Upcoming Events

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Virtual Events

March 3, 2021

12:00-1:00 PM EST

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A collaboration between the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University and The Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University

Jacqueline Saper and Farideh Goldin Discuss Memoirs of Iranian Jewish Girlhood

The lives of Iranian women and girls were turned upside down in the 20th century. The cultural reforms of the Shah’s 1963 White Revolution opened new horizons for women, while the  Iranian Revolution of 1979 imposed strict interpretations of Islamic law. Policies of both eras focused on women and their status and rights in Iranian society with specific emphasis on suffrage, education, and dress. Memoirists Jacqueline Saper and Farideh Goldin reflect on what it was like to experience these dramatic events as Iranian Jewish girls.

March 8, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM EST

HBI Seminar Series

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Ayala Fader, Fordham University

This lecture will introduce key themes from Fader's new book, Hidden Heretics. These include anthropological approaches to doubt and faith; the changing role of the internet among the ultra-Orthodox; and implications for families when one member dramatically changes who they are. 

March 8, 2021

7:00pm EST

The Boston Jewish Film Festival

Join us for a live conversation with subject Rachel Madpis Ben Dor and moderated by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe.

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March 11, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, EST

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

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Ron Duncan Hart, anthropologist and author of Crypto-Jews: The Long Journey (2020), and Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon (2018), will engage contemporary cultural and political ramifications of the historic crypto-Jewish presence in the Americas. The event will also feature a complimentary private link to the movie A Long Journey by Isaac Artenstein for those registered.

Panelists:

  • Ron Duncan Hart, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist, author and filmmaker. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Crypto-Jews: The Long Journey (2020).
  • Mary Morris, author of author of Gateway to the Moon (2019), was awarded the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts & Letters for Vanishing Animals & Other Stories. Her many novels and story collections have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Swedish and Japanese. 

Co-sponsors: Brandeis Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies. J-Lats Princeton

This program is made possible with generous support from the Ostrowicz Lilienthal Foundation for Jewish Education.

March 17, 2021

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, EST

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

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Amidst Pirates of the Caribbean and Jewish settlement of the New World, a newly discovered novel by a Jewish woman emerges to tell of the interconnected worlds that resulted of transatlantic and intracontinental Jewish journeys. The preeminent historian Jonathan Sarna uncovers the first known novel published in English (alongside a diary), written by an American Jewish woman. Join Professor Sarna in conversation with Sephardic scholar Ronnie Perelis, on the well-traversed world of Sephardic America and its intersection with early U.S. Jewish History.

Panelists:

  • Jonathan Sarna, Ph.D. is University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. He is also past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Dr. Sarna is author of Cosella Wayne: Or, Will and Destiny (2019), and he has written, edited, or co-edited more than thirty books, including the acclaimed American Judaism: A Historyrecently published in a second edition.
  • Ronnie Perelis, Ph.D. is the Chief Rabbi Dr. Isaac Abraham and Jelena (Rachel) Alcalay Associate Professor of Sephardic Studies at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. His book Blood and Faith: Family and Identity in the Early Modern Sephardic Atlantic (2016) explores family and identity in the Sephardic Atlantic world. 

Co-Sponsor: Brandeis Alumni Association, Near Eastern & Judaic Studies

March 22, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM EST

HBI Seminar Series

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Samantha Pickette, Boston University

For the four years that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend aired on the CW, the hybrid musical/romantic comedy explored the life, career, and romantic foibles of Rebecca Bunch (played by series creator Rachel Bloom), a successful lawyer whose struggles with mental illness and with her relationship with her Jewish upbringing.  In so doing, CXG placed Jewish female identity at the forefront of Rebecca’s story—for better or worse.  Together, we will discuss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as a case study through which to understand the role that Jewish women play in contemporary television comedy—both as a sign of the progress that has been made, and a symbol of how far mainstream TV has to go.

March 24, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM EST

HBI Artist Program

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2021 HBI Artist Camille Eskell will discuss her work and process in "The Fez as Storyteller."

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April 1, 2021

2:00-3:30 PM EST

HBI Artist Program

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HBI Research Associate, Dr. Sivan Rajuan Shtang, will interview artist Camille Eskell about the ways in which her family's journey and the history of the Iraqi Jewish community in India inspired the complex mix of socio-cultural symbols, personal imagery, and exploration of gendered traditions in Eskell's HBI exhibition, “The Fez as Storyteller.” 

More information on the exhibition.

Co-sponsored with the Vilna Shul

April 6, 2021

2:00-3:00 PM EST

HBI Seminar Series

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Michal Raucher, Rutgers University

Raucher will be presenting her new book, Conceiving Authority: Reproduction and Ethics among Haredi Women in Jerusalem, which is the culmination of her ethnographic research on reproductive ethics of Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jewish women in Israel. For two years she interviewed ultra-Orthodox women in their homes in Jerusalem and spoke to them about their reproductive lives.

Studio Israel: Conversation Series
Thursday, April 8, 2021 
2:00 pm-3:00 pm EST

This session will feature Israeli performance artist and dancer, Tamar Borer, who has been choreographing for over thirty years. In 1990, Borer was left paralyzed in both of her legs after a car accident. Despite the accident, she continues to dance, create, and teach all over the world. Borer has also collaborated with artists across multiple platforms.

Studio Israel is a new series, chaired by Caron Tabb, that gives an insider’s view of Israeli society through an array of contemporary creative female voices of diverse Israeli backgrounds. Each one-hour conversation features art and expertise that shed light on important social, cultural, and political issues in Israel today. 

The series is a collaboration between the Hadassah-Brandeis InstituteJewish Arts Collaborative, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. It is made possible with generous support from CJP Arts & Culture.

Questions? Email Amy Powell.

Past Dates:
Thursday, October 15, 2020

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Thursday, December 10, 2020 
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Thursday, February 11, 2021 

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April 12, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM EST

HBI Seminar Series

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Sari Fein, Brandeis University
HBI Spring 2021 Scholar in Residence

Fein's dissertation is on the reception history of biblical mothers in early Jewish art and literature. During her residency at HBI, Sari will be working on chapters on the afterlife of Rachel in Lamentations Rabbah, and the many lives of the "Mother of Seven" in 2 and 4 Maccabees and rabbinic literature.

April 21, 2021

12:30 pm -1:30 pm, EST

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

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LAJGS welcomes Stephen A. Sadow, Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature and Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, for a conversation about Costa Rican poet and writer of short-stories, Rosita Kalina (1934-2004). Available for the first time in English translation, Prof. Sadow will present the feminist poetry of Rosita Kalina, imbued with Kabbalah and biblical references. The discussion will be accompanied by paintings by Kalina’s daughter Ileana Piszk, herself an ardent feminist, who produced the artwork in reflection of her mother’s poems.

Stephen A. Sadow, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature and Jewish Studies at Northeastern University. His work King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers won a National Jewish Book Award. He is the author of numerous anthologies, articles, book chapters and reviews on Latin American Jewish literature and art, and is a prolific literary translator. His blog: https://jewishlatinamerica.wordpress.com presents Jewish writers, artists and Jewish institutions from all of Latin America.

Co-Sponsor: Brandeis Creative Writing Program

April 26, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM EST

HBI Seminar Series

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Gwynn Kessler, Swarthmore College
HBI Spring 2021 Scholar in Residence

The Crooked and the Straight: Queer Theory and Rabbinic Literature, Kessler's second monograph, brings current theories about gender and the body together with rabbinic sources. Drawing especially on two of queer theory’s foundational insights, namely the “troubling” of the distinction between sex and gender and the concept of gender performativity, this monograph redefines the way that rabbinic constructions of gender have been (mis)represented as adhering to a rigid, male/female binary framework. It exposes the complexity of constructions of gender and the body in late antiquity while attending to both the overlaps and divergences between constructions of gender and the body then and now.

April 28, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, EST

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Join us to discuss feminist fiction with HBI Academic Advisory Committee member, Dr. Nora Gold. Gold is an award-winning author and editor of Jewishfiction.net, an international online platform for new writing by Jewish authors. She will be joined by Israeli and American authors, who will share their work and reflect on the creative process. The panel will explore every stage of this process, from publishing and curatorial issues to what we can learn about Jewish women’s lives from fiction.

Jewishfiction.net is celebrating its tenth anniversary, having published over 430 stories or novel excerpts in English and originally written in sixteen languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Danish, English, Hungarian, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Polish, German, Croatian, Hebrew, Ladino, and Yiddish).

May 13, 2021

12:30-1:30 PM EST

HBI Seminar Series

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Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College

Jessica Kirzane, University of Chicago

Join scholars Lori Harrison-Kahan and Jessica Kirzane as they share their journeys to recover, republish, and translate lost literary works by influential Jewish American women writers from the early twentieth century. Lori and Jessica will introduce three fascinating women: Yiddish writer Miriam Karpilove, journalist and suffragist Miriam Michelson, and novelist Emma Wolf. They will discuss these writers’ unconventional lives and literary careers, exploring how their works—now back in print after a century of obscurity—speak to issues of gender, sex, religion, and activism that we continue to grapple with today.