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

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
Gender and the Holocaust: New Research
Consulting Editor: Dalia Ofer

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 Translation Prize Bears Fruit: Three Books Now Available in English

With publication of Feminist Re-readings of Rabbinic Literature by Inbar Raveh, HBI reaches an important milestone. Raveh's book, translated from Hebrew, marks the first book published in the HBI Series on Jewish Women that received the HBI Translation Prize, an award designed to bring scholarly work published in other languages to a wider audience.

It's publication comes on the heels of Memoirs of a Grandmother: Scenes from the Cultural History of the Jews of Russia in the Nineteenth Century, vol. 2 by Pauline Wengeroff, also a recipient of the HBI Translation Prize, published in English (from German) this year by Stanford University Press. Last week, we reached yet another important milestone with the first electronic publication in the new HBI Translation Series on the Brandeis Institutional Repository, The Audacity of Holiness: Orthodox Jewish Women's Theater in Israel by Reina Rutlinger-Reiner, translated from Hebrew.

Since its inception in 2009, 11 books received the HBI Translation Prize, bringing works to English from Yiddish, German, French and Hebrew. Shulamit Reinharz, HBI co-founder, said, "We, at the HBI, with our emphasis on phenomena around the world, insist that we know about the views of people who live outside our country and our language comfort-zone. We need to know what people who work in other languages are thinking and reading."

Several more works are planned for the near future. Jewish Voices in Feminism: Transnational Perspectives, by Nelly Las, an HBI Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence, will be published next summer by University of Nebraska Press (translated from French) and Anat HaCohen's Hebrew Women Join (the) Forces, (translated from Hebrew) is also expected shortly. Several more books will be available electronically on the Brandeis Institutional Repository, free for download, next year.

Check out this musical rendition of HBI Author Marcia Falk's poem, "Turning the Heart" or "Teshuvat Halev." It's from her new book, The Days Between.

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

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.

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.