Ilana Kurshan is the author of If All the Seas Were Ink (2017). At the age of 27, alone in Jerusalem in the wake of a painful divorce, Ilana Kurshan joined the world’s largest book club, learning daf yomi, Hebrew for “daily page” of the Talmud, a book of rabbinic teachings spanning about 600 years and the basis for all codes of Jewish law. A runner, a reader and a romantic, Kurshan adapted to its pace, attuned her ear to its poetry, and discovered her passions in its pages. Her memoir is a tale of heartache and humor, of love and loss, of marriage and motherhood, and of learning to put one foot in front of the other. Kurshan has translated books of Jewish interest by Ruth Calderon, Benjamin Lau, and Micah Goodman, as well as novels, short stories, and children’s picture books. Her book Why Is This Night Different From Other Nights was published by Schocken in 2005. She is a regular contributor to Lilith Magazine and her writing has appeared in The Forward, The World Jewish Digest, Hadassah, Nashim, Zeek, Kveller, and Tablet. Kurshan is a graduate of Harvard University and Cambridge University.
Join us for an open rehearsal with Kol Arev, Hebrew College 's Chamber Choir-in-Residence. The choir will perform a concert of Jewish music ranging from St. Petersburg to Palestine to modern times in preparation for a performance at Temple Emanu-el in Providence, RI on Dec. 3. The rehearsal (and Dec. 3 performance) will feature musicologist Sam Zerin who will add historical commentary through out the program. Music Director: Amy Lieberman (pictured) | Artistic Director: Cantor Lynn Torgove, Can`12, MAJS`11.
Don't miss "The Environmental Crisis: Our Spiritual Responsibility," the 2017 Burstein Scholars-in-Residence Weekend at Temple Israel of Boston, Nov. 17-19, co-sponsored by. Hebrew College. The event, which will feature Peter Fox Penner, Mitch Thomashow, and Rev. Mariama White-Hammond (pictured), will include workshops, prayer, and art will offer many opportunities to learn, to be inspired, and to wrestle with our great responsibility to our natural world.
Admission $36 | Students $18
The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College invites you to a joyful evening of study, story and song to celebrate its impact in Greater Boston and Beyond. Join us in our home at Hebrew College to experience the light of Torah that animates the Rabbinical School, inspires its students and alumni, and enlivens the wonderful communities they serve.
Join us for Torah Godly Play Practioners' Training at Hebrew College: December 10 from 2-7pm and December 11 from 9am to 3:30pm. New and current pratitioners are welcome. Godly Play is an innovative approach to religious education that seeks not so much to tell stories of faith in order that we will "know" them, but as spiritual action of finding meaning, identity and God through storytelling and listening. The pedagogical ideal of this approach is that, from the earliest age, children are invited to experience and become increasingly aware of the spiritual call within sacred stories and of their own deep response as something naturally afforded by religious narrative.
The majority of Jewish immigrants who made their way to the United States between 1820 and 1924 arrived nearly penniless. Yet today their descendants stand out as exceptionally successful. From itinerant rag traders to piece workers and entrepreneurs in the burgeoning garment industry, shmattes help us explain Jewish economic success in America. Join us for the 11th Annual Lecture on Jewish Genealogy with speaker Adam Mendelsohn, author of the award-winning book, The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire, Associate. Mendelsohn is also Professor of History at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, director of its Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies & Research, and co-edits the journal, American Jewish History. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Geneology Society of Greater Boston and Hebrew College. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Learn more.
Dec. 11-12, 2017| Monday 3-7 pm | Tuesday 8:30am-3:15 pm | Optional: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Reflection.
The Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College will hold its Eighth Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference on Monday-Tuesday, December 11 and 12, 2017, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, in Newton, Massachusetts. The lens for this year's conference is "People of the Book" (עם הספר). The Hebrew College annual early childhood Jewish education conference is designed for educators of all levels and backgrounds, clergy, and professionals working with young children (infants through second grade) and their families in all formal and informal educational settings.