September 15, 2019

Upcoming HBI Lunchtime Seminars

HBI lectures meet from 12:30 to 2pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tamar Biala

Topic: Women’s Midrash on Alternative Families

Tamar Biala is engaged with Jewish feminism as a writer and lecturer. She received her B.A. in Jewish Thought at Hebrew University and M.A. in Women’s Studies at the Schechter Institute/Jewish Theological Seminary, where she wrote an M.A. thesis on feminist theology’s critique of divine transcendence under the direction of Professor Tamar Ross. Biala taught at Jerusalem’s IASA (a high school for gifted children), and taught for a number of years at the Hartman Institute. She also studied and taught in a number of pluralistic Batei Midrash in Israel.

Over the last decade she has published two volumes of Midrashim written by contemporary Israeli women, Dirshuni – Midreshei Nashim (Yediot Acharonot, 2009, 2018); Volume 1 was co-edited with Nehama Weingarten-Mintz. She is now preparing an English edition of Dirshuni. Biala is currently an HBI Research Associate. She was a 2013 and 2015 HBI Scholar in Residence and winner of the HBI Translation Prize. 


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sivan Rajuan Shtang

Topic: Gender and Ethnicity in Mizrahi Feminist Contemporary Photography

Sivan Rajuan Shtang (Ph.D.) is a visual culture scholar. Rajuan Shtang has a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hermeneutics and Culture from Bar Ilan University. Her work deals with gendered and racial aspects of visual culture and art, taking particular interest in feminism, queer theory, and multiculturalism. During the last few years, she conducted pioneered research on contemporary Mizrahi (eastern Jews) feminist fine art, and on queer feminist fine art in Israel. Sivan is a lecturer at Shenkar – Design, Art and Engineering Academic College and at Sapir Academic College, Israel. She is currently at work on a new book on contemporary Mizrahi feminist art.


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ben Steiner

Topic: Ketubot as Enforceable Contracts under American Law: The Case of Charleston, South Carolina

Benjamin Steiner is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. His dissertation focuses on the ketubah as a window into social and cultural change in America and England, among Jews and between Jews and their neighbors. He has also published articles on the history of Conservative Judaism. Steiner is a fall 2019 HBI Scholar-in-Residence.

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