March 2, 2023 | 9 Adar 5783
Reimagining Jewish learning and leadership for an interconnected world.
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Hebrew College Names Rabbi Justin David as New Dean
Hebrew College recently announced that Rabbi Justin David, currently the senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel in
Northampton, MA, has been named as the next Dean of the Rabbinical School. Rabbi David succeeds Rabbi Daniel Judson and will transition into his new role on July 1, 2023.
A graduate of Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained in 1999, Rabbi David served as the senior rabbi at Congregation B’nai Israel for 21 years and is currently finishing his doctorate in education at JTS.
Psalm 22, Queen Esther and Us
By Rabbi Or Rose, Director, Hebrew College's Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership
The rabbis teach that Esther drew upon the words of Psalm 22 as she bravely went before King Achashverosh in an effort to save the Jews of ancient Persia.
“But these words—and the psalm as a whole—have been valuable to many Jews over the generations, especially those experiencing hardship. Not only does the psalm give readers permission to express their own pain and disappointment with God, but it moves from an opening cry of abandonment to praise for God’s deliverance. The psalmist thus offers the seeker hope in the possibility of salvation.
It is no wonder then that Jewish interpreters have connected Psalm 22 to the figure of Queen Esther and Purim, which we will celebrate in just over a week.”
Israel’s Ancient Ouija Board
One of the great religious questions in every generation is: How can we ever be sure of what God really desires of us? Many driven people—rabbis, politicians, activists—speak of being “called” by God for a task or a role—but always there is doubt: Is it really a divine calling? Or are these things manifestations of the ego?
This is an ancient dilemma as well—and yet the Torah offers one surprising shortcut to knowing God’s will.
What It Means To Be A Community of Practice
The Dignity Project is a community of practice. This means that when a problem arises in our community, we adapt what we might have already planned and create a solution that aligns with our shared values, addresses our common concern, and helps us put our learning into real-life practice.
Several weeks ago, an invited speaker on implicit bias discussed Dave Chappelle’s recent monologue on Saturday Night Live. Chappelle’s humor, while beloved by some, is considered controversial by others—and in our community, the same was true. People responded with a variety of feelings ranging from anger at the controversial nature of Chappelle’s comments, to laughing with Chappelle’s jokes, to true neutrality—or having not heard the monologue in question. There were a range of views as each person heard and interpreted the media clip differently.
Rafi Ellenson with Dignity Project Fellows
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Nashirah: We Sing!
Hebrew College is co-sponsoring this concert with our campus partner Zamir Chorale of Boston and Nashirah Choir of Philadelphia.March 12 | 3 p.m. | Hebrew College
Otzarot Concert: Musical Treasures of Hebrew College
The concert will feature cantorial alumni and Hebrew College’s chamber choir Kol Arev, who will perform newly discovered music from the Hebrew College archives!March 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Hebrew College
Preparing our Hearts for Passover and Easter (2023)
An exploration of theological, ritual, and vocational commonalities, & differences. Prepare personally for the upcoming holy days and make meaningful connections.March 24 | 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Temple Beth Zion
Hebrew College Spring Gala
Honoring Dan Miller and Andy Offit; Live music with Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer `14May 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Hebrew CollegeMore details to come
Tikkun Leyl Shavuot
May 25 | Time TBD | Hebrew CollegeMore details to come
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