Rabbi Or Rose is the founding director of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College. A prolific writer and editor, he is the creator of the weekly Jewish scriptural commentary, 70 Faces of Torah, and (with Dr. Homayra Ziad) the new monthly series, Can We Talk: A Jewish-Muslim Conversation, both of which appear on the Huffington Post. Rabbi Rose is also co-editor of several books, including Jewish Mysticism & the Spiritual Life: Classical Texts, Contemporary Reflections (Jewish Lights, 2013), and My Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation (Orbis, 2012). A founding faculty member of the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, he speaks and teaches in academic, religious, and civic contexts throughout the United States on modern Jewish life and thought and interreligious & cross-cultural engagement.
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
Dean, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
Sharon Cohen Anisfeld has been Dean of the Rabbinical School since 2006. Prior to assuming this position, she served as an adjunct faculty member and then dean of students at the school. After graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1990, Cohen subsequently spent 15 years working in pluralistic settings 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, "The Women's Seder Sourcebook: Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002) and "The Women's Passover Companion: Women's Reflections on the Festival of Freedom" (Jewish Lights Publishing, 2002). In 2015, 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.
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann
President, Hebrew College
Professor of Pluralism and Jewish Education
Daniel Lehmann, a Jewish innovator who has devoted his career to pluralistic Jewish education, has served since 2008 as the eighth president of Hebrew College. Prior to joining the college, he served as the founding headmaster of Gann Academy — The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston, and as founding director of the Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts. Lehmann received the Covenant Foundation Award as well as the Benjamin Shevach Award from Hebrew College for his innovative leadership in Jewish education. He has both studied and taught at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the National Center for Learning and Leadership in New York. In addition, he has written numerous articles and chapters on Jewish education and interreligious learning, and has lectured widely to professional and communal audiences.
Rabbi Arthur Green
Rector, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion
Art Green, a nationally recognized historian of Jewish religion and a theologian, is the founding dean of Hebrew College's Rabbinical School and now serves as its rector. He has lectured widely and taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania; the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as both dean and president; Brandeis University; and Hebrew College. Green is the founder of Havurat Shalom, an egalitarian Jewish community in Somerville, Mass., and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish renewal movement. He is the author of more than a dozen books; his most recent is Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition (Yale University Press, 2010). Green has been named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.
Rabbi Jim Morgan
Rabbi/Chaplain for Center Communities of Brookline, a division of Hebrew SeniorLife.
In addition to serving as Rabbi/Chaplain for Center Communities of Brookline, a division of Hebrew SeniorLife, Rabbi Morgan also serves as the Rabbinic Advisor for the Worship and Study Minyan at Harvard Hillel, a lay-lead congregation that serves the university and the larger community. In both roles, he teaches Torah, leads services, performs pastoral duties, and creates Shabbat, holiday, and other programs. Previously, he served as Spiritual Counselor for the Elder Service Plan, a PACE program at Harbor Health Services in Mattapan, and as Director of International Partnerships for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. At JCRC, he facilitated collaborative programs in Boston; Haifa, Israel; and Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. In addition to Rabbinic Ordination from Hebrew College in Newton, MA, Rabbi Morgan received a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from Yale University and taught for several years at Oberlin College and Bates College.
Samir Selmanović, Ph.D. PCC
Evangelical Minister, Executive Life Coach
Growing up with a Muslim father, Christian mother, and an atheist school system—with capitalism to the West and communism to the East—he learned at an early age to elicit and escalate the best in others. Samir’s passion for ideas and problem-solving propelled him through a B.Sc. in Engineering, an M.A. in Psychology, an M.Div, and a Ph.D. in Human Development. Samir completed Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program and is PCC certified by ICF.
Being called a “secular pastor for business leaders,” Samir is focusing on the humanization of business. He serves his clients with experience and insight accumulated from a long list of individuals and organizations he has worked with including Harvard, Princeton, the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, World Vision, Get Storied, Agile Boston, Intel, and the Florida Hospital.
Rev. Soren Hessler
Associate Director, Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership
Ordained Elder, The United Methodist Church
At Hebrew College, Soren coordinates the Boston Bridges fellowship program which seeks to cultivate relationships among emerging religious leaders of several faith traditions, and he advises graduate students in the college’s Global Interreligious Leadership degree program. Soren also serves as Chapel Associate for Leadership Development at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel and co-supervises the chapel’s undergraduate internship program for students exploring vocation and religious leadership. Soren is an ordained elder in full connection in the West Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and a member of the denomination’s Council of Bishops Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships Young Adult Network. He is a PhD candidate in practical theology at Boston University School of Theology, concentrating in leadership and administration. His doctoral research focuses on the history and practice of accreditation in theological education. Soren holds a BA/MA in church administration, MDiv, and EdM from Boston University.
Student, Cantor-Jewish Educator Program, School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College
Dara Rosenblatt is a first-year student at the School of Jewish Music, studying to become a Cantor and Jewish educator. She also sings with Hebrew College's choir-in-residence Kol Arev, both as a soloist and member of the ensemble, and lends her beautiful voice to synagogues in the Greater Boston area. Dara has led High Holiday services in the Berkshires and will continue there this upcoming year. Before attending cantorial school, she worked at the College of Charleston's Jewish Student Union/Hillel and participated frequently in services at Synagogue Emanu-El of Charleston, South Carolina. In January 2016, Rosenblatt traveled back to Charleston to serve as Emanu-El's weekend Cantorial Student Scholar-in-Residence for Shabbat Shira. Dara is thrilled to be a part of the Heart to Heart project and looks forward to sharing her love for music and Judaism with you.
Student and Teaching Assistant, Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
Benjamin Barer is a second-year student at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College, where he has worked extensively with Rabbi Or Rose on interfaith intiatives through the College's Center for Global Judaism. Barer is an editor of StateofFormation.org, an interfaith online publication founded as an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS), which is a program of CIRCLE, The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education at Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School.
Media Specialist, Hebrew College
Wendy Linden has worked in digital media for 15 years, developing content for higher education websites and social media channels at the American Jewish University, Stanford Law School, Boston University School of Law, Clark University and Hebrew College. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.