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As its title suggests, The Jewish Heritage Initiative of Cambridge is dedicated to promoting Jewish Heritage – its study and observance.


JHI does not proselytize. It does not seek to convince anyone of anything.


Rather, it seeks merely to expose Jews to the wisdom and the beauty of a glorious 3,300 heritage that is theirs for the taking. How much Jewish tradition one chooses to embrace is a personal matter. However, an intellectually honest choice requires an understanding of what is being chosen or rejected.


JHI’s primary target group is the Jewish student body at the local universities. Located in Cambridge, it is most accessible to Harvard and MIT.



JHI was started by Rabbi Berish Ganz and his wife Rifka in November of 06. JHI presently operates out of their residence near Central Square in Cambridge.


About the Ganz's:

After completing high school, Rabbi Ganz studied Torah full time for approximately 15 years at the Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens NY. In 1977, he was ordained Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin (the highest level of ordination granted). Between 1981 and 2001 he served as the Dean of the Hebrew Academy of Suffolk County in Smithtown, NY. During that period, he was also active in Torah education for adults. After 2001, Rabbi Ganz devoted several additional years to full time Torah study.


Mrs. Rifka Ganz is a busy mother and grandmother and a licensed therapist with a post masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She commutes weekly to Lawrence, NY for several days each week, where she has a private practice. She was also actively involved in the education of adults in Suffolk County.


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