The AREV-MA (Anita Redner Empowerment Vehicle) granting initiative, honoring the memory of Anita Redner z"l, was designed to encourage the cultivation of innovative leadership models in congregational settings by providing synagogues with funding for the development of new programming around young leadership (of any gender) and women’s mentorship and leadership and given the continuing challenges of today’s world, the initiative has been expanded to provide support for new projects that seek to increase and enhance engagement for any groups who have traditionally been underserved by synagogues, as well as those who are currently underserved as a result of Covid-19. For more information and the grant application, click here.

18th Annual
Connie Spear Birnbaum
Memorial Lecture and Chai Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, May 2, 2021
12:30 pm EDT
from the comfort of your own home

The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is honored to join lecture founder, Dr. Herbert Birnbaum and the Birnbaum family, in presenting the Connie Spear Birnbaum Memorial Lecture. This year's program features noted journalist and author, Yossi Klein HaLevi in conversation with Benjamin Birnbaum addressing the important and provocative topic, "Holding the Jewish Center". An award-winning journalist, Ben is also Connie and Herb's son.

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts is delighted to welcome congregational presidents (or their representatives) to bi-monthly roundtable discussions facilitated by Daniel Langenthal ( on Thursday afternoons from 12:00-1:00. 

Synagogue Council’s roundtable is an opportunity for synagogue lay-leaders to talk with other lay-leaders, to brainstorm together, to learn from each other, to share innovations, concerns and challenges and to engage in peer-to-peer conversations and mentorship. 
Our roundtables will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 12:00-1:00. Meetings on the third Thursday will be theme based and themes will change monthly. The theme for the first session, on Thursday, February 18th, will be, “How will we know when it’s safe to reopen?” On the first Thursday of the month, we will gather to address whatever concerns, challenges and ideas that you bring to the table. 

We invite congregational presidents (or their representatives) to join us when you are able and also to propose topics for the roundtable.

For more information and the Zoom link for our roundtable meetings, please contact Gretchen Marks Brandt,
Synagogue Council Maavar: Supporting Synagogues in Transition
Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Great Barrington is seeking an additional Yahrtzeit memorial board. Anyone with information to share, please contact Dan Burkhard.

This Aron Kodesh needs a home!

Hundred-year-old traditional carved wooden Aron Kodesh (holy ark) is being offered by Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe in Brighton, which cannot use it in its new building. The ark came from Torah Moshe’s original home in Roxbury and is typical of arks of that period. The same ark was used in many local congregations, often for their second sanctuary, or minyan, space, and probably came from a catalogue. The gold and white paint is not, of course, original, and probably could be stripped off to restore the ark to its original beauty. If you might provide a home for this ark, please contact Tamar King at (617) 787-5569 or 617 331-4599, or the Synagogue Council office.
Daf Yomi, Sunday Evenings at 7:30

Jesse Hefter's Daf Yomi class is currently learning Tractate Pesachim, which discusses the Passover laws, and at its end, the Seder night.

You are invited to join the group on this fascinating journey!

Please contact Gretchen Marks Brandt to receive the Zoom link for this free class.

Blessing Hard Times: Jewish Wisdom about patience, endurance and gratitude
taught by Naomi Gurt Lind

The course is scheduled for five sessions on Sunday mornings 11 am-12:30 pm, starting March 7.
I would love to have you join me! See below for a brief description, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Talmudic tradition teaches us to bless the bad as we bless the good. Blessing Hard Times will explore why and how we can fulfill this teaching, and what’s to be gained. Each session will include careful reading of a Jewish/Talmudic text and discussion of provocative questions meant to spark deep consideration of our own lives and the relevance of these texts to our particular situations. We will ask ourselves what it means to bless the bad as we bless the good, how to reconcile our unrealistic hopes alongside the prohibition against making a vain prayer, and similar questions. Each week we will look at a handful of texts (in English, with Hebrew available for deeper study) that deal with challenges and discuss how the wisdom they contain might also apply to our present situation -- both personal and communal.

$135 for the series

The Jewish Federations of North America

JDAIM: Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion Month

“Behold how good and pleasant it is for all to dwell together in unity” Psalm 133

February is known as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to join together with Jewish organizations and communities from all over the world in this unified effort to raise awareness and champion the civil rights of people with disabilities. This page was designed to provide the resources to help plan and implement JDAIM events and programs. The column on the right includes activities, book club ideas, and other resource material. Additional resources can be found on our Disability and Inclusion webpage. Please post all your JDAIM events on Jconnect so they will appear on this page. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes, first and foremost, the value, dignity, and capabilities of each and every individual. An inclusive community is a stronger community, and while this quest is universal, Jewish values and traditions provide teachable moments to advance inclusion. JDAIM’s logo, a blue and gold intertwined ribbon that forms the Magen David, was designed to signify how inclusion is woven into every aspect of Jewish life and community. Join us – use this resource; create a JDAIM program and find a JDAIM program to attend.
See the Jconnect Disability Inclusion page for a list of our community partners.

Click here to see New England Yachad's many upcoming events.
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston (JBBBS) is recruiting children (ages 6-18) to participate in our impactful and comprehensive mentoring program which pairs children with an adult mentor who provides role-modeling, encouragement, and friendship. LGBTQ+ and questioning children can be matched with an adult in the LBGTQ+ community.

JBBBS supports children and their families by providing financial support, coaching, and referrals to other social services agencies. In the Children’s Program, matches meet 2 times a month, mostly on the weekends, for a minimum of one year.

We are also recruiting adults (18+) with mild to moderate disabilities to participate in our Friend 2 Friend Adults with Disabilities Program which introduces adults with disabilities to new friends in the community. In the Friend 2 Friend Program, matched friends meet 1-2 times a month for a minimum of one year.

All JBBBS in-person meetups follow CDC and Mass Govt. guidelines of social distancing and masks. Must be in the CJP Catchment.  Learn about how JBBBS has helped people across Greater Boston (in 90 cities and towns) at www.jbbbs.orgEnroll a child! Or contact For Friend 2 Friend Enroll Here! Or contact
Safe Havens' annual IMPACT Awards ceremony will take place March 18th, 2021, at 7 pm, via Zoom.
We hope to see you there!
Center Makor

Inspo:Expo Winter 2020-21 Online Volunteer Match: Take a Look and Sign Up!

Inspo:Expo participants, supporters, and volunteers,

When in doubt, help. Small gestures in times of crisis can end up being the big gestures that made the difference.
— Stephen Curry

Inspo:Expo Online Volunteer Match. By CLICKING ON THIS LINK, you will see a list of Inspo:Expo partners who have remote (or low social contact) volunteer opportunities. If you scroll through and see something you're interested in, simply email the organization directly through their listed contact info.
Israeli-American Council

Ofek Hub
We are thrilled to kick off the new year at Ofek with a huge variety of courses in Hebrew, Israeli spirit and enrichment classes (over 70 courses!!!). We have courses for students of all ages, from ages six to one hundred twenty! All of our courses have a unique Israeli feel and connection. And on top of all that, you can meet like-minded community members from across the US and Canada. What are you waiting for?

Eitanim 2021
Entrepreneurship 101
Join our national community of tomorrow’s game-changers and register for
IAC Eitanim Spring semester!

The EdgeXperience is coming up and we can’t wait to see you!! Join a unique virtual world filled with networking opportunities, fascinating sessions with amazing speakers and practical workshops. 
Feb. 22-26
American Jewish University

Check out their rich and diverse menu of virtual offerings.

Join the Jewish Climate Action Network-MA for programs to help you make your synagogue more sustainable. For more information about the programs see the descriptions on JCAN-MA website at To sign up for a webinar, email Janet Green at

DOES YOUR HOUSE OF WORSHIP HAVE A LAWN? Saving nature starts in your own backyard
February 16, at 7 PM
We can invite native wildlife back to their original habitats by replacing all or part of our lawns with native plants and in the process help put carbon back where it belongs. Sacred Grounds™ is a program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) that focuses on bringing native plants back to the green spaces of congregations of all faiths.
You'll learn how native plants foster healthy, carbon-sequestering soils, how people of all faiths can utilize their green spaces to care for creation, and how congregations can identify and solve common problems related to changing their grounds. Featured speakers include:
Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation and a featured speaker in the film Hometown Habitat. As NWF Senior Director for Wildlife Partnerships, she leads their partnerships with state wildlife agencies and other state based partners to secure greater funding to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered, including legislative, communications, grassroots and coalition building elements of the campaign. She also works with Gardening for Wildlife program ( to restore wildlife habitat where people live, work, learn, play and worship, including creation of the Native Plant Finder ( and Sacred Grounds, a program for faith communities.
Neela de Zoysa, botanist at the Native Plant Trust. Extensive experience in teaching botany, conducting botanical inventory, forest and biodiversity conservation policy, ecological research and related public outreach, climate change impacts and policy formulation, project management, implementation, evaluation, and monitoring. Expert knowledge of both tropical and North East US ecosystems and in working with federal government, international and local non-profits, and academic institutions.
Jean Devine, co-founder of Meadowmaking for Biodiversity. She designs and delivers creative, project-based curriculum to engage kids and adults alike. The mission of Meadowscaping for Biodiversity is to expose youth to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) learning while empowering them to address real-world challenges to the environment and our society.
Rabbi Katy Allen, president and founder of JCAN-MA. She is also the founder and spiritual leader of Ma'yan Tikvah. She began her career as a biology teacher and later became a writer and editor of educational materials. Her rabbinic ordination is from the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale, NY, in 2005.

Questions? Email Deb Nam-Krane, JCAN-MA’s Soil and Agriculture Committee Chair.

MARCH 3, 10, AND 17 (3 SESSIONS) $54
Guided by ancient texts, Hasidic teachings, modern insights, guided meditations, and embodied practices, we will explore our sacred relationship with Creation with grounded joy. Together, we will engage with the challenge of recognizing and experiencing that we are part of the wondrous mosaic of life that both includes and extends far beyond homo sapiens. The questions raised in our discussions also have bearing on the reality of climate change: if we are truly one with the Universe, how should we behave, and what is our role in countering human habitat and planetary destruction? Over the course of our sessions, and guided by our studies, we will work together to formulate service actions that would bring healing to the more-than-human world. Participants should be prepared to spend about an hour between sessions engaging with suggested sources (including readings and films), with journaling, and with embodied personal exploration. Cost: $54, scholarships are available. Contact Anna Katsevman at for scholarship information and questions about registration.

Next JCAN meeting Online
February 24
7:00 PM
Please join us and learn more about our upcoming plans and events. Schmooze with other Jewish climate activists. Learn what you can do for your synagogue and for yourself. Get involved. We gather informally at 6pm on Zoom for dinner and conversation before the meeting. You must RSVP to attend.

The Third Jewish Climate Change Conference: Everything Is Connected will be an online event on April 25th and will bring together Jewish climate activists from across the country for the purpose of providing not just vision and leadership but also a sense of community grounded in the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repair of the world. Submit a proposal by clicking here. Session proposals can be submitted through February 14.

UN Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day: YANA January Virtual Town Hall
In honor of the UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on January 27, the YANA program explored the work towards peace and anti-hate. Featuring speakers: Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Clal- National Jewish Center for Learning & Leadership Professor David Simon, Yale Genocide Studies Program Frank Stebbins, Facing History and Ourselves.

RWBs In The News 
SO many of Clal's Rabbis Without Borders were newsmakers, that we wanted to be sure and share them all with you! Read more below:
· Rabbi Rachael Bregman, RWB '09, was featured about life as a rabbi who happens to be female, on the website troublemakers - "Where women who are troublemakers change the world."
· Rabbi Joshua Stanton, RWB '13, joins multi-faith leaders in calling for Police Reform.
· Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, RWB '11, and Rabbi Joshua Stanton, RWB '13, are both lifted up in this article from JTA, on the Coronavirus.

Virtual Enrichment Classes for Ages 0-12 yrs
Classes & Activities for All Ages & Interests
Winter Session

In-Person Outdoor Classes
Sports Mania and Dance & Movement
For ages 3-8 in Newton

Workshops and Classes for Adults
The Walnut Street Synagogue

The Walnut Street Synagogue invites you to our Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo Film Series. Be inspired to do your part to "heal the world".

The Walnut Street Synagogue in partnership with Women in Film & Video New England and the Boston Latino International Film Festival are proud to present “Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo” a film series & roundtable virtual event.

With the multiple stressors our community has faced and will continue to face, this film series focuses on and celebrates how an act of healing, no matter how small, contributes to Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo - healing and repairing the world.

Our films and roundtable discussions with the filmmakers are free to attendees. The films are available in both English and Spanish (captions). The discussions will directly follow the screenings.

Please RSVP for any or all of the films. The links to the screenings and to the discussions will be sent the week before the event.
JPRO Network is offering the following events for Jewish communal professionals:

Task Management with Less Stress
with accountability guru Diana Bloom
Tuesdays, January 26, February 9, February 23 + Q&A time March 2 1-2:30pm Eastern

Digital Fundraising from Good to Greater
with marketing maven Emily Goodstein
Wednesdays, February 17 and March 3 + Q&A time March 17 12-1:30pm Eastern
Visit Israel LIVE from Your Living Room on a Virtual Tour

Can’t get to Israel? Let Israel come to you. JNF is bringing hundreds of people to Israel—RIGHT NOW! Pack your bags and take a trip without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Your $50 registration fee per Zoom spot includes a week of touring. Invite your household to come along on the journey.
For one week, join us for one hour a day (Monday through Thursday) for live touring of Israel. After a short break, log back in for a one hour social dinner/cocktail hour. Friday will feature a one hour pre-Shabbat experience.

For more information on any of our virtual tours or to schedule your own, please contact Rebecca Cohen at or 212.879.9305 x256.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston

Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past - Marian Burk Wood
February 21 - 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST, presented by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston
Members Free / Non-Members $5
Register at:

Old family photos, documents, and heirlooms are important in preserving your family’s past. Learn how to organize and store these special items safely. Discover an easy step-by-step process for deciding what to retain in your collection and what to give to relatives or institutions. Finally, you will get ideas for preparing a “genealogical will” to preserve your family’s photos, documents, and heirlooms for future generations.

Marian Burk Wood is the author of Planning a Future for Your Family’s Past. She has presented programs at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conference, the New England Regional Genealogy Conference, and other venues. Marian blogs about family history methodology at:
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month (JDAIM)
At Gateways, we're finding lots of ways to celebrate. Keep reading to see what we're up to this month and to find out how you can join us!

In partnership with Gateways, Hebrew College presents:
Parenting Through a Jewish Inclusive Lens
Support, Encouragement, and Connection for Parents of Children with Special Needs
with Carolyn Keller
5 sessions: Sundays, 8:15 - 9:45 pm, beginning February 21
$80 per person
For more information or to register, click here

Parenting with Purpose:
The Power of Collaboration: Raising Human Beings
with Dr. Ross Greene
Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00 - 11:15 am, followed by Q&A

Resources for an Accessible Purim:
Click here for our full list of Purim stories, activities, and more, including:
Purim book recommendations,

A Stranger No More:
Refugee Resettlement 2.0

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST
Via Zoom
The refugee crisis may be out of the headlines, but it hasn’t gone away. There are now over 26 million refugees around the world – the most ever in history. 

We must act now. With the new administration, we now have an opportunity to make an impact. 

Join us for a discussion on tailoring resettlement efforts to the unique skills of individual refugees.
Everyone is welcome!

Journey Into Judaic Art: Free Classes with Jeanette Kuvin Oren at

Art for your Seder Mar 8, 7pm
Art of the Huppah Apr 19 12pm
Art of the Ketubah May 11, 12pm
Jewish Needlepoint June 10, 12pm
Jewish Mosaics July 12, 7pm

Jump-start the New Year with Team Sharsheret. 
Team Sharsheret can help you reach your 2021 fitness goals.
Become our next Team Sharsheret athlete and make your miles meaningful!
So many ways you can get involved: 
1. Reserve your slot for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon
on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Contact Becky Koren for more details. 
2. Join the #TeamSharsheret tag on the Peloton interface and meet your family and friends on the leaderboard with Sharsheret's Peloton initiative.
3. Have friends or family in Israel? Spread the word about joining our team in the Jerusalem Marathon on March 12, 2021. 
 4. Create your own race and make your miles meaningful. Register as an individual, community, or as a team of friends and family. Create a personalized peer-to-peer fundraising page on our site. It's fun, easy and we will give you all the tools you need to run a successful campaign. 
 For questions or for more information, please contact Ellen Kleinhaus.
 Thank you to Bernstein Liebhard and GSK for supporting Team Sharsheret.

Place your order today!
Monday, February 15th is the print card shipping deadline.
Our Purim e-cards will still be available to order through Purim Day.

In lieu of Mishloach Manot, order Sharsheret Purim print cards or
e-cards to share the holiday with loved ones, near and far.

Every Sharsheret Purim card helps support Jewish women
and families facing breast and ovarian cancer nationwide.



Protests, Panthers, and Politics: Rethinking Blackness in Israel
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Via Zoom
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites you to join us to examine the changing meanings of Blackness in Israel, Africa and the USA. Among the questions we will consider are:
  • What are the meanings of "Blackness" in Israel? How are they in conversation with the way the concept plays out in America, Africa, and Europe?
  • What role has the idea of "Blackness" played in the formation of the identities of Israel's different communities - Mizrachim, Ashkenazim, Ethiopian, Palestinian? How has it been used in movements for social justice in Israel?
  • How does this help us have constructive conversations around questions of race, ethnicity, religion, and nationality in Israel and in the USA?
  • Dr. Yuval Evri is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London. His research focuses on the cultural and political history of Palestine/Land of Israel, concentrating on Sephardi and Arab-Jewish thought. His recent book "The Return to Al-Andalus: Disputes Over Sephardic Culture and Identity Between Arabic and Hebrew" was published by Magnes press in 2020.
  • Dr. Shula Mola is an educational content developer and workshop leader for courses in Civics and Tolerance Department. Founding member of “Mothers on Guard,” and NGO dedicated to reducing police brutality against Ethiopian Israeli youth. Dr. Mola has been researching different aspects of inequality, and multiculturalism. She is a former chairperson of the Association of Ethiopian Jews, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Dr. Bryan K. Roby is Assistant Professor of Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. His expertise is on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish history in the modern era. His research interests include the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in Israel/Palestine; 19th and 20th century North African history; and the legacy of French colonialism on Arab and Jewish identity. His first book, "The Mizrahi Era of Rebellion: Israel’s Forgotten Civil Rights Struggle 1948-1966" (Syracuse University Press, 2015), provides an extensive history of social justice protests by Middle Eastern Jews in Israel.
  • Dr. Alexander Kaye is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Chair of Israel Studies and Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. An expert in Israel Studies, his research in the history of Israel focuses on the relationship between law, religion and politics, and in particular in the history of religious Zionism.
Cosponsored by the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences Co-Curricular Fund, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, at Brandeis University.
Free and open to all. Advance registration required in order to receive the Zoom link.

The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM EST
Via Zoom
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University invites you join us and the authors of "The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians," Sa’ed Atshan and Katharina Galor for an illuminating discussion. We will examine issues of diaspora, conflict, and immigration.
Participants will receive a discount code during the event for 30% off the purchase price of the book.
  • Moderated by Dr. Sabine von Mering, Director of the Center for German and European Studies and Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University
  • Dr. Sa’ed Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He is spending the 2020-2021 academic year as a Visiting Professor of Anthropology and Visiting Scholar in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.
  • Dr. Katharina Galor is the Hirschfeld Associate Professor in Judaic Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University. She specializes in the visual and material culture of Israel/Palestine. Her publications include The Archaeology of Jerusalem: From the Origins through the Ottomans (Yale University Press, 2013; co-authored with Hanswulf Bloedhorn) and Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology between Science and Ideology (University of California Press, 2017).
Cosponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, at Brandeis University.
Free and open to all. Advance registration required in order to receive the Zoom link.

If you enjoy academic presentations, we encourage you to join us for our biweeekly Schusterman Seminars. These are advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond.
All seminars take place 12:00 - 1:00 PM Boston time, live via Zoom. Free. Registration required. Join us for one or all. It all begins Thursday, February 18! Learn more and register.
February 18, 2021
Carved Sticks and Honey Stones: Zionism in Yiddish Children’s Literature After the Holocaust
Miriam Udel, Associate Professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies, Emory University
March 4, 2021
Recovering the Land: Jewish-Israeli Settlers’ Agricultural and Environmental Pursuits in the Israeli South
Shai Dromi, Lecturer in Sociology, Harvard University
March 18, 2021
With Us More Than Ever: Making the Absent Rebbe Present in Messianic Chabad
Yoram Bilu, Professor (emeritus) of Anthropology and Psychology, Hebrew University
March 25, 2021
Voices Far and Near: Translating Contemporary Israeli Poetry
Adriana Jacobs, Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature, University of Oxford
April 15, 2021
Judaeophobia and Palestinophilia: Symptoms of Emancipation Anxiety in Late Imperial Russia
Olga Litvak, Laurie B. and Eric M. Roth Professor of Modern European Jewish History, Cornell University
April 29, 2021
Voice and Audience in the Israeli Lullaby
Lilach Lachman, Guest Lecturer in Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of Haif
Brandeis Seminar on Contemporary Jewish Life
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, 12:30-1:30 pm EDT
"Doing Jewish Feminist Political Theory”
Marla Brettschneider, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute 
Moderator: Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

The End of Iberian Jewry and the Beginnings of a Sephardi Diaspora: Through the Eyes of Women
Monday, February 22nd, 2021, 12:30-1:30 pm EDT
HBI Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies
Please register for this event. Zoom links will be sent at least 24 hours prior to the event via email.
Join LAJGS for 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, and Latin American and Latino Studies

American Jewish Women Craft Resilience and Create Community: Making Meaning Through Everyday Action
In Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community, Jodi Eichler-Levine, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Civilization and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University, takes us inside a flourishing American Jewish crafting movement through her travels across the country to homes, craft conventions, synagogue knitting circles, and craftivist actions.
Join us as we discuss with Levine how Jewish Americans, mostly women, create ritual pieces and Judaic-themed crafts, including the recent Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh, and in doing so, honor and nurture the fortitude, memory, and community of the Jewish people.
Please purchase the book at Bookshop, Amazon, or your local bookseller prior to the event for a fuller discussion and to support our author.

A collaboration between the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University and the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:00-1:00 PM EST
The lives of Iranian women and girls were turned upside down in the 20th century. The cultural reforms of the Shah’s 1963 White Revolution opened new horizons for women, while the Iranian Revolution of 1979 imposed strict interpretations of Islamic law. Join memoirists Jacqueline Saper and Farideh Goldin as they reflect on what it was like to experience these dramatic events as Iranian Jewish girls.
Jacqueline Saper, From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran is available at AmazonBookshop, and your local bookseller. 
Farideh Goldin, Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman is available at Brandeis University Press and Amazon

Dr. Nora Gold
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, EDT
Join us for a discussion on Jewish women's writing with Dr. Nora Gold, award-winning author and editor of, and Israeli and American authors who will share their work and reflect on the creative process. The panel will explore every stage of the process, from publishing and curatorial issues to what we can learn about Jewish women’s lives from fiction.
CJP (Combined Jewish Philanthropies)

Virtual Events and Opportunities
There are opportunities for you to connect with others in the coming month. has something for everyone.