Terri Brown Preuss:

HBI Conversations Boston
is located at:

515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454




Looking for a thought-provoking experience in a community of like-minded readers? Want to explore Jewish women's writing and hear firsthand from prominent authors? 

A part of Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, HBI Conversations is a national innovative book and author series that brings together Jewish women and authors to meet and discuss books dealing with Jewish and gender issues.  At each of the meetings (two or three per year depending on location), you will have the opportunity to talk and create a meaningful connection with the author as you discuss her work, ideas, research and more.  Started in 2001 in Palm Beach, Fla., the program currently consists of nine groups nationwide with over 450 women participating. Sessions generally consist of 40-50 people each, enabling a meaningful conversation with each author.

Read about Conversations members and authors' experiences.

What types of books are selected?

Both fiction and nonfiction books (memoirs, biographies) dealing with Jewish and gender issues are selected by each local Conversations community based on recommendations from the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.

Join HBI Conversations and learn about a young German girl in 1930s Berlin discovering her Jewish identity; a trail-blazing Russian-Jewish woman doctor grappling with sexism and anti-semitism at the outbreak of the First World War; the journey of a modern day mixed-race Jewish woman growing up in the United States; and so much more.  

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HBI Conversations has been a network site of the Jewish Book Council since 2010 thus providing extraordinary access to authors with recently published books. 

See a list of current authors participating in HBI Conversations.

Where are HBI Communities?

HBI Conversations currently has programs in:

  • Boston, MA
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethesda/DC
  • Howard County, MD
  • New York City
  • Park City, UT
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Westchester, NY

And partnerships with the following: 

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, FL*

* For information about Palm Beach, please contact Erika Simon at or 561.209.2616.

What does it cost?

The cost of the three-session programs is $180/year. The cost of the two-session programs is $120/year. Please refer to the information on the registration form for details on number of sessions per site. 

How are the groups organized?

Each group has one to three local coordinators who are responsible for book selection upon advice from Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, recruitment of participants, and meeting locations. Anyone can volunteer to be a coordinator. The Conversations Director oversees the management of the program, providing guidance on book selection, recruitment strategies and other issues in addition to providing direct support for authors and volunteer coordinators.  Local coordinators may attend the yearly Jewish Book Council (JBC) Conference in New York City to evaluate authors for future sessions and meet with the Conversations Director and HBI Director.

How do I join?

Registration information for the 2019-20 Conversations season, including authors and dates by community, is HERE.

For  more information or if you would like to bring HBI Conversations to your area by serving as a group coordinator, please contact the national director of HBI Conversations, Terri Brown Preuss at or 617-777-0214