Past GCRL Events

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GCRL Lunchtime Seminars

The lectures meet on Mondays from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A Kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP for each lecture to

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ronit Irshai, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence                     
Essentialism and Homosexuality in Contemporary Jewish Law

Monday, November 21, 2016 

Avishalom Westreich, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence     
Changing Motherhood Paradigms: Jewish Law, Civil Law, and Society

Monday, November 28, 2016

Geraldine Gudefin, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence          
Jewish Family in the Age of Mass Migration: A Comparative Case Study of France and the U.S.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Riki Shapira-Rosenberg, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence 
Legal Claims and Social Change in Israel

The Boston Jewish Film Festival

Screening of “Sand Storm” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8:45 PM

A screening of “Sand Storm” followed with a discussion with Associate Director of HBI, Lisa Fishbayn Joffe. For more information about “Sand Storm” and to purchase tickets, visit

Museum of Fine Arts                                            
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Upcoming Panel Discussions

Thursday, November 17, 2016 

Gender and the Law in Israel                                                                     
A discussion in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI, featuring Helen Gartner Hammer Scholars-in-residence Ronit Irshai, Riki Shapira-Rosenberg and Avishalom Westreich.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Is Polygamy Good for Women?                                                                     

DEIS Impact event, taking place in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. Deis Impact is Brandeis University’s weeklong “Festival of Social Justice.” Visit to learn more about the various events.