October 15, 2018 (Newton Centre, MA) – Approximately 600 people from throughout Greater Boston and beyond came together tonight to celebrate the installation of Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld as the ninth — and first female — president of Hebrew College.
Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies are launching a new social justice initiative to embolden young adults to make a difference. The program, Open Circle Social Action (OCSA), which launches this fall, will bring young adults together to learn about the importance of the practice of tikkun olam(repair the world), tzedek (justice), and tzedakah (charity) in Jewish tradition; to work with community organizers in local advocacy organizations to address pressing issues and injustices; and to make a difference through a meaningful social action activity related to specific causes.
As Hebrew College nears its 100th year, it continues to create opportunities for innovation, ensuring that the College’s centennial anniversary will mark the beginning of another century of excellence in Jewish learning and leadership. In another transformative transaction in the College’s distinguished history, the Hebrew College Board of Trustees yesterday finalized an agreement to sell the College’s Newton Centre campus. The agreement allows Hebrew College to remain in its current location for several years under favorable terms.
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Hebrew College today announced that Rabbi Dan Judson, PhD, core faculty member and Associate Dean of Placement and Professional Development of the Rabbinical School, has been chosen to serve as the next Dean of the Rabbinical School. Rabbi Judson has been on the faculty for the past 10 years, and previously served as a congregational rabbi. He will succeed Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, who the Board of Trustees selected late last year to serve as the next President of Hebrew College following a national search.