Hebrew College

Introduction

Welcome to Hebrew College

Founded in 1921, Hebrew College is dedicated to the principle that rigorous, pluralistic Jewish education is essential to building and sustaining a vibrant Jewish community. Hebrew College includes our Rabbinical School; Schoolman Graduate School of Education; School of Jewish Music; Jewish Studies, Hebrew Language, Adult, Youth and gap-year Programs.

We offer students programs leading to rabbinical and cantorial ordination, a PhD Certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership, Jewish Education and Jewish Studies Master’s and Bachelor’s completion Degrees, and/or a variety of Certificate programs. We encourage you to ask us about the availability of scholarships and financial aid, and about how working professionals can find time to fit our educational programs into their busy lives.

Our Mission

Hebrew College promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. We empower and inspire individuals to contribute their voices and vision to the Jewish community and to bring Jewish values to bear on the critical issues of our time.

Dedicated to building bridges between the academy and the community, we offer diverse educational and cultural programs for youths, adults and Jewish professionals, and seek to invigorate Jewish life through the following core values:

The Hebrew College mission continues to be as relevant as ever: To encourage and empower learners to see themselves as both inheritors and innovators – active participants in the unfolding story of the Jewish People.

Facts About Hebrew College

Campus

Less than 10 miles from downtown boston, Hebrew College is situated on nearly 7 acres on a hillside in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, adjacent to Andover Newton Theological School. Designed by Moshe Safdie and Associates, it is composed of four interconnected buildings, totalling 72,000 square feet.

Status

Private, not-for-profit, degree-granting institution (baccalaureate through doctoral level) with adult and youth programming. The college is not formally affiliated with any religious institution or denomination.

Students

  • Graduate Degree/Certificate:192 — 74 full-time and 118 part-time
  • Nondegree — 300
  • Adult Learning: 898
  • Youth Education: 217 — 148 Prozdor and 69 Makor

Faculty and Staff

  • Full-time faculty: 10
  • Part-time and adjunct faculty: 80
  • Full-time staff: 45
  • Part-time staff: 18

Accreditation

The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Courses

Modern Hebrew Language

Online Part time 1 - 4 semesters September 2018 USA Newton Center

This four-semester course sequence (Hebrew levels 1 to 4) enables students to recognize and use fundamental structures of Hebrew grammar and morphology, and to acquire the necessary vocabulary for basic conversation and reading of modern and classical texts. [+]

Modern Hebrew Language Offered Online This four-semester course sequence (Hebrew levels 1 to 4) enables students to recognize and use fundamental structures of Hebrew grammar and morphology, and to acquire the necessary vocabulary for basic conversation and reading of modern and classical texts. All language skills are mastered through elementary syntactic and grammatical structures. Students learn the basic verbs in the different common active verb groups and their conjugation in all tenses. Students read and listen to stories and dialogues and participate in guided class discussions. Hebrew levels 1 to 4 are offered in either noncredit status or for undergraduate credit. The courses may be taken in tandem with graduate study. Successful completion of Hebrew level 4 or its equivalent is required for text-based courses in Jewish studies. For students with little or no background in Hebrew language, we offer a preparatory (“Mekhina”) course. This course, not available for academic credit, prepares students to enter Hebrew Level 1. For those students who do not intend to advance to higher levels of Hebrew language instruction, Mekhina may be taken as a stand-alone program as a general introduction to Hebrew language. [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (MAJS)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 6 semesters September 2018 USA Newton Center + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree gives you the keys to unlocking Judaism and Jewish texts and defining your own path of original study and research. [+]

Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJS) The Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree gives you the keys to unlocking Judaism and Jewish texts and defining your own path of original study and research. Students who earn this degree use it to enrich their personal knowledge of Judaism at an advanced level, advance professionally in Jewish communal organizations, build a foundation for rabbinic or cantorial study or prepare for a career in Jewish academic scholarship. Course of Study The MAJS degree can be completed through online learning, or if you live locally, you may select from a mix of online and on-campus courses. All students participate in two weeklong summer residential seminars, held on campus, during the course of their studies. As part of the course of study, students take 12 credits of text courses which require one hour of synchronous study with a fellow student. Degree Requirements Demonstrated Hebrew proficiency of Level 4 or higher Completion of 36 credits, detailed below: *These courses include one hour of study each week with a study partner. Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university Application Requirements Completed application and fee Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study Three letters of recommendation, at least one academic Two essays Interview, in-person or by phone Application Deadline Priority application deadlines are May 15 for fall admission and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis, though financial aid awards may be more limited for late... [-]

Master

Master of Jewish Education (MJEd)

Online Full time Part time 4 - 6 semesters September 2018 USA Newton Center + 1 more

A passion for Jewish education. A commitment to teach students of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. A desire to strengthen Jewish community. [+]

Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) A passion for Jewish education. A commitment to teach students of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. A desire to strengthen Jewish community. These are the qualities that define graduates of Hebrew College’s Master of Jewish Education degree program. Building on Hebrew College’s long-standing tradition of training outstanding Jewish educators, the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines best educational practices, a solid grounding in Jewish texts, supervised field experience and opportunities to specialize in an area of concentration. Students for the Master of Jewish Education may complete coursework entirely online or, if you live within commuting distance of Hebrew College, as a combination of on-campus and online study. Hebrew College also offers the MJEd in conjunction with a Bachelor of Jewish Education or a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, as well as in conjunction with rabbinical or cantorial ordination. Create a Program of Study That Works for You Whether you are new to the profession or a Jewish educator who wants to move ahead in your career, you will be able to create a program of study that meets your unique interests. The MJEd may be completed as a stand-alone degree or with a specialization in Early Childhood Jewish Education, Jewish Experiential Education, Jewish Special Education, or Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement. (The specialization in Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement will require a one-week summer residential seminar.) This 36-credit degree, which includes two supervised field experiences, may be completed in two... [-]

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