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Sylvia Barack Fishman, co-director of HBI, was quoted in a story distributed by the JTA and appeared in the Forward, The Times of Israel, the Jewish Journal of Greater LA and other newspapers on the birth of the royal prince, “In Baby Frenzy, British Royals Show 'Jewish' Restraint.” Dr. Fishman noted that “while technology has eliminated some of those unknowns and dangers, pregnancy is still a fraught process, and superstitions have persisted. Pregnancy superstitions remain a combination of fear of evil wishes and a very practical response to medical realities.”

Dr. Judit Bokser Liwerant, professor of political science at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and member of the HBI Board of Advisors, made history as the first Latin American scholar to receive the Marshall Sklare Award at the Association of Jewish Studies conference in Washington D.C., December 17–19, 2017.

"MLA Awards Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies to Kathryn Hellerstein," former Scholar-in-Residence.

Former SIR Lori Harrison-Kahan wins Western Literature Association's Don D. Walker Prize for research done at HBI on her paper, Miriam Michelson’s Yellow Journalism and the Multi-Ethnic West.

Laura Lico Albanese, an HBI Research Award recipient in 2011, published a travel piece in the New York Times, “Seeing Like Klimt on an Austrian Lake.”
Albanese, with co-author, Laura Morowitz, used the grant to research the life of Gustav Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer and Maria Altmann. She expects to soon publish a book, “Adele’s Fire.”

Dr. Melissa Klapper, former HBI scholar-in-residence in 2007 and professor of history at Rowan University in N.J., was a guest blogger for the Jewish Book Council’s, “The Prosen People.” Her posts on Abortion, Birth Control, and the Complexity of Halacha (Jewish Law), Top 5 American Jewish Women Most People Have Never Heard Of and The Teacher Has Plenty to Learn appeared in July.

Marlene Trestman, recipient of an HBI Research Award in 2011 to research the life of Bessie Margolin and author of the forthcoming book, Fair Labor: The Remarkable Life and Legal Career of Bessie Margolin, delivered the Donald S. Shire Lecture at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. on June 28. Margolin was a pioneering woman lawyer of the New Deal and Supreme Court advocate who made a huge contribution to labor law.
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HBI Research Associate Dr. Edna Barromi Perlman of Haifa University-The Institute for the Research on the Kibbutz & the Cooperative Idea recently visited the campus and taught photography in the Genesis program for high school students. Dr. Perlman employs semiotic tools of analysis to learn about how a society functions through found photographs. She is working in the archives of kibbutzim.  

On the Shelf

The Polygamy Questionedited by Janet Bennion and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, reviewed by Feminist Legal Studies and Reading Religion: A Publication of American Academy of Religion

Contemporary Jewry reviews Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution, edited by HBI's co-director, Sylvia Barack Fishman.

HBI director, Shulamit Reinharz, WSRC Scholar Jutta Lindert, et. al, publish paper on Psychopathology of Children of Genocide Survivors: A Systematic Review on the Impact of Genocide on Their Children‘s Psychopathology from Five Countries.

The JOFA Journal reviews Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution, edited by HBI co-director, Sylvia Barack Fishman.

Congratulations to Julia Creet, former HBI scholar-in-residence and AAC member; Sara R. Horowitz, AAC member, and Amira Bojadzija-Dan, for winning the Canadian Jewish Book award in the category of Jewish Thought and Culture for H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy (Northwestern University Press).

HBI Board member Talia Carner speaks on her new book, Hotel Moscow, and discusses her Jewish identity in The Times of Israel.

Orit Rozin’s new book, A Home for All Jews: Citizenship, Rights, and National Identity in the New Israeli State, in the Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, gets a rave review in The New Rambler.

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, HBI scholar-in-residence, writes about how women in two devout communities cope with the Internet, in "Negotiating Agency: Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Internet" in the journal, New Media and Society.

Great review in Mooney on the Theatre on the work of former HBI Scholar-in-residence Katka Reszke, a Polish filmmaker, for "We Keep Coming Back.”

HBI Intern Nora Smolonsky writes in Mayyim Hayyim’s blog, A Visit to Mayyim Hayyim: A Nondenominational Mikveh

Janet H. Burstein published  Israeli Mothers in Film:“Re-visioning” Culture, Engendering Autonomy in Project Muse. 

Rave review in Jewish Boston for The Pearl That Slipped Its Shell by Wendy Wolfe Fine, HBI 2016 artist-in-residence.

HBI founding director, Shulamit Reinharz is quoted in the Forward, The Frum Filmmakers Revolutionizing Cinema

Brandeis student newspaper The Justice writes Evolving Families about the book launch for Love, Marriage and Jewish Families: Paradoxes of a Social Revolution.

HBI's former scholar-in-residence Kathryn Hellerstein in The Daily Pennsylvanian on influential women in the Yiddish tradition.

Do you have a Jewish camp flashback? The latest issue of 614: HBI eZine is devoted to memories, positive and negative, of Jewish camp.

Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State by Susan Weiss and Netty C. Gross-Horowitz (Brandeis University Press, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Series on Jewish Women) received a positive review in Lilith. Reviewer Elana Maryles Sztokman wrote, “The book contains many shocking stories about women’s attempts to secure a divorce in Israeli rabbinical courts. In perhaps the most harrowing of these, a woman seeking to end her emotionally and physically abusive marriage was relentlessly stalked by her recalcitrant husband during the five-year divorce ordeal. In order to prove to the rabbinical judges presiding over her case that she was promiscuous — and therefore undeserving of any basic rights — her husband hired a private detective to record her every move, including, unbeknownst to her, videotaping her in the privacy of her home.” 

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The fall issue of Nashim: A Journal of Women’s Studies & Gender Issues that HBI co-produces with The Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and Indiana University Press, showcases the broad array of scholars and artists in the HBI community making a major contribution to scholarship centered on the intersection of Jews and gender.

Carol Hamoy received a HBI Research Award in 2010, and is featured in both the cover art and an article.  Authors include Inbar Raveh whose book On Their Own: Feminist Readings in Rabbinic Literature won the HBI Hammer Translation Award in 2013, Ruth Kara-Ivanov, a former HBI scholar-in-residence and Wendy Zierler, former HBI Research Award recipient.

Brenda Bacon offers a rave review of Today I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah around the World, edited by HBI Co-director Shulamit Reinharz and Barbara Vinick.

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HBI Gives $70,000 in Research Awards

With titles ranging from “The Rise of Orthodox Jewish Women Comic Artists in Israel” from Noa Lea Cohn of Bar Ilan University and “The Reception of the Diary of Anne Frank: What the Japanese Search for and See in Anne,” from Mina Muraoka of the National Defense Academy of Japan, HBI recently distributed $70,000 for 25 Research Awards. Together, these awards highlight many of the values dear to HBI: supporting a range of projects true to the HBI mission, continuing support for established scholars in the field of Jews and gender and nurturing the careers of junior scholars.

To choose the annual research awards, HBI works with its Academic Advisory Committee, comprised of 160 experts and academics from 52 schools in eight countries, to read the proposals and comment over a review period. The process culminates with a day-long meeting at HBI in December to discuss the best proposals. Final decisions are made by Prof. Sylvia Barack Fishman, HBI’s co-director and chair of the AAC, along with Prof. Shulamit Reinharz, HBI’s founding director, Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, associate director of HBI and director of the HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law, and HBI academic programs manager, Deborah Olins. The research awards divide into sub-categories that include History, Israel and the Yishuv; Families, Children and the Holocaust; Diaspora Studies; Judaism; Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law; Biography; Film and Video; and Arts.

The 2016 AAC meeting also provided an opportunity to celebrate HBI’s 20th anniversary and to honor Professor Shulamit Reinharz, HBI’s founding director, who retired in June, 2017.