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Upcoming Events

Monday, 03/17/2014 - Friday, 04/11/2014:

Artist Jeanne Williamson's Residency at HBI

Monday, 04/14/2014 - Thursday, 05/22/2014:
Chuppot exhibition on display

Opening Reception: April 23, 5-7 pm

Artist’s Workshop: Wednesday, April 30, 12-2 pm  

Williamson will lead a workshop in printing on fabric.  Drop in at any time during the session to engage in a hands-on experience.  


Wednesday, May 7

Gallery talk by Williamson, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
“A Sheltering Place: Tradition and Innovation in the Chuppah/Jewish Wedding Canopy,” Penina Adelman, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, 2:30 p.m.
“Chuppah – Beyond the Four Poles,” Lior Kagan

All events will be held at the WSRC and are free and open to the public.

Kniznick Gallery
Women's Studies Research Center
Brandeis University


 

Upcoming Deadlines

HBI Student Prize

Application deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

HBI Student Prize application guidelines

HBI-BGI Scholar-in-Residence

Scholars currently residing in, or who have emigrated from, any of the countries of the Former Soviet Union, are invited to apply for a residency at the HBI while working on a significant project in the field of Jewish gender studies.

Application deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014

HBI-BGI Scholar-in-Residence 2014 application guidelines.

HBI Seminar Series: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Agunah Problem, January– May, 2015

Researchers are invited to join a term long seminar to explore modes of understanding and addressing the agunah issue and get-based extortion.

Application deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014

HBI Seminar Series 2015 application guidelines.


Latest Publications

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Sharon R. Siegel - A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls

A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls
Formulates a framework for the development of Jewish rituals for newborn girls

Best School in Jerusalem The Best School in Jerusalem
Recounts the remarkable tenure of Annie Landau as principal of the Evelina de Rothschild School in Jerusalem.
Educating in the Divine Image Educating in the Divine Image
An incisive look at gender inequalities in Jewish day school education.

Fresh Ways of Thinking About Jews and Gender Worldwide


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The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement.

The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.

We invite you to explore our website and experience the impact of the HBI.


Jeanne Williamson, 2014 Artist-in-Residence, Under Color

Jeanne WilliamsonMonday, 03/17/2014 - Friday, 04/11/2014:

Artist Jeanne Williamson's Residency at HBI

Monday, 04/14/2014 - Thursday, 05/22/2014:
Chuppot exhibition on display

April 23, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Opening Reception

Wednesday, April 30, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Artist’s Workshop
Williamson will lead a workshop in printing on fabric.  Drop in at any time during the session to engage in a hands-on experience.  


Wednesday, May 7
Gallery talk by Williamson, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
“A Sheltering Place: Tradition and Innovation in the Chuppah/Jewish Wedding Canopy,” Penina Adelman, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, 2:30 p.m.
“A Chuppah – Beyond the Four Poles,” Lior Kagan

All events will be held at the WSRC and are free and open to the public.


 

Books with HBI Ties Win National Jewish Book Award

HBI proudly announces that five books with deep connections to HBI have won the prestigious National Jewish Book Award announced on January 15.

Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools
Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman and Elana Maryles Sztokman, published Brandeis University Press in the HBI Series on Jewish Women won in the category of Education and Jewish Identity. HBI Co-directors Shulamit Reinharz and Sylvia Barack Fishman are editors of the series. An incisive look at gender inequities in Jewish day school education, Educating in the Divine Image draws on studies in education, social science, and psychology, as well as personal interviews.

Educating in the Divine Image
Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace: American Jewish Women's Activism, 1890-1940
Melissa R. Klapper, published by NYU Press, won in the category of Women’s Studies. Dr. Klapper was a scholar-in-residence at HBI in 2007. Her research for this book at HBI focused on American Jewish women's pre-World War II activism in the suffrage, birth control and peace movements. The book explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from approximately 1890 to the beginnings of World War II.
Ballots, Babies and Banners of Peace

Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk
Elissa Bemporad, published by Indiana University Press won in the category of Writing Based on Archival Material. The author received a HBI research award in 2007 for this project.
Becoming Soviet Jews
Embodying Hebrew Culture: Aesthetics, Athletics, and Dance in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine
Nina S. Spiegel, published by Wayne State University Press, was a finalist in the category of Writing Based on Archival Material. Dr. Spiegel, was a scholar-in-residence in 2011 for the HBI seminar on Jewish Women in the Arts.

Embodying Hebrew Culture


Gender and Timebound Commandments in Judaism

Elizabeth Shanks Alexander, published by Cambridge University Press, is a finalist in the category of Women's Studies. Dr. Alexander received a research award from HBI in 2009 for this book.
Gender and Timebound Commandments

For other winners, visit
http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/2013-national-jewish-book-award-winners


What our former scholars say about their HBI experience:

Haim Sperber, Israel, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence, summer 2013

"My stay at the HBI as the Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence was most fruitful for my research. It provided me with using the important resources at Brandeis but as important was meeting with Brandeis scholars. I have now a different perspective. I hope I have contributed to HBI at least partially from what I received." 

Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti, Italy, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence, fall 2013

"Here, I found a different atmosphere than in Italy, with dialogue and feedback from scholars involved in Jewish studies departments. The setting changes the way you look at these problems. In Italy, these issues are set in the context of Italian history, but here I was able to research in the context of Jewish studies, Jewish perspectives and how it fits into the gender, culture, religion and law setting.

Orian Zakai, Israel/US, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence, fall 2013

"Besides the wonderful space, I had really fascinating dialogues with other scholars. Specifically the group really had a sense of collegiality and support with interesting feminist conversations. Our topics are different, but we talked over dinner about issues and it was really great to meet the other scholars. I love that this is a space for women."


HBI in the News

2013 HBI Artist-in-Residence Yishay Garbasz is included in The Huffington Post's "10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing the Landscape of Contemporary Art."

Former HBI scholar Lilly Rivlin's film Esther Broner: A Weave of Women is reviewed in the Jewish Week's article "Feminist Seder Pioneer Esther Broner is Subject of New Documentary."

Shulamit Reinharz, HBI Founding Director, is quoted in The Brandeis Hoot's "WSRC scholars and students discuss reproductive rights."

Dr. Keren McGinity, former HBI scholar-in-residence and member of the Academic Advisory Council on Jewish women and intermarriage, is quoted in the Forward's "Jewish Woman Is New Face of Intermarriage, Pew Study Data Reveals."

Elana Sztokman, co-author of Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools, was interviewed in Vox Tablet's episode "Talmud for Boys, Challah-Making for Girls—Gender Imbalance in Orthodox Day Schools."

National Jewish Book Award winner Melissa R. Klapper interviewed in the Sisterhood's "Untold Story of Jewish Feminist Pioneers."

The Jewish Advocate covered our National Jewish Book Award winners in "Gender issues, feminism booked for glory."

Brandeis NOW highlights our recent National Jewish Book Award winners in "Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish Literature."

Emily Sigalow, HBI Graduate Advisory Committee member and former intern raises important points about gender in Jewish children's books in "Do Jewish Children’s Books Have a Problem With Gender?" published in Tablet Magazine.

HBI proudly announces that five books with deep connections to HBI have won the prestigious National Jewish Book Award announced on January 15.

Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State: Israel's Civil War by Susan M. Weiss and Netty C. Gross-Horowitz was featured in "A Divorce Made in Heaven: Don’t Reform Israel’s State Rabbinate. Shut It Down.," published on The Daily Beast.