Past Events

Boston Jewish Film Festival’s "Leaving Paradise"

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

November 7-21, 2021

Leaving Paradise, Dir. Ofer Freiman, Documentary, 2021, Brazil/Israel, 86 min.

Co-sponsors: BJFF, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

Geographies of Jewish Latina Literature: Between Scholarship, Poetry, and YA Fiction

November 4, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

Co-Sponsors: Brandeis Anthropology Department, Brandeis Creative Writing Program, Brandeis Hispanic Studies Program, Brandeis Gender & Sexuality Center, Brandeis Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Wellesley College Spanish Dept., J-Lats Princeton, Facing History and Ourselves, Museo Judío de Chile, CubaOne

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Women of Sefarad Series presents: "Heroines"

October 31, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

The Jewish Heritage Alliance and their participating co-hosting partners resume the Women of Sefarad Series presenting “Heroines”, an event celebrating the courage and determination of the Women of Sefarad who played a unique and special role during Medieval and Early Modern times.

This program is being presented by the Jewish Heritage Alliance in partnership with 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.

Latin American Jewry: An Entrepreneurial Initiative at Brandeis

October 16, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

Dalia Wassner shared her research on the newly acquired diary of Jacob Brandon Maduro, tracing the active role the family played in establishing in Curaçao one of the earliest practicing Jewish communities in the Americas and becoming ongoing agents and witnesses of pivotal historical events, including financing the Panama Canal, bringing B’nei Brith to Cuba, and chronicling the Mexican Revolution.

Narrating Belonging: The Art of Memory

October 5, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish and Gender Studies

Adriana Katzew, JARTS 2021 Community Creative Fellow and Dalia Wassner, Director of HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies discuss the power of material art in claiming and transmitting personal identity and group history.

Co-Sponsor: JARTS

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Indomitable Woman: Feminism in the Poetry of Rosita Kalina of Costa Rica

April 22, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

LAJGS welcomes Stephen A. Sadow, Professor Emeritus of Latin American Literature and Jewish Studies at Northeastern University, for a conversation about Costa Rican poet and writer of short-stories, Rosita Kalina (1934-2004).

Co-Sponsor: Brandeis Creative Writing Program

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The First American Jewish Novelist: Cora Wilburn

March 17, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

Professor Jonathan Sarna in conversation with Sephardic scholar Ronnie Perelis, on the well-traversed world of Sephardic America and its intersection with early U.S. Jewish History.

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America and the Crypto Jewish Presence: Reclaiming the Legacy of Sepharad

March 11, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

Ron Duncan Hart, anthropologist and author of Crypto-Jews: The Long Journey (2020), and Mary Morris, author of Gateway to the Moon (2018), will engage contemporary cultural and political ramifications of the historic crypto-Jewish presence in the Americas.

Co-sponsors: Brandeis Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies. J-Lats Princeton

This program is made possible with generous support from the Ostrowicz Lilienthal Foundation for Jewish Education.

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The End of Iberian Jewry and The Beginnings of a Sephardi Diaspora: Through the Eyes of Women

February 22, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

A mediated conversation between Edith Scott Saavedra, author of The Lamps of Albarracín (2019), and Spanish historians Lucía Conte Aguilar and Miguel Angel Motis, as they discuss the feminist experience of the Inquisition and end of Iberian Jewry, as well as the revival of Spain’s Jewish heritage in the present day. 

Co-sponsors: Brandeis Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, J-Lats Princeton

This program is made possible with generous support from the Ostrowicz Lilienthal Foundation for Jewish Education.

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Kugel and Frijoles: Latinx Jews in the United States

February 10, 2021

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

LAJGS in conversation with Laura Limonic on her award-winning book, Kugel and Frijoles (2019), which offers new insights into the diversity of Jews and Latino/as in the United States.

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Israel in the Spanish-speaking Media: The Case of Latina Entrepreneurship

February 4, 2021

LAJGS in conversation with Leah Soibel, Fuente Latina founder and CEO, and Susanne Althoff, journalist and author of Launching While Female (2020).

Co-sponsors: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis International Business School (Asper Center, Latin American Initiative, Israel Initiative), Brandeis Journalism Program

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Braided Memories: A Journey of Words and Photographs

October 20, 2020

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

Poet and scholar Marjorie Agosín and photographer Samuel Shats explore the truth that lies in fragmented memories, the legacy of refugees defined by truncated pasts, and the power of art as a vehicle for healing across generations.

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Wandering Jews and Latinx Migrations

October 8, 2020

HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies

During Sukkot and Latinx Heritage month, join HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies and Jewtina y Co., for a panel discussion on contemporary Jewish Latinx migration in the context of race, gender, and legality.

Co-Sponsored by Jewtina y Co., Brandeis Alumni Association, the Latin America Initiative, International Business School, Brandeis Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Brandeis Hispanic Studies, J-Lats Princeton

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Latina Jews Crafting Bridges

February 27, 2020

A conversation with Aileen Josephs ’86, Rosa Lowinger ’78 and Dalia Wassner as they engage the many ways Latina Jews are impacting America in the fields of law, architecture, art and academia. 

The event was co-sponsored by Brandeis Alumni Club of South Florida and HBI's Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies.

Next Year in Argentina

February 12, 2020

A film screening of "Next Year in Argentina", introduced by Jonathan Sarna, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and followed by a panel discussion including Raanan Rein, Elías Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University; Tali Flomenhoft, Associate Director of Parent and Family Giving at Brandeis University; Adrián Krupnik, postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University and the University of Potsdam and a Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Summer Institute fellow.
25 Years Since the AMIA Bombing in Buenos Aires

July 18, 2019

Please join Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies as we commemorate the 25 years since the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires.

Leona

May 9, 2019

Boston Premiere

Q&A with Dalia Wassner

May 9, 2019

Director, Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

May 9, 2019

New England Premier.

Q&A with filmmakers Judy Kreith and Robin Truesdale
Moderated by Dalia Wassner

Words and Artifacts: Treasures of a Cuban Jewish Exile

April 10, 2019

Ruth Behar

Latinx Jewish Clergy:  An American Conversation

February 13, 2019

  • Cantor Elias Rosemberg, Temple Emanuel of Newton

  • Rabbi Claudia Kreiman, Temple Beth Zion of Brookline

  • Rabbi Sonia Salzman, Emeritas, Temple Ohabei Shalom of Brookline

  • Rabbi Michael Fel, Temple Emunah of Lexington

A Latin American Pen, A Global Memory: Imagining Anne Frank Today

November 1, 2018

Brandeis University Spring 2018 Course

Portable IslandSpring 2018

Dalia Wassner’s Spring 2018 course, The Jews of Latin America, was generously funded by a gift from the Targum Shlishi Foundation. The course was offered jointly through the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic studies and the Latin American & Latino studies program of Brandeis University. Drawing on the works of public intellectuals, writers, artists, playwrights and filmmakers, the course provided a textured cultural understanding of the Jewish experience in Latin America and of Latin America’s experience of its Jews.

“South American Women Making Trouble” 

January 2018

Dalia Wassner

“Rabbis and Artists South of the Border: Resisting Authoritarianism” 

January 2018

Rabbi Claudia Kreiman and Dalia Wassner

“South American Feminists: Cultural Contestations to Political Oppression”

January 2018

Dalia Wassner

Temple Emanuel Film Screening “Los Abandonados”

January 2018

Dalia Wassner and Cantor Elias Rosemberg

Boston Jewish Film Festival, “Subte-Polska”

November 2017

Dalia Wassner moderated Q&A