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College Leadership S E N I O R A D M I N I S T R AT I O N Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann Rabbi Lisa Keshet Alan J. Sherman, MBA Rabbi Michael Shire, PhD

President and Professor of Pluralism and Jewish Education Vice President, Institutional Advancement Vice President, Marketing Chief Academic Officer

G R A D UAT E S T U D I E S D E A N S Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Dean, Rabbinical School Cantor Brian Mayer, DSM Dean, School of Jewish Music Rabbi Michael Shire, PhD Dean, Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies Program A D U LT A N D YO U T H P R O G R A M DI R E C T O R S Dan Brosgol, MJEd’04 Director, Prozdor Bernice Lerner, EdD Director, Adult Learning Ariel Margolis Director, Makor

Programs of Hebrew College G R A D UAT E S T U D I E S Jewish Studies Program hebrewcollege.edu/jewish-studies Rabbinical School hebrewcollege.edu/rabbinical School of Jewish Music hebrewcollege.edu/jewish-music Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education hebrewcollege.edu/shoolman A D U LT L E A R N I N G Eser hebrewcollege.edu/eser Leaders in Adult Learning hebrewcollege.edu/lal Me’ah hebrewcollege.edu/meah Parenting Through a Jewish Lens hebrewcollege.edu/parenting YO U N G A D U LT L E A D E R S H I P A N D L E A R N I N G Hevruta Gap-Year Program

hevrutagapyear.org

YO U T H E D U C AT I O N Makor Hebrew Middle School Prozdor Hebrew High School

hebrewcollege.edu/makor hebrewcollege.edu/prozdor

INTERRELIGIOUS AND CONTEMPOR ARY LE ADERSHIP Center for Global Judaism Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE)

hebrewcollege.edu/global-judaism antshc-circle.org


L ET T ER F ROM T H E PR E SI DEN T

The start of the new academic year is a time to assess our accomplishments during the previous year and to look ahead toward the opportunities for growth that we can pursue this year. It is in this spirit that we offer the 2014–15 Hebrew College annual report. The core of our mission at Hebrew College is to serve as a bridge between deep, compelling Jewish learning of the highest quality and the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical aspirations of our Jewish community. The broad range of programs we offer—from formal academic degrees to the cultivation of lay and professional leadership, from youth education to adult learning— are all designed to connect the most sophisticated approaches to Jewish civilization, ancient and modern, to the contemporary challenges we face in our complex, pluralistic world. We are proud of serving the community in this unique way for nearly ninety-five years, and as we look back upon this past year, we take special note of the many innovative initiatives our students, faculty, and supporters have generated to advance the sacred work of our community of learning. This annual report reflects the centrality of creativity and innovation in our institutional vision. As part of our mission statement, we emphasize the importance of both of these key traits in our educational philosophy: “Judaism, at its best, is a creative, intellectual, and spiritual

encounter among the individual, community, and the received tradition. Hebrew College encourages and empowers learners to see themselves as both inheritors and innovators—active participants in the unfolding story of the Jewish people.” Thousands of learners, locally and globally, on campus and online, continue to deepen their knowledge and love of our culture and its wisdom. As you read through these pages, I hope you share our pride in all the learning and leadership that Hebrew College has fostered during the 2014–15 academic year. You will see these themes running through the profiles of Nate DeGroot, Celene Ibrahim, Rachel Hillman, and Barry Koslow, beginning on the next page. With your support and participation, Hebrew College will continue to share our extraordinary talent and passion for Jewish learning as we go from strength to strength.

RABBI DANIEL L. LEHMANN President, Hebrew College


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Innovation & Hebrew College students, faculty, alumni, and friends are making an impact in their local communities—and the Jewish world writ large.


COL L A BOR AT I V E COM M U N I T I E S

Nate DeGroot, Rab’16 Founder and Director, Mikdash | Portland, Oregon Rabbinical School student Nate DeGroot grew up just a short drive from Hebrew College, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, but he is making his home—and his mark—in the western United States. For the past two years, DeGroot has been working in his adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon, to build a cooperative Jewish community called Mikdash, which operates on the donated gifts and talents of its members. DeGroot spent months learning the landscape of the Portland Jewish community, trying to identify and match people’s skills and interests to the needs of the larger group. “It’s a unique opportunity to empower community on a grassroots level,” he said. Mikdash is part of the renaissance of Jewish life on Portland’s east side. DeGroot received a Natan/NEXT Grant for Social Entrepreneurs in 2014 to support his work, as well as funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. “We appreciated Nate’s approach,” federation CEO and president Marc Blattner said. “It was not about a specific event or institution. It was about creating a groundswell about what could be done on the Eastside in a collaborative and creative manner.” Mikdash offers programming year-round, including a monthly Havdallah yoga series as well as ice cream sundae–themed celebrations of Jewish holidays. This summer, the community launched Beta Mikdash, a two-month communal-living experiment in a rented house in Portland. It will serve as a hub for Jewish life and experience, with prayer, song, activism, ritual, and celebration created and implemented by the participants of the community. DeGroot hopes it stands as the model for a full-time community he plans to organize after he graduates. Jo Borkan, a Mikdash community member and facilitator of the Havdallah yoga series, said DeGroot’s approach to Mikdash exemplifies the co-creative spirit of the initiative. “He continually repeated back to us, ‘I’m glad to be a support, but you guys know what you’re doing,’” Borkan said. As if this project weren’t enough, DeGroot plans to spend the next year commuting between Boston and Los Angeles to work as a rabbinic intern at IKAR, a thriving independent synagogue renowned for engaging young and disaffected Jews. There, he will work with young professionals on community-building and social-justice issues. “I have long known IKAR to be a pioneer and thought leader in the progressive Jewish world, a model for creativity, spiritual accountability, and social responsibility,” DeGroot said. “These are all values that I share deeply and hope to help bring to whatever communities I might be part of in the future. Being able to learn from within at IKAR will be a great boon for the project in Portland, just as my learning in Portland should help guide my work at IKAR.”


I N T ER FA I T H EDUCAT ION

Celene Ibrahim Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence | Hebrew College In 2008, Hebrew College and its neighbor Andover Newton Theological School embarked on a noble experiment called the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE), with a mission to transform communities through interfaith dialogue, education, and action. By 2013, the center had established itself, through high-quality programming, research, and scholarship. as one of the premier organizations of its kind in the country. Not content to rest on its laurels, CIRCLE last year took the next bold step in its development by hiring Muslim scholar Celene Ibrahim as its first Islamic studies scholar-in-residence. A graduate of Princeton University and holding master’s degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Brandeis University, she is recognized as a leading representative of the new generation of American Muslim thinkers and leaders. Ibrahim’s impact at CIRCLE has been immediate and profound. She has seamlessly helped infuse the Muslim perspective into the center’s wide array of offerings, including the newly launched Global Interreligious Leadership master’s track program. “Celene is a multitalented person with a passion for scholarship, teaching, and community building,” said Rabbi Or Rose, one of CIRCLE’s founding co-directors. “In her brief time here, she has already helped students and faculty at Hebrew College to better understand Islamic history and culture, and connect with Muslim organizations in Boston and beyond.” A native of small-town eastern Pennsylvania, Ibrahim was exposed to many different faiths when she attended a United World College school for gifted adolescents from across the globe. She said that experience taught her to value and appreciate the importance of learning from and listening to those of other religious backgrounds. “Interfaith study allows each community to realize what’s particular—what’s special— about who they are and what they value, and their place in the American and global landscapes,” she said. “But there’s also a wonderful exchange as we think through together how to respond to the big issues that face our world today.” CIRCLE’s strength, she added, lies in its “creative spirit” and ability to confront pressing issues head-on—a characteristic that can only be enhanced when the group moves into its new home, CIRCLE House, on the Andover Newton campus this fall. “CIRCLE House can be seen as a soil where one can plant the seed of a good idea, nurture it, and see it grow,” she said.


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Ibrahim with Rabbi Or Rose.


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T EEN ENGAGEM EN T

Rachel Hillman, MJEd’12 Chapter and Regional Effectiveness Director, BBYO International | Washington, D.C. When BBYO chapters across the country need a spark of creativity or a transformative perspective, they turn to Hebrew College alumna Rachel Hillman. As chapter and regional effectiveness director at BBYO, the leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement providing teen programming and leadership development, Hillman travels to chapters and regions from Boston to Los Angeles to address issues such as membership recruitment, programming strategy, and staff training. “We look for areas where the staff or the program have high potential, and try to take results from good to great,” said Hillman, a 2012 Master of Jewish Education graduate. For example, Hillman recently helped the BBYO region in Los Angeles raise its profile by rebranding its message and revamping its annual programming calendar. “Now, instead of BBYO going to Jewish organizations in L.A. and asking if they’d be interested in partnering with us,” Hillman said, “organizations are coming to us.” The L.A. story is emblematic of BBYO’s success in the face of declining religious affiliation among Jewish millennials, as outlined in the 2013 Pew study, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans.” The organization currently serves approximately 18,000 members of AZA and BBG, BBYO’s leadership fraternity and sorority, and tens of thousands more twelve- to eighteen-year-old Jewish boys and girls of all denominations who engage in BBYO programming around the world. “We can quote the Pew study as much as we want—that the Jewish community is dropping off or that we’re struggling to engage people—but here at BBYO, we’re growing every year,” Hillman said. The BBYO model encourages local chapters to decide the amount and nature of its programming, with the teens themselves playing a leading role. Activities range from community-service projects to holiday celebrations to sporting events to travel opportunities—all designed to develop and strengthen one’s character, confidence, leadership skills, and, of course, Jewish identity. Hillman said BBYO’s motto, “More Jewish Teens, More Meaningful Jewish Experiences,” goes to the heart of her work. “I see that as the thread that winds through everything that we do,” she said. “We’re trying to engage as many Jewish high-school students as possible, and we’re creating meaningful Jewish experiences with and for teens for whom BBYO may be the most important Jewish experience they’ve ever had.”


EN D - OF-L I F E CA R E

Barry N. Koslow, J.D. Chair, President, and CEO, DBBL Corp. | Stoughton, Massachusetts As demand for hospice care has risen dramatically over the past decade, the need for trained professionals who provide end-of-life care outside the traditional hospital setting has likewise increased. In recent years, hospitals and medical schools have moved to fill this void within the medical field. Yet few such programs have emerged in the area of pastoral and spiritual care, particularly for clergy working outside of clinical settings. To bridge this gap, Hebrew College, in partnership with Hebrew SeniorLife, is developing a first-of-its-kind certificate program that will bring clergy and healthcare professionals together in an interdisciplinary setting to cultivate the skills and sensitivities necessary to provide integrated, holistic, and pastorally focused support to critically ill individuals and their families. The initiative is being funded in part by DBBL Corp., the former not-for-profit New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Massachusetts, which was acquired by the Steward Group in 2012. DBBL is distributing the charitable assets of the not-for-profit, and chose Hebrew College as one of its significant recipients. Barry Koslow, chair, president, and chief executive officer of DBBL, said it was clear from his first meeting with Rabbinical School dean Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and her colleagues that Hebrew College was the place to launch such a program. “I was impressed by the quality of the thought process in that room,” he said. “If anyone can accomplish this, it’s them.” Students in the program, which will launch in fall 2016, will receive instruction in medical, ethical, spiritual, and therapeutic issues facing end-of-life patients and their families, as well as clinical experience and supervision in palliative and hospice pastoral care. Anisfeld said a key facet of the program is to expand our communal conversation about end-of-life care beyond the final days and weeks of a critically ill patient’s life. “We’re hoping clergy will be able to help make a difference long before a family reaches crisis mode by bringing these conversations into their congregations and their communities earlier on, so people can begin planning and talking to each other about these important choices,” she said. The importance of the program cannot be understated, Koslow added. “There are studies that say, under certain conditions, you may actually live a better quality of life and live longer on average in hospice care than in a hospital,” he said.


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Highlights of the Year NO TA BL E & QUO TA BL E Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, dean of the Rabbinical School, was named in May to the Jerusalem Post’s list of fifty most influential Jews who have impacted the world. Anisfeld was ranked No. 46— directly following writer and political activist Elie Wiesel—for her stewardship of the Rabbinical School, which has ordained seventy rabbis in its first ten years.

From left: Rabbi Michael Shire, Rabbi Lisa Keshet, Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, and Alan Sherman.

New Leadership Team Steers College Hebrew College’s new senior leadership team is taking root. The college this year hired vice presidents in the areas of development and marketing, and appointed a chief academic officer from within its ranks. All report to President Daniel Lehmann. They are Rabbi Lisa Keshet, former director of resource development and public relations at Zefat Academic College in Tzfat, Israel, who joined the college in July as vice president for institutional advancement; Alan Sherman, a senior marketing executive with extensive experience in the technology sector, who began in March as vice president of marketing; and Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education, who in June assumed the additional duties of chief academic officer of the college and dean of Jewish studies. The three officers join Lehmann in forming the senior leadership core that guides strategic planning and sets the academic and administrative policies and standards of the college.

Gap-Year Program Builds on Successful Inaugural Year After a successful first year, Hebrew College’s Hevruta gapyear program is poised for even greater success in 2015–16. The pluralistic program, run in conjunction with the Shalom Hartman Institute, has more than doubled the number of North American participants for the upcoming academic year. Approximately twenty recent highschool graduates from the U.S. and Canada will live and study alongside an equivalent number of Israelis for nine months in Jerusalem, to be followed by a concluding seminar at Hebrew College.

During the course of their studies, Hevruta participants engage in rigorous inquiry and text study, while taking advantage of Jerusalem’s rich intellectual and spiritual resources. The program features extensive cultural, volunteer, and internship opportunities. After completing the program, Hevruta alumni are well-positioned to use their influential voices to shape the Jewish people’s most important conversations and communal decisions.

Brandeis University faculty members Marc Brettler and Shulamit Reinharz and fundraising professional Marsha Katz Slotnick, P’60, BJEd’64 were awarded honorary doctorates at Hebrew College’s ninety-fifth commencement, in June.

Rabbi Arthur Green, Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion and rector of the Rabbinical School, published Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers, an accessible book written for individuals looking to deepen their knowledge and practice of Judaism.

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of Hebrew College, was honored in June for his work as founding headmaster of Gann Academy, a Jewish day school in Waltham, Massachusetts. Lehmann led Gann from 1997 to 2008, when he departed to become the eighth president of Hebrew College.

Rabbi Suzanne Offit, Meah’96, MAJS’09, Rab’09, a member of the Board of Trustees, was elected board chair of the Hadassah Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York City.

Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, was honored by Hebrew College in March for his advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities in the Jewish community and Israel. Ruderman received the college’s S’ftai Tiftach Award at the seventh annual GISHA conference.


Teens Prep for Future in Jewish Philanthropy

Me’ah Graduates Honored at Gala Six graduates of Hebrew College’s Me’ah program were honored in May for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the Greater Boston Jewish community. Michelle Black, Stephen Lebovitz, Rabbi Suzanne Offit, and Mitchell Shames received the inaugural Me’ah Alumni Awards for Community Leadership at the college’s spring gala, which celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Me’ah. Howard Rubin, a former trustee who played a pivotal role in securing the college’s future through a debt restructuring of its campus three years From left: Me’ah Alumni Award honorees Michelle Black, ago, accepted the President’s Award for Stephen Lebowitz, and Mitchell Shames. Community Leadership.   Bernice Lerner, the college’s director of adult learning who helped found the Me’ah program in the 1990s, was presented with the Award for Innovative Leadership in Adult Jewish Learning.

The Jewish Teen Funders Network this year chose Hebrew College, along with Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts, to train and mentor a cohort of fifty Greater Boston high-school students in Jewish philanthropy and communal leadership. The grant was issued under the auspices of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Participants in the program receive twenty-five hours of training grounded in Jewish principles and practices, and then put their new skills into action by forming a grantmaking collective that awards monies to worthy organizations.

Taking Adult Learning to the Grass Roots

New Academic Programs Move College Forward

The first twenty graduates of Hebrew College’s Leaders in Adult Learning initiative have taken their newfound knowledge back to their home communities to facilitate a variety of text-based learning programs. These lay-led offerings, with titles such as “Discovering Genesis: Ancient Stories from Today’s Perspective” and “Dreams and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond,” are designed to empower those new to Torah study to take a step into the pool of Jewish learning. Leaders in Adult Learning was born of Hebrew College’s and CJP’s shared vision to create and support a community of learning through a robust program of adult Jewish education.

Hebrew College this year introduced the nation’s first accelerated cantorial-ordination program and two new master’s-degree concentrations.

Education in addition to cantorial ordination, and are eligible for membership in both the Cantors Assembly and American Conference of Cantors.

Fellowship Guides “Quest for Meaning”

The two new degree concentrations, in global interreligious leadership and arts education, explore the spiritual and creative realms of Jewish education.

Continuing its mission of building bridges between the academy and the community, Hebrew College partnered with CJP and Hillel to offer a spring fellowship program, “Judaism and the Quest for Meaning,” to undergraduates at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Students learned how Jewish seekers in different times and places understood the great existential challenges and possibilities facing them, and explored how these ideas can be helpful in shaping meaningful and responsible lives as Jews in today’s world. Those who completed the program were eligible for a fellowship to engage in a future Jewish educational experience.

The seventy-minute program featured a brief Q&A with the alumni award winners, who reflected on the positive impact Me’ah has had on their personal and professional lives, and a discussion between Hebrew College president Daniel Lehmann and CJP president Barry Shrage, whose organizations co-sponsor Me’ah, on the history and future of the program, considered the premier adult Jewish learning offering in Greater Boston.

Cantorial students are taught drumming.

The Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership program is notable for its accelerated three-year format and novel approach to blending traditional and contemporary styles of music.

The program, more than two years in the making, is a response to the changing role of the cantorate in a modern, pluralistic society. Students will graduate with a Master of Jewish

The global interreligious leadership program, a specialization within the Master of Jewish Liberal Studies, is designed to give current and future religious and cultural leaders the skills they need to serve effectively in an age of unprecedented interfaith interaction. The concentration in arts education, offered as part of the dual Master of Education and Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, is designed for artists and arts educators seeking to consider their work in the context of Jewish history and text.


H E B R E W

C O L L E G E

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F I N A N C I A L S

REVEN UE CATEGORY

Tuition and Fees

AMOUNT

$3,880,000

Grant Income

2,611,000

Contributions

2,254,000

Program Participation Fees

1,029,000

Other Income

317,000

Return on Investment

70,000

TOTAL REVENUE

10%

3% 1% 38%

$10,161,000

22% 26% EXPENSES CATEGORY

Instruction

AMOUNT

$5,467,000

Institutional Support

2,791,000

Student Financial Aid

681,000

Academic Support

472,000

Student Services

301,000

Institutional Advancement

262,000

TOTAL EXPENSES

5% 7%

3% 3%

$9,974,000

27%

55%


P H I L A N T H R O P Y H EBR EW COL L EGE CON T R I BU T IONS A N D GR A N T I NCOM E SU M M A RY (for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015)

4% 2%

40%

18%

NO TA BL E GR A N TS

ANNUAL FUND

General Support Celebrate 2015 Scholarships Total Annual Fund

$1,981,000 188,000 85,000

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, for interreligious education.

2,254,000

GRANT INCOME

Foundation Grants

36%

CJP Grants Total Grant Income TOTAL INCOME

F R I EN DR A I SI NG EV EN TS

872,000 1,739,000 2,611,000

The Avi Chai Foundation, for NETA Hebrew program.

$4,865,000

CJ P SU PP ORT

Harold Grinspoon Foundation, for academic support.

Hebrew College held two successful “friendraising” events at the homes of friends and supporters during fiscal year 2015: BOSTON Date: December 1, 2014 Hosts: Barbara and Leo Karas Program: President Daniel Lehmann in conversation with Rabbinical School students Laura Bellows and Elie Lehmann, “Future Rabbis, New Visions.” BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS Date: May 14, 2015 Hosts: Jamie and Harold Kotler Program: Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, “Teach Us to Number Our Days: Counting the Omer as a Spiritual Practice.”

Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston awarded approximately $1.7 million to Hebrew College during fiscal year 2015, including $1.2 million in grants for the following programs and initiatives:

Legacy Heritage Fund, in support of midcareer fellowships for Master of Jewish Education students.

ADULT LEARNING Eser Leaders in Adult Learning Me’ah Parenting Through a Jewish Lens YOUTH /YOUNG-ADULT EDUCATION Pirkei Dorot travel program Prozdor/Makor program support Tarbut, Quest for Meaning programs YESOD Youth Educator Initiative

Henry Luce Foundation, for interfaith learning and leadership initiatives.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Boston-Haifa Connection Congregational Education Initiative Early Childhood Directors Network Emerging education fellowships Scholarships for Jewish educators

Jewish Teen Funders Network, for teen philanthropy training (with CJP).


P H I L A N T H R O P Y

2015 Honor Roll of Donors We express our gratitude to our donors who support the inspiring academic programs and innovative learning activities that are unique to Hebrew College. Your generosity to the institution and participation in our activities ignite the vitality of the Jewish community for future generations. With pride, we acknowledge our donors who have contributed $250 or more during the 2015 fiscal year.

BENEFACTOR ($100,000 and above) Susan and Aron Ain Mark E. Atkins Terrie and Bradley Bloom Joseph and Rae Gann Charitable Foundation Jamie and Harold G. Kotler Lizbeth and George Krupp Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller z”l and Daniel L. Miller Rabbi Suzanne and Andy Offit Ellen and Steven Segal PATRON ($25,001 to $99,999) Cail Family Foundation Lois and Mickey Cail Faith and Bernard Kaplan Rabbi Arthur and Kathy Green Barbara and Leo Karas Charlotte S. and Theodore H. Teplow Wendy S. and David I. Teplow SUSTAINER ($10,001 to $25,000) Theodore H. Cutler Family Charitable Trust Patti and Louis Grossman Lisa and Stephen Lebovitz Rudnick Charitable Foundation Schwab Charitable Fund Cheryl Spencer Memorial Foundation SUPPORTER ($5,001 to $10,000) Betty Brudnick Chafetz Family Charitable Trust Joseph F. and Clara Ford Foundation Carol R. Goldberg and Avram J. Goldberg Deborah B. Goldberg and Michael Winter Joshua R. Goldberg Estate of Ralph Green Harold Grinspoon Foundation Phyllis and Michael z’’l Hammer Fund Deborah and Geoffrey Kurinsky Lisa S. and Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann Bette Ann Libby and David Begelfer Sara Moss and Michael Gould Ma’ayan G. and Richard E. Sands Gilda and Alfred z’’l Slifka Rosalyn and Richard Slifka Myra L. and Robert Snyder Jane Stiles and Mitchell H. Shames Estate of George Wasserman


FELLOW ($1,801 to $5,000) Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine and Gabriel Sunshine Aronson Foundation Joan and Steven B. Belkin Brookline Bank Nancy Buck and James Sebenius Rachel G. and Laurence Chafetz Lisa Chernin Carol and Carl Chudnofsky Annebelle J. and Arnold J. Cohen Deborah and Ronald Feinstein Renee and Steven Finn Fern Fisher and Jack A. Eiferman Linda and Michael Frieze Annette Furst and L. James Miller Charles Robert Gens Foundation Catharyn and Michael Gildesgame Paula and James Gould Lillian and Richard Gray Reuben A. and Lizzie Grossman Foundation The Richard & Natalie Jacoff Foundation Inc. Rabbi Randy R. Kafka The Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Judith W. and William Kates Roselyn and Edwin Kolodny Sidney Koslow Laura and Rabbi Steven Lewis Irving M. London Andrea F. F. MacLeod and Steven P. Cohen Susan Miron and Burton Fine Beth and Michael Moskowitz Elyse and Howard B. Rubin Rabbi Sonia Saltzman and Ned Saltzman Abraham Shapiro Charity Fund Enid and Mel z’’l Shapiro Marsha Katz Slotnick and Marc A. Slotnick Stephanie and James G. Sokolove Lisa Stewart-Krutter Arlene and Gregory Stoller Naomi R. and Jeffrey F. Stonberg Julius Stulman Foundation Lisa and Neil Wallack Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Nancy K. and Christopher Winship Nicole Zatlyn and Jason L. Weiner Leslie and Kenneth Zises CONTRIBUTOR ($1,000 to $1,800) Lori and Michael Bass Diane and Chester Black Michelle and Darren Black Helaine and William M. Braunig Chelsea Hebrew Free School Endowment Fund

Doris and Jules Cohen Laura Abrahams Cohen and Aaron Cohen Marilyn and Andre Danesh Suzanne and David L. Diamond Janine R. and Jevin S. Eagle Judy Israel Elkin and Rabbi Joshua Elkin Benjamin Feinberg Fund Ruth Ann and Edward B. Feinberg Beth and Richard Fentin Laurie and Paul Gershkowitz Dena and Jason R. Glasgow Beth C. and Lawrence D. Greenberg Judith and Samuel H. Greenblatt Julia Greenstein and Paul Bleicher Jacqueline L. Hallo and David Bunis Ellen Harder and Edward M. Bloom Dorit Harverd and Richard Dale Rand Hoch Paula E. Hyman and Stanley H. Rosenbaum Elizabeth and Daniel J. Jick Judith and Steven Kaye Robert Kolikof Elizabeth and Alan Kopin Jonathan Kramer Ruth Langer and Jonathan D. Sarna Elizabeth L. Lehmann Marcia and Alan Leifer Bernice and Joel Lerner Sheila and Roger Meyer Lisa A. and Bruce H. Micley Myra Musicant and Howard Cohen Jessica and Charles Myers Sidney Offit Ohr Kodesh Congregation Marilyn and Dale Okonow Beth and Eric D. Schlager Pamela and James Schwartz Barbara and Edward Shapiro Gloria Z. and Aaron Silverman Cornelia and Jonathan Small Judith and George Small Marvin Sparrow Hope and Adam Suttin Helen Tager-Flusberg and Martin Flusberg Karen R. and Michael L. Tichnor Marshall Weintraub Genevieve and Justin L. Wyner Leon Zaimes

Marilyn M. Breslau Ellen Kaner Bresnick and William O. Bresnick Naomi and Walter Chucnin Foundation Ellen Cohen-Kaplan and Jeffrey Kaplan Carole and David R. Decter Margie Ross Decter and Adam J. Decter Rena Gray Fein and Robert A. Fein Nancy S. and Neal Foster Zelda and Elkan R. Gamzu Bonnie and Franklin Gold Zelda Goldman and Morton Marks Janet and Mark Gottesman The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation Linda and David Greenseid Geraldine and Lionel Hantman Laurie A. Jacobs Cantor Marcie Maxine Jonas Anna C. and David J. Kanarek William Kavesh Judy and Earle W. Kazis Rachel Kest and Michael Silbert Laura and Barry J. Korobkin Barbara and Alvin Krakow Martha Kvaal Alice and Rabbi Van Lanckton Sara S. Lee Nancy and Bruce M. Leslie Judith and Mark Mannis Betty Morningstar Ruth Nussdorf Abigail R. Ostow and Arthur G. Telegen Silvia and Samuel J. Petuchowski Susan Piland and Ken Gornstein Rabbi Elaine Pollack Rosemary Reiss and Avner Ash Julie Rosen and Gary Belowich Terry Rosenberg and Elliot Schildkrout Elaine and Richard Ruback Catharine D. and David Rush Clifford Seresky Karin Joy and Leo Sprecher Elizabeth Ann Strauss Judith B. and Herman Swartz Millie and Harold Tubman Rabbi Joey Wolf

ASSOCIATE ($500 to $999)

Joanne and L. David Alinsky Liz and Moshe Anisfeld Geila S. and Martin L. Aronson Georgette and Solomon Boucai Susan H. and Leslie Brisman Janet Joyce Buchwald and Joel Moskowitz Lisa G. and Conrad M. Chanzit Louise G. Citron Joyce College and Alan C. Goldman

Rabbi Sharon and Shimon Cohen Anisfeld Susan Leopold Ansin Annette and Kenneth Ashin Beverly G. and Donald Bavly Judith and Alan Bernstein Rachel and Steven N. Braun

FRIEND ($250 to $499)


Allison Toby Cook Emily S. Davis Carol and Richard A. Daynard Richard C. Dimond Madelyn and Bruce Donoff Judy and Allan W. Drachman Jay Epstein Ann and Myron Falchuk Brenda and Harvey Freishtat Laurel Friedman Rebecca C. and Cantor Michael Friedman Rabbi Shoshana M. Friedman and Yotam Schachter Diane F. and Arthur S. Fulman Heather Ganitsky Rita Geller Eva F. and Joshua D. Gutman Lynne E. Heller Zona and Martin B. Hoffman Jill Jacobs and Frederic Haber Elliot Lach Louis Laskey Rene Lehmann Ronnie Levin and Joel Schwartz Annette Lew Louis J. London Cindy B. and Ronald B. Matloff Anne and Rabbi Rim Meirowitz Rabbi Sara Meirowitz and Rabbi David Finkelstein Barry Mesch Arnold R. Miller Helaine Miller Orah Minder-Levin Elaine Hoffman Morris and Ronald A. Morris Alan Oliff Rabbi Daniel B. Price Arlene and Sanford Remz Rabbi Shayna and Jonathan Rhodes Judith L. and Joel J. Rubenstein Jena H. Schaier and Rabbi Hal B. Schevitz Molly Schmitt and Rabbi Jeremy Morrison Jan Moidel Schwartz and Steven B. Schwartz Rumelle Scott Anna L. and Frank J. Shulman Daena M. and Michael M. Silverman Priscilla W. and Geoffrey R. Stein Rabbi Jonah Steinberg Carol Ann and Bernard D. Stollar Philip and Tamar Warburg Barbara and Lester Wax Lois Conn Weinstein and Frederick Weinstein Susanna and Douglas Wood Shoshanah D. and Edward J. Zaritt We make every effort to list all donors accurately. If we made an error with your name or listing, please call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 617-559-8726 so that we may correct our records. This list includes those who made a gift between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Thank you.

COM M U N I T Y PA RT N ER SH I P S We thank our community partners who help support the activities of Hebrew College, and through their generosity contribute to greater funding of our core academic and learning programs. These matching gifts, gifts in kind, and event sponsorships are a great source of community building.

Downtown Learning Series The following individuals supported and hosted downtown learning programs in 2014–15. Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine, University Club Jack Eiferman, Goulston & Storrs Harold G. Kotler, CEO & CIO, GWK Investment Management

Gifts in Kind The following companies and individuals have generously supported programs, events, and operating expenses by in-kind gifts. David Ariel Sarah Burkstein, Sarah’s Garden Marc Fogel Arnold (Asher) Goldstein, z”l, BJEd’58 W. B. Mason Rentals Unlimited Staples

Matching-Gift Organizations The following companies have donated to Hebrew College through their employee matching-gift program, thereby increasing the impact of the gift by both the employer and employee. Chaiminded.org Chevron Matching Employee Fund Fidelity Foundation Matching Gifts to Education Google Matching Gifts Program Johnson & Johnson Raytheon Schwab Charitable Fund


Board of Trustees

Leadership Council of the Board of Overseers

Harold G. Kotler, Meah’99, Chair

Myra L. Snyder, Chair

Geoffrey Kurinsky, Meah’02, Treasurer Chair, Finance Committee

Jill Cohen, Meah’15, Vice Chair

Jack A. Eiferman, Secretary Susan Ain, Meah’02, MAJS’11 Mark Atkins, P’65 Chair, Strategic Planning Committee David Begelfer, Meah’01 Chair, Governance Committee Nancy Buck, Meah’01 Carl Chudnofsky, Meah’06, MAJS’13 Chair, Development Committee Steven Cohen, Meah’98 Louis J. Grossman, Meah’00 Chair, Audit Committee Bernard J. Korman, H’12 George Krupp, H’13 Sara S. Lee Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, President, Hebrew College Daniel L. Miller, Meah’99 Chair, Investment Committee L. James Miller, Meah’09 Rabbi Suzanne Offit, Meah’96, MAJS’09, Rab’09 Steven G. Segal, Meah’09 Myra L. Snyder, Meah’97, MAJS’01, ex-officio James G. Sokolove Gregory L. Stoller Trustees Emeriti Betty Brudnick, P’46, H’10 Mickey Cail, Meah’03, H’06 Ted Cutler, H’02 Theodore Teplow, H’99

Margie Ross Decter, P’85, Secretary Edward M. Bloom, Meah’04 Judith Bolton-Fasman, Meah’05 Dr. Robert Feingold, P’58 Deborah Feinstein, P’79, Meah’99, MAJS’06 Richard Gray Steffi Aronson Karp Joan Rosenberg, Meah’01 Ma’ayan Sands, MAJS’93, Cert’96 Howard Smith Heather Zacker, Meah’99 Prozdor Advisory Committee Ahava Rosenthal, Co-chair Mitchell Jacobson, Co-chair Cheryl Aronson Jill Hai, Meah’00 Lisa Hills Wendy Landon Michael Slater Adam Smith David Strauss


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