Upcoming Events

Knocking at Our Hearts

Sunday, September 8, 2019 

1:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon St.,
Brookline, MA

Mayyim Hayyim and Kavod (a lay-led Jewish community focused on social justice) present the 5th annual High Holiday program: Knocking at Our Hearts.

Prepare your whole self – body and soul – for the holidays with the power and joy of communal song.

This year, our teacher will be singer/composer/scholar, Galeet Dardashti, who will offer two workshops focusing on Sephardi and Mizrahi music.

12:30-1:00 – Registration and arrival
1:00-2:30   – Sephardi/Mizrahi Sacred Songs for the High Holidays
2:30-3:15   – Snack/Shmooze
3:15-4:45   – Small Group Workshop: Integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi Songs in our Communities

More information here.

She Can Do Anything: Jewish Life in the Post Soviet States

October 23, 2019, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rapaporte Treasure Hall Goldfarb Library

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Join us in celebrating the groundbreaking work of Project Kesher and the gift of its archives to Brandeis University. Brandeis’s Archives & Special Collections is home to significant holdings on Jewish feminism and the Project Kesher materials are an enriching and important addition to this repository.

“She can do anything!” has become the slogan and motto for Project Kesher leaders in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus as they have rebuilt Jewish life and blazed the trail for a feminist movement in their countries. On October 23, 2019, Project Kesher U.S. founders, long-time supporters, and academic experts will tell the story of the global sisterhood that supported the emergence of women as the leaders of Jewish community and civil life in the post-Soviet states. 

Founder Sallie E. Gratch will be joined by Project Kesher Ukraine Director Vlada Nedak to link the history to the present work and vision of the future. Later in the day, a panel of academic experts will provide the historical context and lay out pathways for future researchers using the Project Kesher archival collection now housed at Brandeis.  

RSVP Here.

Lunchtime Seminars

Unless otherwise noted, the lectures meet from 12:30 to 2pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP link forthcoming.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tamar Biala
Topic: TBA

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Sivan Rajuan Shtang
Topic: TBA

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Ben Steiner, Brandeis University
Topic: Ketubot as Enforceable Contracts under American Law: The Case of Charleston, South Carolina

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Moria Ran Ben Hai
Topic: TBA