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“Heschel would be pleased”

“My first job out of college was teaching at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I loved my work, teaching both Jewish studies and Phys. Ed. I was also very proud to be associated with a school named after the outstanding theologian and activist. I greatly admired Heschel’s unusual blend of piety, poeticism, and commitment to social justice. One afternoon at dismissal, standing in… Read Article →

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The Crimson Rabbi

“My goal is to regularly interrupt people’s lives with moments of meaning, connection and liberation.” (Rabbi Getzel Davis, Rab ’13, Associate Rabbi & Jewish Educator, Harvard Hillel, Cambridge, MA and Founder/CEO of Unorthodox Celebrations) Interested in a career in the rabbinate? You might be interested in Rabbi Dan Judson’s article “Jewish Lessons on Meaningful Work.“ Rabbi Judson teaches history, oversees the professional development program, and serves as the placement director for the… Read Article →

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Second Career in the Rabbinate

“It was moving to be there with Annette Hoffman, Rick Jacobs, Steve Warnick, and the head of Reform and Masorti in Israel. The Conservative Yeshiva [where The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College students are based for their Israel year of study] was very encouraging and supportive. All 5 of our Hebrew College students were there. It was moving, meaningful, and maddening. For the first time, outside Torahs were brought in. Lots of… Read Article →

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Funding the Faith

“I feel like working with synagogues around their finances is so interesting because it is the intersection of the totally practical with the ideal. How a synagogue should finance itself is a financial and a values question. I have had the great opportunity to work with congregations as they explore how to increase their financial resources and how they can do it by transforming their sense of what it means… Read Article →

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Caring for the “Other”

“In 2002, I discovered the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, and it changed my life. He taught me that being a human being means having a radical and never-ending responsibility to see and care for the Other. I take his philosophy with me wherever I go — the classroom, the bima, the pastoral moment, the dinner table.”  #HumansHC (Rabbi Suzanne Schwartz Jacobson Rab’15, The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College alumnus, Rabbi at… Read Article →

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“This is me at my Bat Mitzvah, wearing a tallit woven for me by my cousin, Jane, as a gift for the occasion. I remember carefully choosing the colors to be used. Fifteen years later, I still wear the same tallis (thanks, Jane!), only now I pair it with a set of tefillin that my dad was given at his Bar Mitzvah. I love that I am literally draped in… Read Article →

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Promoting Chesed

“I have a big dream. I’m interested in chaplaincy and look forward to taking part in the Rabbinical School’s new pastoral care track. I’d like to combine that interest with my passion for children’s education. I would love one day to build an inter-generational preschool-assisted living center, modeled after JCCs, that operates through a Jewish lens. The guiding principle for this initiative would be teaching and sharing chesed. I think… Read Article →