August 23, 2019

HBI Conversations Announces the 2019-2020 Season

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? 

HBI Conversations is a national 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 enter a conversation about her work, ideas, research and more. Sessions generally consist of up to 40-50 people each, enabling a meaningful conversation with each author.

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.

See the books chosen for the 2019-2020 season here.

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. 

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.


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