Hebrew College has announced a new dual degree program with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem that will train outstanding future rabbis and educators who are passionate about day school education and leadership. Set to launch in fall 2019, the six-year program will include a two-year teacher training program in Jerusalem, where students will study in the Pardes Day School Educators Program, followed by four years in Greater … [Read more...] about Hebrew College Announces Partnership with Pardes Institute in Israel
By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D.
When institutions make new leadership choices, what criteria drive their selections? A set of significant structural and policy issues confront educational institutions today. This is especially the case for our Jewish seminaries. The decline of support for organized religion, the changing roles of clergy, and the presence of new competitors represent three of these primary institutional challenges. Seminaries such … [Read more...] about Leading from the Outside In:
Examining a Different Institutional Leadership Model For JTS-HUC-AJU
By Rabbi Michael Shire Learning Jewish texts has long been the practice of Jewish education, though I personally was not exposed to a rabbinic text in its original language and printed setting until late in adolescence. I remember it being a thrill to see a passage in an edition of the Talmud and slowly make my way through the Mishnah and some commentary on the side of the page. It felt truly authentic and a spiritual exercise to be connected … [Read more...] about What Studying Text can Teach Us About Our Place in the World
By Rachel Raz
Dr. Amir Grinstein, Associate Professor of Marketing, Northeastern University/VU Amsterdam, introduced me to the concept of “multiple dimensions” in relationship to Israel. As a native Israeli, I took the multiple dimensions of Israel for granted, and just lived by it. I took for granted that Israel is a Jewish state where Jews are the majority, where the school year and vacations follow the Jewish calendar and where the Jewish … [Read more...] about The Multiple Dimensions
By Paula Jacobs
While my baby-boomer peers were protesting the Vietnam War, I was attending Hebrew school. Decades later I may not be able to share personal stories of civil disobedience but what I acquired has become a legacy for future generations.
From early adolescence through my college years, I attended classes at Hebrew College of Boston (then Hebrew Teachers College or HTC) for 12 hours a week in addition to full-time studies at … [Read more...] about The Legacy of My Jewish Education:
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