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Lisa Fishbayn Joffe introduces "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem"
Boston Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, November 6
9:15 p.m.

Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

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The 5th Annual Diane (Dina) Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights

Presentation by Fareda Banda, SOAS London

"Good Morning Heartache: International Law and the Global Challenges Facing Women"

Sunday, Nov. 9
7:30 p.m.

Rapaporte Treasure Hall

HBI Co-sponsors "The Return"
Boston Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, November 13
7 p.m.

Boston ICA
100 Northern Ave., Boston

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HBI Artist-in-Residence

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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Rosalie Katchen Travel Grant to AJS 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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HBI Translation Competition

Monday, November 17, 2014

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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.

Fareda Banda to Deliver Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights on Sunday, November 9

The Nobel Committee took the extraordinary step on Oct. 10 of jointly awarding this year’s Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old activist from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education."

In awarding Yousafzai’s work, the Nobel Committee recognized the education of girls as a human right. Yet all over the world, women’s rights, some that had seemed secure, seem to be under fire once again. Professor Fareda Banda, the human rights lawyer who will deliver the Fifth Annual Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights, Sunday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., Rapoporte Treasure Hall, Brandeis University, will explain why the global situation for women rights feels like a game of tug of war with women winning so many important gains and yet also yielding too much ground.

Professor Banda is uniquely qualified to speak on these topics. She is a leading international scholar on human rights and a professor of law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Currently a Hauser Global visiting professor at New York University School of Law, she has consulted to the United Nations and taught on three continents.  She will examine normative gains, especially in the area of violence, but also consider the latest backsliding on issues such as reproductive rights.

The Markowicz Lecture Series was created by the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law by Project Founder Sylvia Neil and her husband Dan Fischel in memory of Sylvia's late sister, Diane, to honor her commitment to gender, equality and social justice. The series features internationally renowned scholars, judges, and activists discussing ways of negotiating the tensions between gender equality and religious or cultural norms.


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

The Brandeis Hoot praises the HBI Series on Jewish Women and The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season in a recent article.

Marcia Falk's The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season is featured in Jewish Women Magazine's "High Holiday Companion."

Laura Silver's Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food is highlighted in the New York Times' "Obsessions, From Street Food to Rooftops."

Laura S. Schor's book The Best School in Jerusalem: Annie Landau's School for Girls, 1900-1960 is reviewed by the Jewish Book Council.

Marcia Falk and the recent HBI sponsored book tour are featured in the Jewish Daily Forward article "When Yom Kippur Prayers Don't Help With Grieving."

HBI author Elana Sztokman calls for activism in the Tablet article "Orthodox Man Refuses to Sit Next to Feminist Activist on Airplane."

HBI Conversations' Stamford, CT group is highlighted in the Jewish Ledger article "Author! Author! HBI Conversations comes to Connecticut."

The Jewish Journal covers HBI author Marcia Falk's North Shore event with "Falk Draws Huge Crowds."

Marcia Falk is the cover story in the print edition of The American Jewish World's Rosh Hashanah edition.

HBI author Marcia Falk's latest book, The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, is reviewed in the The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton's The Reporter.

AAC member and former HBI scholar-in-residence Ruth Ellen Gruber writes "The Night I Spent in Jail in Hitler's Hometown" for Tablet Magazine.

HBI author Marcia Falk's latest book, The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, is reviewed in the Jewish Post & Opinion.

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 ProsenPeople 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, WNYC, 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.