Current Authors

Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series

Judy Bolton-Fasman

October 12, 2021

The Sandra Seltzer Silberman HBI Conversations Series Kickoff Event. Please join HBI this evening as we officially dedicate the series in honor of our beloved friend, Sandra Seltzer Silberman.

Asylum, A Memoir of Family Secrets

7-8 pm EST

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In Asylum, A Memoir of Family Secrets, Judy Bolton-Fasman explores her family’s secret and tumultuous past with warmth, passion, and subtle humor, firmly rooted in Jewish tradition. 

After complying with her father's request to burn his still unread letter, Bolton-Fasman began to explore her bifurcated ancestry - a Sephardic, Spanish/Ladino-speaking culture inherited from her mother and an Ashkenazi, English-only, old-fashioned American patriotism from her father. While Asylum asks how much do we really know about the lives of our parents and the secrets lodged in their past, Bolton-Fasman shows that the answers may lie in the exploration itself.  

HBI is honored to have supported Bolton-Fasman’s research and writing during the early phases of her project.

Available now at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller.  

Judy Batalion

October 27, 2021

The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

7-8 pm EST

Stay tuned for an invitation to join Judy Batalion and the HBI Board of Advisers at a separate post-event donor reception.

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“Guns, grenades and espionage” are the words Judy Batalion uses to describe her thrilling dive into “Freuen in di Ghettos,” Yiddish for “Women in the Ghettos,” the blueprint for her new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos. Her book, soon to be the basis for a Steven Spielberg movie, reveals the previously untold stories of brave ghetto women who fought and fooled the Nazis. 

Read more in the New York Times

HBI is honored to have funded a portion of Batalion’s research.

Available now at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller. 

HBI is a network member of the Jewish Book Council.

Rabbi Haviva Ner-David

December 8, 2021

Hope Valley

12:30-1:30 pm EST

Israel 7:30-8:30 pm (19:30 IST)

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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 yes, hope.

Available now at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller. 

HBI is a network member of the Jewish Book Council. 

Carole Kessner, Ph.D.

December 15, 2021

Carole Kessner, Ph.D., in conversation with Peter Osnos

Marie Syrkin: Values Beyond the Self  (HBI Series on Jewish Women)

12:30-1:30 pm EST 

Co-Sponsor: The Brandeis Alumni Association

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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 Press, Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller.

Rachel Sharona Lewis

January 19, 2022

The Rabbi Who Prayed With Fire

7-8 pm EST

Co-Sponsor: The Brandeis Alumni Association

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Rabbi Vivian, fiction’s newest sleuth, is a young, queer, junior pulpit rabbi and community and interfaith organizer. Drawing inspiration from Harry Kemelman’s "Rabbi Small" series of the 1960s and 1970s, author Rachel Sharona Lewis (Brandeis '09) of The Rabbi Who Prayed With Fire brings to life the modern, thoughtful Rabbi Vivian who highlights the intersecting communities that are decidedly of today’s moment - women’s leadership roles in Jewish institutions, LGBTQ relationships, Jewish and Black relations, gentrification, diversity within the Jewish community, and much more.   

Available now at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller. 

Laura Arnold Leibman, Ph.D.

February 15, 2022

Once We Were Slaves: The Extraordinary Journey of a Multi-Racial Jewish Family

7-8 pm EST

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In this important American story, Leibman takes a deep look into the family of Blanche Moses, descendent of one of the most prominent American Jewish families since the American Revolution. Despite being an obsessive early genealogist, Moses died in 1949 with the mystery of her grandmother Sarah Brandon Moses’ ancestry - that Sarah had begun her life poor, Christian, and enslaved in the late eighteenth-century Lopez household in Barbados.

In meticulously tracing the family’s history, Leibman uncovers the largely forgotten population of mixed African and Jewish ancestry - one that constituted as much as fifty percent of the Jewish communities in Barbados and other Atlantic communities in the early 1800s. In doing so, Leibman not only sheds new light on the fluidity of race -- as well as on the role of religion in racial shift-- in early America but also on how American Jews who identify as white today can understand that the diversity of Jews in their congregations is part of a long tradition.

HBI is honored to have funded a portion of Leibman’s work.

Pre-order now at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller. 

HBI is a network member of the Jewish Book Council.

Judy Heumann

March 23, 2022

Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

March 23, 2022

7-8 pm EST

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Being Heumann: The Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist is the powerful story of one Jewish woman’s fight to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society for herself and disabled people in the United States and later, around the world. Born in the late 1940s to Jews who fled Nazi Germany, and paralyzed from polio at eighteen months, Judy Heumann’s struggle for equality began early in life when she was legally barred from grade school due to being a “fire hazard” as there were no protections of disabled American’s civil rights at the time.  

With inspiration and support from her parents, Judy went on to become one of the most influential disability rights activists in the US, leading sit-ins and protests that ultimately lead to the passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the first disability civil rights law to be enacted in the U.S. which later set the stage for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many may have seen the fierce yet loving teenage Judy spreading her leadership wings in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, the 2020 Netflix film executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama about a groundbreaking summer camp which galvanized a group of teens with disabilities to help build a movement, forging a new path toward greater equality in the 1970s. 

Available now at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller.