Fellowship: HBI Artist in Residence (apply by November 19, 2015)

This residency provides artists the opportunity to be in residence at Brandeis University while working on a significant artistic project in the field of Jewish gender studies, and to produce an exhibit for the Kniznick Gallery at the Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University. The residency will begin March 1, 2016 and be 4 – 6 weeks in length. The exhibit will coincide with or immediately follow the residency and be on view until mid-June 2016. Preference will be given to applicants who create a site-specific exhibit.

Program structure

The artist in residence will receive a stipend up to $3000 ($750 weekly), to support her/his/their  work.  In addition, the artist will have her/his/their own studio space at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and access to available Brandeis University resources. The artist is responsible for travel, housing, food and materials. A materials subsidy of $250 will be provided.  The artist is required to be available to discus the artwork in progress with resident scholars and staff of the HBI, as well as the public,  The artist will also assist in the development of any accompanying materials, and lead a public lecture / gallery talk and a hands-on, interactive workshop.

Exhibit Criteria

We look for exhibitions that:

• Are visually and artistically impressive and original

• Are related to fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender

• Are international in nature

• Ask important questions and provoke dialogue

• Are related to research being produced and promoted by the HBI

• Provide a context for education

• Are appropriate in scale for the Kniznick Gallery space

• Include new work produced during the residency, or prior work presented in a fresh way, informed by the residency

Eligibility Requirements

There are no eligibility requirements.  Applications (in English) from outside the United States are welcome.

Past Artists

Spring 2015: Milcah Bassel

Milcah Bassel | Father TongeThe Hadassah-Brandeis Institute presents Artist-in-Residence Milcah Bassel. Working on site at the Kniznick Gallery, Bassel will focus on large-scale drawings based on 5 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Multiplying and playing with the space between these letters will provide the basis for a multidisciplinary installation that explores space both as movement and time through an altered language.

Spring 2014: Jeanne Williamson

Fractured Fence Repaired by Jeanne WilliamsonThe Hadassah-Brandeis Institute presents Artist-in-Residence Jeanne Williamson. Working on site at the Kniznick Gallery, Williamson will create a series of Jewish wedding canopies, or chuppot to be displayed on campus and in the gallery during the exhibition.  Using simple printmaking techniques, Williamson brings pattern and color to the traditional chuppah.

Spring 2013: Yishay Garbasz

Yishay Garbasz exhibitThe HBI is thrilled to announce the selection of Berlin-based Israeli artist Yishay Garbasz as the fifth annual Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Artist-in-Residence. Her month-long residency at the Women’s Studies Research Center will culminate in a multimedia exhibition of photographs, video and text celebrating Jewish women who identify as transgender. Through interviews and portraits, Garbasz will give voice to a segment of the Jewish population that has been little discussed until recently, showing her subjects with their loved ones and families, at their jobs, or in their homes. The artist says, “By showing that these individuals are part of relationships that are familiar to us, it is the first step toward [creating] a larger, more diverse Jewish community.”

Photo collage of Sarah Zell Young's Occupy Sanhedrin exhibit

2012: Sarah Zell Young
Occupy Sanhedrin

Sarah Zell Young’s exhibition for the WSRC/HBI, Occupy Sanhedrin, examined roles — both religious and secular — for Jewish women from the Second Temple to the present and explored how bodies can become hazarded in the pursuit of justice. In addition to photographs, the exhibition featured a large, site-specific installation—an interactive and participatory rendition of a Sanhedrin (rabbinic supreme court). By granting access to an historical space of justice — making it physical — Young invited viewers to engage with traditional ideas and received wisdom of judicatory in a new way and to achieve personal agency over their own relationship to history. Sarah Young received her BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and is studying toward her MFA in combined media from Hunter College, N.Y.

Photo of Jess Riva Cooper

2011: Jess Riva Cooper
Golum and Dybbuk

Jessica Riva Cooper’s original, site-specific drawing and ceramics installation reinterpreted the folkloric stories of the Golem, a creature created to do a person’s bidding without question, and the Dybbuk, a mischievous spirit, through a feminist lens.

Photo of Andi Arnovitz

2010: Andi Arnovitz

Acclaimed Israeli artist Andi Arnovitz created an exhibition of her recent work titled “Tear/Repair (kriah/ichooi).” As the second annual Hadassah-Brandeis Institute artist-in-residence, Arnovitz created sketches for a new body of work – a series of paper coats for Jewish women who have impacted history and changed the world. These coats are an extension of Arnovitz’s “Garments of Faith” series, which were also on view. Each of these garments, fabricated from torn or intact papers, scrolls and book pages, represented injustices for Jewish women. The works addressed challenges throughout history – from halachic and spiritual issues, to those of co-existence and, above all, issues related to gender.

Photo of Lynne Avadenka2008: Lynne Avadenka
A Thousand and One Inventions

Words and images meld, the conceptual becomes tangible, and history met modernity in Lynne Avadenka’s site-specific installation. In spring 2008 at the Kniznick Gallery, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute hosted its first artist-in-residence in an exhibition celebrating eloquence, bravery and wit. Avadenka’s “A Thousand and One Inventions” boldly transformed the gallery’s unique architecture into a work of art.  Painting, drawing and assemblage created an environment that opens up and reveals layers visually, as a book does conceptually. Unprecedented in the artist’s oeuvre in scope and scale, “A Thousand and One Inventions” expanded on the themes in Avadenka’s limited edition artist’s book, “By A Thread.” Created in 2004 with a grant from the HBI, the book imagines a conversation between Queen Esther, the heroine of Purim, and Scheherazade, the teller of a thousand and one tales. Both women spoke up when they could have remained silent and saved many lives through their fortitude.

Prize: HBI Translation Competition (Apply by Nov 16, 2015)

The HBI (Hadassah-Brandeis Institute) is pleased to announce the seventh annual competition to translate a book on a topic that deals in a significant way with Jews and gender. Applications will be accepted from both authors and/or translators. Preference will be given to proposals for books already under contract (or agreement) for publishing in the translated language. The amount of money that will be awarded is contingent on the particular translation needs of the book. The award goes exclusively towards the translation costs.

Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2015
Decisions will be announced by April 4, 2016.

Previous Translation Prize Winners


Rachel Levmore
Spare Your Eyes Tears: Prenuptial Agreements for the Prevention of Get-Refusal, © Jerusalem 2009.

Naomi Seidman
A Revolution in the Name of Tradition: Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Schools, London, 2016. (Award given for appendix: translation of Sarah Schenirer’s Gezamelte Shriften, 1933/34.)


Assaf Shapira
The Representation of Women in Israeli Politics: A Comparative Perspective, Hebrew

Margalit Shilo
Zionist Women’s Struggle for Suffrage in Mandatory Palestine 1917-1926, Hebrew


Pauline Wengeroff, translated by Shulamit Magnus
Memoiren einer Grossmutter: Bilder aus der Kulturgeschichte der Juden Russlands im 19. Jahrhundert. Band II., Hebrew

Inbar Raveh, translated by Kaeren Fish
Feminist Readings of Rabbinical Literature, Hebrew


Anat Hacohen, translated by Ora Cummings
Hebrew Women Join (the) Forces, Hebrew

Nelly Las, translated by Ruth Morris
Voix juives dans le feminisme, French


Chochana Boukhobza, translated by Nina Lichtenstein
Pour l’amour du père, French


Various authors, translated by Judy Batalion
Freuen in di Ghettos, Yiddish and German

Reina Rutlinger-Reiner, translated by Jeff Green
The Audacity of Holiness, Hebrew

Shulamit Gilboa, translated by Chaya Galai
Four Men and One Woman, Hebrew


Esther Carmel Hakim, translated by Fern Sechback
Shalhevet Yerukah, Hebrew

AIS Awards: Nominations due by February 15, 2016

The Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute are awarding two Achievement Awards: Lifetime Achievement (Humanities) and Young Scholar (Social Science).

Please consider qualified candidates for these awards.  Self-nominations are not allowed.




Each year, the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute sponsor an academic prize to honor a lifetime of exceptional scholarship and academic achievement in the field of Israel Studies. The AIS-Israel Institute Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior scholar whose lasting and path-breaking contributions have significantly shaped the field. This year, the award will be given in the field of Humanities.

The $5000 prize will be awarded in person at the AIS annual conference at Yad Ben Zvi and Begin Center (June 20-22, 2016). A committee of prominent Israel Studies scholars will evaluate the nomination materials and determine the award winner.

Nomination letters that address the scholar’s outstanding contribution to Israel Studies in Humanities are due by February 15, 2016. Self-nominations are not allowed. The committee reserves the right to consider additional candidates.

All nominations should be sent to prizes@aisisraelstudies.org

Past Recipients of the Award

2015: Itzhak Galnoor (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

2014: Professor Yosef Gorny (Tel Aviv University)

2013: Professor Myron Aronoff, Rutgers (The State University of New Jersey)


Each year, the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute sponsor an academic prize to honor a promising emerging scholar in the field of Israel Studies. The AIS-Israel Institute Young Scholar Award recognizes an exceptional scholar under the age of 45 who has made significant contributions to the field of Israel Studies, and whose record of publications and scholarship has demonstrated the potential to shape the field in the future. This year, the award will be given in the field of Social Science.

The $5000 prize will be awarded in person at the AIS annual conference at Yad Ben Zvi and Begin Center (June 20-22, 2016). A committee of prominent Israel Studies scholars will evaluate the nomination materials and determine the award winner.

Nomination letters that address the scholar’s outstanding contribution to Israel Studies in Social Science are due by February 15, 2016. Self-nominations are not allowed. The committee reserves the right to consider additional candidates.

All nominations should be sent to prizes@aisisraelstudies.org

Past Recipients of the Award:

2015: Mohammed Wattad (Zefat Academic College)

2014: Omri Herzog (Sapir Academic College)

2013: Gur Alroey (University of Haifa)

New Photobook: Hush, by Noa Ben-Shalom


Sternthal Books is proud to announce the nomination of Noa Ben Shalom’s ‘Hush: Israel Palestine 2000-2014’ for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation’s First PhotoBook Prize


All shortlisted titles will be featured in the forthcoming issue of the PhotoBook Review and exhibited at Paris Photo, November 12-15, 2015. Additional exhibitions of the shortlist will appear in New York at Aperture Gallery in December, and in Tokyo at IMA Concept Store (exact dates to be confirmed) and at other venues thereafter. The shortlist jurors included Yannick Bouillis (Offprint Projects); Julien Frydman (LUMA Foundation); Lesley A. Martin (Aperture Foundation); Mutuko Ota (IMA magazine); and Christoph Weisner (Paris Photo). The final selection will be chosen by a jury in Paris, consisting of Frish Brandt (Fraenkel Gallery); Christophe Boutin (onestar press); Clement Chéroux (Centre Pompidou); Donatien Grau (author and editor); and Lorenzo Paini (EneaRighi Collection, Bologna). The final round of judging will take place during Paris Photo and the winners of each category will be announced at the fair on November 13, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.


Hush tells the story of a society living through a recurring loop of violent outbursts, in which, time and again, life is shattered into pieces and reconstructed. Through personal correspondence and Photographs spanning over a decade, Noa Ben-Shalom turns her camera away from the more obvious scenes of direct violence in order to focus on the subtle ways this conflict has permeated all aspects of life in Israel.

Click here for a video of the photographs in the book.

Grant: For Graduate Students Researching Tel Aviv (Deadline: May 19, 2015)

Scholarships for Research

The Tel Aviv Global & Tourism Administration is offering scholarships to support research students (Masters and Doctoral) who bring forward innovative research on the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and, in particular, on Tel Aviv’s stance as a Global City.

Following two successful rounds of scholarships in 2013-4 three Scholarships are offered in partnership with:

• The Foundation for Support and Development of the Construction Field in Israel
• Eldar Group
• The Canada-Israel Group

The Tel Aviv Global Scholarships Award: 7,500 NIS each (approximately €1,700 each)

Click here to download a PDF file of the brochure.





Call for Application: 2015 Leffell Seminar on The Impact of Israel on American Jewry (deadline: Feb 23, 2015)

Call for Applications

2015 Leffell Seminar on The Impact of Israel on American Jewry


How has Israel shaped the culture, religious expression, political and organizational life, and self-understanding of American Jews between 1948 and the present? This subject will be explored at a two-day seminar sponsored by The Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation from May 4-6, 2015 and to be held in Westchester, New York. Facilitated by senior academic faculty and leading opinion-makers, the seminar invites applicants from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds in the humanities and social sciences. All transportation and lodging expenses will be provided by the Foundation.

Advanced graduate students, early career academics, and thought leaders are invited to submit an application by February 23, 2015, with notification of acceptance to the seminar by March 1, 2015. Applicants should submit a two page resume that includes personal contact information, education, degrees earned, publications, and names with contact information of two persons who can directly reflect on the candidate’s past performance and future promise. Each applicant must submit an 800 word essay explaining how their scholarly or professional interests intersect with the seminar’s theme. Applications should be sent electronically to Ms. Stacey Popovsky, Executive Director, Lisa and Michael Leffell Foundation at spopovsky@leffellfoundation.org. You may also contact Ms. Popovsky with questions at (646) 532-2445. Candidates accepted for participation in the seminar will be asked to write an original 12-15 page pager on a topic related to the seminar’s theme due no later than midnight April 15, 2015. Seminar presenters will be eligible to apply for subsequent research support to expand the scope of their seminar presentations for possible publication.



Lisa and Michael Leffell

Ken Stein, Emory University, Consultant to the Foundation

Jack Wertheimer, Jewish Theological Seminary, Consultant to the Foundation


Click here for PDF file of the Call for Applications.


Prize: Dapim 2014 Article Prize


The academic journal, Dapim – Studies on the Holocaust, published by the Taylor and Francis Group, is happy to announce the 2014 Article Prize Competition.

The prize of $ 600 (U.S. dollars) will be awarded to the best article as selected by a panel of judges. The competition is open to graduate students as well as established scholars.

We welcome submissions of 6000-9000 words (including footnotes) written in English and formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style.

Manuscripts should be sent to the editorial office, following the submission guidelines.

Please click here for further details.

Prize: Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought, 2011

Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought, 2011


The University of Kentucky is pleased to sponsor the Mark and Ruth Luckens International Prize in Jewish Thought. The Luckens Prize, commemorating a generous gift by the late Dr. Mark M. Luckens to the University, is administered, judged, and awarded by faculty at the University of Kentucky. The Prize is awarded annually for an essay in the field of Jewish thought by a graduate student or recent PhD or someone of equivalent status.

General details of the competition are that the essay should be original and unpublished, and of around 5000 words. The winner will receive a cash award of $1000 and is expected to deliver a lecture based on the essay on campus during the Spring Semester 2011, for which travel and ground expenses shall be provided. The lecture should be given in English but the essay can be written in any language the selection committee can read.

Essays are due no later than  November 1 2010. The result of the competition will be announced no later than January 15 2011.

The winner of the 2010 prize is Devorah Shubowitz from Indiana University for an essay on Orthodox Jewish women’s scholarly efforts for religious and legal change.

Any inquiries should be directed to Oliver Leaman. Essays should be directed to him as either an email attachment or in paper form, or both.

Oliver Leaman
Director, Judaic Studies Program
University of Kentucky
1415 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027