Six Me'ah Graduates to Be Honored at Spring Gala

Six Me’ah graduates who have made significant contributions to the Jewish community and society at large will be honored in May at Hebrew College’s annual spring gala.

The honorees include Hebrew College’s director of adult learning, Bernice Lerner, who helped develop Me’ah during her first stint at the college in the 1990s, and has led the program since her return in 2009. She will receive the Hebrew College Award for Innovative Leadership in Adult Jewish Learning.

Others to be honored at the May 6 event at Gann Academy in Waltham include Howard Rubin, who will be presented with the President’s Award for Community Leadership, and Michelle Black, Stephen Lebovitz, Rabbi Suzanne Offit and Mitchell Shames, all of whom will receive the Me’ah Alumni Award for Community Leadership.

“We are pleased to honor six individuals who have made such important contributions to the Jewish community through their outstanding leadership,” said Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of the college. “Their commitment to — and immersion in — Jewish learning has brought enhanced knowledge and understanding to the institutions they serve."

Developed in 1994 by Hebrew College in conjunction with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Me’ah — the Hebrew word for 100, which represents the approximate number of hours that comprise the program — has garnered national recognition for its high caliber of instruction and rich curriculum. Meeting in classes of 15 to 20 at area synagogues and educational institutions, participants study and explore 3,000 years of Jewish culture and civilization through readings, discussion and contemplation.

More than 3,500 adults have completed the program, many of them going on to hold leadership positions in Greater Boston’s Jewish community. Such is the case for each of this year’s honorees. Offit, for example, serves on the Hebrew College Board of Trustees and is the newly elected board chair of the Hadassah Foundation. Black serves on the boards at CJP, Temple Beth Elohim, Gann Academy and The Rashi School.

The spring gala serves as Hebrew College’s largest fundraiser of the year. Admission tickets and program tributes may be reserved here

— Posted March 4, 2015

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