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 4
(Fast of Esther, no lunch provided)
Aryeh Klapper, Center for Modern Torah Leadership
"She Did Not Marry Herself Off With That in Mind: Recent and Potential Uses of a Talmudic Mechanism for Resolving Agunah Situations"

March 11
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Anat Livshits, The New School for Social Research
"In The State’s Sponsorship: Planning of Support Services in Israel for Agunot and their Families"

March 18
Geraldine Gudefin, Brandeis University
"An Impossible Divorce? Russian Jewish Immigrants and Civil Divorce in France (1905-1930)"

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.

Screening of "Gett," featuring Q&A with Susan Weiss, director of the Center for Women's Justice

Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Brandeis University

Co-sponsored with Edie and Lew Wasserman Fund, Film, Television and Interactive Media and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Hadassah Northeast Women's Empowerment Conference

Sunday, March 15
8:30 a.m. - 3:15 a.m.

Bentley University Conference Center
175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA


Please join Hadassah Northeast for its second Women's Empowerment Conference on Sunday, March 15 at Bentley University Conference Center.
The conference features many exciting speakers, including a special welcome  from Massachusetts State Treasurer, Deborah Goldberg. Deb is the first Jewish woman elected to a statewide office in Massachusetts and is a 5th generation Hadassah woman!
Please contact Hadassah Northeast for more information at 781-455-9055 or hne@hadassah.org.


Milcah Bassel | Father Tongue

In residence: March 16 - April 10

Exhibition: April 13 - July 16

Opening Reception: Monday, April 13, 5-8 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.