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Milcah Bassel | Father Tongue
In residence: March 16 - April 10
Exhibition: April 13 - July 16

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"Faith, Race, Feminism, and the Ties that Bind: Anita Hill in Conversation with Letty Cottin Pogrebin"

Celebrating Pogrebin's latest novel Single Jewish Male Seeking Soulmate, two iconic feminists discuss the movement's past, present, and future, and the imprint of family history on identity and values. 

September 10, 2015, time to be announced
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University
415 South St., Waltham, MA
Sponsored by HBI, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and Feminist Press

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Research Awards

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute awards grants to support interdisciplinary research or artistic projects on Jewish women and gender issues

September 10, 2015

Boston Agunah Taskforce

Boston Agunah Taskforce

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Latest Publications

Amy Powell

The HBI Blog: Fresh Ideas from HBI

Happy Bicentvincent- decennovennial!

By Amy Powell

614 My Rabbi Disappointed me

614: The HBI eZine
"My rabbi disappointed me."


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

The Audacity of Holiness

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

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.

Gilda Slifka Interns Arrive

2015 Gilda Slifka Interns

HBI bustles with activity as the Gilda Slifka Summer Internship begins with eight students from around the country. Each intern will create an original research project related to Jews and gender while also supporting the research of scholars and staff associated with HBI. Since 1998, the HBI has welcomed interns from all over North America, many who have continued in the field of Jewish women’s studies. This year we are proud to have Caro Langebucher, a Brandeis University senior from Highland Park, N.J. who will work with Lisa Rivo; Morgan Flanagan-Folcarelli, a Mount Holyoke junior from Wethersfield, Conn. who will with work with Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe; Fox, a University of California Santa Cruz senior from St. Paul, Minn. who will work with Dr. Janet Freedman; Hannah Montanez a University of Virginia senior from Woodbridge, Va. who will work with Professor Marjorie Agosin; Devorah Kranz, a Brandeis sophomore from Richmond, Va. who will work with Layah Lipsker; Daniela Kogan, a Columbia University – List College junior from Queens, N.Y. who will work with Asst. Professor Raj Sampath; Madilyn Pflueger, a Trinity University junior from Austin, Texas who will work with Amy Powell, and Alec Scarf, a master’s candidate in Near East Judaic Studies at Brandeis University from Los Angeles, Calif. who will work with Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman.


Father Tongue Exhibit

Father Tongue

Milcah Bassel, Kniznick Gallery, April 13 to July 16, 2015

As the HBI artist-in-residence, Milcah Bassel, PB ’11, created large-scale wall drawings based on five letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Multiplying and playing with the space between these letters provides the basis for a multidisciplinary installation that explores space through the altering of language. The daughter of a Torah scribe, Bassel’s installation address the patriarchal roots of this ancient square alphabet through a personal, feminist, and abstract lens. A sound piece accompanies the exhibit.

Bassel, born in Boston and raised in Israel, holds a post-baccalaureate in studio art from Brandeis University and an MFA in Visual Art from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University where she is currently a part-time lecturer.

Kniznick Gallery
Exhibit: April 13 to July 16, 2015

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HBI in the News

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.