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Sylvia Barack Fishman

The HBI Blog: Fresh Ideas from HBI
Highlights from “American Jewishness Today: Identity and Transmissibility in an Open World by Sylvia Barack Fishman

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Fall into Jewish Art
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
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
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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.


HBI co-director Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman receives the Marshall Sklare Award

The HBI congratulates Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman, HBI co-director,  Joseph and Esther Foster Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and recipient of the 2014 Marshall Sklare Award from theAssociation for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ). The award recognizes “a senior scholar who has made a significant scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry." Fishman said she was honored to receive the award named in memory of the late Sklare, the Klutznick Family Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Sociology at Brandeis University, and an important mentor for her own career.

The honor included a scholarly address given at the annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, this year in Baltimore, MD, December 14-16.  Her talk titled, “American Jewishness Today: Identity and Transmissibility in an Open World,” was moderated by Professor Steven M. Cohen, a former Sklare Award recipient and research professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University Wagner. Respondents included Professor Sergio DellaPergola, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Bethamie Horowitz, New York University and Professor Shaul Kelner, Vanderbilt University.

To read highlights of Fishman’s scholarly talk, visit Fresh Ideas from HBI.

Check out this musical rendition of HBI Author Marcia Falk's poem, "Turning the Heart" or "Teshuvat Halev." It's from her new book, The Days Between.


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

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.

Marcia Falk's The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season is featured in Jewish Women Magazine's "High Holiday Companion."

Laura Silver's Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food is highlighted in the New York Times' "Obsessions, From Street Food to Rooftops."

Laura S. Schor's book The Best School in Jerusalem: Annie Landau's School for Girls, 1900-1960 is reviewed by the Jewish Book Council.

Marcia Falk and the recent HBI sponsored book tour are featured in the Jewish Daily Forward article "When Yom Kippur Prayers Don't Help With Grieving."

HBI author Elana Sztokman calls for activism in the Tablet article "Orthodox Man Refuses to Sit Next to Feminist Activist on Airplane."

HBI Conversations' Stamford, CT group is highlighted in the Jewish Ledger article "Author! Author! HBI Conversations comes to Connecticut."

The Jewish Journal covers HBI author Marcia Falk's North Shore event with "Falk Draws Huge Crowds."

Marcia Falk is the cover story in the print edition of The American Jewish World's Rosh Hashanah edition.

HBI author Marcia Falk's latest book, The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, is reviewed in the The Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton's The Reporter.

AAC member and former HBI scholar-in-residence Ruth Ellen Gruber writes "The Night I Spent in Jail in Hitler's Hometown" for Tablet Magazine.

HBI author Marcia Falk's latest book, The Days Between: Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season, is reviewed in the Jewish Post & Opinion.

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."