Past HBI Events

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Upcoming Events

The National Center for Jewish Film Festival: May 4-21, 2017

HBI sponsors film, "Fanny's Journey," at the National Center for Jewish Film Festival. Shula Reinharz, HBI founding director, will lead a Q&A on May 11, following the film screening. 

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Helène Aylon​ Opens at HBI

The HBI is hosting Helène Aylon during the 2017 spring semester.  This groundbreaking, Jewish, feminist artist has created an installation in the Kniznick Gallery of the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University as part of the year-long celebration of HBI's founding director, Shulamit Reinharz, who will retire at the end of June.

Afterword: For the Children
Monday, March 20, 2017 - Friday, June 16, 2017

Helene Aylon

Internationally-acclaimed Jewish feminist artist Helène Aylon presents her conclusion to The G-d Project: Nine Houses Without Women, her 20-year series highlighting the dismissal of women in Jewish traditions and text. In Afterword: For the Children, Aylon dedicates her finale in the series to the future generations, challenging all who regard The Ten Commandments not to shrug off a dark foreboding which emanates in her view, from the patriarchy - not from God.  

The text of the Second Commandment holds future generations responsible for the sins of their fathers. The artist’s examination of this text reveals a universal dilemma through its connection to contemporary policies and practices that shape the world our children will inherit. The concept of “Tikkun Olam” (correction of the world) holds significance in Aylon’s immersive digital installation, as her continuous attempt at “repairing” the revered text becomes​ a​ quiet yet assertive protest.

Aylon's exhibition "Afterword: For the Children" will travel to the Jerusalem Biennale 2017 opening on October 1, 2017.

GCRL Lunchtime Seminars

Unless otherwise noted, the lectures meet on Mondays from 12:30pm to 2:00pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP for each lecture to

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ronit Irshai, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence                     
Essentialism and Homosexuality in Contemporary Jewish Law (Download PDF)

Monday, November 21, 2016 

Avishalom Westreich, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence     
Changing Motherhood Paradigms: Jewish Law, Civil Law, and Society (Download PDF)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Riki Shapira-Rosenberg, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence 
Legal Action and Social Change: The Case of Sexual Harassment in Israel (Download PDF)

Monday, December 12, 2016 (Rescheduled from Monday, November 28, 2016)

Geraldine Gudefin, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence          
Jewish Family in the Age of Mass Migration: A Comparative Case Study of France and the U.S. (Download PDF)

Monday, February 27, 2017, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Hikmet Kocamaner, Scholar-in-Residence
Governing the Family Through Religion: Secularism, Expertise, and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Gail Labovitz, Scholar-in-Residence
With Righteousness and Justice: Creating a Connection Between Equitable Marriage and Equitable Divorce in Jewish Law (Download PDF)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Anat Granit Hacohen

Hebrew Women Join the Forces: Jewish Women from Palestine in the British Forces During the Second World War

Monday, April 3, 2017, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Mona Hassan, Duke University
Formative Female Articulation of Islamic Law (Download PDF)