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Upcoming Events

February 9, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET/online

Visual Artist Gil Yefman will be in conversation with Shayna Weiss, Associate Director Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

A trans-disciplinary conceptual artist, Gil transforms canonized familiar myths from varied beliefs and traditions in order to undermine the structured definitions and portrayal of the other. Collaborative projects fuse memory, trauma and the body, with transgenerational multilayered relations where soft materials dissolve hard subject matters.

Discover more of Gil Yefman's work.

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 free and open to the public.

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February 15, 2023

7-8  p.m. ET/online

Join HBI as we speak with Pnina Lahav, Professor of Law Emerita and winner of Israel’s Seltner Award  and the Gratz College Centennial Book Award, about her remarkable The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power in which Lahav asks how a lone woman surrounded by men makes it to the top.

In this authoritative and empathetic biography, Lahav reexamines the life of Golda Meir through a feminist lens, focusing on her recurring role as a woman standing alone among men. The Only Woman in the Room is the first book to contend with Meir’s full identity as a woman, Jew, Zionist leader, and one of the founders of Israel, providing a richer portrait of her persona and legacy.

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February 27, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET

Hybrid: Online and In-Person in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at Brandeis University 

Shula Mola, HBI Scholar in Residence

"Formation of Blackness In Israel: The Case of Ethiopian Jews"

Prior to their immigration to Israel, the Ethiopian Jewish community did not describe itself as “black,” but found this term was applied to them in Israel. Mola’s talk will explore the construction of the category of blackness in contemporary Israeli society and its application to the Ethiopian community. The talk will examine the deployment of this category in the context of the anti-discrimination work of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Ethiopi­an Jews, a group Mola chaired for 10 years, and the work of Moth­ers on Guard, a group Mola cofounded to fight police brutality against the Ethiopian community. 

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March 6, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET

Hybrid: Online and In-Person in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at Brandeis University 

Sivan Rajuan Shtang,  Sapir Academic College and Shenkar Academic College, Israel, HBI Scholar in Residence 

“Mizrahi Feminist Art: A Multicultural Imagination”

At HBI, Rajuan Shtang will be working on "Mizrahi Feminist Art: A Multicultural Imagination," a pioneering book aimed at a multicultural feminist reimagining of Mizrahi identity and cultural practices. It focuses on a marginalized arena of decolonization: the art of contemporary Mizrahi feminist artists, descendants of Jewish communities who immigrated to Israel/Palestine from Arab and Muslim countries.

Using different mediums and techniques, but presenting their works during the same time frame, Mizrahi feminist artists challenge their racialized forced identities, which were historically constructed through Zionist visual culture at the intersection of multiple margins: gender, class, sexuality, and race. In doing so, they participate in the ongoing collective Mizrahi feminist struggle, which takes place in today's public sphere in Israel.

This event is free and open to the public.

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March 13, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET

Hybrid: Online and In-Person in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at Brandeis University 

Samantha Pickette, University of Texas at Austin

“Peak TV’s Unapologetic Jewish Woman: Exploring Jewish Female Representation in Contemporary Television Comedy”

Pickette’s “Peak TV’s Unapologetic Jewish Woman” analyzes the ways in which contemporary American television—with its unprecedented choice, diversity, and authenticity—is establishing a new version of the Jewish woman and a new take on American Jewish female identity that challenges the stereotypes of Jewish femininity proliferated on television since its inception. Using case studies of streaming, cable, and network comedy series from the past decade written and created by Jewish women, including “Broad City,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” among others, Pickette’s book illustrates how this new Jewish woman has been given voice and agency by the bevy of Jewish female showrunners interested in telling stories about Jewish women for wider audiences.

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March 15, 2023

A Publication of the HBI Series on Jewish Women.

7-8 p.m. ET/online

In “Sculpting a Life,” the first book-length biography of sculptor Chana Orloff (1888-1968), author Paula Birnbaum tells the story of a fiercely determined and ambitious woman who fled antisemitism in Ukraine, emigrated to Palestine with her family, then traveled to Paris to work in haute couture before becoming an internationally recognized artist.

“...Paula J. Birnbaum offers readers a deeply researched, beautifully illustrated, and engagingly written biography of a cosmopolitan and once-renowned sculptor who deliberately resisted categorization. Orloff’s strong emphasis on motherhood as central to her artistic expression is particularly noteworthy, as is her fascination with the female body.”—Karen Offen

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March 28, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET

Hybrid: Online and In-Person in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at Brandeis University 

Rachel B. Gross, San Francisco State University, HBI Scholar in Residence

“Preaching the Promised Land: Mary Antin’s American Religions”

Gross’ “Preaching the Promised Land: Mary Antin’s American Religions” will explore Mary Antin’s variable and dynamic approaches to religion. As a political campaigner, a Zionist, a member of an intentional Christian community, a devotee of the Indian spiritual leader Meher Baba and more, Antin’s political and spiritual explorations tell us about the possibilities of early twentieth-century American Jewish identities. This religious biography will tell the story of a Jewish writer, a single mother, a disabled woman, and a spiritual seeker who found communities that sustained her and her daughter on her own terms

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March 30, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET/online

Painter Zoya Cherkassky will be in conversation with Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum.

Painter Zoya Cherkassky was born in Ukraine in 1976 and immigrated to Israel in 1991. Her works have been shown in premier Israeli art museums and galleries for over a decade, as well as throughout Europe and North America. Her works bring together languages stemming from ‘high’ and ‘low’ cultures, pop and computer aesthetics. As an immigrant from the former USSR to Israel, Cherkassky deals with issues of identity and alienation as well as the different conflicts that rise in the clash between the cultures.

Discover more of Zoya Cherkassky's work.

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 free and open to the public.

Register here to join online

April 3, 2023

12-1 p.m. ET

Hybrid: Online and In-Person in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at Brandeis University 

Edith Pick, HBI Research Associate

“Gender Perspectives on the Jewish Diaspora Organization”

Diaspora-homeland relations are rooted in gendered imagery. How does this dynamic manifest within the Jewish workplace? In this seminar, we will trace the construction of gender in the Jewish space by exploring the experiences of employees in the UK. Their stories reveal surprising struggles over the meaning of masculinity and femininity, dominance and marginality, loyalty and belonging.

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May 3, 2023

7-8  p.m. ET/online

"Kantika" is a dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home. A haunting, inspiring meditation on the tenacity of women, this lush, lyrical novel from Elizabeth Graver celebrates the insistence on seizing beauty and grabbing hold of one’s one and only life.

“In gorgeous detail, this epic family story restores a lost time and place. 'Kantika' is both an immigrant tale and a hero’s journey as Graver’s extraordinary characters―first among them the indomitable Rebecca―travel between worlds and find ways to refashion their lives.”―Allegra Goodman

HBI is honored to have supported Elizabeth Graver’s writing during this project. 

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