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Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies commemorated the 25 years since the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires.

Thursday, July 18th, 7-8pm

Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA 



Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm @ Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, May 15, 2:00 pm @ Museum of Fine Arts

Q&A with Dalia Wassner, Director, Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (May 9) 

Words and Artifacts: Treasures of a Cuban Jewish Exile

Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 pm
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, Brandeis University

Ruth Behar

Latinx Jewish Clergy: 
An American Conversation

February 13th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA

  • 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

Nov. 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Riemer-Goldstein Theater, JCC Greater Boston 333 Nahanton St. Newton, MA 

National Center for Jewish Film Annual Film Festival, “Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels

May 9, 2018 
Brookline MA

New England Premier. Q&A with Filmmakers Judy Kreith & Robin Truesdale moderated by Dalia Wassner

“South American Women Making Trouble” 

January, 2018, Brookline MA

Dalia Wassner

Rabbis and Artists South of the Border: Resisting Authoritarianism” 

Temple Israel, Boston MA, January 2018

Rabbi Claudia Kreiman and Dalia Wassner 

South American Feminists: Cultural Contestations to Political Oppression”

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University, Waltham MA, January 2018

Dalia Wassner 

Temple Emanuel Film Screening “Los Abandonados”

Newton MA, January 2018

Dalia Wassner and Cantor Elias Rosemberg

Boston Jewish Film Festival, “Subte-Polska”

Newton and Boston MA, November 2017

Dalia Wassner moderated Q&A

Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies


The HBI Project in Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies (LAJGS) is a pioneering initiative for the study and exploration of Jewish life and gender in Latin America (Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean) and among Latin American Jewish immigrants worldwide. LAJGS will promote inquiries into such topics as memory politics, ritual observance and participation, local iterations of global ideologies (such as socialism, feminism, and Zionism), and artistic movements approached as both locally authentic and extra-nationally salient. Interested also in the multitude of push and pull reasons for immigration of Latin American Jewry within and beyond Latin America—including Israeli historical developments and related local reactions; national instances of political and economic instability, including military dictatorships and currency devaluations; and the influence of established Latin American Jewish diaspora communities over those who remain—LAJGS encompasses the study of Latin American Jewry within Latin America and beyond.

Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies Resource Guide

LAJGS in the News discusses LAJGS's April 10th event with Ruth Behar in Next Year in Havana: Ruth Behar’s Treasures From a Cuban Jewish Exile. discusses LAJGS's Feb 13 discussion with Jewish Latino clergy in Jewish Latin American Clergy to Discuss Life in America.

The Brandeis Justice reviews LAJGS's Nov. 1 launch event and reinforces the relevance of an event like this today in HBI project launch event features reimagined Anne Frank life story discusses the Nov. 1 launch of LAJGS and Anne Frank's relevance in Latin America in Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Launches New Initiative Focusing on Anne Frank’s Story. looks at why time is ripe for Jewish studies to include Latin American Jews in its purview and to study the issue through a gendered lens in Pioneering Initiative Explores the Latin American Jewish Diaspora

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) profiles the LAJGS in A groundbreaking project aims to study the Latin American Jewish experience.

The Brandeis Justice addresses the need for more classes on Latin American and Jewish history in New initiative explores Latinx Jewish culture.

Targum Shlishi explains that building awareness is why they supported a course in Targum Shlishi Sponsors a Brandeis University Course on the Jews of Latin America.


Dalia WassnerDalia Wassner, Ph.D. is the Director of the Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University. She writes on feminist cultural responses to violence in a trans-Atlantic frame, collective memory and memory politics, and cultural connections between Jews and other minorities involved in Latin American processes of national democratization. Her first book Harbinger of Modernity: Marcos Aguinis and the Democratization of Argentina (Boston: Brill, 2014) illuminates the intersecting roles of Jews and public intellectuals in bringing democracy to post-dictatorship Argentina. Dalia Wassner holds a Ph.D. in history from Northeastern University, an M.Phil. in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of New York, and M.A.s in history and Latin American studies from Stanford University. Dalia Wassner, Ph.D. has been an active participant at the HBI since 2012 as a Scholar-in-Residence, Research Associate, and Gilda Slifka Internship Program mentor. Since 2015 Dalia Wassner has taught Latin American Jewish history at Brandeis in the Near Eastern & Judaic Studies Department and Latin American & Latino Studies Program. She has also developed courses in Women's studies, Latin American studies, and Jewish studies, most recently at Emerson College, Boston University, and Brandeis University. These courses include Latin America and its Jews: A Cultural History; Modern Latin America; Women Warriors of Latin America; Engendering Culture; Creating National Identity in Latin America; Politics of the Past: History, Memory and the Arts; and Literature of Extreme Situations.

Brandeis University Spring 2018 Course

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



Harbinger of Modernity: Marcos Aguinis and the Democratization of Argentina. Boston: Brill Series, 2014.
Peer-Reviewed Articles:
“The Sword, the Pen, and the Uterus: Feminist Culture and the Argentine Proceso” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (October 2017).
“From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to Jorge Luis Borges: Feminist Roots of Latin American Post-Colonial Literature” Latin American Research Review (in revision).
“Mexican Jewish? A Conversation with Ilan Stavans” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies Vol. 15, No. 3 (Nov 2016).
“A Conversation with Ilan Stavans: Harbingers of Modernity? Jews in the Hispanic World.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies Vol. 12, No. 2 (Jul 2013).

Other Publications:
Wassner, Dalia. 2019. The Salience and Pervasiveness of the Literary Figure of the Jew in Latin America: From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to Jorge Luis Borges. Latin American Research Review 54(2), pp. 398–412. DOI:
Prologue to Anne: Reimagining The Diary of Anne Frank, by Marjorie Agosín and Francisca Yáñez. United Kingdom: Solis Press (in press).
“Multidirectional Postmemory: Gendered Spaces of Truth between the Holocaust and the ‘Dirty Wars’ of the Southern Cone” in Darrell B. Lockhart and Daniela Goldfine, eds. (Con)textualizing Gender and Sexuality in Jewish Latin American Cultural Production. New York: Lexington Books (in press).
“Feminist Roots to Latin America’s Post-Colonial Cosmopolitanism” in Marjorie Agosín, ed., Latin American Writers Reimagining Europe (forthcoming).
Review of Fútbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina by Raanan Rein. H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews (April 2016).
“Cry for me, Argentina” Fresh Ideas From the HBI: The HBI Blog, freshideasfromhbi/cry-for-me-argentina/ (Feb 5, 2015).
Review of Vargas Llosa: La Batalla en las Ideas by Wilfrido H. Corral. Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe Vol. 25, No. 1 (January-June 2014).
Review of Sephardism: Spanish Jewish History and the Modern Literary Imagination edited by Yael Halevi-Wise. H-Judaic, H-Net Reviews (May 2013).
“Accounting for Terror in Post-1983 Argentina: Art and Argument in the Works of Two Jewish Women.” Latin American Jewish Studies Association Vol. 32.2 (Winter-Spring 2013).


Certificate of RecognitionLAJGS Director, Dalia Wassner, recieved a certificate of recognition at Brandeis University's Latinx Appreciation lunch.