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Top Easter And Passover Spots Throughout Greater Boston

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Easter falls late this year. Whether you are celebrating Easter or Passover (or both!), factor one of these sumptuous specials into your culinary plans for this very tasty holiday.

Never missing a beat, Chef Josh Lewin has a splendid surprise for guests at his Charles Street restaurant. Located inside one of Boston’s most cherished Boutique hotels, Beacon Hill Bistro is a highly sought out spot for Easter brunch.

From 10- 4 pm on the 20th of April, diners are welcomed to indulge in a three course prix fix featuring local bounty from New England farms. To start, choose between Sweet Pea Soup with Lemon Crème Fraîche, Crispy Serrano Ham and Mint Oil, Roasted Asparagus Salad with Farm Egg, Spring Dug Parsnip Purée, Onion Confit and Bacon, Rohan Duck Rillettes with Traditional Accompaniments. For the main course, go the sweet route with Brioche French Toast with Native Strawberries, Mint and Chantilly Crème Fraîche, go traditional with Tamworth Ham with Braised Red Cabbage, Pickled Vegetables and Maple Glaze, go vegetarian with Lewin’s Mushroom and Pea Risotto, Parmesan, or go big with the Lamb Shoulder with Minted Green and Roasted Asparagus. Either way you will come out a winner.

For dessert, their usual treat carte will be on hand, good luck choosing between the various pieces of edible art created by Chef Josh with the help of Danielle Mitchell.

$39 pp

The Beehive

Always a wonderful way to enjoy live music and great food, The Beehive presents their Easter Jazz brunch on April the 20th. Chef Marc Orfaly has prepared a three course prix fix menu for diners to indulge in begining nice and early at 9:30 for those of you who simply can't wait until the normal brunch hours. Items include Italian Easter Egg Drop Soup (Stracciatella) or Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs for starters. The featured course involves choices that include Eggs Benedict with Ham, Spinach or Short Ribs and Easter classics such as Blackened Crackling Ham with Citrus, Rum and Raisin Sauce, Spring Peas & Whipped Potatoes, and Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Pesto, Spring Peas & Whipped Potatoes. At $42.95 per person, this includes choice of coffee or tea (tax and gratuity not included). With Easter being a family affair, for children ten and under, The Beehive has a “Little Bee’s Kids Menu” ($14.95) to order from before they go on to the more important happenings of Easter...ahem egg hunts anyone?

For those who are looking for a much later start, The Beehive has you covered here as well with their Easter dinner service from 4 pm- 1am. This service features a la carte options like Braised Short Rib, Roast Blue Cod with spinach butter, mashed potatoes & peas and Duck Au Poivre with schmaltz fried rice, mustard pickles and sauce Diane, Grilled Shrimp and Potato Gnocchi with toasted walnuts, sautéed zucchini and a Sunday Supper Pasta with meatballs and braised short rib - should we have any Boston Marathon runners in the midst.

Jazz musician Renato Malavasi will be playing tunes from 10-1 and again from 1:30-4:30 and trumpeter Phil Grenadier from 8 pm- midnight.

If Easter brunch is more your style, Bistro du Midi has something incredible ready and waiting. In theme with his usual authentic, Provencal cuisine, Chef Robert Sisca has devised a three course brunch special to be served on the 20th, but only the 20th!

Marinated beet salad, tuna tartare, steamed mussels and smoked white asparagus soup are among the first courses. Second course boasts the likes of poached eggs, cured Scottish salmon, American caviar and béarnaise sauce; heirloom gnocchi with haricot verts, pine nuts, preserved lemon and ricotta salata and pan roasted hake, seared prawn, confit fennel and lobster consommé among other dishes which are just as tantalizing. Of course, Easter brunch would not be complete without a little something sweet. As ever, Bistro du Midi follows through right until the end, vanilla mousseline with goat milk caramel and espresso ice cream, lemon pistachio tart with strawberry sorbet or rhubard and berry crumble with basil ice cream.

Beginning your Easter here means your day will be complete right from the start – it’s a sure way to ensure the best Easter yet. ($50 pp)

Tucked away in the Hotel Indigo in Newton, Bokx 109 American Prime is planning something for the whole family to enjoy. Adults can indulge in a three course Easter Brunch with a champagne toast included. Starting with lighter fare like tuna tartare and the Bokx wedge salad. Moving on a ‘short rib benny’ immediately jumps out, but so does their banana bread French toast, hanger steak and eggs and any one of their frittata-style omelets.

As you make and enjoy your choices, the kids can also have their fun, with simple scrambled eggs, tasty French toast or chicken fingers.

For dessert, everyone gets to pick their favorite from the delectable dessert display where a whole number of sweet things will be vying for your undivided attention…a word of advice, give it to them! $45 for the adults and $20 for the children, brunch will be served from 11-3pm on April 20th.

In the South End, the large, red leather and dark wooden interior of Boston Chops begs attention this Easter. Following a basket of warm sticky buns, croissant and scones as well as an assorted fruit plate, dive into the likes of a duck confit omelet, huevos rancheros or lobster benedict. Finish off with a chocolate pistachio cake and enjoy the whole lot amid bottles of bubbly or any of the delicious wines from their extensive list. It’ll be decadent. As it should be. ($40 pp)

Craigie on Main

Chef Tony Maws, chef de cuisine Carl Dooley and the rest of his stellar team at Craigie love all things Passover and Easter-related. They are thus celebrating both! On April 15-16th, in addition to their regular menu(though to ever call Craigie's menu 'regular' would be the understatement of the century..), a selection of Passover inspired eats like Asparagus with Schmaltz and Matzoh Ball Soup and Apricot and Tamarind-braised Beef Short Rib and Matzoh-crusted Halibut.

Should you be unable to attend this Passover extravaganza, definitely look into a spot at their Easter Brunch. Already renowned for having one of the best brunches in town, Chef Tony Maws holds nothing back for this holiday. a 3-course prix fix is offered for adults and children alike. Roast leg of lamb, farro spaghetti and other yummy creations will all be there for your choosing and your enjoyment. $50 dollars per person and kids 12 and under eat for half price. Make your Easter a family affair around a table of delectable dishes.

An important part of the recent restaurant boom in Newton, Cook will be offering a special Passover meal from April 14th-April 21st. In addition to the regular menu, executive Chef Paul Turano has prepared serve three unique takes on traditional Seder fare including Beef and Barley Soup with herb yogurt and preserved lemon, Slow Braised Lamb with cedar roasted asparagus, onion pear puree and matzo gremolata and Flourless Chocolate Cake with orange meringue. This menu is available from 4:30-10 Sunday through Thursday and 4:30-11 Friday through Saturday.

Easter goes the Italian route in the hands of Dante de Magistris at his Cambridge side restaurant – Dante. With an Italian 75 and a Belini to start you off on the right track, follow along with an Italian style quiche (Pizza Chiena), egg ricotta, basket cheese, prosciutto, sopressata, field greens and aged balsamic or a cauliflower bisque (zuppa) with smoked shrimp and hazelnuts. Vermont Spring lamb over tufoli pasta with lamb ragu, grilled cops, egg stuffing, pine nuts and raisins is a first choice among the mains, but so is the scaloppini di pollo with marsala, garlic chives, wild mushrooms and spinach, or Dante’s Italaina eggs benedict – prosciutto, potato toast, grilled rosemary lemon hollandaise, roasted potatoes and tomatoes.

Keeping things simple for dessert, a classic Italian Neapolitan Easter pie – ricotta soft wheat berries, orange blossom and cinnamon gelato will certainly leave you wanting more…

Easter brunch will be served at $55 pp, from 11-3 on the 20th.

Kitchen Kibitz at Hawthorne

From the guys behind Kitchen Kibitz, Boston's newest and only Jewish inspired pop-up concept, it should come as no surprise that they have something brewing for Passover. This event is extra special, held at The Hawthorne on April 13th from 6-8, Naomi Levy of Eastern Standard will be showcasing her cocktail prowess with five non-traditional beverages inspired by various parts of Seder. These cocktails, all created especially for this Passover event, will be paired with Jewish inspired bites and snacks from Kitchen Kibitz creator Jeff Gabel - think bone marrow, pastrami duck, blinis with smoked salmon and many more such tantalizing numbers. The event is strictly 21+, tickets are $64.29 (this includes a processing fee) and can be purchased here.


Chef/owner Anthony Caturano of Prezza in Boston's historic North End is celebrating Pasqua (which is Italian for Easter), from 4 pm - 9 pm on the 20th of April. Make a reservation here to enjoy the following sumptious selections in addition to their regular menu: Gnocchi (San Marzano tomato, parmigiano); Meatballs (tomato, tagliatelle); Fried Clams (cherry peppers); Linguine alle Vongole; Veal Saltimbocca (spinach, roasted potatoes); Chicken Parmigiano (tagliatelle, San Marzano tomato); and, Monkfish, Olives and Potatoes. Who says your Easter plans can't incorporate some Old-World, traditional Italian flair? Stroll the streets of the North End on a Sunday evening - it is usually the best time to do so and no matter how full you are from your Easter meal...there is usually always room for an extra canoli!


Chef Jody Adams presents a special three-course prix fix menu Easter brunch on the 20th of April. From 11 am- 2 pm, adult guests will be started off with a breakfast antipasti including asparagus and salsa verde, parma prosciutto, olive-artichoke relish and burratta and smoked char. Enjoy all of these and other accoutrements with homemade ginger cherry scones, hot crossed buns, Easter cheese focaccia and breadsticks. Second course offers up the choice between Peeky-toe crab tagliatelle, egg-in-a-hole, potato gnocchi, roasted leg of lamb and if you needed more delectable options to choose from! For dessert, Jody Adams' love of Italian cooking is featured in her limoncello baba, rhubard frangipane tart, mixed berries or a chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake. Any combination of selections will ensure an Easter Brunch to remember.

Children need not fret, Jody has a special menu created for them as well. Tenderloin and potatoes, roasted chicken breast and homemade pasta with crab are among their choices. And as usual, their treats are enough to make any adult jealous: ice cream sundae or a simple but delicious cupcake with choclate or buttercream frosting. (Adults $65 and Children $25)

Who says you have to stick to tradition all the time? Why not do something a little different this year and celebrate Passover with a Mexican twist? Over in the Seaport, Rosa Mexicano offers an array of Passover –inspired and Mexican styled dishes. If Matzoh Ball Pozole Soup (Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls), Matzoh-Breaded Chicken Breast (with an arugula, tomato and jicama salad, tamarind vinaigrette and salsa verde), Banana Leaf-Wrapped BBQ Beef Brisket with dried fruit tsimmes and glazed baby carrots and Copa de Mango (Fresh whole mango scooped and filled with dice mangoes and coconut ice cream, topped with raspberry sauce and buñuelos) sound intriguing to you…as they most definitely should, Rosa Mexicano should be on the top of your Passover plans. The Mexican Passover menu will be served from April 14th-April 22nd.

Shake Shack

If you are in the mood for a simple treat, make your way to one of Boston's Shake Shack locations for their Easter special concrete. Available April 17th-April 20th, their Shackbury Easter Egg Concrete involves fresh-made vanilla frozen custard blended with caramel sauce and milk chocolate chunks. Enough said. ($4.25 for a single cup, $6.50 for a double).

Strega Waterfront

Over by the water, organize your Easter plans around a delicious 3 course, prix fixe menu served from 12 p.m.- 10 p.m. at Srega Waterfront. Chef Salvatore Firicano will be dishing up an array of tantalizing treats perfect for a lazy, Easter Sunday. To begin, diners can choose between Prosciutto Bocconcini, freshly made Bocconcini wrapped in prosciutto di parma with roasted red peppers; Oysters Rockefeller, sautéed spinach, parmesan, seasoned Italian breadcrumbs, garlic-lemon aioli; and Wild Mushroom Ravioli, homemade pasta, fresh ricotta, béchamel cream sauce. For entrees, holiday classics such as Honey-Glazed Ham with mashed sweet potatoes and Tuscan vegetables; tender Braised Lamb Shank supported by creamy polenta; Homemade Manicotti stuffed with fresh ricotta, spinach, parmesan and topped with Pomodoro, as well as Parmesan Encrusted Cod nestled atop a seasonal pea and pancetta risotto are the highlighted options. To finish off your meal and take you on to the next part of your day, desserts include house made Easter Bread, topped with crème fraiche and seasonal berries or Ricotta Pie.

Prix Fix priced at $49 a person, reservations recommended.

The Boston Greatest Hits List

Welcome to The Infatuation’s Boston Greatest Hits List.

Obviously you’re familiar with the concept of a “greatest hits” album, but to be clear, this is not just a list of our highest-rated spots. This guide is a carefully-selected collection of the places we think every Bostonian should try at least once - and the restaurants you should prioritize if you’re new to town.

Just like you wouldn’t introduce someone to The Eagles without starting with “Hotel California,” or to The Steve Miller band by playing them that one song they didn’t put on a greatest hits album, we wouldn’t send someone to a new Boston hotspot without sending them to one of these restaurants first. You shouldn’t either.

If you are looking for what’s new, check out our Hit List, a guide to the brand new, recently-opened restaurants worth your time.

Where to Eat Tacos Al Pastor in and Around Boston

From beef tongue in Arlington to carnitas in Somerville to fish tacos near the waterfront to Korean-style galbi short rib tacos in Allston, there’s no deficit of tempting taco destinations in Greater Boston. This map focuses on one particular kind of taco, however: tacos al pastor.

Al pastor is a fusion dish created in Puebla, Mexico, in the 1930s by Lebanese immigrants, who employed the vertical spit-fire technique used to make shawarma, while replacing lamb with pork and flatbreads with tortillas. Al pastor — which translates from Spanish to “shepherd style” — is usually served with pineapple. (The pineapple is sometimes loaded onto the spit along with the pork.)

The spit-fired pork is the star of the show here, and as such limited garnishes are necessary on tacos al pastor: a little onion and cilantro, a squeeze of lime, and an occasional dash of hot sauce go best.

Here are Greater Boston’s best tacos al pastor.

NOTE: A number of Boston restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

Training Spiritual Leaders for the Pulpit and Beyond

We live in a changing Jewish world in which the demands on clergy and the needs for their strong leadership have never been greater. Patterns of Jewish identification and involvement are shifting and people are searching for new ways of connecting to one another and to Jewish life. At Hebrew College, this year’s Class of 5777 – made up of 14 rabbis and cantors – are stepping into this world well-prepared. They each have cultivated a unique approach to Jewish living and spiritual leadership to meet that changing need, and the myriad leadership roles they have accepted speak volumes about the impact they are prepared to have on the Jewish community.

Hebrew College’s rabbinical and cantorial students learn within a supportive pluralistic community, free from denominational strictures. Together with a deep rooting in a traditional text-based education and hands-on internships, they gain the knowledge and practical skills to become the authentic Jewish leaders they want to be – equipped with a broad toolkit to lead and respond across the dynamic Jewish landscape. And the Jewish community is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the newest graduates, as evidenced by the positions they have accepted. This year’s class of 11 new rabbis has a 100 percent placement rate, taking on leadership roles in affiliated and independent congregations, Hillels, day schools, communal institutions and chaplaincy settings in six different states across the country.

Similarly, Hebrew College’s three graduating cantors will be leading diverse Jewish communities across the world including Maine, Canada, and Singapore. “Our graduating cantorial students will be bringing diverse, creative and energetic practices, ideas and musical wisdom to their new positions in the Jewish world,” commented Lynn Torgove, Head of Vocal Arts and Adjunct Instructor at Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music. “It will be a great honor to call them our newest Cantorial colleagues!”

First Rav-Hazzan Among Ordinees Stepping Into Leadership Roles

Hebrew College is also proud to ordain the first graduate of our new Rav-Hazzan (Rabbi-Cantor-Educator) program, Aliza Berger. After ordination, Aliza will become Rabbi/Cantor at Temple Emanuel in Newton, MA – a vibrant Conservative congregation where she has been an intern throughout her final year of study – developing programming for teens and young adults. According to Temple Emanuel’s Senior Rabbi, Wesley Gardenswartz, Aliza is already having a huge impact on the community. “Aliza is a gift from Hashem. She is forward-thinking…and wonderfully results-oriented. Aliza thinks, talks and acts in the language of progress that you can measure,” he says. “Aliza is the Michael Jordan of rabbis. She is a natural talent. She speaks brilliantly. She thinks clearly. She listens empathetically. She sings beautifully.”

Among the positions and communities our newest rabbis and cantors will serve are:

  • Manager of Rabbinic and Lay Education, Shalom Hartman Institute-North America, New York, NY
  • Senior Jewish Educator, Boston University Hillel, Boston, MA
  • Steinhardt Innovation Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Hillel, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rabbi, Congregation Agudas Achim, Attleboro, MA
  • School Director, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont, CA
  • Rabbi, Temple Beth David of the South Shore, Canton MA
  • Associate Director, Svara: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Chicago, IL
  • Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis
  • Rabbi/Cantor, Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA
  • Cantor, Congregation Etz Chaim, Biddeford, ME
  • Cantor, Chavurat Shorah, Pittsburgh, PA and High Holiday Cantor, United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore
  • Jewish educator, Toronto, ON and High Holiday Cantor, Farmington Valley Congregation Emek Shalom, Simsbury, CT

“It is a privilege and a blessing to work with such talented and dedicated students as they shape their distinctive visions for the rabbinate,” said Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld. “We are delighted that our graduates are finding placements throughout Greater Boston and around the country where they can serve diverse communities and individuals and bring their visions and values to life.”​

Success Breeds Success: Talented Incoming Ordination Students

The diverse opportunities a Hebrew College ordination affords is borne out by the record 22 incoming students joining the Rabbinical School and School of Jewish Music this fall – representing the most successful total recruitment season for the two programs since their founding.

The Rabbinical School looks forward to welcoming 17 outstanding future rabbis to campus, bringing the School’s total enrollment to 59 students. The School of Jewish Music will be welcoming five new students. They become the third cohort in the School’s cutting-edge Cantorial Ordination for Spiritual and Educational Leadership (COSEL) program, receiving a Master of Jewish Education degree in addition to cantorial ordination. The streamlined three-year COSEL program, established in 2015, has redefined cantorial education for the twenty-first century, accelerating the pace and intensity of the training that cantors receive to prepare them for positions across the spectrum of contemporary Jewish life.

The new rabbinical students hail from nine different states, including Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, as well as Australia and Canada. Among the incoming students are individuals who grew up in all the major movements of Judaism and the spaces in-between, and come to Hebrew College with strong educational backgrounds and rich professional experiences, including working in Jewish and secular education, urban planning, elder care, communal service and Hillel.

“It is inspiring to welcome such an extraordinary group of people into our Rabbinical School community,” said Rabbi Daniel Klein, the Rabbinical School’s Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Life. “It is an energizing reminder of the importance and resonance in the world of our expansive, creative, yet traditionally rooted approach to Judaism and spiritual leadership.”

The incoming students also recognize the unique opportunity they will have in choosing Hebrew College for their ordination studies. One new student, Amalia Mark, put it this way:

“At every point in my application experience and especially during my rabbinical school interview, I felt that the faculty offered a candid and meaningful reflection of their own Jewish experiences and journey. I was deeply drawn to this honesty as a reflection of my own experiences and beliefs.”

The five entering COSEL students come to Hebrew College from Boston, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with diverse backgrounds and portfolios, ranging from classical musicians to Jewish educators to software engineers. Three completed their undergraduate work in music conservatories. Collectively, they bring passion for Jewish communal life, dedication to Jewish sacred music, and creativity and innovation in their work as future clergy and educators. They join a vibrant and creative COSEL community that is preparing spiritual leaders for the leadership roles our changing Jewish communities demand.

Added Cantor Brian Mayer, Dean of Hebrew College’s School of Jewish Music, “The talent of this group of entering students is tremendous. They bring energy and creativity that we can already see as having a major impact on our school and the broader Jewish community, and we are gratified to welcome our largest class yet. The wind is in our sails.”​

Ordination Programs by the Numbers

Total 2017 Ordinees: 14
Rabbinical: 11 | Cantorial: 3

Total 2017 Ordination Placement Rate: 100%

Total 2017 Incoming Ordination Students: 22
Rabbinical: 17 | Cantorial: 5

Total Ordination Students Enrolled as of Fall 2017: 69
Rabbinical: 59 | Cantorial: 10

Rank of 2017 Incoming Combined Cohort by Size (among 2002-17 cohorts): 1

Learn more about the School of Jewish Music & COSEL Program:

Contact Dean Cantor Dr. Brian Mayer:
[email protected]

About Hebrew College

Founded in 1921, Hebrew College promotes excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity. Its programs include a Rabbinical School, a School of Jewish Music, a School of Jewish Education, and graduate degrees and courses in Jewish studies community education for adult learners and a supplemental Hebrew high school and middle school. For more information, visit

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Women’s Event 4/29-Sounds Amazing.

This woman’s event sounds amazing! If you can make it, do so. Read how one woman made a list of dreams and has achieved 97 of her 101 aspirations!

Ladies, it’s time to make a spring/summer bucket list.

Read more about the event below:

Experience Over 50 Activities Spanning 10 Different and Unique Categories, Specifically Designed for Women with the Goal of Achieving Personal and Professional Dreams

Boston, Mass. (April 19, 2017) Women throughout Greater Boston are invited to “taste test” over 50 different activities spanning 10 unique categories at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The Dreams Tasting Adventure will provide women the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities from dancing and mixology, to writing and business planning, to pursuing a dream to become a chef, sommelier, or yoga instructor — all with the goal of encouraging women to pursue their personal and professional dreams.

“We’re giving over 700 women a forum to network and inspire each other in a lively and motivational atmosphere to discuss each other’s dreams and provide encouragement for each other to pursue those dreams,” said Marci Nault, founder of DreamsCo. “With a wide range of targeted activities, educational classroom sessions and talks on the main stage from women who are leaders in their industry, our attendees will walk out of the Westin with the fire they need to immediately begin pursuing their dreams.”

Janet Kraus, CEO of Peach Co and former head of Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurial Program, will give the keynote speech entitled the “ABC’s of Confidence.” Author Randy Susan Meyers, Morris Media’s (publisher of Where magazine) Regional Vice President of Sales Kristen Standish and MDK Brand Management Founder & Principal Denise Kaigler will give presentations on the main stage, and Fred Astaire Studios will give a performance.

Launched by founder of DreamsCo, Marci Nault, the Dreams Tasting event is a revolutionary concept in the event industry designed to inspire women to break off from the norm of lectures and pamphlets, and instead create a personal and memorable experience. In 2008, Melrose resident Marci Nault had the realization that she was not living life the way she wanted to. She was inspired to make a list of dreams, resulting in 101 aspirations. Since making this list, she has achieved 97 of her dreams including becoming a published author with Simon and Schuster, a dance performer, a competitive figure skater and a solo female world traveler. Now, she is spreading her inspiration first-hand through the Dreams Tasting Adventure. Marci believes all women should make a spring/summer bucket-list filled with their dreams and change their lives.

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30 Boston gang members charged with drug and firearms offenses

BOSTON &ndash Over 300 federal, state and local law enforcement officers carried out arrests and executed search warrants early this morning in Operation Concord, a large-scale collaborative investigation into the violence and distribution of drugs by the Hendry Street and Woodward Avenue gangs and their associates who terrorized residents in the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, Mass., and the Uphams Corner section of Roxbury, Mass. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was an integral part of the operation, working alongside their federal, state and local law enforcement partners in arresting these gang members.

"This effort shows our collective resolve in Boston and the Commonwealth to attack and dismantle these dangerous street gangs," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. "For too long, gangs here and elsewhere have used violence and intimidation to hold communities hostage. As this operation shows, now it's the gang members who have something to fear."

"This community has been in desperate need of reprieve from the violence. We hope the arrests and prosecution of the defendants will quiet the streets and improve the quality of life for all residents," said U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, District of Massachusetts.

"Today is a great day for the hardworking people of Bowdoin-Geneva and Uphams Corner," said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "Thanks to their help, and the help of our law enforcement partners, drugs have been taken from our streets, and these violent individuals who profit from harming others will no longer terrorize our neighborhoods."

Two other defendants are already in custody on federal supervised release violations and one remains a fugitive. Search warrants were executed at 12 locations.

As stated in court documents, the investigation, which involved controlled drug purchases, surveillance and a wiretap, began in the summer of 2011. It is alleged that the defendants have been involved in gang, gun and drug activity in the Bowdoin-Geneva corridor or other areas of Dorchester and Roxbury at the direction of Alexis Hidalgo, 31, of Dorchester, and Jonathan DaSilva, 29, of Roxbury. Wiretap evidence was a crucial component of the investigation and provided investigators with information regarding the alleged partnership between Hidalgo, alleged leader of the Hendry Street gang, and DaSilva, alleged leader of the Woodward Avenue gang.

Hidalgo and DaSilva are alleged to be responsible for the distribution of kilos of crack cocaine and thousands of oxycodone pills throughout greater Boston, as well as hundreds of pounds of marijuana, which they branded as high-grade and sold for up to $5,200 a pound. In a wiretap recording, a "mother-load" shipment of drugs was described in a call intercepted between Hidalgo and his associate. It is alleged that Hidalgo responded by saying, "You just got us indicted bro. If they are listening, I sell weed man."

"From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, the FBI and our law enforcement partners actively analyze and investigate hot spots of gang activity in Massachusetts. As a result, we have concluded several lengthy gang investigations over the past year like today's, which targets the Hendry Street and Woodward Avenue gangs," said Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI, Boston Field Division. "Because of today's multiple arrests, neighborhoods in Boston and several surrounding cities and towns are safer now than they were mere hours ago. Our unified law enforcement goal is to eradicate the scourge of gang activity which adversely impacts the safety of our communities."

"This case demonstrates, working with our law enforcement partners, we are keeping the pressure on violent criminals involved in the drug trade," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We will not tolerate these defendants and others like them from terrorizing our neighborhoods. We are committed to rooting out the bad actors who make our communities unsafe."

"The Massachusetts Department of Correction is committed to working with other criminal justice agencies in a joint effort to ensure public safety," said Luis S. Spencer, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

U.S. Marshal John Gibbons said, "The success of this investigation demonstrates the excellent working relationships the federal government shares with its state and local partners."

Special thanks to Suffolk (Mass.) District Attorney Daniel Conley and members of his office and the numerous local law enforcement agencies who provided substantial cooperation and assistance throughout the course of the investigation and during the execution of the arrests and searches today.

In the News

  • Hebrew College alumnus Rabbi David Cohen-Henriquez`09 is featured in a May 20, 2021 article in the Pensacola News Journal, “Feels like ‘family’: B’nai Israel Pensacola welcomes new rabbi.”
  • Hebrew College alumnus Rabbi Stephen Slater `18 is featured in a May 13, 2021 Jewish Telegraphic Agency story, “Rabbi Stephen Slater talks a lot about God. He credits his Baptist missionary parents.”
  • Keren McGinity, Ph.D., who directed the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement (IFJE) program at Hebrew College, is mentioned in a May 13, 2021 Jewish Telegraphic Agency article, “Most children of intermarriage are being raised Jewish. Their parents hope Jewish institutions notice.”
  • Hebrew College Director of Professional Development Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman’s essay, “The Ground Beneath Our Feet,” is mentioned in a book review of Rooted & Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis in the Anglican Theological Review.
  • Hebrew College’s new photography exhibit, “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” is featured in a May 5, 2021 Boston Globe article, “Hebrew College’s photography exhibit explores faith amid isolation.”
  • Hebrew College’s COVID-19 Youth Commission is featured in a May 4, 2021 Jewish Boston article, “Young Activists Tackle Pandemic-Driven Inequality: The COVID-19 Youth Commission empowers teenagers to make a lasting difference.”
  • Hebrew College’s new photography exhibit, “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” is featured in an April 27, 2021 Jewish Boston article, “A Year of ‘Faith in Isolation’ in Photographs”
  • Hebrew College rabbinical student Jessica Spencer is quoted in an April 22, 2021 The article, “UK’s first cross-communal yeshivah launched: Azara will offer Talmud study in an open and inclusive setting.”
  • Masters of Jewish Education alumnus R abbi Daniel S. Horwitz is featured in an April 19, 2021 Detroit Jewish News article, “Adat Shalom Welcomes New Rabbi Daniel Horwitz.”
  • An image from Hebrew College’s new photography exhibit, “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” appeared as the “Pic of the Day” in the April 19, 2021 eJewishPhilanthropy“Your Daily Phil” newsletter.
  • Hebrew College’s new photography exhibit, “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” was featured in an April 19 Wellesley Townsman article, “Newton photography exhibit examines faith during the pandemic.”
  • Rabbi Or Rose, founding director of the founding director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College, published “Thank you, Howard Thurman: Remembering an American spiritual master,” in Religion News Service on April 9, 2021.
  • Alumnus Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum `13, of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA, blessed Boston’s new mayor, the Honorable Kim Janey, at an interfaith service on March 26, 2021.
  • Hebrew College is featured in the March 23, 2021 The Times of Israel article “Hebrew College announces relocation plan to growing suburban Boston campus.”
  • Hebrew College is featured in the March 23, 2021 Sun Sentinel article “Jewish campus grows in suburban Boston as Hebrew College announces relocation plan.”
  • Hebrew College is featured in the March 22, 2021 the JTA article “A Jewish campus grows in suburban Boston, as Hebrew College announces relocation plan,” which also ran in The Jerusalem Post.
  • Hebrew College is featured in a March 18, 2021 article in The Boston Globe entitled “In Newton, Hebrew College to relocate to Temple Reyim as part of ‘shared campus.’”
  • Hebrew College and Temple Reyim’s announcement of a shared campus was posted on WickedLocal on March 18, 2021.
  • Hebrew College alumnus Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal `19 of Temple Beth Shalom in Melrose is featured in the March 11, 2021 Jewish Journal article, “Melrose rabbi named an 18Doors Rukin Rabbinic Fellow.”
  • Hebrew College alumnus Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum `13 of Temple Beth Zion in Brookline is featured in the March 11, 2021 Jewish Journal article, “Hadassah Boston’s virtual ‘Not Your Bubbe’s Seder’ Attracts Over 100 Members.”
  • Hebrew College’s Passover Companion is featured in “Seek Freedom Through Strength,” in the March/ Nissan Days of Gratitude newsletter.
  • Hebrew College plan to move to Temple Reyim’s campus in Newton, Mass., and, with Temple Reyim, to create a hub of Jewish life and learning, was featured in the March 17, 2021 eJewish Philanthropy “Your Daily Phil.”
  • Cantor Becky Khitrik `14 has recorded a new album, Rooted Lullaby, of original songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, and English.
  • Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green has been awarded the Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award for Judaism for the World: Reflec­tions on God, Life, and Love (Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press) in the cat­e­go­ry of “Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ish Life and Prac­tice in Mem­o­ry of Myra H. Kraft.”
  • Rabbi Josh Weisman`19 co-wrote the article “New beginnings – Tu BiShvat and the Climate Crises,” which appeared in the January 13, 2021 issue of eJewish Philanthropy. His article “Five Reasons Why Climate Change is an Essential Issue for Jewish Families” appeared in the January 27, 2021 issue of Kveller.
  • Rabbi Adam Lavitt`12 was featured in a January 13, 2021 The New York Times article entitled, “Can Spiritual Directors Help?”
  • Hebrew College alumnus and Board of Trustees Member and Carl Chudnofsky and Director of Development Rosa Kramer Franck published an article in the January 8, 2021 eJewishPhilanthropy, “Now More Than Ever: Why Support Institutions of Jewish Learning and Leadership During a Pandemic?”
  • Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum`13 published a Torah commentary on, “Parashat Shemot: The Essential Name of God,” on January 7, 2021.
  • Rabbinical student Aron Wander published “Reconceptualizing Resistance” on on January 4, 2021.
  • Rabbinical School alumniRabbi Avi Killip`14 and Rabbi Avi Strausberg `15, both of Hadar, were interviewed on the January 4, 2020 Jewish Boston “Vibe of the Tribe Podcast: It Is Talmud, and We Must Learn.”
  • Rabba Claudia Marbach, Director of Teen Beit Midrash of Hebrew College, was quoted in the January 4, 2021 Table Magazine article “Women’s Talmud Study Picks Up During the Pandemic.”
  • The article “Teaching My Child to Love a Dying World” by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman`14, Rabbinical School director of Professional Development, was published in the January 1, 2021 issue of The New York Times.
  • Rabbinical Student Willemina Davidson was featured in the December 31 Jewish Journal, “Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Vayechi with Willemina Davidson.”
  • Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum`13 was a featured guest on the last 2020 episode of Tablet Magazine’s Unorthodox podcast entitled “Shalom 2020.”
  • Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Sarah Mulhern co-wrote the article “Gender and Titles,” which appeared in the December 14, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Seth Jason Goldweig, PhD, vice principal at The Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto and 2019 graduate of the joint Hebrew College-Lesley University PhD program, had his dissertation “Leadership Perspectives on the Financial Sustainability of Non-Orthodox Jewish Day Schools in Toronto” published in the Journal of Jewish Education on December 5, 2020.
  • Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Julia Appel `11 has been appointed Director of Innovation Training and Curriculum, at Clal – The National Jewish Center For Learning And Leadership.
  • Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Salem Pearce`18 published an opinion piece on the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) website on October 28, 2020, “Straight rabbis need to offer LGBTQ Jews so much more than just wedding ceremonies.”
  • Rabbinical School alumna Rabbi Sarah Mulhern`17 is mentioned in an October 28, 2020 Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) story, “A small but growing number of Orthodox rabbis are officiating same-sex weddings.”
  • Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green is featured in an October 16, 2020 Jewish Telegraphic Agency interview, “Rabbi Art Green (still) believes Hasidic ideas are key to a vibrant modern Judaism.”
  • Rabbi Becky Silverstein `14, co-wrote “The Kranjec Test: A Response,” in the October 7, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Josh Breindel `09 was quoted in an October 7, 2020 Tablet article, “The Great Streaming Experiment.”
  • Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose spoke about his new book, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: Essential Teachings (Modern Spiritual Masters) for Bronfman Fellows in September 2020. Rabbi Rose is also a Bronfman faculty member. Watch here.
  • Hebrew College alumni Rabbi Alison Adler `08, Rabbi David Cohen-Henriquez `09, Rabbi Steven Lewis `11, and Cantor Vera Broekhuysen `16 were featured in the September 17 Jewish Journal.
  • A Rosh Hashanah prayer walk led by Temple Beth El Birmingham Rabbi Stephen Slater `18 was featured in the September 24 Bham Now newsletter, “How this Birmingham synagogue reinvented its New Year celebration + takeaways for other religious holidays anywhere.”
  • A drive-in Rosh Hashanah shofar service led by Congregation Beth El Sudbury Rabbi Josh Breindel `09 was featured in a photo essay in the September 20 MetroWest Daily News.
  • Open Circle Jewish Learning DirectorLinna Ettinger `12 published an article in the September 22 issue of eJewishPhilanthopy, “Nourishing Hope and Connection by Exploring the Bounty of our Past.”
  • Dean of Students Rabbi Daniel Klein`10 was quoted in the September 18 The New York Times article “A Holiday Season of Renewal in a Year of Uncertainty and Loss.”
  • Cantor Jennifer Boyle`20 was featured in the September 15, 2020 Connecticut Voices Town Times and September 17, 2020 Shoreline Times articles “I realized that Judaism was really calling to me: Temple Beth Tikva Cantor, former Catholic.”
  • Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was featured in the September 5, 2020 The Forward article “Are we Gods Partners?” The piece is part of Still Small Voice: 18 Questions about God, a 2020 Forward series about faith.
  • Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green is quoted in the September 1, 2020 Jerusalem Post article, “‘Rabenu’ Looks at Rabbi Nahman and his followers.”
  • Hebrew College Vice President of Community Education Susie Tanchel is featured in a August 31 Wicked Local Newton article, “Tanchel joins Hebrew College.”
  • The Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College is mentioned in an August 19 article in The Jewish Advocate, “Hebrew College launches interfaith program for high school students.”
  • The PsalmSeason blog “PsalmSeason: A Soundtrack for a Time of Upheaval” by Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose and Interfaith Youth Core Director Rev. Paul Raushenbush was published on the Wabash Center’s website on August 5, 2020.
  • Rabbinical student Giulia Fleishman was featured in the August 5, 2020 MVNews article “Have Faith: One Woman’s Judaism. Giulia Fleishman talks about what being Jewish means to her.”
  • Rabbi Dan Judson, dean of graduate leadership programs at Hebrew College, was featured in a July 30, 2020 JTA News article “The pandemic’s first High Holiday season has synagogues wondering: Will people pay dues?”
  • Hebrew College President, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, was quoted in the July 28, 2020 Newton Tab article “Newton’s Hebrew College reviews budget, sees increased enrollment.”
  • Rabbi Suzanne Offit `09 and Hebrew College’s “Time to Mourn: Grieving Together In the Time of COVID” online event were featured in a July 14, 2020 The Times of Israel article entitled “Boston Jews inaugurate COVID-19 memorial to help cope with ‘insurmountable loss’” and a July 17, 2020 Jewish Telegraphic Agency article entitled “As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Boston’s Jewish community unveils a memorial to its victims.”
  • Rabbi Bryan Mann `18 appeared in a July 14 Mid-Hudson News article. Rabbi Mann was named Director of Jewish Student Life at Vassar College.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson, dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, is mentioned in a July 14 Forward article, “Will Rosh Hashanah 5781 come with a paywall?”
  • Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose discussed the PsalmSeason project on the July 12, 2020 episode of Chagigah radio.
  • Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose and the PsalmSeason project were featured in the July 5, 2020 Religious News Service article ” An outsider’s encounter with the psalms.”
  • Hebrew College alumna Cantor Jennifer Boyle `20 was featured in an article in the July 2020 issue of Shalom New Haven, “Cantor Jennifer Boyle Joins Temple Beth Tikvah.”
  • Incoming rabbinical studentLawrence Dreyfuss shares his decision to become a rabbi in a June 22, 2020 article in The Forward, “Changing course in the middle of a pandemic.”
  • Rabbinical school alumnus Rabbi James Kahn `09 was featured in a June 2020 episode of the podcast “Judaism Unbound” entitled “The Cannabis Rabbi.“
  • Tom Reid, Associate Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, was recognized in an June 25, 2020, article in The Presbyterian Outlook, “Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognition Award recipients recognized.” Reid received the Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognition Award from the Presbyterian Church.
  • The article “Experiential Education is a Pedagogy, Not a Place,” co-written by rabbinical student Amalia Mark, was published in the June 25, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • On June 18, 2020, Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld spoke at the JCDS Virtual event honoring outgoing Head of School Dr. Susie Tanchel. Dr. Tanchel will be joining Hebrew College in August 2020.
  • “Starting a School in the Time if Coronavirus: Lessons Learned,” an article co-written by Hebrew College 2017 EdD alumna Dr. Sara Levy, was published in the June 18, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green‘s latest book, a collaboration with Dr. Ariel Mayse, was featured in the June 17, 2020 Jewish Journal article “Chasidism Taught Through A Modern Lens in Two-Volumes.” Hebrew College faculty member Rabbi Ebn Leader’s essay in the book was also featured in the article.
  • Hebrew College’s online graduation ceremony was featured in a June 17, 2020 article in The Jewish Advocate, “Hebrew College ordains 10 rabbis, 3 cantors,” and a June 15, 2020 article in the Newton TAB, “Hebrew College ordains new rabbis and cantors in online ceremonies.
  • The Hebrew College clergy team of Samuel Blumberg, rabbinical student, and Cantor David Wolff `20 were featured in a Temple Beth Am June article entitled ” Temple Beth Am Welcomes New Clergy Team.”
  • Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum `13 spoke at a special memorial service from Bethel AME Chruch in Jamaica Plain on June 7, 2020. An article and a recording on the service appeared on the Boston WCVB-TV website.
  • Shoolman Associate Dean Dr. Deborah Skolnick Einhorn‘s article “Business as Unusual” was published on The Wabash Center’s blog on May 29, 2020.
  • Hebrew College President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld discusses faith in the time of COVID-19 in a video on the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge YouTube channel’s Jewish Stories: Jewish Strength Series.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was quoted in the April 29, 2020 JTA article “‘Keeping the Faith’ is 20 years old. Rabbis and priests look back at the interfaith romcom that was ahead of its time.”
  • Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire‘s article “Responding to the Questions of Uncertainty Online” was featured in the May 12, 2020 issue of the Wabash Center website. He will also be featured on the Wabash Center’s “Dialogue on Teaching” podcast on May 19, 2020.
  • An article on Jewish childhood by Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer, was published in the The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies Four-Volume Set (Editor: Daniel Thomas Cook, Rutgers University—Camden, NJ).
  • Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Director of the Hebrew College Innovation Lab, participated in a conversation on “Faith And Purpose During The Coronavirus Pandemic,” that aired on WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley on Sunday, April 26, 2020.
  • Lex Rofeberg, MJEd`18, is featured in an April 24, 2020 JTA article, “From prayers to puppets: A one-stop shop for Jewish livestreams aims to outlast the pandemic.”
  • An interview with Dr. Celene Ibrahim, a member of the Advisory Council for the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College, appeared on the State of Formation website on April 22, 2020.
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, Can`17, of Temple Emanuel of Newton, was quoted in an April 16, 2020 story on WBUR 90.9 FM, “Religious Leaders Seeing More Participation And Generosity Despite Social Distancing.”
  • Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is quoted in a April 8, 2020 Boston Herald article, “Easter services, Passover seders go virtual amid pandemic.”
  • Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose‘s article “Building Bridges of Compassion: Preparing for Passover & Easter Virtually” was published in the April 7, 2020 issue of
  • Hebrew College rabbinical alumna Rabbi Hannah Orden was featured in the March 18, 2020 The New Jersey News article “Synagogues get creative with worship.”
  • An article entitled “Are We Being Naïve About Live-Streaming Services?” by cantorial student Marc Stober appeared in the March 17, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose‘s article “Life in the ‘World House’: Cultivating Leaders for a Pluralistic Age” appeared in the March 2, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Miller Center Associate Director Tom Reid will be awarded The Ecumenical Service Recognition Award at General Assembly for his work with the Miller Center for Interreligious Leadership & Learning at Hebrew College. He will be honored at the 224th meeting of the General Assembly in Baltimore on June 23, 2020.
  • Rabbi Or Rose’s article “Life in the ‘World House””: Cultivating Leaders for a Pluralistic Age” appeared in the Feburary 19, 2020 issues of
  • Rabbi Josh Weisman, Rab`18, co-authored the article “The Urgency of Now: Building Community by Connecting Values in Action” which appeared in the February 19, 2020 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • The article “Cantor Seeks Justice in Guatemala” by Hebrew College alumna Cantor Vera Broekhuysen appeared in the February 19, 2020 issue of The Jewish Advocate (subscription only).
  • Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Rab`12 co-authored an article in the February 12, 2020 issue of eJewishPhilanthropy, “A Deeper Kind of Professional Development.”
  • Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Greenwas interviewed on February 13, 2020 on Israeli Radio’s “Esh Zara” with host Nadav Halperin.
  • Hebrew College President Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was featured in a January 30, 2020 Jewish Journal article entitled “After campus sale, Hebrew College awaits big changes.”
  • Former Cantorial program Dean Cantor Dr. Brian Mayer‘s “This I Believe” essay reflecting on the friendship between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel 55 years after they marched together from Selma appeared on NPR Jan. 15, 2020.
  • The Rabbinical School of Hebrew College is mentioned in a December 11, 2019 Jewish Advocate article entitled “Regional groups join sustainability initiative.”
  • The Hebrew College website won a merit honor in the 2019 Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition.
  • Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Can`16, spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El in Haverhill, Massachusetts, has been named a Global Justice Fellow by the American Jewish World Service, according to an article in the Dec. 12, 2019 Haverhill Gazette.
  • Rabbi Sarah Tasman, Rab`12 was featured in the Nov. 25, 2019 Louisville Jewish Community Newspaper Online article “Sarah Tasman returns home, talks creativity at AJ, Spirit of Sophia.”
  • Cantor Becky Khitrik, Can`14, is featured in a Nov. 20, 2019 Wicked Local Sharon article, “Temple Sinai of Sharon installs new cantor.”
  • “A New Hasidism: Study, Reflection, and Celebration,” Hebrew College’s day of learning and music in honor of Hebrew College Rector Rabbi Art Green and Dr. Ariel Mayse’s new work on Neo-Hasidism, was featured in the Nov. 20, 2019 Jewish Advocate.
  • Rachel Raz, MJEd`06, Director of the Hebrew College Early Childhood Institute, is mentioned in a November 20, 2019 article entitled “Postage stamps feature first Torah in space, support documentary.” She is also mentioned in a Dec. 13, 2019 Picayune Current article with the same headline.
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Dan Judson is mentioned in an October 21, 2019 URI Today article,”Dean of Hebrew College Rabbinical School to discuss Judaism in America at URI’s Honors Colloquium, Oct. 29.” Rabbi Dan Judson’s lecture part of the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium, “Religion in America.”
  • Hebrew College’s cantorial program, students, and alumni were featured in the October 11, 2019 the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent article “The Cantorate’s Future is Bright at Hebrew College.”
  • Hebrew College alumnus Rabbi Joseph Berman, Rab`10, was quoted in a Sept. 28, 2019 Washington Post article, “During the Jewish High Holidays, there’s a growing awareness that not all U.S. Jews are white.”
  • Hebrew College President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was quoted in a Sept. 11, 2019 The Jewish Advocate article entitled “Hebrew College raises $2 million.”
  • Rabbinical student Alex Matthews was featured in an August 28, 2019 The Jewish Advocate article entitled “A new leader for Newburyport’s Ahavas Achim.”
  • An article by Early Childhood Institute Assistant Director Linna Ettinger entitled “In Which Society will our Children Flourish and Thrive” was published in the August 25, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • An article by Jarad Matas, JLDC`14, entitled “Are Your Students Partners in Creation?” appeared in the August 25, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Misha Clebanar, Rab`19, was featured in the August 22, 2019 article “J-Wire: Digital Jewish News Daily for Australia and New Zealand” article entitled NSTE Welcomes Rabbi Clebaner.
  • Rabbi Art Green‘s article “Trump Doesn’t Understand American Jews. We Will Always See Him as a Greater Threat than the Left” was published in the Aug. 21, 2019 issue of The Forward.”
  • Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal, Rab`19, was featured in an August 20, 2019 Wicked Local article entitled “Melrose, Temple Beth Shalom welcomes Rabbi Jessica Lowenthal.”
  • Hebrew College Board of Trustees member, Tara Mohr, was mentioned in the August 13, 2019 eJewish Philanthropy article “The Look on his Face was the Data We Needed” for her research on job application gender equity.
  • Incoming Rabbinical School of Hebrew College student Beni Summers was profiled in an August 9, 2019 Jewish Journal article entitled “The Millennials: Beni Summers.”
  • President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld and her poem “Prayer for Immigrant Children and Families” was featured in an Aug. 7 Jewish Journal article entitled “Bend the Arc’s Jeremiah Fellows Fight for Immigration, Criminal and Housing Justice.”
  • The article “Function, Form, and the Future of Jewish Life” by Rabbi Ayalon Eliach, Rab`18, was published the July 31, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Hebrew College Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, published two pieces in summer 2019: “Why It Was So Hard to Say #MeToo And What I Learned When I Finally Did,” AJS Perspectives, the Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies (Spring/Summer 2019) and Review of Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination, Journal of Jewish Identities, July 2019, Vol. 12:2.
  • Rabbi Jim Morgan, Rab`08, of Hebrew SeniorLife was featured in the July 15 Newton Tab article “A blessing of the f(l)eet: Brookline seniors celebrate mobility.”
  • An article written by Rabbi Michael Shire and Dr. Deborah Skolnick Einhorn entitled “The Master’s Degree as a Way to Deepen the Talent and Motivation of Teachers” appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of HaYidion.
  • The Judaism Unbound bonus podcast episode “Communal Singing” with Rabbis David Fainsilber and Jessica Kate Meyer” (that was recorded live at Hebrew College during the Rabbinical School’s Winter Seminar in January 2019 ) was released on June 5, 2019.
  • Hebrew College’s new leadership hires — Dr. Susie Tanchel and Dr. Jeffrey Summit — were featured in the June 3, 2019 “Comings & Goings” section of eJewish Philanthropy and the June 6, 2019 issue of The Jewish Advocate.
  • Rabbi Ayalon Eliach, Rab`18, was featured in the May 31 podcast episode of “Judaism Unbound” entitled “Judaism with Purpose(s).
  • Rabbinical student Giulia Fleishman and her work with on a collaborative b’nai mitzvah program with 2Life Communities & Hebrew College for seniors was featured in Tablet Magazine on May 29, 2019, on WGBH TV and Radio Boston on May 22, 2019, WBUR Boston Radio on May 10, 2019 and in a May 7, 2019 Newton Tab article entitled, “Newton senior excited for bat mitzvah ceremony.”
  • Rabbinical School alum Rabbi Becky Silverstein was featured in a May 14, 2019 article entitled “Three Area Leaders Are Awarded Schusterman Fellowships.”
  • Rabbinical Student Lisa Feld was featured in the May 8, 2019 Florida Jewish Journal article “Is the Jewish world ready for a new holiday?” about initiative to create a new holiday called Yom HaTzedek – Day of Justice.
  • Celene Ibrahim, member of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership Advisory Council, was featured in a May 6, 2019 New Haven Register article entitled, “Muslim chaplain bring message of unity, hospitality.”
  • Jeff Finkelstein, Prz`86, CEO and President of the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation, was featured in an April 22 article “Pittsbugh community representative will light torch” about his being chosen to carry the Diaspora Beacon at Israel’s 71st Independence Day.
  • Early Childhood Institute Assistant Director Linna Ettinger’s article “Setting the Table for Life” appeared in the April 15 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbinical School alums Rabbi Becky Silverstein, Rab`1,4 & Rabbi Avi Killip, Rab`14, were featured in the April 8 eJewish Philanthropy article “Schusterman Family Foundation Annouces 27 Outstanding Fellows For Global Leadership Program” on their selection in the next cohort of Schusterman Fellows!
  • Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership was featured in an April 3 The Boston Globe article entitled, “Hebrew College receives $250,000 grant for interfaith fellowship.”
  • A story about the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation’s $250,000 grant to the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College appeared in the March 15, 2019 Religious News Service.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson, Rabbinical School Dean, is featured in the March 5, 2019 eJewish Philanthropy article “You Got Rid of What? – Synagogues and Money.”
  • The article “The Big Jewish Question On My Mind: Where am I Complicit in Perpetuating Bias?” by Shoolman School MJEd graduate Andrea Kasper, Head of School at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, was published in the Feb. 19, 2019 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Eser‘s “The Nosh: Jewish Stories Told Live” event was featured in a February 7, 2019 The Jewish Journal article “At Mamaleh’s in Cambridge, millennial Jewish nosh and schmooze.”
  • Rabbinical School Rector Rabbi Arthur Green was quoted in a January 24, 2019 The Jewish Journal article entitled “Learning from friends: The spirit of havurah is alive and well.”
  • The article “Is the Autumn Ingathering Festival the Beginning, Middle, or End of the Year?” by Harvey Bock, Hebrew Language Coordinator, in the Rabbinical School was published on February 4, 2019 in
  • President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is quoted in a February 1, 2019 The Boston Globe article entitled “Hebrew College launches new dual degree program.” In the article, which describes Hebrew College’s partnership with the Pardes Institute in Israel and the College’s current strategic planning work, she says the College is “a really vibrant center of intellectual, spiritual, and communal engagement” and “the core mission of educating and inspiring Jewish learners and Jewish leaders to create a spiritually vibrant, pluralistic, purposeful Jewish community … is not going anywhere.”
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in the January 21, 2019 JewishBoston.con article “Keren McGinity’s #MeToo Moment.”
  • An excerpt from President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld‘s Installation speech “A Sacred Mission Now” was published in the Winter/Spring 2019 issue of Lilith Magazine.
  • Chief Academic Officer, Rabbi Michael Shire, was mentioned in the December 19, 2018 eJewish Philanthropy article “Striving for Shlemut: An Emerging Approach to Jewish Education” for his work on the Fellowship in Educating for Applied Jewish Wisdom, made possible by the support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah and the William Davidson Foundation.
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Dan Judson was the featured guest on two episodes of the podcast Judaism Unbound. The first, entitled “From Selling Dues to Temple Pews” aired on December 7, 2018. The second, entitled “Pennies from Heaven…and Building Upkeep,” aired on December 14, 2018.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in the December 7, 2018 issue of The Forward in the article “Giving A Jewish Response To #MeToo.”
  • Rabbi Daniel Klein, Rab`10, Rabbinical School Associate Dean of Admissions & Student Life, was the guest on WBUR’s Radio Boston on December 6, 2018. He spoke about celebrating the season of miracles in the aftermath of the November 2018 tragic happening at Etz Chaim in Pittsburg.
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, Can`17 received a CJP Chai in the Hub 2019 Award. She is among 10 young adults being honored by CJP on Feb. 9, 2019 for the amazing things personally and professionally to better Greater Boston’s Jewish community.
  • On November 23, 2018, Cantor Dara Rosenblatt, Can`18, was featured in the Richmond, VA’s WVTR-TV nightly news piece “Day aims to show ‘love conquers all’ in Virginia.” The event brought together faith leaders from different backgrounds for a first-of-its-kind event focused on love and acceptance following Virginia state lawmakers passage of a bill declaring the day after Thanksgiving as “I am My brother’s and sister’s keeper Day.”
  • A November 29, 2018 Weston Wicked Local article featured Emily Rubin, a participant in Hebrew College’s Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB), who earned a Rotary Award for her community work.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was quoted in the November 21, 2018 The New York Jewish Week article “Interfaith Families Increasingly Jewish.”
  • On November 14, 2018, Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Jewish Studio Project (JSP) in Berkeley, CA, received the Covenant Foundation’s 2018 Pomegranate Prize, a prestigious award recognizing five rising leaders in the field of Jewish education. The cohort includes educators working in diverse settings across the country from Berkeley to Boston, each bringing fresh promise and deep commitment to continually elevating Jewish learning.
  • Rabbinical School Rector Rabbi Arthur Green’s piece “American Jews After Pittsburg: Where do we stand?” appeared in the November 7, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Hebrew College Chief Academic Officer Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire’s article “What Studying Text can Teach Us About Our Place in the World” appeared in the November 2, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Ayalon Eliach, Rab`18 co-authored the articles “Should You Get Election Day Off? This Jewish Organization Says Yes” and “Can Jewish Wisdom Help Save Democracy” in the October 23, 2018 issue of The Forward and the October 22, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy respectively.
  • Rabbinical student Sarah Noyo was featured in an October 19, 2018 story in the Worcester Telegram entitled “Reb Noyo shring love of Judaism.”
  • Rabbinical student Rachel Putterman and Gita Karasov and the All Genders Wrap project were featured in the October 19, 2018 The Forward article “Laying Tefillin Isn’t Just For Straight Men Anymore.“
  • The Hebrew College Presidential Installation Ceremony was featured in an October 16 Boston Globe article entitled Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Installed as first female president of Hebrew College, an October 16, 2018 JTA News Brief article entitled Hebrew College installs its first female president, an October 16, 2018 article in The Newton Tab entitled Hebrew College in Newton Installs First Female President,and an October 18, 2018 The Jewish Journal article entitled Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld installed as president of Hebrew College.
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Dan Judson was quoted in the Oct. 4, 2018 Jewish Journal article “Shirat Hayam announces move to voluntary dues.”
  • President Sharon Cohen Anisfeld is mentioned in an Oct. 8, 2018 Jewish Journal article about Harvard University’s new President Larry Bacow. The article, entitled, “Bacow bring Jewish spirit of inclusion to Harvard community,” mentions Bacow’s Hebrew College connections, including his service on the Board of Trustees, his 2004 honorary degree from the College, and his attendance at President Anisfeld’s inauguration on Oct. 15, 2018.
  • Rabbinical School alum Rabbi David Cohen Henriquez was featured in the Oct. 4, 2018 Jewish Journal article “ Being God’s hands: three faiths unite to end hunger on the North Shore.
  • The article “The Legacy of My Jewish Education: Lessons for Today” by Paula Jacobs, graduate of Hebrew Teachers College (now Hebrew College) appeared in the Oct. 8, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • The 5779 Kol Nidre sermon delivered by Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14 to the Berkeley Community appeared in the October 5, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy. The sermon was entitled, “Turn it and Turn it: Text Study as a Practice for Life.”
  • Rabbinical student Misha Clebaner‘s piece “How my (Prayer) Life Changed When I Stopped Trying to Change” appeared in the October 8, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program (IFJE) was featured in an October 4, 2018 article in The Times of Israel Jewish Week entitled, “For Young Jews, Kavanaugh hearings are a ‘Wake-up Call.'”
  • Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14, co-founder of The Jewish Studio Project, was featured in The Jerusalem Post article “Wrestling with faith” on Sept. 6, 2018.
  • Rabbi Phil Bressler, Rab`18 was featured in a Sept. 24, 2018 article in the Corvallis Gazette & Times entitled, “A different kind of rabbi.” Bressler is the rabbi at Temple Beit Am in Corvallis, OR.
  • Rabbi Bryan Mann, Rab`18, was featured in a Sept. 26, 2018 Tampa Bay Times article entitled “Rainbow yarmulke signals arrival of new rabbi at Brandon’s Beth Shalom.” Mann serves Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon, FL.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of Hebrew College’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program (IFJE) was featured in a a September 17, 2018 article in Moment Magazine entitled, “What’s the best way to say #MeToo?”
  • Rabbinical School alum Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz, Rab`10 and her eco-friendly tashlich practice were featured in a September 4, 2018 JTA article entitled “A Jewish atonement ritual (not the chicken one) gets an eco-friendly makeover.” s Sara Gardner was featured in the September 3, 2018 issue of The Forward in an article entitled “For Centuries, Spanish Jews Have Held Rosh Hashanah Seders” for her research on Sepharidic Jewish food and and her recently published cookbook, “The Rosh Hashanah Seder Cookbook: Stories & Recipes From the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid.”
  • Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Can`16, was featured on the front page of the July 20, 2018 The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only) in a story entitled “Area clergy protest separation at US-Mexico border.”
  • Rabbi Josh Breindel, Rabbinical School grad, was featured in an August 2018 Metrowest Daily News article entitled “New Sudbury rabbi aims to show Judaism as ‘vibrant’.”
  • Rabbinical School 2009 alumna Rabbi Alyson Solomon was interviewed in a August 3, 2018 JTA article entitled “Living with the Volume Turned Up.”
  • Rabbinical School alumnus and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens instructor Rabbi Philip Sherman‘s article “Gratitude in the Morning” was featured in the July 12, 2018 issue of and Director of Learning and Strategic Communications at the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah Ayalon Eliach’s article “Learning Together and from Jewish Wisdom to Elevate American Democracy” was published in the April 25, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity’s piece “American Jewry’s #MeToo Problem: A First-Person Encounter” appeared in the July 5, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program was featured in an April 13, 2018 article in the Omaha Jewish Press entitled, “Interfaith Marriage Historian Keren McGinity Scholar-in-Residence at Beth El.”
  • President-Elect Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld was featured in a February 13, 2018 article in The Forward entitled “An Interview with Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, the First Woman to Head Hebrew College.”
  • Rabbi Dan Judson’s appointment as the new Dean of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College was featured in the January 26, 2018 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education and the January 5, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy. Director Rachel Raz‘s article “Another Kind of Birthright” appeared in the January 24, 2018 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab`14 and The Jewish Studio Project, which she, co-founded with her husband Jeff Kasowitz, were featured in a January 11, 2018 JTA article entitled, “This art studio in Berkeley is combining painting and prayer.”
  • Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Rab󈧑 was featured in a November 13, 2017 eJewish Philanthropy article entitled “Five Rising Jewish Educators Receive 2017 Pomegranate Prize.” Rabbi Nelson received the award from the Covenant Foundation for his work as Director of Education at T’ruah.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson’s was featured in the November 9, 2017 Jewish Standard article “No dues is good news.“
  • Rabbinical School Dean Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld’s appointment as the next President of Hebrew College was featured in several publications including The Chronicle of Higher Education, eJewish Philanthropy, The Jewish Journal, The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only),
  • Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Rab`13 was featured in a November 8, 2017 story, “She’s an African American rabbi with Southern Baptist roots.”
  • David Cohen-Henriquez, Rab`09 was featured in The Jewish Journal’s, Manna rains on Marblehead interfaith project. The article chronicles the development of an interfaith initiative between Marblehead ‘s Temple Sinai, led by Cohen-Henriquez, and Clifton Lutheran Church, led by Pastor Jim Bixby. The result of the collaboration is The Manna Project which is characterized by a pulpit exchange, a Harvest Festival, and a food-packing event to benefit the needy in Lynn.
  • Dr Keren McGinity, Director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program was a contributor to the November 6, 2017 Moment Magazine article “Is Intermarriage Good for the Jews?”
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, was featured in a September 7, 2017 article in her undergraduate alumni magazine, Vanderbilt Magazine, entitled “Aliza Berger, BMus󈧏: Sermons in Song.” Program Coordinator Erica Streit-Kaplan’s piece 󈫽 Lessons Learned from Parenting Through a Jewish Lens in its B’nai Mitzvah Year” appeared in the August 10, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rachel Raz, Director of the Early Childhood Institute at the Shoolman School, wrote “Jewish Early Engagement Forum One year Later: Dayenu? Is it Enough?” which was published in the August 7, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rav-Hazzan Aliza Berger, Rab`17, Can`17 was featured in the July 30, 2017 Boston Globe Metro section “Up Close”article entitled “Newton’s Temple Emanuel boasts rare rabbi-cantor.”
  • Director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program Dr. Keren McGinity and the program were featured in a July 17, 2017 front page article in The Jewish Voice entitled “CJE Brings Interfaith Family Education to the Forefront.”
  • News coverage of President Daniel Lehmann stepping down from Hebrew College’s presidency included July 12, 2017 articles in The Boston Globe and eJewish Philanthropy July 11, 2017 articles in The Forward and The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only) and mentions on the July 12, 2017 episode of PBS’s television show Greater Boston and the July 13, 2017 episode of WBUR Boston Radio’s Morning Edition (segment begins as 23:06.)
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, wrote the article “If Jews are People of the Book, Why Aren’t We Studying Intermarriage?” which was published in the June 30, 2017 issue of Lilith Magazine and the July 5, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • An article about Hebrew College’s 92nd Commencement entitled “Hebrew College Holds Commencement Exercises” was featured in the June 26, 2017 edition of The Newton Tab.
  • Dean of the Rabbinical School Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld‘s article “Messy over Messianic” was published in the June 15, 2017 issue of Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities hosted by The Forward.
  • 2015 School of Jewish Music alumna Cantor Risa Wallach’s article “What’s it Like to Be a Queer Female Cantor” appeared in the June 10, 2017 issue of The Forward. faculty member Allison Kent’s article “Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement” was published in the June 8, 2017 issue of The Jewish Federation of North America blog.
  • The Jewish Advocate (paid subscription only) featured The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston in a June 2, 2017 article entitled “To learn giving, teens grant $47K.” The Jewish Teen Foundation is a year-long program for Jewish high school students from across the metro Boston area.
  • Rabbi Dr. Dan Judson, Director of Professional Development & Placement for the Rabbinical School and an expert on synagogue dues, was featured in a June 2, 2017 New York Jewish Week article entitled “Synagogues Upending Old Model for Dues.”
  • Rabbinical School student Jevin Eagle was featured in the Boston Globe May 27, 2017 Metro section cover story, “Boardroom to bimah” about his new position as executive director of BU Hillel. Eagle and soon-to-be-alumnus Elie Lehmann were also featured in the May 27, 2017 Jewish Advocate and in a June 5, 2017 BU Today story entitled, “BU Hillel’s New Executive Director Follows his Dream.” about their new roles at BU Hillel. Additional coverage on Eagle can be read in the Needham Times, and on both Eagle and Lehmann in MA Jewish Ledger, and on Newton Patch.
  • Rabbi Dan Judson, Rabbinical School Director of Professional Development and Placement, co-authored Connections, Cultivation and Commitment: New Insights on Voluntary Dues, published May 17, 2017 on eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Rabbi Steven Abraham, a student in our inaugural Interfaith Jewish Families Engagement (IFJE) cohort, wrote about keeping an eye toward history while acknowledging the realities of our modern world in It’s Time to Say ‘Yes,’ published in eJewish Philanthropy on May 11, 2017.
  • Hebrew College Rabbinical School student Ayalon Eliach was featured recently in eJewish Philanthropy. In his essay, “Bridging Generations, Building Jewish Lives” (previously published in Contact), Ayalon discusses his experience as Rabbinic Educator for DOROT’s Jewish Summer Teen Internship Program and the impact it had on its students.
  • Barbara Merson, PhD candidate in joint Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education-Lesley University program was featured in eJewish Philanthropy. Barbara is the Executive Director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival and, in “Maine Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years of Community Engagement,” she shares her insights on the festival’s 20 years of success in what many would consider to be a seemingly challenging region.
  • Cantor Vera Broekhuysen, Can󈧔 is quoted in a May 5, 2017 The Jewish Advocate article (paid subscription only) about sanctuary entitled, “Merrimack Jews aiding undocumented immigrants.”
  • Dr. Keren McGinity’s blog post “Let’s Stop Romanticizing the Jewish Womb” appeared in the Spring 2017 print issue of Lilith magazine as “Interfaith Parenting: Jewish Fatherhood Needs a Makeover” (pp. 8-9). McGinity is director of the Shoolman School’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program.
  • Rabbinical School student and former CEO of DAVIDsTEA Jevin Eagle was featured in an April 24, 2017 article entitled “Bu Hillel announces new executive director.”
  • Rachel Raz, Director of the Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College, had an article published on March 27, 2017 in Jeducation World entitled “Ayeka, Where are you” (Genesis 3:9).
  • Rabbi Or Rose, Director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership, and Celene Ibrahim, Islamic Studies Scholar-in-Residence, were quoted in a March 27, 2017 Boston Globe article entitled “Muslim and Jewish communities bond amid fear.” The article highlighted their work to promote greater understanding between Jews and Muslims.
  • Jewish Studio Project Co-Founder & Creative Director Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab󈧒 was featured in the March 15, 2017 eJewish Philanthropy article “Open Dor Project Announces its First Cohort of Spiritual Startup Leaders/Communities.” Rabbi Allen is among the first recipients of this award.
  • “Jewish fatherhood needs a makeover,” writes Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Director Dr. Keren R. McGinity in a February 17, 2017 Lilith Magazine article entitled “Let’s Stop Romancing the Jewish Womb.“
  • Jewish Studio Project co-founder & creative director Rabbi Adina Allen, Rab󈧒 article “Is, Was, Will Be” appeared in the February 12, 2017 issue of The Forward’s Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities.
  • Hebrew College Chief Academic Officer Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire’s article “Those Who Can…Will Teach! The Jewish Day School Teacher Re-Design 2017” appeared in the February 3, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Early Childhood Institute Director Rachel Raz’s article “Who will Guide and Nourish and Love the Next Generation?” appeared in the Feb. 3 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.”
  • Celene Ibrahim, Miller Center of Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College Islamic Scholar-in-Residence. Ibrahim was part of a recent dialogue between a handful of Boston Muslim leaders, the Cardinal, the Governor and the Mayor. The dialogue was featured in a February 2, 2017 Boston Globe story entitled, “Cardinal O’Malley stands in solidarity with Muslims over travel ban.”
  • Cantor Louise Treitman, Adjunct Instructor of Jewish Music at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, published “Off the Deep End! The Mikvah Has Left the Building'” on February 1, 2017 in the Mayyim Hayyim blog.
  • The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education’s Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement (IFJE) program and its director, Dr. Keren McGinity, were featured in a January 31, 2017 The Forward article entitled, “Study of Jewish Intermarriage Get Much-Needed Update.”
  • Rabbinical School student Jessica Goldberg was featured in a January 30, 2017 The Forward article entitled “ A Radically Egalitarian Wedding .” In the article, Goldberg said, “Given our shared values, there was never a question whether [the wedding] was going to be radically egalitarian,…The question was just how traditional we wanted it to be at the same time.”
  • Dr. Rabbi Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer at Hebrew College, and Dr. Keren McGinity, Director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement Program, published “Why would a Graduate School of Jewish Education Teach about Intermarriage?” in the January 30, 2017 issue of eJewish Philanthropy.
  • Hebrew College, as a signatory on the Boston Jewish Communal Joint Statement on Immigration and Refugees, stands with Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and other Massachusetts Jewish institutions to urge our country’s administration “to open the gates of compassion to those seeking safety, regardless of their faith or country of origin.” The statement was released on January 30, 2017. View the PDF.
  • Rabbinical School alumnus Rabbi Van Lanckton, Rab󈧍’s article “Fake news and Jewish Truth” was published in the January 6, 2017 edition of The Jewish Advocate. “Speaking only the truth is one of the highest Jewish ethics. The Hebrew word for ‘truth’ is emet. In Yiddish, it’s emess, as in, ‘I’m telling you, it’s the emess,'” says Rabbi Lanckton.
  • Shoolman School Adjunct Instructor Ronit Zvi-Kreger’s article “Implementing Project-Based Learning in Congregational Schools” was published in the NewCAJE journal “The Jewish Educator.” Zvi-Kreger designs and facilitates project-based learning training for the Shoolman School’s Congregational Educational Initiative (CEI) project.
  • Rabbi Alana Alpert, Rab󈧒 was featured in a January 10, 2017 article in the Detroit Jewish News entitled 󈬔 Under 36: Rabbi Alana Alpert.” An advocate for social change, Rabbi Albert works at Temple T’chiyah in Detroit as a rabbi and community organizer.
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in a January 3, 2017 article in the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent entitled “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Chrismukkah —But Don’t Call It That.“
  • Shoolman Early Childhood Institute Director Rachel Raz and Nina Wugmeister co-wrote “Bringing Israel to Manchester Vermont: Pilot Summer Camp Program” in the December 23, 2016 issue of eJewish Philanthropy. In the article, Raz writes, “I told Nina that I would like to bring Israel to Vermont. I wanted to bring them a sense of the vibrancy of Israel, which would help inspire the kids to connect with Israel.”
  • Dr. Keren McGinity, director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program, was featured in December 21, 2016 Baltimore Jewish News article entitled, “The December Dilemma. How interfaith families make the holidays meaningful.” In the article, Dr. McGinity says, “It is important to try to recast what has sometimes been referred to as ‘December Dilemma’ to ‘December Delights.’” Rector Rabbi Arthur Green’s article “The Pull of our Inclinations: Steering Away from the Binary View of Good and Evil” was published in the December 13, 2016 issue of The Forward’s online publication Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities.

News Releases

New photography exhibit examines faith during the pandemic

NEWTON, MA, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 — How does one worship alone? How have people of different religions embraced their faith traditions during the pandemic? How have sacred texts and rituals provided comfort in these times of isolation? Hebrew College is tackling these questions in a pandemic-inspired photography show entitled “Faith in Isolation Expressed,” which can be viewed in-person by appointment from April 12 through June 6, 2021.

Hebrew College and SVARA to create unique Talmud teaching fellowship

NEWTON, MA, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 — Hebrew College is joining with SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva to transform how, where, and why rabbis teach Talmud. Beginning next fall, Hebrew College will offer a unique fellowship to rabbinical students and alumni to help them teach Talmud in their communities through a lens grounded in ancient tradition that creatively imagines new possibilities. The pilot year of the fellowship, “Pedagogy in Practice: A Talmud Fellowship,” is made possible by the generous support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Hebrew College and Temple Reyim Announce New Shared Campus in Newton, Mass.

Unique Collaboration to Create Hub of Jewish Life and Learning

NEWTON, MA — Hebrew College, a pluralistic national institute for Jewish learning and leadership dedicated to literacy, creativity, and communal responsibility, and Temple Reyim, a traditional, egalitarian, inclusive, and spiritual congregation affiliated with the Conservative movement, are partnering to create a new shared campus for Jewish life on the grounds of Temple Reyim in Newton, Massachusetts.

Hebrew College, JArts, and CJP Launch New Learning Community for Jewish Creatives

NEWTON, MA — Hebrew College is partnering with The Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and CJP to create the “Artist Beit Midrash,” a new Jewish learning salon that will bring together Boston artists to study Jewish texts, share their creative processes, and build community and connection.

Hebrew College to help bring Jewish learning and culture to MetroWest

NEWTON, MA — Hebrew College is joining with Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham, Temple Beth Am of Framingham, Congregation Or Atid of Wayland, and Shillman House in Framingham to offer a new three-part virtual series, “Jewish CultureFest: Food, Music, and YOU,” supported through a grant from CJP. The virtual series, which kicks off next month, will celebrate the culinary and music traditions of Jewish communities throughout the world, while simultaneously encouraging participants to cook, listen, and connect with Jewish food, music, and culture.

Dr. Susie Tanchel joins Hebrew College as Vice President for Community Education

NEWTON, MA – Dr. Susie Tanchel, a dynamic educational Jewish leader with three decades of experience at mission-driven pluralistic institutions, has joined Hebrew College as Vice President of Community Education, overseeing adult and teen learning programs, interfaith programming, and professional development for rabbis and educators. Dr. Tanchel comes to Hebrew College from Boston’s Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), where she served as head of school from 2011 through 2020.

Hebrew College Launches Interfaith Program for High Schoolers

NEWTON, MA – The Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership of Hebrew College is launching the Dignity Project, a 10-month fellowship program to train outstanding high school students from Greater Boston to serve as interreligious and cross-cultural leaders who engage diverse communities, foster understanding across difference, and build bridges of collaboration.

Hebrew College ordains ten new rabbis and three new cantors in online ceremonies

NEWTON, MA — Hebrew College honored more than 30 rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators during virtual graduation ceremonies on Sunday, June 7. The ceremony marks the 99th graduation in the College’s history, but the first to be held virtually. Graduating students are going on to serve Jewish institutions throughout Greater Boston and across North America.

Amid worldwide pandemic and social upheaval, over 50 influential spiritual and cultural leaders launch major international interfaith initiative mining the wisdom of the ancient psalms

In this time of global pandemic and upheaval over racial injustice, religious communities have largely stopped in-person gatherings. But that hasn’t stopped people from seeking hope, inspiration, wisdom, and strength from enduring spiritual sources. To meet this need, more than 50 influential spiritual and cultural leaders are launching a major international interfaith initiative, “​PsalmSeason: An Online Encounter with the Wisdom of the Psalms.”

Beginning​ June 8, 2020, PsalmSeason will publish weekly personal reflections, poetry, music, and words of inspiration on different psalms that address the feelings of sadness, shock, and dislocation from the pandemic and social upheaval. The project will be hosted on IFYC’s ​Interfaith America website​, in partnership with ​Hebrew College​, and will last 18 weeks — the number for “life” in Hebrew.

Hartford Seminary Joins Journal of Interreligious Studies Team

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT, October 28, 2019 – Hartford Seminary is pleased to announce that it will collaborate with Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology in publishing the Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS), a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to the study of the interactions within and among religious communities past and present. JIRS provides a forum for the exploration of theological, ethical, social, and historical issues related to interreligious engagement.

With New Strategic Direction, Hebrew College Hires Educational Leaders Dr. Susie Tanchel and Rabbi Jeffrey Summit

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, May 28, 2019 – Hebrew College President, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, is thrilled to announce that two dynamic and prominent Jewish educators, Dr. Susie Tanchel and Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Summit, will be joining the College’s leadership team. These appointments represent the first of several steps toward implementing a new strategic direction for Hebrew College, bringing its vital, pluralistic vision for Jewish life into the world, amplifying and enhancing its impact in the community, and providing a sustainable operational model for the future.

Hebrew College selected by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to receive grant for interreligious programming across Boston-area college campuses

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, March 14, 2019 – The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) awarded Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership a three-year $250,000 grant to develop and expand the Boston Interfaith Leadership Initiative (BILI), an innovative fellowship program for undergraduate students.

The BILI fellowship, currently in its second year, trains students from eight Boston-area colleges to serve as effective interreligious leaders on their campuses and in the broader community. The year-long program brings together undergraduate fellows from Bentley University, Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Wellesley College.

Hebrew College Announces Partnership with Institute in Jerusalem

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, January 23, 2019 – Hebrew College ( has announced a new dual degree program with the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies ( in Jerusalem that will train outstanding future rabbis and educators who are passionate about day school education and leadership.

Set to launch in fall 2019, the six-year program will include a two-year teacher training program in Jerusalem, where students will study in the Pardes Day School Educators Program, followed by four years in Greater Boston at Hebrew College’s Rabbinical School.

Hebrew College Announces Sale of Newton Centre Campus

Will Rededicate Resources to Educational Programs and People

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, August 17, 2018 – 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.

Rabbi Daniel Judson Named New Dean of Rabbinical School of Hebrew College

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, January 3, 2018 — 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.

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld Named New President of Hebrew College

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, November 29, 2017 — Successfully concluding a national search, the Hebrew College Board of Trustees yesterday voted to select Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, current Dean of the Rabbinical School, to serve as the next President of Hebrew College.

Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology Awarded Henry Luce Foundation Grant for Journal of Interreligious Studies

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, August 16, 2017 — Hebrew College’s Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership and Boston University School of Theology are pleased to announce that the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to support the Journal of Interreligious Studies and related projects jointly published and coordinated by the two schools.

Following Nearly a Decade of Distinguished Service, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann to Step Down from Hebrew College Presidency

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, July 11, 2017 — Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, under whose stewardship Hebrew College has set the standard for Jewish learning and leadership for a pluralistic world, announced to the Hebrew College community today that he would step down from his position as president during the next academic year.

Boston University Hillel Chooses Two Hebrew College Rabbinical School-Educated Leaders

Hires Rabbinical Student Jevin Eagle as Executive Director and Graduating Student Elie Lehmann as Senior Jewish Educator

NEWTON CENTRE, MASSACHUSETTS, April 21, 2017 — Jevin Eagle, a former business executive and current Hebrew College Rabbinical School student, will leverage his entrepreneurial talent, spiritual depth and passion for Hillel’s mission as he becomes the next executive director of Boston University Hillel, among the largest private university undergraduate Hillels in the country. Also taking a leadership role at BU Hillel will be Elie Lehmann (Rab ’17), a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Hillel International Rabbinical Entrepreneurs Fellow, who will serve as campus rabbi.

Hebrew College’s Miller Center Hosts Colloquium on Rabbinical Training in Multi-Religious Society

NEWTON CENTRE and BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, December 13, 2016 — The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning and Leadership at Hebrew College hosted a unique colloquium on the training of rabbis for service in a multi-religious society. This gathering brought together 15 outstanding educators, scholars, and clergy from eight different seminaries and related organizations to share best practices and challenges in interreligious education. The participants explored what knowledge, skills, and experiences rabbis need to possess in order to be effective bridge-builders across faith and cultural lines.

Hebrew College and Boston University School of Theology Form Partnership

Collaboration Will Provide Interreligious Programming, Educational Opportunities

NEWTON CENTRE and BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, November 2, 2016 — Hebrew College (HC) and the Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) have announced a new partnership that includes joint interreligious publications, academic courses, and public events. This partnership of two major centers for the training of religious leaders—one Jewish and one Christian—represents an important opportunity to advance the field of interreligious education and leadership development.

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The 8 Most Popular Mexican Restaurants In Boston

Boston residents love their Mexican food, and there is no shortage of fabulously fresh and authentic restaurants to get your fill of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more.

According to Foursquare Swarm check-in data from the week of May 5-11, collected by, the following 8 hot spots are the most popular Mexican restaurants in the city.

1. Border Cafe, Cambridge

Delicious cajun and Tex Mex-style food and authentic cocktails are menu staples at Border Cafe. Mexican specialties include made-to-order creations like Gaucho Chicken made from tender, marinated chicken breast, grilled over a mesquite wood fire with blackened tomato, and a Chimi Verde sauce, finished with fresh herbs, Chimichurri Steak with rice and black beans, and Swordfish Tacos Veracruz. You can also choose from several delicious vegetarian options.

2. Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Felipe’s is not unique to Boston, there are chain restaurants across the country, but their high standards and simple, authentic recipes have helped them skyrocket to success since opening in 2004. All menu items are made fresh while you watch!

Dark, vampy, gothic and stocked with more than 50 of the world’s best tequilas, Lolita Cocina is known for its killer cocktails. The popularity of this establishment may be due to the bar, but they do serve a full menu of Mexican favorites until 11 PM each night. There is also a late night menu to soak up the tequila until 1 AM Thursday through Saturday and 12 AM Sunday through Wednesday.

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El Pelon’s authentic Mexican favorites made from locally sourced ingredients are big enough to satisfy any appetite. Try the famous fish tacos (prepared with locally made corn tortillas, lightly breaded Atlantic cod, limed onions, house-made spicy mayo, pickled cabbage, and fresh cucumbers).

This funky joint on West Broadway has the added benefit of a fresh raw bar, plus tons of Mexican dishes featuring chicken, fish, beef, pork, vegetarian and gluten-free options!

6. Anna’s Taqueria, 8 locations throughout Greater Boston

This Boston-owned and operated chain has made quite a name for itself. With authentic recipes, fresh ingredients and expert assembly going into each burrito, taco, quesadilla, and Mexican bowl, it’s no wonder Anna’s made the list!

7. Lone Star Taco Bar, Cambridge

Lone Star focuses on using artisanal ingredients to set off their otherwise traditional Mexican street food. They also offer quite the selection of tequilas, mezcals and beers to pair perfectly with your meal.

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This award winning joint rounds out our top 8. Known as an “unabashedly fun” restaurant and bar featuring fresh Texas and barbecue cuisine. They are known for big, frosty margaritas and sizzling fajitas at great prices!

Slowing rides reported throughout Greater Boston

The MBTA reports rail lines are on schedule, while drivers are seeing slowing rides on the Southeast Expressway and other major highways in the Greater Boston region around 8:30 a.m. Friday.

A truck fire was reported in the southbound lanes of Route 24 in Avon around 8:25 a.m. near Exit 19, the Harrison Boulevard interchange, according to Total Traffic & Weather Network.

On the highways, speeds on the Expressway were dropping below 30 miles an hour in some spots and MassDOT reported around 8:25 a.m. that it was taking a driver 19 minutes to travel from Braintree to the Columbia Road exit in Dorchester on the Expressway.

According to MassDOT's live traffic map, speeds on Interstate 93 north of Boston and on the inbound lanes of the Massachusetts Turnpike were 40 miles an hour or so, and in some spots, commuters were able to drive the speed limit.

A generally nice ride was also reported on Interstate 95/Route 128 around Greater Boston and on I-95 south of the city, according to MassDOT.