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CONTACT

Terri Brown Preuss: tbrownpreuss@brandeis.edu

HBI Conversations Boston
is located at:

515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
(directions/map)

Overview


Looking for a thought-provoking experience in a community of like-minded readers? Want to explore Jewish women's writing and hear firsthand from prominent authors? 



A program of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, HBI Conversations is a national innovative book and author series that brings together Jewish women and authors to meet and discuss books dealing with Jewish and gender issues. At each of the meetings (number per year varies by location), you will hear from the author and have the opportunity to discuss her work. Started in 2001 in Palm Beach, Fla., the program has grown and there are currently 18 groups from Palm Beach to Montreal with over 500 women of all ages participating. Each group is limited to 35 people enabling an intimate conversation with each author.



Read about Conversations members and authors' experiences.

What types of books are selected?


Both fiction and non-fiction books (memoirs, biographies) dealing with Jewish and gender issues are selected by each local Conversations community based on recommendations from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Join HBI Conversations this year and learn what it's like to be an educated Jewish woman living in 17th century London, a Jewish, female foreign correspondent covering war torn Central America and Mexico in the 1980s, a modern day Jewish woman grappling with intense issues of faith, identify and family, and so much more. 

JBC logo HBI Conversations has been a network site of the Jewish Book Council since 2010 thus providing extraordinary access to authors with recently published books. 

See a list of current authors participating in HBI Conversations.



Where are HBI Communities?

HBI Conversations currently has programs in:

  • Boston, MA
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Chicago, IL
  • Howard County, MD
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • New York City
  • Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Park City/Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Stamford, CT
  • Westchester, NY

What does it cost?


The cost for the three session programs varies from $150-$180 depending on location and includes the books, author honorariums and travel costs. 

How are the groups organized?


Each group has two local coordinators who are responsible for the recruitment of participants, book selection and meeting locations. Anyone can volunteer to be a coordinator. The national Conversations Director oversees the management of the program, providing guidance on book selection, recruitment strategies and other issues. A national Conversations Administrator handles author bookings, travel arrangements and honorariums, book orders and registrations. Each local coordinator participates in periodic conference calls and meetings with the national coordinator and Conversations staff.


How do I join?



Please contact the national director of HBI Conversations Terri Brown Preuss at tbrownpreuss@brandeis.edu to join.


If you would like to bring HBI Conversations to your area by serving as a group coordinator or have general questions about the program, please contact Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at tbrownpreuss@brandeis.edu or 781-736-8106.