Introducing Our Newest Member of the PTJL Team

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Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
July 11, 2013

Hi! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is  and I’m thrilled to be joining Hebrew College’s Adult Learning Department as Associate Director of Parenting Through a Jewish Lens. To tell you a bit more about my professional journey, I have lived in the Boston area since 1998, when I first began working at Hebrew […]

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My Connection to Judaism

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Graduate, Me’ah
June 11, 2013

Me’ah was one of those things you heard about at synagogue meetings, Kiddush, the JCC or other places Jews in the community gather. Most of our friends knew about the two year course of study, and some of the braver types with young children had even taken it. Everyone we spoke to said we must do […]

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Our Final Class Wasn’t So Final

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June 3, 2013

After six years of wanting to take Parenting Through a Jewish Lens we finally made it happen this year. The 10 week PTJL course at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham certainly lived up to our expectations. It gave us access to Jewish ideas and practices, an understanding of how these can inform our everyday lives […]

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When Piano Practice Slides and Class Time Flies

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Student, Me’ah
May 31, 2013

I am a happy participant in a Me’ah study group, having recently completed my first year of the two-year study program. Although at times a daunting amount of reading for an over-scheduled professional, the Me’ah program rewards amply (and, indeed, I have kept up with the reading, letting things like piano practice slide). I signed […]

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Me’ah: My Journey Toward Immersion in a Vast Sea

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May 21, 2013

I came to Me’ah as I came to Judaism: filled with a desire to immerse myself as much as possible in the incredible and vast sea of learning, wisdom, and spiritual wonder that Judaism evokes for me. I grew up in an intensely Catholic home, though my parents were a “mixed marriage.”  My mother was […]

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Between Work, School and Soccer Practice

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Marcy Leiman

Associate Director, Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
April 13, 2013

All parents want the best for their children. They want to teach them important core values like respect, kindness and responsibility. But how to even think about such matters when our schedules are so hectic? Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a 10-week class offered at sites throughout Greater Boston, allows parents the time to stop […]

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The Hebrew College-Japan Connection: Unexpected Discoveries

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Community Blog The Hebrew College-Japan Connection Unexpected Discoveries

Director, Adult Learning
April 11, 2013

When former Hebrew College President Sam Schafler and his wife, Sara, visited Kyoto, Japan, Akira Kondo, MJS’91, happily introduced them to his parents — and to members of Beit Shalom, also known as Japan Christian Friends of Israel. Founded in 1946 by Father Otsuki Takeji, Beit Shalom now boasts 10,000 members. Akira’s studies at Hebrew […]

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I Feel My Grandmother’s Presence

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March 22, 2013

My father’s family arrived in Israel/Palestine in about 1860 from somewhere in Russia. As I understand the history, the family move was motivated by strong Zionist feelings rather than by imminent pogroms. My father, born in 1916, was the third generation born in what was then the Ottoman Empire; he was born a Turk in […]

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From Abu Dhabi to Eser in Newton

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Participant, Eser
March 3, 2013

Participating in Eser has been a meaningful, refreshing and healing experience. I’ve been in and out of Jewish communities for much of my young life.  As a preteen, I convinced my parents to join a synagogue because I’d watched my cousins lead services, read from the Torah, and generally be the center of attention at […]

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Gaining a Fresh Approach to Rearing Teens: An Opportunity for Every Parent

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Community Blog Gaining a fresh approach to rearing teens An opportunity for every parent

Director, Adult Learning
January 18, 2013

As her triplets were heading into their teen years, Cynthia Cohen thought it would be helpful to enroll in Parenting Your Teen Through a Jewish Lens. The Jewish aspect of the course attracted her. “We are not better parents than our friends who are not Jewish. We just do certain things differently. We have Shabbat […]

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