Upcoming Events

New Approaches to the Agunah Problem

Join members of the HBI Spring Scholar-in-Residence Seminar on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law for a series of informal lunchtime talks exploring New Approaches to the Agunah Problem.  A kosher lunch will be provided.

RSVP required: hbi@brandeis.edu

Seminar Schedule

Wednesdays, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lieberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Epstein Building, Brandeis University
515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454

March 25
Yael Machtinger, York University
"Sounds of Silence: A Socio-Legal Exploration of Siruv Get and Iggun in Toronto - Reflections on Seven Years of Research"

April 1
Benjamin Steiner, Mechon Hadar
"The Lieberman Clause Revisited"

April 15
Esther Macner, Get Jewish Divorce Justice
"Jewish Prenuptial Contracts: The Pitfalls and Promise"

April 22
Amihai Radzyner, Bar Ilan University
"Meagenet et atzma (The Wife is Making Herself an Agunah): On The Possibility of Conditioning the Get and on Halakhic Problematic Innovation"

April 29
Final Workshop presentation, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law is generously funded by a gift from the Dan Fischel and Sylvia Neil Philanthropic Fund. The Seminar on New Approaches to the Agunah Problem is also supported by gifts from Estanne Fawer and the Phyllis and Michael (z"l) Hammer Fund

Concert: For You the Sun will Shine – Songs of Women in the Shoah

Thursday, April 2
12:30 p.m, – 2:00 p.m.
Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall

Singer: Charlette Shulamit Ottolenghi

Lullabies, songs of longing, loss, rage and hope written by women musicians in the camps. The original musical arrangements of Frank London and Shai Bachar as well as Shulamit’s vocal interpretation, aim to enhance the texts’ quite unspeakable subtexts of the experience of the Shoah from a feminine point of view.


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

Artist’s Talk: Monday, March 30,  1:30-3:00 pm
Opening Reception: Monday, April 13, 5-8 pm
Live Performance: Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute presents Artist-in-Residence Milcah Bassel. Working on site at the Kniznick Gallery, Bassel will focus on large-scale drawings based on 5 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Multiplying and playing with the space between these letters will provide the basis for a multidisciplinary installation that explores space both as movement and time through an altered language.