Inspired by hundreds of her parents' love letters discovered after their deaths in 2010, Joyce Friedman explores her family's parallel lives on both sides of the ocean during World War II. This heartwarming one-woman cabaret-theater performance, to take place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, features songs of the 1940s from America and Eastern Europe. Following the performance, Friedman will take questions from the audience.
Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion, discusses his newest book, "The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology" (The Jewish Publication Society, 2015), a collection of essays that brings together Green's scholarly writings. Melila Hellner-Eshed, professor of Jewish mysticism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, calls the work "a river of living waters connecting heart, mind and spirit, flowing through past, present and future." Following his talk, Green will sign copies of the book.
Maud Mandel, dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University, presents her research on the conflict that has long shadowed Muslim-Jewish relations in France. Although anti-Semitic violence began capturing international attention in 2000, Muslim-Jewish tensions were, in fact, the subject of commentary much earlier in the century, as a diverse range of social actors began to fear that Middle Eastern conflict was coming to France. Mandel will argue, however, that focusing solely on the Middle East in an effort to understand Muslim-Jewish politics in France misses key aspects of the story. Part of “Celebrating 20 Years of Me’ah: Cutting-Edge Conversations,” a series of lectures marking two decades of Hebrew College’s signature adult-learning program.
Join Kol Arev, the chamber choir of Hebrew College, and the Boston-based Seraphim Singers for this interdenominational choral program focused on the theme of Jersusalem. The concert will feature the world premieres of "The Seventy Names of Jerusalem," by Israeli composer Avner Dorman, and "Me'al Pisgat al Har Hatsofim," by Joseph Ness. In all, 14 works will be performed. Music directors are Amy Lieberman (Kol Arev) and Jennifer Lester (Seraphim Singers).
Hebrew College Me'ah has transformed our community. For 20 years, hundreds of adults have embarked on a two-year journey of study that has changed them and our world. We will honor the stories that have arisen from this remarkable initiative. With the support of CJP, the Boston Jewish community now boasts leaders and learners from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. We celebrate the power of Me'ah!
The School of Jewish Music presents a special showing of "Mendelssohn, the Nazis, and Me," a documentary film by writer and director Sheila Hayman, a descendant of the famed 19th-century German composer. The film chronicles the Nazis’ attempt to erase the music of Felix Mendelssohn — a devout Christian who was born Jewish — from the history books, and of his decsendants’ struggle to stay alive during the Holocaust. Prior to the screeening, the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Hebrew College’s Lynn Torgove will perform excerpts of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” oratorio. After the film’s showing, a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Joshua Jacobson, will focus on Mendelssohn’s musical and cultural legacies, as well as the Jewishness of Mendelssohn and his descendants.
Graduation ceremonies for certificate and degree candidates in the Rabbinical School, School of Jewish Music, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies program. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Marc Brettler, Shulamit Reinharz and Marsha Katz Slotnick. Shirah Rubin will receive the Sidney Hilson/Rose Bronstein Memorial Award, and Marc N. Kramer will be presented with the Dr. Benjamin J. Shevach Memorial Award.
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