Upcoming Events

The Heart of the Matter: A Book Event With Rabbi Arthur Green
Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 - 3:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College

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.

Boston Theological Institute Third Annual Choirfest
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 - 7:00pm
Wilson Chapel
Andover Newton Theological School

Join us for this special musical event celebrating the engagement of BTI member schools in building interreligious community. All Boston Theological Insitute choirs, including Hebrew College's Kol Arev, will perform. 

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

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.

Jerusalem: Holy, Disputed, Lamented
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 - 3:00pm
First Church Cambridge
11 Garden St., Cambridge
$20/$15 for students and seniors

Join Kol Arev, the chamber choir of Hebrew College, and the Boston-based Seraphim Singers for this interdenominational choral program focused on the theme of Jerusalem. The concert will feature the world premieres of "The Seventy Names of Jerusalem," by Israeli composer Avner Dorman, and "Me'al Pisgat al Har Hatsofim," by Joseph Ness. In all, 14 works will be performed. Music directors are Amy Lieberman (Kol Arev) and Jennifer Lester (Seraphim Singers).

Eco Ritual Lab: An Interactive Summit on Jewish Ecological Values at Lifecycle Moments
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015 - 4:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$18 suggested donation

Clergy, ritual leaders, educators, artists and activists are invited to attend Hebrew College's first Gendler Eco Ritual Lab community summit, an interactive afternoon of innovation, learning, community and celebration. Featured speakers include Rabbis Vanessa L. Ochs and Ebn Leader. The event will help inform the creation of an open-source Eco Life Cycle Ritual Guide, due to be published this summer. A light dinner will be served.

Celebrate 2015: Celebrating 20 Years of Me'ah
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm
Gann Academy
Waltham, Mass.

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!

When Cure Is No Longer Possible: Guidance From 'Halachah' and Jewish Values
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College

Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, rector and distinguished professor at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, will share insights from the treasury of Jewish tradition regarding questions about suffering, quality of life and the place for palliative and hospice care at the end of life. Responding will be Dr. Lisa Lehmann, associate professor of medicine and medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, and Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, director of spiritual care at Hebrew SeniorLife. A reception will follow. The event is co-sponsored by Hebrew College and Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care. This lecture celebrates the legacy of the Jewish Memorial Hospital and its decades of bringing values-based healthcare service to the community. We are grateful to the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel and Levine Chapel for their generous support in bringing Rabbi Dorff to our community.

Mendelssohn, the Nazis and Me — EVENT POSTPONED
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College

event postponed
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.

From Uncertainty to Action: What You Can Do About Climate Change
Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 3:00pm
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College
$18 suggested donation

Join us for this environmental miniconference, co-sponsored by Hebrew College and the Jewish Climate Action Network, on one of the most important issues facing humankind. Network with others from within and beyond the Jewish community concerned about the planet. Explore Jewish responses to climate change. Learn what local and national organizations are doing, and what you can do to make a difference. Explore the relationship between climate change and social justice. Planned workshops include "Greening Our Synagogues," "Pipelines, Fracking and Other Violations" and "Community Gardens and Food Ecology," to name a few. Following the event, continue the conversation at a nearby restaurant.

2015 Commencement and Ordination Ceremonies
Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:00am
Berenson Hall
Hebrew College

Graduation ceremonies for certificate and degree candidates in the Rabbinical School, School of Jewish Music, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies program. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Marc Brettler, Shulamit Reinharz and Marsha Katz Slotnick. Shirah Rubin will receive the Sidney Hilson/Rose Bronstein Memorial Award, and Marc N. Kramer will be presented with the Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award.

Philosophical Inquiry with Bible and Parshat Hashavua
Monday, Jul 6, 2015 - 9:00am
— Thursday, Jul 9, 2015 - 4:30pm
Berenson Hall, Hebrew College
$350/$300 before May 1

The Shoolman Graduate Shool of Jewish Education presents a workshop for Jewish educators at day schools and supplementary schools, led by Jen Glaser, the co-director of the Israel Center for Philosophy in Education. This four-day seminar will cover many topics from the Philosophy for Children approach to education to inquiry-based learning. 


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