HBI campaign logo

HBI celebrates our 20th Anniversary this year and recognizes the vision and leadership of our founding director, Professor Shulamit Reinharz.  In our first 20 years, we have engaged with thousands of scholars, authors, artists and community members around issues of Jews and gender. We have helped create the field of Jewish gender studies and continue to support its growth. 

Be a part of our future by making a donation to the HBI.

Donate to HBI

Upcoming Events

Lecture by National Jewish Book Award Winner Francine Klagsbrun
Thursday, April 26, 2018
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Mandel Reading Room
 
Join us for a lecture by Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, winner of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award/Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year.

Jewish Film Festival Screening: Cuba's Forgotten Jewels

Wed, May 9 5:30 PM
Coolidge Corner Theater
Brookline, MA

A screening and Q&A with filmmakers Judy Kreith and Robin Truesdale, moderated by Dalia Wassner, for the award-winning documentary Cuba's Forgotten Jewels. For information, tickets, and the trailer, click here.

Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices from the Women's Liberation Movement, with Joyce Antler

Thursday, May 10, 2018
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall

Professor Emerita Joyce Antler uncovers the hidden history of Jewish women's pioneering contributions to the women's liberation movement, placing Jewish women's activism at the center of feminist and Jewish narratives.

Cosponsored by the Women's Studies Research Center.


GCRL Lunchtime Seminars

The lectures meet on Mondays from noon to 1:30pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A kosher lunch will be provided. Click here for schedule.


Latest Publications

 

Tally Kritzman-AmirHBI Blog: Fresh Ideas
Main-streaming Refugee Women's Rights Advocacy
Gender and Justice bookcoverGender and Justice in Family Law Disputes
A Season of Singing bookcoverA Season of Singing: Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the U.S.
A Season of Singing bookcoverGirls of Liberty: The Struggle for Suffrage in Mandatory Palestine
Jewish Families in Europe bookcoverJewish Families in Europe

 Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social RevolutionLove, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution

The Polygamy QuestionThe Polygamy Question

Joffe and Banda book coverWomen's Rights and Religious Law

Ornit RozinA Home for All Jews

The Strangers We BecameThe Strangers We Became

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender IssuesNashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues 



Inbar Raveh - Feminist Rereadings of Rabbic LiteratureFeminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature

Four Men and a Woman ebookFour Men and a Woman

Chana Maisel: Agricultural Training for WomenChana Maisel: Agricultural Training for Women

For the Love of the FatherFor the Love of the Father

The Audacity of HolinessThe Audacity of Holiness: Orthodox Women's Theater in Israel

KnishKnish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food


Home

facebook button twitter button HBI twitteremail signup

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement.

The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.

We invite you to explore our website and experience the impact of the HBI.


HBI Hosts Tamar Paley Exhibit

March 5 - June 22, 2018

A Fringe of Her Own: A Collection of Ritual Objects for Women

Tamar Paley

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is proud to present Israeli artist Tamar Paley. In “A Fringe of Her Own,” Paley's collection of handmade Jewish ritual objects deconstructs and reinterprets the tallit, tzitzit, and tefillin, typically worn by men. Traditionally, the tzitzit or fringes hold special significance as a reminder of one’s spiritual obligations. In Paley’s collection of wearable objects, the fringes become a delicate sculptural form. The exhibition will be installed in the Kniznick Gallery at the Women’s Studies Research Center from March - June, 2018.

Recognizing the gap that exists between Jewish women and ritual objects and with a growing need to provide a feminine interpretation of patriarchal religious practice, Paley’s work offers a reshaping of traditional patriarchal forms from a female perspective using materials, text, and symbolism that acknowledge the physical and spiritual experiences of women in Judaism.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Lisa Fishbayn Joffe Named Director of HBI

Lisa Fishbyn JoffeBrandeis University has appointed Lisa Fishbayn Joffe to serve as Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI), effective January 1, 2018. Joffe began work in the role with an interim appointment on July 1, 2017 upon the retirement of HBI founding director Shulamit Reinharz.

Formerly, Joffe was HBI’s associate director, and director of HBI’s Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law and of the Boston Agunah Task Force. In addition to serving as director of HBI, Joffe will teach “Gender, Multiculturalism and The Law,” cross-listed in the Philosophy and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments. Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman will continue to serve as Co-Director of HBI.

An article in Brandeis Now celebrated Joffe's appointment.


HBI Welcomes Spring Scholars

Roya Hakakian

Roya Hakakian

A writer and journalist, Roya Hakakian works in film and print. Her reportage has been featured on network television, including CBS 60 Minutes. Her opinions and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times, and NPR’s Weekend Edition among others. Her poetry in Persian has been translated and appear in anthologies, including the PEN Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature. Her memoir, Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, was among Publisher's Weekly's best books and Elle Magazine's Best Nonfiction in 2004. She’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction for her book, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace. Roya is a founding member of Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. While in residence at the HBI, Roya will work on the next installment of her memoir focused on her escape from Iran, her wanderings in Europe, and her eventual arrival at the American Embassy in Vienna where she sought asylum.

Tally Kritzman-Amir

Tally Kritzman-Amir

Tally Kritzman-Amir, Ph.D., is an expert in the field of refugee law and policy which she studies from an interdisciplinary approach that draws on sociology, philosophical theory, and international and comparative human rights law. She has been a Polonsky Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and a Fox fellow at the Macmillan Center for International and Areal Studies at Yale. She is the editor of the book Where Levinski Meets Asmara: Asylum Seekers and Refugees In Israel - Social and Legal Aspects (Van Leer-HaKibbutz Hameuchad, 2015), the most comprehensive collection to date of articles on this topic. Tally currently heads a coalition of academics, NGOs, INGOs, and state officials on the rights of asylum seeking women and children. While at the HBI, Tally will continue her research on the gender-specific obstacles that confront asylum-seeking women in Israel.

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, Ph.D., studies gender within the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel with an eye to determining the nature of religious women’s epistemology. She seeks to understand and interpret media that is directed to them by the religious press. Her work traverses the disciplines of media studies, anthropology and Jewish studies and she has presented her findings in numerous chapters, articles, and conferences. Rivka is a returning scholar to the HBI. Her project in the spring is to continue working on her book that looks at the complex relationship between women in religious communities and the modern world through a comparison of women from the Old Order Amish of rural Pennsylvania and Ashkenazi Ultra-Orthodox Jews living in Israel.

Shira Wolosky

Shira Wolosky

Shira Wolosky, Ph.D., is a full professor in the Department of Hebrew and American Literature at Hebrew University. She is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on American poetry and literature, and her monograph on 19th-century American women’s poetry in the Cambridge History of American Literature is regarded as a seminal work on the topic. Shira is now focused on American Jewish women’s literature, and has written several influential articles on Emma Lazarus and Penina Moise. Her analysis combines combines literature and history, but also political theory and discourses of ethnicity, multiculturalism, transnationalism, and “post-identity.”

While at the HBI, Shira will continue her work on American Jewish women’s writing to examine the ways in which people form selfhood through participation in more than one community, without dissolving all borders and definitions of self and community. Her focus will be on the work of Anzia Yezierska.



Meet the Students of HBI

Violet Fearon, HBI student bloggerThis year, HBI is thrilled to have a number of students working in various positions to help the Institute’s core mission of promoting research on the intersection between Jews and gender. The HBI students will be researching Jewish communities in Latin America, examining religious divorce in Boston, and blogging. Find out more about them on our blog.


Donors Support the Fund for the Future of the HBI Campaign

The HBI gratefully acknowledges and thanks the following leadership donors for their support of the Fund for the Future of the HBI Campaign. Their generosity gives HBI the resources to sustain success and grow in new ways.

$100,000+
Anonymous
Phyllis Hammer
Sylvia Neil
Laura Schor
Debs Weinberg

$75,000 - $99,999
Elaine Reuben

$25,000 - $74,999
Rita and Irwin Blitt
Leslie and Michael Gaffin
Shulamit and Jehuda Reinharz
Annie Sandler

$10,000 - $24,999
Suzanne Priebatsch
Diane Troderman
Arnee R. and  Walter A. Winshall
Jane Zolot

$1,000 - $9,999
Anonymous
Talia Carner
Tony Hananel
Liliane Targownik

*as of 6/23/17

View complete donor list.


HBI YouTube channel

Scholarly Research

Artist-in-Residence program

Gilda Slifka Internship Program

Visit our YouTube channel for additional videos on our HBI Conversations program and the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law.