Upcoming Events

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View the 2021 HBI Artist Exhibition.

Virtual Events

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 12, 2021

7:00 pm EST

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Hadassah Lieberman in conversation with Sylvia Neil

Hadassah Lieberman talks about her new memoir, Hadassah: An American Story, moderated by Professor Sylvia Neil of the HBI Board of Advisors. In Hadassah, Lieberman pens the compelling story of her extraordinary life: from her family’s experience in Eastern Europe to their move to Gardner, MA; forging her career; experiencing divorce; and, following her remarriage, her life on the national political stage.

This program is a partnership between HBI and The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture with promotional support from the Jewish Women's Archive, The Holocaust Center LA, and the Illinois Holocaust Center and Museum.

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

Performing Disability in Israel

April 22nd, 2021

2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

This lecture is the first in a new, two-part series  held in conjunction with Professor Ilana Szobel’s course, Disability Cultures: Art, Film, and Literature of People with Disabilities — that explores real-life experiences and artistic performances of people living with disability in Israel. Artists, writers, and scholars will examine the intersection of disability with Zionist ideology, gender, race, and class. Our presenters, thus, will examine the ways performance of disability on stage, on the screen, and in everyday life raises questions about Israeli subjectivity. Please register.

Presented by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and cosponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy; and the Program in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP), all housed at Brandeis University. 

April 22, 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
In the Kingdom of Fever: Tradition, Tuberculosis, and the Creation of Yiddish Poetry
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Sunny Yudkoff is an assistant professor at The University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of Tubercular Capital: Illness and the Conditions of Modern Jewish Writing, winner of the 2018 Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize (Stanford University Press, 2018). 

Past Date:

March 11th, 2021

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

HBI Virtual Conversations

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, EDT

Please register for this event. Zoom links will be sent at least 24 hours prior to the event via email. We will share excerpts of our authors' writings with registrants in advance; these can also be found in the current issue of Jewish Fiction .net.

Join us for a discussion on Jewish women's writing with Dr. Nora Gold, award-winning author, editor of Jewish Fiction .net, and long-standing HBI Academic Advisory member. Dr. Gold will be joined by Israeli author Nora Houri-Haim, and American author Diane Lederman who will share their work. In addition to reflecting on the creative process, we will discuss central themes in feminist fiction and how these are refracted for Jewish women through the prisms of Jewish families, communities, culture, and more. 

Jewish Fiction .net is an international online journal for new writing on Jewish themes and has published more than 450 stories or novel excerpts in English, some translated from one of 16 languages.

HBI wishes Jewish Fiction .net and Dr. Gold a mazal tov on their 10th anniversary!

Co-sponsored by Jewish Fiction .net and the Consulates General of Israel to New England and to Toronto/Western Canada

May 12, 2021

Launch Event for Nashim Issue 37

12:30-2:00 pm EST

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HBI is delighted to launch Issue 37, dedicated to the study of Jewish feminist ethnographies.

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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.