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Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

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.

“The Only Woman in the Room” is available at Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

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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

“Sculpting a Life” is available at Brandeis University Press, Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

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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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“Kantika” is available at Bookshop, Amazon, and your local bookseller.

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