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Social Justice Rabbi

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC “My study of Torah has expanded my intellectual and moral imagination. My observance of Jewish ritual has equipped me with tools to face these challenging times. My mindfulness and meditation practice has taught me how to move more wisely in the world. And my relationship with the divine has helped me approach my fellow being with an open heart.” (Pictured center: Rabbi Salem Pearce, Rab`18, is… Read Article →

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80 Years of Paying It Forward with Music

Imagine sitting next to future composer, pianist, director and conductor Simon Sargon in Prozdor while the teacher is passing out papers and chanting verses from the book of Psalms. Simon’s ears are finely attuned to the music, poetry and sacred texts that surrounded him. It is part of his personal formation that has been influenced by special people and institutions. His father, an observant Jew, from Mumbai India and a… Read Article →

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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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‘Talking with God’ Leads Meli Solomon from Berlin to Hebrew College

“The love of God’s creatures must include all humankind, regardless of religion and race.” Rabbi Avraham Isaac Kook  While living and working in Berlin, Germany, it would have never occurred to Meli Solomon to be enrolling in a Master of Jewish Liberal Studies (MJLS) Interreligious program at Hebrew College. In 2009, she made a life-style decision to move to Berlin to experience living in another culture. A practicing Jew throughout… 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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My Sister the Sister

Humans of Hebrew College #HumansHC I am the oldest of five girls. We were raised Catholic and were all very active in the church growing up. I sang in the kids’ choir, founded the teen choir, and served as a church cantor for 7 years. My mom serves in a music director role for our church and other congregations, and my whole family has held leadership roles in the church…. Read Article →

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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 →