Terri Brown Preuss:

HBI Conversations Boston
is located at:

515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454


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 13 groups from Palm Beach to Park City, Utah with over 500 women of all ages participating. Groups generally consist of 30-40 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 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
  • Howard County, MD
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • New York City
  • Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Park City, UT
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Stamford, CT
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Westchester, NY

What does it cost?

The cost of the three-session programs is $150 with the additional option of purchasing the books through HBI for $60. The cost of the two-session programs is $100 with the additional option of purchasing the books through HBI for $40.

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 Conversations National 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. Local coordinators participate in periodic conference calls and attend a meeting once yearly with the Conversations Director and staff in New York City while attending the Jewish Book Council Conference.

How do I join?

Registration information for the 2018-19 Conversations season, including authors and dates by community, can be found HERE.

For  more information or if you would like to bring HBI Conversations to your area by serving as a group coordinator, please contact the national director of HBI Conversations, Terri Brown Preuss at or 617-777-0214