Bonna Haberman Memorial
The HBI and the Women's Studies Research Center honor Dr. Bonna Haberman z"l. We invite you to join us in text study and in personal reflections about Bonna.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, Women's Studies Research Center
Epstein Building, Brandeis University
515 South Street, Waltham, MA
Free and open to the public
RSVP is recommended
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HBI Honors 2015 Winners of Brandeis Alumni Achievement Award
Susan Weidman Schneider ’65, is the founding mother of the pioneering Jewish feminist magazine Lilith. Roy DeBerry ’70, MA’78, PhD’7, is a human rights and social justice activist.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
4 p.m. Faculty Club
August 18-October 27
Kniznick Gallery - Women’s Studies Research Center
For over two decades Linda Bond’s artwork has addressed issues of social concern. Pausing to examine the details of violent events as they unfold, most recently in the Middle East and South Asia, Bond both humanizes these tragedies and combats the numbing effects of a media-saturated culture. In addition to working with newspaper content, Bond uses the printed pages themselves as a source of raw material to create wall installations, woven floor mats and text-based drawings.
The Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, is the central text of ancient Israel and the foundational text for Judaism through the ages. In this course, we will examine important aspects of the biblical world, and explore selected topics and texts, all with a lens on women's experiences. From Eve in the Garden of Eden to Esther in the Persian court, women have been a subversive force in biblical history. What role do they play in the overarching divine plan?
By closely reading narratives about biblical women, we will gain a deeper understanding of the Hebrew Bible. Questions will center on gender and power relations (and how they may be undermined) in the biblical text. We will consider the ancient sociohistorical context and literary features of these stories, drawing upon classic rabbinic and modern feminist commentary. Men and women warmly welcomed.
Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture
"To Reshape the World: Interpretation, Renewal, and Feminist Approaches to Jewish Law"
Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
David Ellenson is the Acting Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Visiting Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Ellenson will employ the Simon Rawidowicz essay, 'On Interpretation,' as a framework for an analysis and understanding of the diverse feminist approaches of Rachel Adler, Tamar Ross and Ronit Irshai.
This residency provides artists the opportunity to be in residence at HBI while working on a significant artistic project in the field of Jewish gender studies.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The HBI will award $250 to one undergraduate and one graduate student for the best proposal in any academic and fine arts discipline that supports the HBI's mission of developing fresh ideas about Jews and gender. (Brandeis University students only)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The HBI announces our seventh annual competition to fund the translation of a book on a topic that deals in a significant way with Jews and gender.
Monday, November 16, 2015
Boston Agunah Taskforce
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The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season
Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature
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Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
Fresh Ways of Thinking About Jews and Gender Worldwide
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HBI in the News
HBI 2015 Summer intern, Fox, blogs for Mayyim Hayyim's The Mikveh Lady Has Left the Building.
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.
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 Shoa, modern 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.
HBI Co-Director Sylvia Barack Fishman weighs in on the role of denominations in The Washington Post.
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.
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."
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?"
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.