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An old and twisted olive tree with leaves

Oldest Olive Tree, Mount of Olives, East Jerusalem. Photo 1898

Photo Credit: Penta Springs Limited/ Alamy Stock Photo. Design by Karin Rosenthal

Listening to History: Memory of the Holocaust and Competing Narratives of the Israel/Palestine Crisis

May 6, 2024

12:30 - 2:00 pm EDT | Hybrid

In-Person at HBI | Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall and Online

Please join HBI’s Holocaust Research Study Group for a public event to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah. Our panel will focus on how the memory of the Holocaust exists in complex personal and political conversations surrounding the contested narratives of Israel/Palestine, the Gaza War, and its repercussions. 

Two presentations will be offered prior to a panel discussion by members of the Holocaust Research Study Group:

Sarah Silberstein Swartz, “How I Learned to Listen to the Other Side: A Personal Reflection on the Israel/Palestine Conflict”

Laurel Leff, “How Not to Learn from History: The Holocaust in Press Coverage of the Gaza War”

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On the left, book cover image: 100 Jewish Brides written in the middle of the page in blue, with photos on the top and bottom showing photos of Jewish women around the world celebrating their marriages. On the right: Shulamit Reinharz, a White woman with short, dark hair wearing a black top.
Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series Featuring Shulamit Reinharz, Co-Editor, "100 Jewish Brides: Stories from Around the World"

May 22, 2024

7:00 pm EDT | Hybrid

In-Person at HBI | Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall and Online

HBI founding director, Shulamit Reinharz, returns to HBI for a conversation with HBI Director Lisa Fishbayn Joffe about her expansive and colorful first person collection, 100 Jewish Brides: Stories from Around the World, co-edited with Barbara Vinick. The collection features stories of Jewish brides from six continents and highlights diverse rituals related to weddings past and present. 

Shulamit Reinharz is the founding director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute/HBI, the Brandeis University Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology, Emerita, and the founding director of the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Barbara Vinick, former Associate Professor at the School of Public Health of Boston University, is secretary of Kulanu, an organization that supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world. 

100 Jewish Brides is the third collection inspired by Shulamit Reinharz's vision of Judaism as practiced by women world-wide. As a past HBI Research Associate, Barbara Vinick collected and edited stories for Esther’s Legacy: Celebrating Purim Around the World.  Vinick and Reinharz followed this with the award-winning and co-edited anthology Today I Am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World.

Read the Times of Israel review: Global mazel tov! New book chronicles weddings of 100 Jewish brides from around world, Renee Ghert-Zand, 2/14/2024.

100 Jewish Brides: Stories from Around the World is available at Amazon, Bookshop, and your local bookseller. Books will also be available for purchase at the in-person event, followed by a book signing.

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