Past HBI Events

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Upcoming Events

Herstories: Changing Portrayals of Women in Jewish Literature

Painting by Sylvia Barack Fishman

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 PM
Class begins October 3
Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall
(No Class Oct. 10 or Nov. 21)

HBI presents a Me’ah Course taught by Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman.

Women and gender are spotlighted in Jewish literature from gripping biblical narratives through the latest exciting novels by American Jewish writers. This 10-week course examines texts in which women play major roles, exploring various subtexts, literary dimensions, and historical context. After an introductory conversation about stories in Genesis and the Book of Ruth, this interactive class will read and discuss works including:

Yiddish writers Sholom Aleichem and I.B. Singer (in translation) Immigration authors Abraham Cahan and Anzia Yezierska

Classics of American Jewish women's writing such as Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, and Rebecca Goldstein

A selection of works by younger writers such as Allegra Goodman, Dara Horn, Nathan Englander, and Nicole Krauss

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HBI Hosts Tamar Paley Exhibit

March - June, 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.

Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr
Tuesday, March 20, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator Annie Storr will lead art-experiencing exercises through the Kniznick Gallery exhibition of Tamar Paley's "A Fringe of Her Own: A Collection of Ritual Objects for Women." Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.

Artist's Lecture & Reception
Tuesday, April 17, 5 - 8 pm

Join us at 5 pm for a lecture with Tamar Paley, reception to follow.

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts Program

On The Fringe: Creating New Traditions
Sunday, April 22, 12 - 1:30 pm

Tamar Paley will lead a discussion on our relationship with ritual objects.

Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts Program

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
Kristen 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
Topic: Models of Selfhood - Anzia Yezierska's Complex Memberships

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

Monday, March 5, 2018
Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, HBI Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: Old Order Amish and Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet

Monday, March 12, 2018
Roya Hakakian, Spring Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: A Grisly Murder, a Stubborn Prosecutor, and the Trial that No One Thought Could Deliver Justice, But Did!

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

Monday, April 23, 2018
Avigail Zohar, HBI Research Associate
Topic: Thou Shalt (re)Take the Name of the Lord Thy God