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Upcoming Events

The Days Between: New Blessings for the Season of Renewal

A talk and book launch by author Marcia Falk

Thursday, Sept. 11
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Dessert reception


Upcoming Deadlines

2014 HBI Research Awards

Monday, September 15, 2014

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HBI Artist-in-Residence

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Latest Publications

Joanna Michlic The HBI Blog: Fresh Ideas from HBI
Holocaust Study Challenges Stereotype of the "Ungrateful Jew" by Joanna Beata Michlic

614: The HBI eZine 614 eZine
Best of 614 Reading
Knish Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
The one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knish
Marcia Falk, The Days Between The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season
An elegantly designed volume of new English and Hebrew prayers and reflections for the High Holidays from a contemporary American poet
Best School in Jerusalem Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues

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.

HBI, Partners, Form of Agunah Task Force

Boston Agunah TaskforceThe HBI launched the Boston Agunah Task Force, an exciting initiative made possible by the Boston Jewish Women’s Fund of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. It is a collaboration between the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law (GCRL), the Center for Modern Torah Leadership and Chabad of the North Shore.

The overall goal of the Task Force is to expand understanding of gender inequality under Jewish divorce law and identify ways of addressing it. To achieve this, the Task Force plans include:

  • Online education: support the website, getyourget.com, a tool containing information around education resources and advocacy about the get, how to get one, who needs one
  • Community education: educate young people to reject the notion of get refusal and to adopt the use of prenuptial contracts to avoid it
  • Legal education: provide resources for attorneys and social workers dealing with matrimonial law and assisting clients in avoiding get refusal
  • Original research: understand the role that get-based refusal extortion plays in the Jewish divorce process in the U.S.
  • One to one counseling: work with a get specialist who can help negotiate the world of Jewish divorce.

This work is made possible, in part, due to a $15,000 grant, renewable up to three years, from the Boston Jewish Women’s Fund. Stay tuned for fall programming from the Agunah Task Force.

What our former scholars say about their HBI experience:

Ornat Turin, HBI Scholar-in-Residence, Spring, 2014

“At HBI, I experienced an organization that involves art, activism and academic research, to create a new organizational culture. I would like to incorporate some of it at home.  It was an opportunity to acquire my own identity in the inter-cultural encounters with the Jewish community of Brandeis. I worked on research within a team in way that enhanced the intellectual discourse as I collaborated with fascinating women from all around.”

Irina Rebrova, HBI-BGI Scholar-in-Residence, Spring, 2014

“I was the first scholar-in-residence at the HBI and BGI (Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry). I’m thankful for this unique opportunity for researchers from the former Soviet Union to continue their studies in the U.S.A. The libraries at Brandeis University and HBI have an excellent collection of books on Judaism, gender and Soviet Jewish history. The consultations with American colleagues in my research field as well as the research visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. helped me to prove my statements. I’m happy to become an HBI Research Associate and to be a part of HBI’s creative staff. ”  

Brygida Gasztold, Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2014 academic year

“I loved being here, taking part in scholarly debate, conferences, colloquia and being part of the scholarly life at Brandeis. I went to many events, not only related to my field, but also went to films, art exhibitions, gender and culture events, legal forums and different synagogues.  It is interesting and important that foreign scholars are able to exchange information and ask questions, get the view and context of things I wouldn’t get in Poland from the expertise of people who work here.”

HBI in the News

Marcia Falk, author of HBI book The Days Between: BLessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, is interviewed in Lilith's "A Woman's Tashlich."

HBI author Orly Castel-Bloom's book Textile is reviewed in Lilith's  "Behaviors from Generation to Generation."

HBI Research Associate Keren McGinity discusses her latest book, Marrying Out, on the Indiana University Press podcast.

HBI Research Associate Keren McGinity responds to "Will Jewish Camp Turn My Sons Into Members of the Tribe?" in the Forward.

Elana Maryles Sztokman, co-author of HBI book Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools (HBI Series on Jewish Women), is featured in the Jewish Book Council's The Prosen People with "10 Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Local School."

Tablet Magazine interviewed HBI Board Member Laura Schor and alumni of the Evelina de Rothschild School in "The Jerusalem School That Turned Superstitious Jews Into Proper Brits."

HBI author Laura Silver was recently on The Leonard Lopate Show, episode titled "The Delicious Knish."

Joanna Michlic, director of HBI's Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust debunks the myth of the ungrateful survivor.

HBI Board Member Laura Schor's book, The Best School in Jerusalem, gets rave reviews in the Jerusalem Post, 'Miss Landau,' educator extraordinary.

HBI Research Associate Rivkah Lubitch's recent blog post was published on the Jewish Daily Forward as "It's Time to Destigmatize Mamzers. Here's How."

Laura Silver, HBI published author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, is interviewed in NPR's "The Salt." Read the article "The Humble Knish: Chock-Full of Carbs and History."

The New York Times' feature "The New Golden Age of Jewish-American Deli Food" quotes Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.