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Wednesday, April 1

Noon - 1:30 p.m.
GCRL Spring Seminar
New Approaches to the Agunah Problem

Benjamin Steiner, Mechon Hadar
"The Lieberman Clause Revisited"

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Light Kosher Lunch Served


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

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

Singer: Charlette Shulamit Ottolenghi


Artist-in-Residence

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

Opening Reception: Monday, April 13, 5 - 8 p.m.
Live Performance: Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.

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HBI Summer Internship

Application deadline:
Thursday, April 2, 2015

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HBI Student Prize

Application deadline:
Wednesday, April 15, 2014

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HBI Seminar Series - Fresh Voices: Jewish Women Writers from North America (Spring 2016)

Application deadline:
Thursday, May 14, 2015

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HBI-BGI Scholar-in-Residence

Application deadline:Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Boston Agunah Taskforce

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Latest Publications

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Passover Matzo and Bitter Herbs – The Song of Freedom of the Passover Seder, by Rabba Ayala Miron-Shashua


614: The HBI eZine

614: The HBI eZine
Can We Fix the Agunot Issue?

Knish

Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
The one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knish

Marcia Falk, The Days Between

The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season
An elegantly designed volume of new English and Hebrew prayers and reflections for the High Holidays from a contemporary American poet

Inbar Raveh - Feminist Rereadings of Rabbic Literature

Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature
Novel readings of rabbinic literature from the perspective of feminism and gender reading theories

The Audacity of Holiness

The Audacity of Holiness: Orthodox Women's Theater in Israel
The first book in the HBI eBook collection

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues
Gender and the Holocaust: New Research
Consulting Editor: Dalia Ofer

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The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement.

The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.

We invite you to explore our website and experience the impact of the HBI.


For You the Sun Will Shine: Female Composers Who Faced the Holocaust


April 2, 12:30 p.m., HBI, Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall, 515 South St. Waltham, free

One woman’s songs lay buried under the dirt of Theresienstadt. One woman carried her songs with her out of the camp where she was a political prisoner. Another woman remains a phantom, undocumented and unknown beyond her name and her chilling description of life in Auschwitz. They were arrested, worked to the bone, cut off from their children and loved ones, killed. Yet they never fell silent.

Italian born and Jerusalem-based singer Shulamit Ottolenghi brings new life to these haunting lyrics. Together with musical kindred spirits Frank London on trumpet, Shai Bachar on piano and Yuval Lion on percussion, Shulamit sets aside the more conventional classical treatment of this repertoire for songs from the Shoa (Holocaust). These pieces sway, ache, and bite, evoking rage, heartbreak, and unending yearning. This is the first U.S. release of “For You the Sun Will Shine.”

”My greatest aspiration is for this music to live on as beautiful music, to be appreciated as art,” explains Shulamit. “It’s not about fancy melodies or complicated compositions. It’s about connecting with the immediate circumstances of the women who composed it, and it has the power to move people profoundly.”

Shulamit Ottolenghi


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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

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."

Laura Silver, author of HBI published Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, is quoted in the Boston Globe article "What's in a knish, anyway?" about local knish-serving restaurants.

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?"

Gloria Levitas of Moment Magazine reviews Laura Silver's Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food in "A Journey to the Center of the Knish."

HBI author Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food was featured in The Boston Globe's "Self-proclaimed maven on Jewish knishes."

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.