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Bonna Haberman Memorial

Rabbi Bonna Haberman

The HBI and the Women's Studies Research Center honor Dr. Bonna Haberman z"l. We invite you to join us in text study and in personal reflections about Bonna.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, Women's Studies Research Center 
Epstein Building, Brandeis University  
515 South Street, Waltham, MA

Free and open to the public 
RSVP is recommended

For more information, email: hbi@brandeis.edu

HBI Honors 2015 Winners of Brandeis Alumni Achievement Award

Susan Weidman Schneider ’65, is the founding mother of the pioneering Jewish feminist magazine Lilith.  Roy DeBerry ’70, MA’78, PhD’7, is a human rights and social justice activist.

Saturday, October 24, 2015
4 p.m. Faculty Club

RSVP to Victoria Felson, vfelson@brandeis.edu or 718-736-4100


Linda Bond|Reconnaissance
August 18-October 27
Kniznick Gallery - Women’s Studies Research Center

Linda Bond - Reconaissance

For over two decades Linda Bond’s artwork has addressed issues of social concern. Pausing to examine the details of violent events as they unfold, most recently in the Middle East and South Asia, Bond both humanizes these tragedies and combats the numbing effects of a media-saturated culture. In addition to working with newspaper content, Bond uses the printed pages themselves as a source of raw material to create wall installations, woven floor mats and text-based drawings.

Hebrew College's Me'ah Select Course: A Gendered Lens on Jewish History
Meets Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Brookline, MA

The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, is the central text of ancient Israel and the foundational text for Judaism through the ages. In this course, we will examine important aspects of the biblical world, and explore selected topics and texts, all with a lens on women's experiences. From Eve in the Garden of Eden to Esther in the Persian court, women have been a subversive force in biblical history. What role do they play in the overarching divine plan?

By closely reading narratives about biblical women, we will gain a deeper understanding of the Hebrew Bible. Questions will center on gender and power relations (and how they may be undermined) in the biblical text. We will consider the ancient sociohistorical context and literary features of these stories, drawing upon classic rabbinic and modern feminist commentary. Men and women warmly welcomed. 

Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

"To Reshape the World: Interpretation, Renewal, and Feminist Approaches to Jewish Law"

Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall

David Ellenson is the Acting Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Visiting Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Ellenson will employ the Simon Rawidowicz essay, 'On Interpretation,' as a framework for an analysis and understanding of the diverse feminist approaches of Rachel Adler, Tamar Ross and Ronit Irshai.

Sponsored by the HBI, NEJS, and the Tauber Institute

Upcoming Deadlines

Artist-in-Residence Program

This residency provides artists the opportunity to be in residence at HBI while working on a significant artistic project in the field of Jewish gender studies.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Student Research Awards

The HBI will award $250 to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best proposal in any academic and fine arts discipline that supports the HBI's mission of developing fresh ideas about Jews and gender. (Brandeis University students only)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

HBI Translation Competition

The HBI announces our seventh annual competition to fund the translation of a book on a topic that deals in a significant way with Jews and gender.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Boston Agunah Taskforce

Boston Agunah Taskforce

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Latest Publications

Shula Reinharz

The HBI Blog: Fresh Ideas from HBI
The Bubbie and the Mobster 
By Phyllis Karas

614: Is it Kosher for Parents to Spank?

614: The HBI eZine
"Is it Kosher for Parents to Spank?"

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
Feminist Interpretations of the Talmud

The Strangers We Became

The Strangers We Became: Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq's Last Jews
A smart, funny, and lyrical memoir of an Iraqi Jewish girl’s experiences in five countries before settling in the United States

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

Inbar Raveh - Feminist Rereadings of Rabbic Literature

Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature
Novel readings of rabbinic literature from the perspective of feminism and gender reading theories

The Audacity of Holiness

The Audacity of Holiness: Orthodox Women's Theater in Israel
The first book in the HBI eBook collection


Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
The one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knish

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 YouTube channel

Scholarly Research

Artist-in-Residence program

Gilda Slifka Internship Program

Visit our YouTube channel for additional videos on our HBI Conversations program and the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law.

HBI in the News

HBI's event with Professor Anita Hill and author Letty Pogrebin is featured in the Forward and Brandeis student newspaper, The Justice

Marcia Falk, author of The Days Between, featured in this podcast.

HBI 2015 Summer intern, Fox, blogs for Mayyim Hayyim's The Mikveh Lady Has Left the Building.

Susan Weiss, Estanne Fawer scholar-in-residence at HBI in The Forward's Sisterhood blog on Limiting Rabbis and Their Power.

HBI Board member Talia Carner weighs in on the Sapir Prize in the Forward

HBI Board member Talia Carner was a visiting scribe for the Prosen People, writing Second Generation Forever and What is Tzedakah? She recently published, Hotel Moscow.

Interfaithfamily.com reprinted HBI Communication Director Amy Powell’s article in 614: The HBI eZine, Snubbed After Intermarrying. Read the other articles on 614 on “My Rabbi Disappointed Me.”

Thanks to Jewish Book World for a great review of The Days Between by Marcia Falk.

Shulamit Ottolenghi on Vox Tablet about her new CD, co-sponsored and launched at HBI, For You the Sun Will Shine: Songs of Women in the Shoamodern interpretations of haunting songs left by women in the Holocaust. 

Susan Weiss, Estanne Fawer scholar-in-residence at HBI in The Forward's Sisterhood blog on Israel's blacklist.

HBI Videographer Scott Powell's work is featured in The Jewish Journal. 

Father Tongue, the new exhibit from HBI Artist-in-residence, Milcah Bassel, is featured in the Brandeis Justice.

HBI Research Associate Rivkah Lubitch uses social media to unchain an agunah.

Former HBI intern Yael Mazor-Garfinkle starts a petition to name a Ben and Jerry's flavor, Ruth Bader Ginger. Read about it here  and here  and sign the petition!

HBI Co-Director Sylvia Barack Fishman weighs in on the role of denominations in The Washington Post.

Mainly Military History Book Reviews blog reviews HBI Board Member Talia Carner’s latest novel, Hotel Moscow.

HBI Scholar-in-residence Susan Weiss in The Justice as she answered questions about the film, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.

HBI’s book The Kosher Baker, by Paula Shoyer, is featured in Tablet Magazine's Kosher for Passover Brunch Recipes. 

A poem from HBI’s book The Song of Songs by Marcia Falk is featured as Haaretz's poem of the week.

Filmmaker Lily Rivlin and her film, Esther Broner: A Weave of Women, supported by HBI, were highlighted in the Wondering Jew feature of The Forward.

Laura Morowitz, a professor of art history at Wagner College in New York, who received an HBI research award for her work on Gustave Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer, was quoted in the The Wall Street Journal.

HBI Artist-in-residence, Milcah Bassel, PB ’11 speaks about Father Tongue in The Justice.

HBI published book Holocaust Mothers and Daughters: Family, History, and Trauma is reviewed in the Women's Review of Books article "Rebellion and Survival."

HBI Artist-in-Residence Milcah Bassel is featured in the Spring 2015 Brandeis State of the Arts.

HBI AAC member Marjorie Agosín has received the Pura Belpré Award for her first middle-grade novel, I Lived on Butterfly Hill.

Marcia Falk's The Days Between: Blessings, Poems and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, published by the HBI, is reviewed by the Jewish Book Council.

Former HBI Artist-in-Residence Andi Arnovitz has a new exhibit in Jerusalem, which is reviewed by Art in Israel.

HBI AAC member Dr Lisa Lehmann is quoted in "A Surgery Standard Under Fire," in the New York Times.

HBI Estanne Fawer Scholar-in-Residence Susan Weiss writes "International Agunah Day Solves Nothing" for the Jewish Daily Forward.

HBI supported books were highlighted in the Brandeis NOW article "Brandeis alumni and scholars win prestigious book awards."

Laura Silver, author of HBI published Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, is quoted in the Boston Globe article "What's in a knish, anyway?" about local knish-serving restaurants.

Spirituality & Practice reviews HBI author Marcia Falk's The Days Between: Blessings, Poems and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season.

Joana Michlic, Director of the HBI Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust, has her latest book reviewed in the Humanities and Social Sciences Online article "Eastern and Central European Countries Reckoning With Their Unusable Pasts."

Keren McGinty, HBI Research Associate, writes about gender inequality in academic positions in "In Jewish Studies, Women Remain 'Second Sex'" in the Jewish Daily Forward.

Susan Weiss, our new Estanne Fawer scholar-in-residence, writes more about revoked conversions and where unchecked power in rabbinical courts may lead Israel in the Jerusalem Post article "Tolerating the intolerable: State revocation of religious conversions."

Susan Weiss, Center for Women's Justice founder and HBI Estanne Fawer scholar-in-residence, takes on Israeli rabbinate in this case of a canceled conversion, covered in the Times of Israel article "Top court backs rabbis who revoked conversion over secular lifestyle."

Rabbi Aryeh Klapper, a Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-residence, discusses Jewish law and torture in Tablet Magazine's "Does Jewish Law Allow Torture?"

Gloria Levitas of Moment Magazine reviews Laura Silver's Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food in "A Journey to the Center of the Knish."

HBI author Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food was featured in The Boston Globe's "Self-proclaimed maven on Jewish knishes."

Sharon Siegel, author of HBI published A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls: The Torah’s Covenant Affirmed, is interviewed in the Jewish Week article "The Eighth Day, For Girls."

Brandeis student-run newspaper The Justice covers the Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights in "Scholar discusses global challenges."

Sylvia Barack Fishman, HBI co-director, is profiled in the Times of Israel article "Modern Orthodoxy: A model for the great American Jewish dream?"

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.