College Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Rabbinical School

More than 400 members of the Hebrew College community gathered May 7 for the school’s annual spring gala, Celebrate 2014, which included a special celebration of the Rabbinical School’s 10th anniversary and the presentation of two major college awards.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and supporters from Greater Boston and across the country came together at Gann Academy in Waltham to acknowledge the college’s commitment to pluralistic Jewish education and leadership. More than $500,000 in new gifts and pledges were raised in support of Hebrew College and its rabbinical school.

rabbis daniel lehmann, sharon cohen anisfeld and arthur greenRabbi Arthur Green, founder and current rector of the Rabbinical School, and Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, the school’s dean, were honored for their role in establishing, nurturing and growing the internationally renowned Rabbinical School, which now counts 70 alumni among its ranks. Anisfeld also announced last night that the school would enroll the largest entering cohort in its history this fall.

In addition, two major college awards were presented during the evening: to Rabbi Or Rose, director of Hebrew College’s Center for Global Judaism, and Jennifer Howe Peace, assistant professor of interfaith studies at Andover Newton Theological School, for innovative leadership in interfaith learning; and to Deborah, MAJS’06, and Ron Feinstein, immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees, for community leadership.

Co-chairs of the event included Jamie Kotler, Meah’09, Raab’16, and Harold Kotler, Meah’99; Rabbi Margie Klein Ronkin, Rab’11, and Jeremy Klein Ronkin; Rabbi Suzanne Offit, Rab’09, and Andy Offit, Meah’09; Laura Wiessen and Rabbi Steven Lewis, Rab’11; and Arnee R. Winshall, P’68, and Walter A. Winshall.

Caption: President Daniel Lehmann, left, with honorees Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, dean, and Rabbi Arthur Green, rector, of the Rabbinical School