

Legal Fiction? Torah Narratives and the Formation of Rabbinic Law
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
Alumni Dining Hall
Hebrew College
Free


The stories of the Torah are not just stories. In the hands of the rabbis of the Talmud, they become sources of meaning and norms. Join Rabbi Jane Kanarek, associate professor of rabbinics at Hebrew College, and Rabbi Gordon Tucker, rabbi at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y., for a discussion of the origins of and future directions in Jewish law. The event is a celebration of Rabbi Kanarek’s new book “Biblical Narrative and the Formation of Rabbinic Law.”

Interpreting Psalms: The Challenge of Writing a Jewish Critical Commentary
Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Marc Brettler, who is part of a team writing a commentary on the biblical book of Psalms for the Jewish Publication Society Commentary Series, will discuss the many challenges presented by such an undertaking. Brettler is the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. His talk is 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.

CIRCLE House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
CIRCLE House
Andover Newton Theological School
Free


To mark the opening of the new CIRCLE House for interreligious programming, we will gather for a housewarming celebration, including a presentation by leading interfaith activist and writer Eboo Patel. We will also inaugurate the Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Library for Interreligious Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

Are Women and Gentiles "Persons"? Biblical and Rabbinic Perspectives
Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

All ancient Jewish texts are androcentric and Judaeocentric — that is, they put men and Jews (and Judaism) at the center of their discourse and thinking. Occasionally, however, our texts allow us to see how the Israelites and their Jewish successors construed women and gentiles, two anomalous categories of human. Rabbi Shaye Cohen leads us on a discussion of this fascinating topic. His talk is 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.

Writing in the Dark: A Meeting With David Grossman
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

Israeli author and social activist David Grossman delivers the inaugural Martin Kace Lecture, “Writing in the Dark,” in which he reflects on his work as a Jewish writer and public intellectual in contemporary Israeli society. The series honors the late Martin Kace, a successful businessman, teacher and social entrepreneur who engaged in a variety of innovative social, cultural and economic projects in Israel and the United States. Arrangements for the appearance of David Grossman made through Greater Talent Network Inc., New York, N.Y.

Jewish Difference and the Parish Priest: A 14th-Century German Guide to Christian-Jewish Coexistence
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

With Deeana Klepper, associate professor of religion at Boston University. 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.

Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$10

With Maud Mandel, associate professor of history at Brown University. 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.

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