Tag Archives: Continuing Education

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How Hebrew College Helped Me Advance in My Career

Three years ago, I was stuck. I had topped out at my job, unable to grow professionally without a degree in Jewish education. I have always been passionate about Jewish education, and wanted to do more, and to find a way to make a real impact on the field. I saw how my amazing colleagues, who had the education I wanted, would write articles, present at conferences, lead schools and… Read Article →


Me’ah – The Second Time Around

What would motivate a mature woman with limited discretionary time to sit in a classroom for 3 hours once a week and agree to take on at least “some” homework? Me’ah! And why? Easy. Me’ah is so intellectually exciting and learning with other adult learners – rarely like-minded – is the stuff of personal renewal and growth.  The program is geared towards the intelligent adult learner who is not already… Read Article →


Reflections on a Journey to and Through Me’ah

Now that my Me’ah cycle is complete, I want to express a few thoughts on the experience and how it shaped my relationship to Judaism. First, about me: an “interested gentile,” mostly nonbelieving, with one foot in Jewish practice and observance. Married into Judaism, understanding that we would raise our child as a Jew. The seeds were planted much earlier, however, as much in Judaism resonated for me: the ethical… Read Article →


Learning through Jewish texts and history at Me’ah in Sharon

  Every Monday evening, 18 adults crowd into a small classroom at Temple Israel in Sharon. Many have already put in a long day at work —developing software, seeing patients, writing marketing copy and attending college. On a recent evening, prophecy was on the agenda – Old Testament prophets Jonah and Elijah specifically. For the next three hours, with the help of biblical scholar Dr. Lynne Heller, the students grappled… Read Article →


“Wow”–The Jewish Story in Context

“Wow.” Although somewhat inarticulate this word seems to best describe my initial feelings as I complete my Me’ah reading for the week. However, this is no ordinary week. This is the final week, the final reading of two years, four semesters, forty Thursday nights and one hundred hours of class. It’s a strange feeling, this “wow.” There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment in this “wow.” Although, once I began… Read Article →

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My Jewish Tattoo

Beginning this week, 117 Eser participants will be discussing “Ten Best Kept Jewish Secrets,” starting with tattoos. For the occasion we asked JCRC staff member Yana Tolmacheva, whose Jewish tattoo we spotted at a Sip of Eser, to write about her ink. Yana was born in Russia, raised in Brooklyn, and has spent extensive time in Israel and Argentina, and looks forward to her continued trips to the Ukraine. Many times… Read Article →

Community Blog return to adult learning

Return to Adult Learning

When I moved to Boston in 1998, my first job out of college was that of administrative assistant in the adult-learning division at Hebrew College. Then, the campus was in Brookline, on Hawes Street, and my desk was situated in a hallway between the bathroom and the office of the director of adult learning, then Janet Altman. Despite my modest office, the work environment was warm, engaging, motivating and passionate…. Read Article →

Mikva Mikveh

The Man in the Mikveh

By the time you are reading this, I will have married the love of my life, Rachel. Before our wedding, we had the opportunity to complete the mitzvah of immersing in the mikveh at Mayyim Hayyim in Newton.  ow I got to the mikveh is very important to understanding my experience. As a founding lay leader of Eser, the young adult learning series run by CJP and Hebrew College, I… Read Article →

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Uncovering the Secrets in Our Midst

The Ten Best-Kept Jewish Secrets. A pretty catchy theme, right? After all, who wouldn’t want to know what these secrets are and how they can bring meaning to our lives? But our theme isn’t just a catchy title drummed up for marketing; the planning committee chose it because we believe the topics we will learn about together have the potential to open up worlds of discovery. If this all seems… Read Article →

Community Blog A Journey of Return

A Journey of Return

For more than 40 years, my Jewish heritage was the farthest thing from my conscious mind, even though my background is stronger than most. Both my parents and my beloved aunt were graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Teachers Institute. I went to the Yeshivah of Flatbush for eight years, then attended Marshalea Hebrew High School and Camp Ramah, took two long trips to Israel (last in 1960) and spent… Read Article →