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Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law Lunchtime Seminar
Orit Rozin
"The Right to Childhood: Law, Social Change and Collective Identity"

Wednesday, Sept. 10
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

WSRC Lecture Hall, Brandeis University
Co-sponsored with the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies


The Days Between: New Blessings for the Season of Renewal

A talk and book launch by author Marcia Falk
Introduction by Professor Jonathan Sarna

Thursday, Sept. 11
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Dessert reception

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An Autumn Brunch with Hadassah Northeast Featuring Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman
"New Faces of the Jewish Family Today: Intermarriage in the Context of Change"

Sunday, Sept. 14
11:00 am-2:00 pm

Wyndham Andover
123 Old River Road, Andover


The 5th Annual Diane (Dina) Markowicz Memorial Lecture
Presentation by Fareda Banda, SOAS London

Sunday, Nov. 9
7:30 p.m.

Rapaporte Treasure Hall
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HBI Co-sponsors "The Return"
Boston Jewish Film Festival

Thursday, November 13
7 p.m.

Boston ICA
100 Northern Ave., Boston

Watch the trailer
Tickets go on sale Monday, September 22

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2014 HBI Research Awards

Monday, September 15, 2014

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HBI Artist-in-Residence

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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HBI Translation Competition

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Boston Agunah Taskforce

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Get into the High Holiday Spirit with Marcia Falk

Marcia FalkAre you looking for prayers that speak to you, prayers that are more inclusive? Do you want to connect more deeply to your Judaism during this High Holiday season?

Join us on Thursday, September 11, at 7 p.m., when HBI hosts Dr. Marcia Falk, who will discuss and read from The Days Between, the long awaited sequel to her groundbreaking Book of Blessings. Falk, a poet and scholar, recreates the holidays’ key prayers and rituals with a fresh voice that connects to our souls, hearts and minds.

Falk began writing new prayers in the early 1980’s when she felt that the existing liturgy was not speaking to her. Her work is steeped in our historical texts and traditions, bringing to them a fresh perspective “People are losing interest in a frozen liturgy that does not express their values and concerns. Keeping it alive in a fresh way has always been part of Jewish tradition,” she says.

When Falk began writing prayer, she focused on meaning. “The words of prayer have always mattered to me. They must have meaning and not just be a mantra. As a Jewish feminist back in the 1970's and ‘80's, I began focusing on theology and not just sociology, not just the where and how we participate in synagogue life, but what we actually say in our prayers,” Falk said. As a poet, she needed to give the words lyric integrity, “so that they move people on a spiritual, emotional level.”

Among the offerings in The Days Between are Hebrew and English blessings for festive meals, prayers for synagogue services, and poems and meditations for quiet reflection. Emphasizing introspection as well as relationship to others, Falk evokes her vision of the High Holidays as “ten days of striving to keep the heart open to change.”

The High Holidays are the days that most Jews show up in synagogue to pray, but also the days that people can find most alienating when the prayers fail to move them. Falk’s prayers can stand alone or be used as introductions and supplements to the traditional liturgy.

Said Falk, “I decided it was time for a new voice in prayer, one that speaks to the heart as well as the mind.”


What our former scholars say about their HBI experience:

Ornat Turin, HBI Scholar-in-Residence, Spring, 2014

“At HBI, I experienced an organization that involves art, activism and academic research, to create a new organizational culture. I would like to incorporate some of it at home.  It was an opportunity to acquire my own identity in the inter-cultural encounters with the Jewish community of Brandeis. I worked on research within a team in way that enhanced the intellectual discourse as I collaborated with fascinating women from all around.”

Irina Rebrova, HBI-BGI Scholar-in-Residence, Spring, 2014

“I was the first scholar-in-residence at the HBI and BGI (Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry). I’m thankful for this unique opportunity for researchers from the former Soviet Union to continue their studies in the U.S.A. The libraries at Brandeis University and HBI have an excellent collection of books on Judaism, gender and Soviet Jewish history. The consultations with American colleagues in my research field as well as the research visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. helped me to prove my statements. I’m happy to become an HBI Research Associate and to be a part of HBI’s creative staff. ”  

Brygida Gasztold, Fulbright Scholar, 2013-2014 academic year

“I loved being here, taking part in scholarly debate, conferences, colloquia and being part of the scholarly life at Brandeis. I went to many events, not only related to my field, but also went to films, art exhibitions, gender and culture events, legal forums and different synagogues.  It is interesting and important that foreign scholars are able to exchange information and ask questions, get the view and context of things I wouldn’t get in Poland from the expertise of people who work here.”


HBI in the News

Marcia Falk, author of HBI book The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, is interviewed in Lilith's "A Woman's Tashlich."

HBI author Orly Castel-Bloom's book Textile is reviewed in Lilith's  "Behaviors from Generation to Generation."

HBI Research Associate Keren McGinity discusses her latest book, Marrying Out, on the Indiana University Press podcast.

HBI Research Associate Keren McGinity responds to "Will Jewish Camp Turn My Sons Into Members of the Tribe?" in the Forward.

Elana Maryles Sztokman, co-author of HBI book Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools (HBI Series on Jewish Women), is featured in the Jewish Book Council's The ProsenPeople with "10 Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Local School."

Tablet Magazine interviewed HBI Board Member Laura Schor and alumni of the Evelina de Rothschild School in "The Jerusalem School That Turned Superstitious Jews Into Proper Brits."

HBI author Laura Silver was recently on The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, episode titled "The Delicious Knish."

Joanna Michlic, director of HBI's Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust debunks the myth of the ungrateful survivor.

HBI Board Member Laura Schor's book, The Best School in Jerusalem, gets rave reviews in the Jerusalem Post, 'Miss Landau,' educator extraordinary.

HBI Research Associate Rivkah Lubitch's recent blog post was published on the Jewish Daily Forward as "It's Time to Destigmatize Mamzers. Here's How."

Laura Silver, HBI published author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, is interviewed in NPR's "The Salt." Read the article "The Humble Knish: Chock-Full of Carbs and History."

The New York Times' feature "The New Golden Age of Jewish-American Deli Food" quotes Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.