Upcoming Events

 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.  

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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 here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tamar Biala
Topic: Women's Midrash on Alternative Families

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Sivan Rajuan Shtang
Topic: Gender and Ethnicity in Mizrahi Feminist Contemporary Photography

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: From Orthodox and Feminist to Orthodox Feminist: Kolech, JOFA, and Orthodox Feminist Activism in Israel and the US