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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.”

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

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.” 

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.