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NCJF's Film Festival

The Law movie

HBI is a sponsor of the National Center for Jewish Film's Annual Film Festival. The 2016 HBI sponsored film is The Law/La Loi, where Simone Veil’s intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France is vividly brought to life in this taut fact-based political drama. Watch trailer.

There will be two screenings:

Sunday, May 8, 4:30pm at West Newton Cinema

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30pm at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (This screening will include a Q&A with Shulamit Reinharz and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe) 

Tickets for West Newton screening

Tickets for MFA screening

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Artist-in-Residence

Wendy Wolfe Fine's The Pearl That Slipped Its Shell relays the loss of personal freedoms and cultural lives of Iranian Jewish women after the Revolution. The exhibit incorporates video, photography and cultural objects.

Exhibit dates: 

April 6 - June 24

Kniznick Gallery | Women's Studies Research Center | Brandeis Universtiy | 515 South St., Waltham, MA


Deadlines

HBI Seminar Series - Female Interpreters of Religious Law: Women’s Leadership As Clergy, Educators, Advisors And Judges (Spring 2017) 

​Deadline extension: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Boston Agunah Taskforce

Boston Agunah Taskforce

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Latest Publications

The GropmansFresh Ideas from HBI: The HBI Blog
Mother, Daughter Pair to Bring Back German-Jewish Cooking, Culture

 Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social RevolutionLove, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution

The Polygamy QuestionThe Polygamy Question

Joffe and Banda book coverWomen's Rights and Religious Law

The Strangers We BecameThe Strangers We Became

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



Inbar Raveh - Feminist Rereadings of Rabbic LiteratureFeminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature

 

Chana Maisel: Agricultural Training for WomenChana Maisel: Agricultural Training for Women

For the Love of the FatherFor the Love of the Father

The Audacity of HolinessThe Audacity of Holiness: Orthodox Women's Theater in Israel

KnishKnish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food


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.


Free Webinar on Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families

Thursday, May 12, 12:15 - 1:15 pm EST

How do young women and men feel about sex, love, and marriage? Who gets married and when? How do couples and individuals decide about children? What are the changing faces of modern Jewish families and what do diverse families mean for American Jewish life today?

Join JOFA and HBI for a free webinar with Professor Sylvia Barack Fishmaneditor of Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution and Dr. Michelle Shain, author of the chapter "Dreams and Realities: American Jewish Young Adults' Decisions about Fertility." Amy Powell, communications director at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, will moderate the discussion.

Register for this free webinar

This is a co-production with: JOFA logo


Fresh Voices: Jewish Women Writers From North America

Scholars-in-residence explored Jewishness and gender in poetry, fiction and memoir during HBI's three-month themed seminar. On May 3, 2016, the HBI community was invited to listen to the scholars' final presentations. 

Kathryn HellersteinKathryn Hellerstein
Scholarly presentation: "Jewish American Women Poets: Anthologists and Translators (1966-1999)" 

Creative presentation: Hellerstein read a selection of her translations from her forthcoming collection, Anthology of Women Yiddish Poets and a few of her original poems.  

Lori Harrison-KahanLori Harrison-Kahan
Scholarly presentation:  "Frontier Feminism: Miriam Michelson and the Multi-Ethnic West"

Creative presentation: Harrison-Kahan read short prose excerpts from the collection she is editing, titled The Superwoman and Other Writings: Fiction and Journalism by Miriam Michelson.

Chantal RinguetChantal Ringuet
Scholarly presentation: "Coming to Terms With America: Yiddish Women Writers Exchange Letters (1948-1972)"

Creative presentation: Ringuet read poems by Chava Rosenfarb (translated to English) and Miriam Waddington.

The Spring Seminar, North American Jewish Women's Writing of Fiction, Memoir and Poetry, is supported in part with a gift from Elaine Reuben, HBI Board member.

HBI Gives $75,000 in Research Awards

Titles like “Wild, Outside, in the Night: Maurice Sendak, Queer American Jewishness, and the Child” and “Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh: All Rise for Women on a Beit Din” are just two of the 25 research awards the HBI will support over the following year.

These projects, of Golan Moskowitz and Helene Aylon respectively, and the others received a total of $75,000 after the annual Academic Advisory Committee meeting in December, 2015. The AAC, comprised of 160 experts and academics from 52 schools in eight countries, review the appropriate proposals and comment over a review period. The process culminates with a day-long meeting at HBI, this year attended by 30 members, to discuss the finalists. Final decisions are made by Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman, HBI’s co-director and chair of the AAC along with Prof. Shulamit Reinharz, HBI’s founding director and Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, associate director of HBI and director of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law. 

The research awards support the HBI mission of developing fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide. Sub-categories include History, Israel and the Yishuv; Families, Children and the Holocaust; Diaspora Studies, Judaism, Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, Biography, Film and Video and Arts. 


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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

Brandeis student newspaper, The Justice, writes Evolving Families about the book launch for Love, Marriage and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution.

HBI's Scholar-in-Residence Kathryn Hellerstein in The Daily Pennsylvanian on influential women in the Yiddish tradition. 

HBI’s co-director Sylvia Barack Fishman mentioned in The Jewish Week, Seeing Crisis, Jewish Ethics Group Urges Reform.

Shulamit Reinharz, HBI Founding director, on More Young Women Moving Back Home in the Boston Globe.

Former scholar-in-residence Nina Lichtenstein in Lilith, The Making of a Viking Jewess.

Janet Freedman, scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center and a member of the HBI's Academic Advisory Council, started a national conversation on the NWSA's acceptance of a BDS resolution. Dr. Freedman's blogs in Fresh IdeasA Statement in Opposition to the NWSA Resolution on BDS  and For the Womens Studies Association the BDS Vote Was Over Before it Began prompted other references and blogs in The Forward's Sisterhood, the Forward's  Dont Be Surprised When Activists Connect Israel to Campus Rape, Inside Higher Ed's  Another Association Backs Israel Boycott and the Daily Beast's Do Feminists Have to Hate Israel?

Research award recipients, Julia Phillips Cohen and Sarah Abrevaya Stein discuss their award-winning book, Sephardi Lives: A Documentary History. 

Cynthia Shamash, author of The Strangers We Became: Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq's Last Jews in the HBI Series on Jewish Women is interviewed by Vox Tablet, Girlhood Interrupted.

Katka Reszke, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence served as chief screenwriter for Karski & The Lords of Humanity

Elana Maryles Sztokman, award-winning HBI author, explains which Jewish feminists she would invite to dinner in The Prosen People

Susan Weiss, HBI author and former scholar-in-residence on in the Forward on why Israel's Voiding of Conversions Should Worry Us All

Rabbi Lila Kagedan, research association in the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law on taking the title, rabbi.

The JWA's Rising Voices blog profiles HBI Research Award recipient, Helène Aylon, in Artists For a Cause