The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement.

One of the world's only academic centers of its kind, HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs

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The 2025 HBI Research Awards application is now open. More information and application here.  

On March 10, 2024, Dr. Cochav Elkayam-Levy, international law and human rights expert Cochav Elkayam-Levy is a White woman with long light brown hairand founder of The Civil Commission on Oct. 7th Crimes by Hamas Against Women and Children, presented the Diane Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights, "War Crimes Redefined: The Oct. 7th Attack by Hamas on Women, Children and Families." Watch Here. On March 20, 2024, it was announced that Elkayam-Levy received this year's Israel Prize in the field of Solidarity, Arvut Hadadit, for her tireless work to raise awareness and acknowledgement of the crimes committed by Hamas.

Collage, showing many images of HBI related events, book covers and people, with the words, Brandeis, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Celebrating HBI's 25 YearsJoin us as we celebrate HBI's 25th anniversary! Learn more about our journey and important accomplishments at the HBI Blog: Fresh Ideas from HBI, Anniversary Edition.

Fresh Ideas from HBI: The HBI Blog

images of HBI's eight Gilda Slifka summer interns

Every summer, HBI welcomes interns from across the country and world who complete original research related to the HBI mission of fresh thinking about Jews and gender worldwide and support the work of scholars affiliated with HBI and Brandeis. During the eight-week program, the interns also attend educational lunch sessions with scholars and visit Jewish sites of interest in the Greater Boston area. The Gilda Slifka HBI Summer Internship is supported by a generous gift from Gilda Slifka.

“HBI is providing an important model of women supporting other women, by saying, ‘We think your work and creativity is really valuable and we think it should be heard around the world and we will help you with that.’ Who else is going to do that?”

Elana Sztokman, HBI Author, recipient of two Jewish Book Awards