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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 →

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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 →