Category Archives: Community Blog

Community Blog Michael Shire

The Teacher

In memoriam Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz (1924-2016) Last week saw the death of one of the most pre-eminent theologians of our time. Dr. Eugene Borowitz taught theology and Jewish thought at Hebrew Union college in New York for over 50 years influencing at least three generations of Reform rabbis as well as the entire Reform Movement with his compelling and contemporary approaches to Jewish religiosity, God infused Jewish life and… Read Article →

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Sap in the Dead of Winter

This is the time of year when I tend to feel the most discouraged with my personal accomplishments. The winter is dragging, the days too short for my taste, and it seems that many of the aspirations with which I started the year in the fall are now somewhat distant, even fuzzy. Where did the goal of learning the weekly Torah portion with my daughter go? And what exactly happened… Read Article →

Community Blog Louise Treitman

An Opening Blessing

This blessing was delivered at the cantorial ordination ceremony for Cantor Kate Judd, Can’15 on January 24, 2016.  I was thinking back …… almost thirty years ago, in 1988, at our old campus on Hawes Street in Brookline, several of us sat down to meet with then president of Hebrew College, Rabbi Sam Schafler. His picture is now on the steps of the library here. We began discussions that led to the… Read Article →

Community Blog Deborah Skolnik Einhorn

Everything I needed to know about education I learned from my yoga teacher . . .

Greeting each student as they enter: Check. Sharing and reinforcing learning outcomes: Check. Differentiated instruction: Check. Kinesthetic Learning: Check. Bringing one’s whole self to teaching: Check. When I completed my dissertation after too many years of graduate school – and quite a few diapers and sleepless nights thrown in for good measure—I finally felt that I could spend an hour or two each week on a mindful yoga practice, without… Read Article →

Community Blog Michael-Rosenberg

Living in Hebrew

My family and I are fortunate to be spending about three weeks in Israel right now—an ambiguous amount of time, longer than a vacation, but at the same time clearly not “living” here. We meander through our lives here, sometimes (as now) getting work done in a local café, sometimes taking our kids to the Biblical Zoo; sometimes getting together with old friends whom we see all too rarely, sometimes… Read Article →

Community Blog JamesKaplan

Beyond “Finder’s Keepers”

This Fall, along with my wife, I participated in the Parenting your Tween Through a Jewish Lens class led by Judy Elkin.  It was a great experience, and I came away with a number of insights on how to parent our daughters (ages 10 and 7) as they grow into teenagers. One of the biggest insights I took away from the class was the Jewish concept of tzimtzum, which means… Read Article →

Community Blog woman smiling

What Do You Need From Me?

I think we can safely say that, as parents, we love our children. And I think we can say with equal surety that we don’t always like them. I mean, do we ALWAYS like anyone?  Even ourselves? We have a lifelong challenge to accept our kids for who they are. Why is it so hard to do? Perhaps one reason is because when they come to us with their struggles,… Read Article →

Community Blog Daniel-Lehmann

Intelligence community or intelligent community? That is the question.

I have been uncomfortable for some time now with the phrase “the intelligence community.” It is appearing in the news more frequently again as we confront the threat of ISIS and the radical jihadist terrorism that is spreading like a cancer. What bothers me about the term, which is an official designation of a group of 17 national intelligence agencies created by executive order in 1981, is that I don’t… Read Article →

Community Blog Linna Ettinger

What’s Jewish About “Finding Nemo?”

Hebrew College’s Early Childhood Institute Annual Conference Advocates Early Connection with Jewish Families For those of us who are blissfully untouched by alzheimer’s or runaway children, Disney’s Pixar production, “Finding Nemo” is an entertaining and even funny story about a father finding his kidnapped son with the help of a friend with no short-term memory. But for those of us who have been touched by a loved one’s alzheimer’s disease, this… Read Article →

Community Blog David Lobron2

Enough Slack on the Rope

This fall, I participated in Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens at the Dorshei Tzedek religious school while my kids were in their classes. The course was led by Judy Elkin, and took place over 5 Sunday mornings. Our class of 18 parents explored a wonderful variety of texts together, everything from “Maimonides on Anger Management” (Is there anything this prolific Jewish medieval philosopher didn’t cover?) to “How to Hug… Read Article →