Hebrew College Presidential Installation Ceremony

Top Pick October 15, 2018 Newton Free
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (Courtesy photo)
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (Courtesy photo)

Please join us for the installation of Hebrew College’s next president, Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld.

Rabbi Anisfeld was named Hebrew College’s president on Nov. 30, 2017, after a national search, and is the first woman elected to lead Hebrew College in the school’s history. Rabbi Anisfeld oversees the College’s full array of campus and online programs in educational and spiritual leadership, and youth and adult learning.

A graduate of Brown University, Rabbi Anisfeld was ordained in 1990 by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She joined Hebrew College in 2003, first as an adjunct faculty member and then as dean of students, before taking over as dean of the rabbinical school in the fall of 2006. For the past 14 years, Rabbi Anisfeld has brought her strong leadership skills and compassionate presence to Hebrew College. She has exhibited a passion for pluralism, intellectual and spiritual depth, and communal responsibility in all of her leadership roles, inspiring students and alumni to bring Torah to bear on contemporary issues of personal meaning and social justice.

Under her stewardship as dean, the rabbinical school became integral to Hebrew College’s mission to promote excellence in Jewish learning and leadership within a pluralistic environment of open inquiry, intellectual rigor, personal engagement and spiritual creativity.

Prior to assuming her position at Hebrew College, Rabbi Anisfeld spent 15 years working as a Hillel rabbi at Tufts, Yale and Harvard universities. She has been a summer faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel since 1993, and is co-editor of two volumes of women’s writings on Passover. In 2015, Rabbi Anisfeld was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post. From 2011 to 2013, she was named to Newsweek’s list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America.

For installation event questions, reservations and celebration gifts, please visit the installation website or contact the president’s office at 617-559-8775.

The event will be ASL interpreted for hearing-impaired guests.

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