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2015

Morgan Flanagan-Folcarelli

Morgan Flanagan-FolcarelliMorgan Flanagan-Folcarelli was a rising junior at Mount Holyoke College and a double major in English and Philosophy. She was most recently from Wethersfield, Conn., but grew up in both Vermont and the San Francisco Bay Area.

At HBI, Flanagan-Folcarelli interviewed bisexual Jews in the US and around the world to complete a paper that examines the intersections of bisexual and Jewish identities, as well as the experiences of those who claim them. She was interested in the politics and social implications of identity labels, particularly in regard to oppression and LGBTQ+ identification, and was grateful for the opportunity that HBI provides to highlight the experiences of those she interviewed.

Flanagan-Folcarelli worked with Dr. Lisa Fishbayne Joffe, and assisted with the finalization of a manuscript on Gender, Religion and Public Life. 

Fox

Fox

Fox was a fourth year undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz studying critical race and ethnic studies with a focus in Jewishness.

At HBI, they compiled a zine on LGBTQIA+ reclamation of the mikveh. In addition to serving as a community space to share rituals/stories/reflections/philosophical readings/art/etc., their hope was that the zine might also serve as an iterative resource guide to pluralistic mikvaot/naturally occurring mikvaot for LGBTQIA+ folks.  

Fox worked with Dr. Janet Freedman, a scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, to shape a project to "find the words that say it": deeper dialogues and conflicting discussions around paths to social justice. Fox identified as a trans/gender non-conforming white Ashkenazi Jew. 

Daniela Kogan

Daniela KoganDaniela Kogan, of Queens, N.Y. was a rising junior at the joint program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University majoring in Psychology and Bible.

Her summer project at HBI was a modern reading of Biblical women where she tied the themes and issues of their stories to those faced by contemporary women. Some examples included the glass ceiling, discrimination in the workplace, reproductive issues, women's health, campus rape and body image in the Jewish community and media. She also worked with Associate Professor Raj Sampath, associate director of the Heller School master’s program in sustainable international development. Kogan helped Prof. Sampath with a feminist reinterpretation of Adam and Eve.

At school, Kogan was deeply involved in campus Hillel, where she led a seminar on Jewish education and was co-chair of Conservative movement group on campus. She taught middle schooler children in the religious school of Congregation Habonim. 

Devorah Kranz

Devorah KranzDevorah Kranz, of Richmond, Virginia, was a rising sophomore at Brandeis University majoring in philosophy and neuroscience.

At HBI, she looked at feminist interpretations of Hannah Arendt and considered how her philosophical and political thought could be used to inform the way we look at modern Jewish feminism.

She also supported the work of Layah Lipsker, research associate and member of the Boston Agunah Task Force to create a website and produce an educational video so that family lawyers and people going through a divorce can learn about how civil courts can help in the event that a prenuptial agreement hasn’t been signed.

Caro Langenbucher

Caro LangenbucherCaro Langenbucher, from Highland Park, N.J. was a rising senior at Brandeis University, majoring in English with a minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. Langenbucher’s preferred pronouns were they and them.

They were interested in the oeuvre of David Foster Wallace and was working on a senior thesis that would be a feminist analysis of his novel, Infinite Jest.

At HBI, they worked for the National Center for Jewish Film on Yiddish filmography. Their independent research was on non-binary (beyond male/female) gender identities in the Talmud. In the form of a self-published “zine,” they wanted to explore reclaiming these ancient genders as a genderqueer Jew in the present day.

Hannah Montañez

Hannah MontañezHannah Montañez was a rising fourth year student at the University of Virginia from Manassas, Virginia. She was a double major in foreign affairs and Jewish studies. Montañez had a particular interest in the study of Sephardic Jews, specifically those in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At HBI, Montañez researched Hispanic Jewish sexual ethics. Specifically, she studied the way Hispanic Jewish women may experience difficulty in accepting aspects of sexuality and abortion in Jewish law due to potential conflicts with the machista and Christian influences that are usually vital foundational aspects in Latino culture.

Montañez also worked with Dr. Dalia Wassner, an HBI research associate, to research prominent literary figures in Latin America and Spain who attempted to incorporate Jews in the bigger conversation of national identity, from the colonial period through the 20th century.

Madilyn Pflueger

Madilyn PfluegerMadilyn Pflueger, of Austin, T.X. was a rising junior at Trinity University in San Antonio majoring in Spanish and minoring in psychology.

At HBI, Pflueger produced a visual art series portraying the matriarchs in contemporary society, looking away from the patriarchal interpretations of negative characteristics.

Pflueger also worked with Amy Powell, HBI communications director, on social media and new communications platforms.

Alec Scarf

Alexandra ScarfAlec Scarf was a graduate intern from Los Angeles who lived in Cambridge. Her undergraduate degree was in Classical Studies from UCSC where she graduated with honors. There, she studied middle Egyptian literature and Hellenistic Judaism, completing her thesis on Hegel’s notion on world history. At the time, she was a master’s candidate in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis and worked comparatively within Bible and modern biblical reception.

At HBI, Scarf and Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman compiled sources and conducted research in contemporary female Jewish authors in North America. Scarf’s personal research at HBI sought to understand the use of transgression and violence as a narrative technique in works of Israeli fiction.

2014

Katherine Bleth 

Katherine Bleth was a rising senior from Atlanta, Ga. at University of Minnesota. She wasa triple major in English, German and Jewish studies. Bleth credited her academic advisor at University of Minnesota with kindling her interesting Judaism when she followed his advice at took an introduction to Judaism class.

Her project at HBI was to study Jewish comedians and the body of work they produced over the last four years with specific attention to Obvious Child featuring Jenny Slate, Broad City featuring Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson as well as the work of Rachel Bloom.

Bleth also worked with Dr. Karen Frostig, scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University as well as President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Project, the first public art memorial of its kind in Europe to symbolically represent persecuted victims and dissidents of National Socialism.

Ranana Dine 

Ranana Dine was a rising junior at Williams College from Silver Springs, Md., pursuing a double major in religion and art history and practice. She previously attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville Md.

Dine’s project at HBI was a study of the BRCA1-2 mutation in Ashkenazi Jews and how it is being linked with Jewish religious symbols in cultural discourse.  The idea for the project first occurred to her when she saw a poster in a synagogue ladies’ room for BRCA gene screening that had the breast cancer ribbon filled with pink Jewish stars.

“It was an interesting symbol that played into all my interests. My dream is to somehow figure out ways to combine religion, medicine and art,” she said.

As she paid more attention, she noticed more symbols. Her work focused on the halakhic discourse about gene screening and recent conversation about Jewish genetics and whether Jews are a genetic group. Dine also supported the research of Rabbi Jane Kanarek, Associate Professor of Rabbinics at Hebrew College, with her work for the Feminist Commentary for the Babylonian Talmud project.

Fabulous Flores

Fabulous Flores, from LaVerne, Calif., was a rising senior at Penn State University, majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in Jewish studies.  At HBI, Flores worked on a research project that examines the stigma of multiculturalism in the Jewish community from several historical points of view.  Her interest in this topic stemmed from her own experiences as a Jew with multicultural roots.

At the same time, Flores supported the work of Layah Lipsker, an HBI research associate, on the launch of the getyourget.com, a new web site that provides resources, support and education for Jewish women struggling with various aspects of Jewish divorce.

Helena Goodman 

Helena Goodman, from Riverdale, N.Y. was rising sophomore at McGill University with a double major in English literature and Jewish studies.  She attended Jewish day school for many years, but graduated from Riverdale-Kingsbridge Academy.

Goodman shared a love of literature with her mother who holds a Ph.D in Yiddish of the first World War. At first, she rebelled, but ultimately took a class on the Yiddish literary canon.

At HBI, Goodman’s independent project was a paper studying the short stories of Jewish female writers, mainly focused on Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley and Renata Adler., looking at the short story format a “minority” format in literature written by a group identified as a double-minority. She also worked at the National Center for Jewish Film under the director of Sharon and Lisa Rivo, doing archival work.

Rachel Putterman 

Rachel Putterman had a varied career before coming to HBI as a graduate intern. After receiving her degree in political science from UC San Diego and her law degree from American University, she worked as a legal services attorney representing domestic violence survivors in their family law cases.

Recently, Putterman went back to school at Hebrew College, this time pursuing a lifelong dream to become a rabbi.  She also recently trained to become a mikveh guide at Mayyim Hayyim. Her research project at HBI combined many of her interests as she conducts a gendered analysis of the ritual impurity of abnormal genital discharges in Leviticus.

She also worked with Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, director of the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law, to research portrayals of agunot in Jewish and secular media, including social media.  Additionally, she researched whether the public shaming of get refusers constitutes libel or defamation.

Tamar Segev 

Tamar Segev was a rising junior from Needham, Mass. at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. She majored in studio art with a focus in art history and psychology.

At HBI, she researched artistic representations of Biblical women, focusing mostly on Miriam while also creating her own paintings and representations of Miriam. At the same time, Segev worked with Dr. Karen Frostig, scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Project, the first public art memorial of its kind in Europe to symbolically represent persecuted victims and dissidents of National Socialism.

Segev solicited archival letters and contacting groups all over the world so people will post letters on the project’s web site. She was drawn to this project because it provided an opportunity to do an art project with a research component.

Amanda Sharick 

Amanda Sharick, a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of California, Riverside, was a graduate intern at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute,She specializes in late-Victorian culture and literature, Jewish Studies, gender and sexuality and media studies. Her dissertation traces the transatlantic networks of Anglo and American Jewish women writers during the turn of the twentieth century.

Sharick selected HBI because it was an “elite institution that looks at the important intersections between Jews and gender.” Her individual project was to revise a chapter in her dissertation that examines the transatlantic professional relationship between Henrietta Szold and Lady Katie Magnus during a 15-year period when Szold was a volunteer editor for the Jewish Publication Society of America (JPSA).

Sharick also supported the work of Dr. Joyce Antler, the Samuel B. Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Women's and Gender Studies in her forthcoming book, Radical Feminism and Jewish Identity, worked on her last chapter, read and took notes on a specific British case study of radical feminism and anti-Semitism during the 1982-83 Israeli invasion of Southern Lebanon.

2013

Ilannah Donohue, McGill University

Bianca Haste, University of Indiana

Rachel Koffman, McGill University

Chelsie May, Brandeis University

Nate Merritt, Malone University

Bailey Mezan, University of Santa Cruz

Benjamin Steiner, Jewish Theological Seminary

Casey Zierler, Smith College

2012

Aislinn Betancourt, Rollins College

Zoya Brumberg-Kraus, Mt. Holyoke University

Rachel Klionsky, Brandeis University

Francesca Petronio, Smith College

Alicja Podbielska, Polish Acadamy of Science

Sydney Sadur, Smith College

Hannah Scharlin-Petee, Oberlin College

Katy Swartz, Smith College

2011

Linda Benesch, American University

Tasha Kaminsky, Brandeis University

Danya Lagos, University of Chicago

Eliana Light, Brandeis University

Elizabeth Marden, Hobart and William Smith College

Lucia Panasci, University of Massachusetts

Elena Weiner, Wheaton College

Shira Ziegler, Brandeis University

2010

Vlada Bilyak, Queens University

Emily Christy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Brian Hilman, University of Chicago

Leora Jackson, Queens University

Mariusz Kalczewiak, University of Poland

Jenny Levy, University of Illinois - Urbana

Sabrina Lightstone, Concordia University

Golan Moskowitz, Brandeis University

Carina Platner, Brandeis University

2009

Shevy Baskin, Brandeis University

Adina Bernstein, Cambridge University

Aline Braun, University of Freiburg

Maria Ferenc, Warsaw University

Lee Maman, Hebrew University

Emily Sigalow, Brandeis University 

Hannah Sutin, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Marley Weiner, Columbia University/JTS

2008

Frederike Asael, Universistat Vasel

Elizabeth Bendycky, University of Virginia

Nocole Fox, Brandeis University

Alma Heckman, Wellesley College

Shari Rabin, Boston University

Katherine Romanow, Concordia University

Jennifer Roskies, Bar-Ilan University

Emily Watkins, Brandeis University

2007

Talia Coutin, University of California - Santa Cruz

Emily Glazer, University of Toronto

Rachel Fross, University of Virginia

Rachel (Heli) Hellel, Bar-Ilan University

Lily Kowalski, Brandeis University

Erika Levin, Arizona State University

Halim Rizk, Wesleyan University

Shayna Weiss, Brandeis University

2006

Rachel Berry, University of Michigan

Sarah Krevsky, Brandeis University

Yael Mazor, Brandeis University

Rotem Sehayek, University of Haifa

Sara Smith, Brandeis University

Judith Winkler, Trinity College

Arielle Wortzman, Oberlin College

2005

Mackenzie McIlmail

Juliana Marcus

Aviva Richman

Talya Lieberman

Sarah Litvin

Hilary Hampton

2004

Nathalie Alyon

Emily Rose Antflick

Frayda Gonshor

Yael Levin

Aliza Luft

Velle Woskow

2003

Katarzyna Cieslik

Rose Davis

Naomi Goldberg

Suzy Klein

Irit Koren

Dena Weisberg

2002

Tali Berner

Aviva Dautsch

Michelle Kay

Naomi Reinharz

Rachel Shnider

Rebecca Weinstock

Dena Wigder

1999-2001

Amanada Lee Hollander (2001)

Michal Scharlin (2001)

Lauren Schiff (2001)

Rebecca Crane (2000)

Rebecca Weinstock (2000)

Rachel Cymrot (1999)

Chanel Dubofsky (1999)

Ali Feldman Gutfreund (1999)

Anne Rosenzweig (1999)

Michelle Sternthall (1999)