Past HBI Events

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Upcoming Events

Podcast Recording: “The Joy of Text”

A live recording of the podcast “The Joy of Text” on choosing not to have children and on single-parenting by choice. The Joy of Text is a monthly podcast created by JOFA, the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, about Judaism, sexuality, and the intersection of the two. Co-hosted by Rabbi Dov Linzer and Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus and moderated by Ramie Smith, this podcast features in-depth conversations by rabbinic and medical experts about subjects ranging from mikveh and modesty to hook-up culture and consent. Each episode also includes answers to questions from listeners. This event is co-sponsored by HBI, BOO, JFAB, and Brandeis Hillel.

Sunday, January 21, 5 p.m.
Mandel Center, Room G03
Brandeis University

Rabbis and Artists South of the Border: Resisting Authoritarianism

Dr. Dalia Wassner and Rabbi Claudia Kreiman will explore how Jewish women in Argentina and Chile wove memories of the Holocaust into contemporary cultural representations of the dictatorship, as they spoke truth to national policies of violence and silence.

Monday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.
Temple Israel of Boston
477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA

South American Women "Making Trouble": Feminist Plights Against Totalitarian Regimes

A Lunch and Learn with Dr. Dalia Wassner, Research Associate and Director of HBI's Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies.

Sat Jan 27th 12:45pm, following services
Temple Beth Zion, Brookline MA

Havdalah & Movie Night: Los Abandonados

A film screening introduced by Dalia Wassner, and Q&A with Dalia Wassner and Hazzan Elias Rosemberg. Co-sponsored by the HBI Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies Project.

Saturday, January 27
Light dinner at 5:15 p.m.
Film screening 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Temple Emanuel
385 Ward. St., Newton, MA

Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Nationalism and Modernity under the British Mandate

Birthrate Politics in Zion

Lilach Rosenberg discusses her new book, Birthrate Politics in Zion: Judaism, Nationalism and Modernity under the British Mandate. Between 1920 and 1948, despite both cultural traditions and the political need to increase the Jewish population of British Mandate Palestine, birthrates actually declined steadily. Rosenberg's research uncovers the complex reasons behind this surprising demographic shift, revealing a more nuanced picture of the Jewish community in this important period of Israeli history.

Tuesday January 30, 12 - 1 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room, 3rd Floor
Brandeis University

A free kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP by Thursday, January 18 to

JOFA Webinar: What Do Modern Orthodox Jews Really Think?

HBI Co-Director Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman will introduce and moderate a discussion with researcher Dr. Mark Trencher, author of the new NISHMAH (2017) Profile of American Modern Orthodox Jews, survey research sponsored by the Micah Foundation. The webinar will highlight areas of fluidity, change, and tension within Modern Orthodox communities, as contemporary parents grapple with liberal and traditional guidelines. Among other findings, the Nishmah survey spotlights sweeping liberalization among Modern Orthodox Jews in attitudes toward expanding women’s roles in public Judaism, including the synagogue.

Wednesday, January 31, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Livestream through Facebook

Genesis Forum: “I Will Betroth You to Me in Righteousness and Justice: Jewish Perspectives on Marriage and Divorce”

Lisa Fishbayn Joffe

CJP's Genesis Forum is a lecture series that considers what Jewish tradition has to teach us about negotiating ethical challenges, examining different issues in the light of both traditional and contemporary texts. HBI Director Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, S.J.D., will discuss Jewish perspectives on marriage and divorce.

Wednesday, February 14, 12 – 1:15 p.m.
CJP, Kraft Family Building
126 High Street, Boston

For more information or to RSVP, visit the CJP website.

GCRL Lunchtime Seminars

Unless otherwise noted, the lectures meet on Mondays from noon to 1:30pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP for each lecture to

Monday, January 22, 2018
Dalia Wassner, Research Associate, 2012 HBI Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: South American Feminists - Cultural Contestations to Political Oppression

Monday, February 5, 2018
Kristin Lucken, Director of Global Studies, Brandeis University
Topic: Beyond Home and Return - Negotiating Religious Identity across Time and Space through the Prism of the American Experience

Monday, February 12, 2018
Shira Wolosky, HBI Spring Scholar-in-Residence
HBI Topic of Study: Examining the Formation of Selfhood through Participation in More Than One Community, Focusing on the Work of Jewish American Writer Anzia Yezierska

Monday, February 26, 2018
Tally Kritzman-Amir, HBI Spring Scholar-in-Residence
HBI Topic of Study: Asylum-Seeking Women in Jewish Democratic Israel

Monday, March 5, 2018
Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, HBI Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence
HBI Topic of Study: From Jerusalem to Lancaster County - Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Women in the Modern World

Monday, March 12, 2018
Roya Hakakian, Spring Scholar-in-Residence
HBI Topic of Study: Girl in Transit - A Refugee's Chronicle of Escape and Waiting

Monday, March 19, 2018
Leslie Starobin, HBI Academic Advisory Committee
Topic: The Journey of Dorka Berger - From Childhood in the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz to Incarceration at Atlit Detention Camp in Mandate Palestine