Ini­tia­tive Broadens Cross-​​Cultural Edu­ca­tion and Expands Global Reach

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and Hebrew Col­lege have agreed to col­lab­o­rate in one of the most expan­sive part­ner­ships between a pri­vate uni­ver­sity and a Jewish col­lege, it was announced today.

The pres­i­dents of the two Boston area col­leges said the agree­ment calls for a close and exten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion, the sharing of resources and exper­tise, joint fac­ulty appoint­ments and the ability for stu­dents to take classes at each campus. The two insti­tu­tions will remain independent.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion will yield a much expanded and exten­sive com­bined depart­ment of Jewish Studies, shared library resources of over one mil­lion vol­umes, and joint under­grad­uate and grad­uate degrees and programs.

In this era of increased world­wide oppor­tu­ni­ties, no insti­tu­tion can truly thrive on its own,” said Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “This part­ner­ship broadens our cross-​​cultural edu­ca­tion and expands our global ini­tia­tives. “Sharing our existing resources and cre­ating joint endeavors will pro­vide the stu­dents at both insti­tu­tions with unpar­al­leled access to leading scholars and world-​​class edu­ca­tion on Jewish his­tory and culture.”

Hebrew Col­lege in Newton is a leader in trans­de­nom­i­na­tional Jewish edu­ca­tion and offers a wide range of pro­grams, including a Rab­binical School, Cantor-​​Educator Pro­gram, and master’s degrees in Jewish Studies and Jewish Education.

We are proud to col­lab­o­rate with North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and work together closely with its Depart­ment of Jewish Studies,” said Dr. David M. Gordis, pres­i­dent of Hebrew Col­lege. “We look for­ward to sharing our exten­sive wealth of knowl­edge with each other and to cre­ating joint ini­tia­tives that pro­vide stu­dents inter­ested in Jewish studies with the aca­d­emic expe­ri­ence they will need to become leaders on both the local and global scales.”

Among the key ele­ments in the collaboration:

• A com­bined depart­ment of Jewish studies will be cre­ated through joint fac­ulty appoint­ments. They will work together on cur­riculum plan­ning, aca­d­emic col­lo­quia and new appointments.

• A joint under­grad­uate pro­gram leading to a bachelor’s degree from each insti­tu­tion will be cre­ated, as well as a joint bachelor’s-master’s degree pro­gram that will allow stu­dents to earn the two degrees con­cur­rently – a B.A. from North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and either a Master of Jewish Edu­ca­tion (M.J.Ed.) or a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies (M.A.J.S.) from Hebrew Col­lege. A com­bined pro­gram leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching from North­eastern and an M.J.Ed. or M.A.J.S. from Hebrew Col­lege is also planned.

• North­eastern University’s Snell Library and Law Library will share their com­bined resources of over 1.3 mil­lion vol­umes with Hebrew College’s Rae and Joseph Gann Library’s 125,000 vol­umes. The College’s col­lec­tion includes Judaica art, Jewish edu­ca­tion cur­ricula, archival doc­u­ments, rare books and man­u­scripts, as well as exten­sive online data­bases in Judaica, human­i­ties, social sci­ences and education.

• Courses at both insti­tu­tions will be made avail­able to each other’s matric­u­lated stu­dents. Stu­dents will be able to reg­ister for courses in music, Jewish studies, Hebrew lan­guage, as well as in other depart­ments appro­priate for their pro­grams of study.

• The insti­tu­tions will share access to their exten­sive online dis­tance learning pro­grams and tech­nology resources.

Long-​​term plans pro­posed by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity and Hebrew Col­lege include a joint exec­u­tive training pro­gram for Jewish com­munal and edu­ca­tional lead­er­ship; pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment pro­grams for Jewish edu­ca­tors and com­munal leaders; as well as pro­grams in inter­re­li­gious education.

There are also plans to estab­lish a joint pro­gram between the Hebrew Col­lege and Northeastern’s “Dia­logues in Civ­i­liza­tion” Faculty-​​led Travel Pro­gram that would take place in Israel.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.

About Hebrew College

Founded in 1921, Hebrew Col­lege pro­motes Jewish lit­eracy through out­standing grad­uate and under­grad­uate study of Judaism; prepa­ra­tion for the rab­binate, can­torate, Jewish edu­ca­tion and com­munal pro­fes­sions; and life­long learning oppor­tu­ni­ties. The Col­lege wel­comes stu­dents of all back­grounds to its Newton Center campus and to Hebrew Col­lege Online. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit hebrew​col​lege​.edu.