All posts by Wendy Linden

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Learning to Engage Interfaith Families

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “I’m a talker, which is part of why I am pleased to have a job where I get to talk about Judaism every single week. It also means that, in addition to my public conversations, I find myself in lots of regular, day-to-day conversations about Judaism. Over the past many years, it became quite apparent that Jewish intermarriage (or interfaith marriage, or interfaithless marriage, depending… Read Article →

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Making Connections

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Studying the writings of Hasidic masters with my beloved teachers, Rabbis Ebn Leader and Nehemia Polen, connected my own experience to its Jewish roots, and gave me the language with which to open a Jewish spiritual conversation with my students.” (Rabbi Jamie Kotler, 2016 graduate of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College.)

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Comfort Care

                          Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “As a palliative care hospital chaplain, I offer calm,  compassionate listening, perspectives on Jewish tradition, and guidance to my patients and their families as they navigate their own spiritual journeys into a new and changing reality.” (Rabbi Suzanne Offit is a 2009 graduate of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College and serves… Read Article →

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Shehecheyanu Moments

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Perhaps the most valuable lesson I took from Parenting Through a Jewish Lens was that any moment can be marked with the Shehecheyanu. A baby’s first steps – yes. The cold, clean taste of frigid winter air, and hot tea waiting in a warm house beyond – yes. My son, struggling to balance dependence and autonomy, confidently walking himself next door for a playdate – yes, yes, yes! Shehecheyanu,… Read Article →

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Counting in Binary

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “I started on a path to becoming a Jewish professional years ago, then became a software engineer, and now am back at Hebrew college studying to be become a cantor. A software engineer, like a musician, spends all day obsessing over formal language, refining it, mixing creativity and technical skill to turn ordinary silicon, wood, brass or, for a singer, simply air into something that… Read Article →

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Practicing Presence: Rain, Snow, or Shine

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “It’s important for me to be regularly in a context where I am functioning as a Christian cleric. Come rain, snow, or shine, my wife and I lead a weekly 7-minute outdoor worship service every Thursday from 12:20-12:27 on the plaza outside Boston University’s Marsh Chapel for anyone who stops by. (My wife is part of the chaplaincy team at Boston University, too.) My work at Marsh Chapel is… Read Article →

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L’dor V’dor

“My grandfather might have been a cantor, were it not for the Holocaust. His Jewish and musical journey continues in my life as a cantor.” Hebrew College first-year COSEL student David Wolff recounts this story about his beloved grandfather, now 101 years old and proud to see his grandson pursuing the cantorate. According to David, the full story goes like this: “My family has a deep connection to Judaism, specifically… Read Article →

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Elu v’Elu: Engaging Diversity

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “I converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon, when I was 13 years old, on my own, with no family support.  I have essentially grown up as a Latter-day Saint.  While I am a devout ‘believer,’ I have felt a hunger in my late middle years to learn more deeply, to understand more fully, to partake from sources of faith and… Read Article →

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Carmen to the Cantorate

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “To be an opera singer you need to carry a big ego. It’s performative and deeply competitive. You’re constantly being evaluated. You need the desire to win, the desire to be the best. I love music deeply, and it is central to who I am, but I don’t have an overwhelming ‘I’m the best’ thing inside of me. I feel the need to help people. That’s… Read Article →

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Teen Philanthropist

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “Every day, people are confronted by innumerable societal woes and general injustices, and, although many do not realize it, every day nonprofit organizations fight against such issues. Throughout the course of JTFGB last year, we reviewed the grant applications of various nonprofits, and in doing so, we learned a great deal about our communities. We had the opportunity to view some of the most innovative… Read Article →