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Virtual Events

September 27, 2021

9:00 am-10:30 am EST

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What if all the genders in the Torah were switched? Tamar Biala and Yael Kanarek will discuss the HerTorah Project that gender bends the Torah to reveal the divine influence in women’s body language.

October 5, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

7:00-8:00 pm EST

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Adriana Katzew, JARTS 2021 Community Creative Fellow and Dalia Wassner, Director of HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies discuss the power of material art in claiming and transmitting personal identity and group history. The conversation will focus on questions of belonging amid broadening frameworks of Latinx and Jewish identities in a contemporary context.

Co-Sponsor: JARTS

October 12, 2021

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

7:00-8:00 pm EST

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Judy Bolton-Fasman, Asylum, a Memoir of Family Secrets 

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series Kickoff Event. Please join HBI this evening as we officially dedicate the series in honor of our beloved friend, Sandra Seltzer Silberman.

In Asylum, A Memoir of Family Secrets, Judy Bolton-Fasman explores her family’s secret and tumultuous past with warmth, passion, and subtle humor, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition. 

After complying with her father's request to burn a package of his still unread letters, Bolton-Fasman began to explore her bifurcated ancestry - a Sephardic, Spanish/Ladino-speaking culture inherited from her mother and an Ashkenazi, English-only, old-fashioned American patriotism from her father. While Asylum asks how much do we really know about the lives of our parents and the secrets lodged in their past, Bolton-Fasman shows that the answers may lie in the exploration itself.  

HBI is proud to have supported Bolton-Fasman’s research and writing during the early phases of her project.

October 14, 2021

12:00-1:00 pm EST

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Studio Israel is an online conversation series that looks at Israeli culture and diversity through the lens of contemporary Israeli artists and creatives. Featuring visual and performing artists, designers, dancers and more, all framed by Brandeis University academic expertise.  

The season launches with Israeli-Palestinian multimedia artist, director, and actor Raida Adon, in conversation with Prof. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum and Professor of Fine Arts and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. Raida Adon is well known for her video and performance art, but also creates drawings, paintings and photographs. Adon’s work has been shown in Israel and abroad. She has appeared in many films, plays and television series, including the award-winning show, “Fauda.” She is the first Arab Israeli artist to get a solo exhibit at the Israel Museum.

Studio Israel is a partnership among the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Jewish Arts Collaborative, the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and the Vilna Shul, and is made possible by generous support from Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Chaired by artist Caron Tabb, it brings together leaders from across art forms and backgrounds to investigate how Israeli art represents the swath of cultural opportunities and challenges that face Israel today.

October 18, 2021

HBI Seminar Series & HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Tamar Menashe, Columbia University

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This lecture reconstructs the story of Rachel, the matriarch of a Portuguese-German family in the seventeenth century, and her family's risky decision to litigate before Germany's Imperial Supreme Court after they had fled from Portugal. While still implicated with the Iberian Inquisitions, Rachel and other community members used Germany's Imperial Supreme Court to "come out" as Jewish and have their religious identity lawfully approved by the German state. This lecture draws on Menashe's research with multiple previously untapped Imperial Supreme Court files, Iberian Inquisitorial records, Portuguese Jewish community sources, and rabbinic texts.

October 25, 2021

HBI Seminar Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Keren McGinity, Brandeis University

HBI Research Associate

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How do Jewish, Muslim, and Christian women’s experiences differ or remain the same when they speak out about sexual misconduct and abuse of power in their communities? Keren McGinity will speak on  “#UsToo: How Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Women Woke Our Communities.”

October 27, 2021

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

7:00-8:00 pm EST

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Judy Batalion, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

Batalion’s deep exploration of the brave women of the Jewish resistance in the Nazi ghettos.

“Guns, grenades and espionage” are the words Judy Batalion uses to describe her thrilling dive into “Freuen in di Ghettos,” Yiddish for “Women in the Ghettos,” the blueprint for her new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos. Her book, soon to be the basis for a Steven Spielberg movie, reveals the previously untold stories of brave ghetto women who fought and fooled the Nazis. 

HBI is honored to have funded a portion of Batalion’s research. Read more in the New York Times.

HBI is a network member of the Jewish Book Council.

November 1, 2021

HBI Seminar Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Orly Nathan, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

HBI Scholar in Residence

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At HBI, Orly Nathan will undertake an archival research case study, which has evolved from the work on “She Knows," Israel's Gender Knowledge Center and Isha L’Isha. The first aim is to expand the range of the thesaurus terms by tracing the evolution and transformation of terms expressed by Marcia Freedman and used in feminist and gender research and practice. The case study will attempt to propose in-depth cataloguing of a sample of collection documents using the thesaurus, integrated with the existing LCSH- Library of Congress Subject Headings.

November 4, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

7:00-8:00 pm EST

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Professors Ruth Behar and Marjorie Agosín will discuss the intersecting and divergent paths they have taken as leading scholars in their respective fields of Anthropology and Spanish, producing works of fiction, most recently for a young adult audience.  

Co-Sponsors: Brandeis Anthropology Department, Brandeis Creative Writing Program, Brandeis Hispanic Studies Program, Brandeis Gender & Sexuality Center, Brandeis Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Wellesley College Spanish Dept., J-Lats Princeton, Facing History and Ourselves, Museo Judío de Chile, CubaOne

November 8, 2021

HBI Seminar Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Marla Brettschneider, University of New Hampshire

HBI Scholar in Residence & HBI Research Associate

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Brettschneider will speak about her manuscript, Revolutionary Legacies: Jewish Feminist Political Thinking. This work explores the lives, politics, work, and art of six twentieth-century women: Jamaica Kincaid, Golda Meir, Hannah Arendt, Frida Kahlo, Gertrude Stein, and Emma Goldman. She approaches this study as a political theorist using Jewish, feminist, queer, critical race, class-based, and decolonial co-constructed theories. Brettschneider thinks together with these historical figures to understand them and to imagine new possibilities for Jewish feminist lives, communities, and futures. 

November 15, 2021

HBI Seminar Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Adam Ferziger, Bar-Ilan University

HBI Scholar in Residence

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On January 5, 2020, the Israel-based Hadran organization hosted the first international Women's "Daf Yomi - Siyum ha-Shas" ceremony in Jerusalem, marking completion of the entire Babylonian Talmud during the course of the prior seven years of daily learning. Since then, a growing and diverse group of women across the globe have begun attending daily daf yomi classes. In his lecture, Ferziger will analyze this novel initiative through the prisms of: the history of the world-wide daf yomi study, which began in 1924, grew dramatically from the late 20th century and remains a predominantly male activity; and the history of Orthodox feminism - focusing on its transnational characteristics that have become more apparent since the pandemic.

November 22, 2021

HBI Seminar Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Julia Phillips Cohen, Vanderbilt University

HBI Scholar in Residence

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Although the field of Jewish women’s and gender history has expanded significantly in recent decades, there is still much we don’t know about the lives of Ottoman Jewish women at the dawn of the modern era. Among the questions that remain are those surrounding the extent of Ottoman Jewish women’s autonomy— whether, when, and in which contexts they had the space to forge their own paths in life, to marry for love, to pursue their own professional interests, or achieve financial independence. This talk will pursue a few such cases, offering selected portraits of little-known late Ottoman Sephardi women.

December 8, 2021

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

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Rabbi Haviva Ner-David, Hope Valley

Rabbi Ner David’s Hope Valley is the moving story of the friendship of two women, one Jewish-Israeli and one Palestinian-Israeli, living in the Galilee at the start of the Second Intifada in 2000. Ner-David beautifully weaves together the lives and family histories of Tikva and Ruby, who live on opposite sides of the fence separating Moshav Sapir from the Palestinian village of Bir al-Demue, into a thought-provoking conversation not only about Jews’ and Arabs’ co-existence, shared lands and intertwined histories but also about women’s lives, chronic illness, past choices, and hope.

HBI is a network member of the Jewish Book Council.

December 15, 2021

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

12:30-1:30 pm EST

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Carole S. Kessner, Ph.D., Marie Syrkin: Values Beyond the Self (HBI Series on Jewish Women) in conversation with Peter Osnos

Marie Syrkin’s life spanned ninety years of the twentieth century, 1899–1989. As a polemical journalist, socialist Zionist, poet, educator, literary critic, translator, and idiosyncratic feminist, she was eyewitness to and reporter on most of the major events in America, Israel, and Europe. During her lifetime Syrkin’s name was widely recognized in the world of Jewish life and letters. Yet, inevitably, since her death, recognition of her name is no longer quite so immediate. Carole S. Kessner’s intention is to restore for a new generation the singular legacy of Syrkin’s life.

Learn more about Syrkin from her biographer and former student, professor emerita Carole Kessner (Brandeis '53, P'80, G'15) , and her cousin Peter Osnos (Brandeis '64), acclaimed publisher and former Washington Post reporter. 

Available now at Brandeis University PressBookshopAmazon, or your local bookseller.

Co-Sponsor: The Brandeis Alumni Association