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December 2, 2021

7:00 pm EST

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After a decade as a political speechwriter, Sarah Hurwitz,  the quintessential lapsed Jew, wrote the book Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life -- in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) following her whimsical enrollment in an introductory Judaism class. Her book shows how Judaism’s messages are more relevant than ever.

Join author Sarah Hurwitz in conversation with Rav Tiferet Berenbaum as they grapple with current issues and turn to Judaism for guidance.

Sarah Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, starting out as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then serving as chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Sarah also worked on policy issues affecting young women and girls as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls. Before working at the White House, Sarah was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, Senator John Kerry and others.  

Rav Tiferet Berenbaum, Rabbi of Congregational Learning and Programming at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA has had a front seat at the intersection of race, racism and religion and has gained valuable insights into how people see the world.

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 9, 2021

12:00-1:00 pm EST

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Yuval Evri, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewish Studies at Brandeis University in conversation with Neta Elkayam, an Israeli singer and visual artist whose work plumbs the culture of the Moroccan Jews from which she descended. 

Elkayam and her musical partner and husband Amit Hai Cohen,were recently the subjects of the documentary film, “In Your Eyes, I See My Country,” which follows them back to Morocco. 

Studio Israel is an online conversation series that looks at Israeli culture and diversity through the lens of contemporary Israeli artists and creatives. Chaired by Caron Tabb. Studio Israel is a partnership among 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. This event is also cosponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.

About the Artist

Neta Elkayam has gained worldwide recognition as a performer of North African music. She collaborates with renowned local and international musicians and orchestras on stages around the world. She has received multiple awards including the ACUM Award, the Sami Michael Award, and was nominated for an Ophir Oscar Award for a leading role in the 2019's musical film "Red Fields (Mami)." Learn more about her in the New York Times profile, Bridging Time, Distance and Distrust, With Music. 

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



December 19, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

1:00-2:30 pm EST

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On December 19, 2021, Jewish Heritage Alliance and their participating co-hosting partners will present “Sefarad... To Be or Not to Be”, a webinar that will explore the torturous dilemma facing the Jews of Sefarad once the 1492 Edict of Expulsion was issued.

In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Edict of Expulsion, giving Jews a few months in which to depart the country where their ancestors had lived for centuries or convert to Catholicism. One of the stories accompanying this drama was that of Isaac Abarbanel and Abraham Senior, colleagues, and powerful Jewish advisers to Queen Isabella who argued to the King and Queen to rescind the Edict of Expulsion. When their efforts failed, they were forced to choose. Isaac Abarbanel and his family left for Italy to live openly as Jews, but Abraham Senior and his family converted to stay in Spain. We will explore the painstaking decisions that determined the fate of 150,000 Jews and 25 generations of their descendants, both the openly practicing Sephardic Jews around the Mediterranean, and the conversos/crypto-Jews in the Americas.

This program is being presented by Jewish Heritage Alliance in partnership with the National Museum of American Jewish History, ANU Museum of the Jewish People, the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, The American Sephardi Federation’s Institute of Jewish Experience, Fundación HispanoJudía, EJCC European Jewish Community Center, University of Miami (Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies and the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies), Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Kulanu.