Hebrew College receives grant from Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families, in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas

Newton Centre, MA—May 22, 2016. Hebrew College is honored to be a recipient of a grant from Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families, in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas. Jewish Funders Network (JFN), joined by Michael Douglas and the Genesis Prize Foundation, announced the recipients on May 22 at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York.

The grant will be directed toward the Shoolman School of Graduate Education’s newly established Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement MJEd and certificate program. Hebrew College’s master’s degree and graduate certificate programs will produce the first cadre of interfaith educators and leaders prepared to take on these roles, making Judaism accessible to all families seeking a deeper connection to Jewish life. The initial funding for the development of this program was provided through a grant from The Crown Family and today’s announcement from JFN results in a match, enabling Hebrew College to continue to carry this crucial work forward.

"We believe our mission in reaching the pluralist Jewish community must encompass the growing numbers of interfaith and inter-partnered families," said Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies Program and Chief Academic Officer at Hebrew College. A pioneer in Jewish education, Hebrew College offers the only MJEd in the world with this specialization. It reflects the ethos of pluralism, diversity and complexity offered in the Hebrew College academic environment. 

The program will be directed by Dr. Keren R. McGinity, an established leader in this field, who will be leading a free webinar on Monday, May 23 entitled, “Gender Matters: Using A New Lens to Better Understand Intermarriage & Engagement. (Learn more and register.) 

For more information, contact:
Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire
Chief Academic Officer, Hebrew College
Dean, Shoolman Graduate School and Jewish Studies Program
Email: mshire@hebrewcollege.edu

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Hebrew College, founded in 1921, promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies; community education for adult learners; and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school. For more information, visit www.hebrewcollege.edu

For more information about giving opportunities at Hebrew College, contact Rabbi Lisa Keshet, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at lkeshet@hebrewcollege.edu.