Brandeis University Press

HBI Series on Jewish Women

General Editor: Sylvia Barack Fishman
Associate Editor: Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
The HBI Series on Jewish Women, created by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, publishes a wide range of books by and about Jewish women in diverse contexts and time periods. Of interest to scholars and the educated public, the HBI Series on Jewish Women fills major gaps in Jewish Studies and in Women and Gender Studies as well as their intersection. The series is supported by a generous gift from Dr. Laura S. Schor.

American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise

The first and only complete exploration of the role of American women in the creation and support of the State of Israel from pre-State years through the struggles of Israel’s first decades.
Reinharz, Shulamit and Raider, Mark A.

The Best School in Jerusalem
Annie Landau’s School for Girls, 1900–1960
Recounts the remarkable tenure of Annie Landau as principal of the Evelina de Rothschild School in Jerusalem
Schor, Laura S.

The Covenant of Circumcision
New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite
Scholars and rabbis examine the complicated history and contemporary challenges of the Jewish rite of circumcision.
Mark, Elizabeth Wyner, ed.

The Days Between
Blessings, Poems, and Directions of the Heart for the Jewish High Holiday Season
An elegantly designed volume of new English and Hebrew prayers and reflections for the High Holidays from a contemporary American poet
Falk, Marcia

Double or Nothing?
Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage
A lively and accessible look at Jewish intermarriage and its familial and cultural effects.
Fishman, Sylvia Barack

Educating in the Divine Image
Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools
An incisive look at gender inequities in Jewish day school education
Gorsetman, Chaya Rosenfeld and Elana Maryles Sztokman

Eternally Eve
Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry
A fascinating analysis of the story of Eve, using modern poetry in conversation with biblical texts and rabbinic rewritings to reveal new layers of meaning
Lapidus Lerner, Anne

Expanding the Palace of Torah
Orthodoxy and Feminism
A unique examination of the theological implications for Orthodox Judaism of women's changed status in the modern world.
Ross, Tamar

Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism
Resistance and Accommodation
An innovative analysis of how creative tensions between modern Orthodox Judaism and feminism can lead to unexpected perspectives and beliefs
Hartman, Tova

Feminist Rereadings of Rabbinic Literature

Novel readings of rabbinic literature from the perspective of feminism and gender reading theories
Raveh, Inbar

Fertility and Jewish Law
Feminist Perspectives on Orthodox Responsa Literature
A comprehensive comparative study of Jewish law on contemporary reproductive issues from a gender perspective
Irshai, Ronit

The Menstruant in Medieval Jewish Mysticism
A fascinating analysis of why there are no female mystics in medieval Judaism
Koren, Sharon Faye

Four Centuries of Jewish Women’s Spirituality
A Sourcebook
The only comprehensive volume of Jewish women’s spiritual writing from the sixteenth century to the present
Umansky, Ellen M., Ashton, Dianne,eds.

Gaby Brimmer
An Autobiography in Three Voices
The remarkable autobiography of Mexican-Jewish disability rights activist and writer Gabriela Brimmer
Brimmer, Gaby and Elena Poniatowska

Gender and American Jews
Patterns in Work, Education, and Family in Contemporary Life
A much-anticipated sociological analysis of gender components in contemporary American Jewish life based on the most recent population data
Hartman, Harriet and Moshe Hartman; Sylvia Barack Fishman, pref.

The German-Jewish Cookbook
Recipes and History of a Cuisine
The first German-Jewish cookbook in a century, a history and memoir with over 100 recipes
Gropman, Gabrielle Rossmer and Sonya Gropman

Girls of Liberty
The Struggle for Suffrage in Mandatory Palestine
The story of Zionist women’s struggle for suffrage within the complex political and religious context of the Yishuv
Shilo, Margalit

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters
Family, History, and Trauma
An astonishing analysis of Jewish mother-daughter relations before, during, and after the Shoah as described in daughters’ memoirs
Clementi, Federica K.

A Jewish Ceremony for Newborn Girls
The Torah’s Covenant Affirmed
Formulates a framework for the development of Jewish rituals for newborn girls
Siegel, Sharon R.

Jewish Families in Europe, 1939-Present
History, Representation, and Memory
Examining World War II, the Holocaust, and their aftermath through the lens of Central and Eastern European Jewish families
Michlic, Joanna Beata, editor

Jewish Marriage and Divorce in Imperial Russia

A pathbreaking study of Jewish marriage and divorce in 19th-century Russia.
Freeze, ChaeRan Y.

Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames
Women’s Narratives from a Diaspora of Hope
A riveting family portrait of four generations of Jewish women from Calcutta.
Silliman, Jael

Jewish Women in Pre-State Israel
Life History, Politics, and Culture
A critical look at the history and culture of women of the Yishuv and a call for a new national discourse
Kark, Ruth, Shilo, Margalit; Hasan-Rokem, Galit;
Reinharz, Shulamit fwd.

In Search of the Jewish Soul Food
The one and only absolutely definitive biography of the knish
Silver, Laura

The Kosher Baker
Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy
This extraordinary bible of kosher baking breathes fresh life into parve desserts and breads
Shoyer, Paula

Leaving Leningrad
The True Adventures of a Soviet Emigre
A nostalgic and humorous memoir of life under communism and capitalism.
Shtern, Ludmila

Levirate Marriage and the Family in Ancient Judaism

Provocative exploration of levirate marriage in ancient Judaism that sheds new light on the Jewish family in antiquity and the rabbinic reworking of earlier Israelite law
Weisberg, Dvora E.

Love, Marriage, and Jewish Families
Paradoxes of a Social Revolution
Illustrates the complex and diverse ways that Jews in the United States and Israel are reshaping dating, marriage, and family life—with some surprising consequences
Fishman, Sylvia Barack, editor

Marie Syrkin
Values Beyond the Self
The life and times of Marie Syrkin, polemicist of pragmatic idealism
Kessner, Carole S.

Marriage and Divorce in the Jewish State
Israel's Civil War
A comprehensive look at how rabbinical courts control Israeli marriage and divorce
Weiss, Susan M. and Netty C. Gross-Horowitz

The Men’s Section
Orthodox Jewish Men in an Egalitarian World
A provocative look at the inner world of Orthodox Jewish men who attend partnership synagogues
Sztokman, Elana Maryles

Midrashic Women
Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature
A unique look at how non-legal rabbinic writings imagine women and their lives.
Baskin, Judith R.

Pious and Rebellious
Jewish Women in Medieval Europe
The first complete look at the social status and daily life of medieval Jewish women.
Grossman, Avraham

A Poetics of Trauma
The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch
Astute analysis of the work of a great Israeli poet through the lens of psychoanalysis, gender, nationalism, and trauma theory
Szobel, Ilana

Princess or Prisoner?
Jewish Women in Jerusalem, 1840-1914
An in-depth look at the lives of religious Jewish women in Jerusalem at a transitional moment in its history.
Shilo, Margalit

Promised Lands
New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging
An anthology of previously-unpublished stories by leading young Jewish writers that explore the idea of the Promised Land
Rubin, Derek, ed.

A Season of Singing
Creating Feminist Jewish Music in the United States
Describes the development of feminist Jewish songwriting in the United States and analyzes key composers and their songs
Ross, Sarah M.

Sephardi Family Life in the Early Modern Diaspora

Groundbreaking essays on Sephardic Jewish families in the Ottoman Empire and Western Sephardic communities
Lieberman, Julia R., ed.

Sexual Violence against Jewish Women during the Holocaust

The first book in English to specifically address the sexual violation of Jewish women during the Holocaust
Hedgepeth, Sonja M. and Rochelle G. Saidel, eds.

The Song of Songs
Love Lyrics from the Bible
An acclaimed translation of the Bible’s celebrated collection of love poetry.
Falk, Marcia

The Soul of the Stranger
Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective
Evocative readings of the Torah through the lens of transgender experience, exploring the ways trans perspectives can enrich our understanding of religious texts, traditions, and God
Ladin, Joy

The Strangers We Became
Lessons in Exile from One of Iraq's Last Jews
A smart, funny, and lyrical memoir of an Iraqi Jewish girl’s experiences in five countries before settling in the United States
Shamash, Cynthia Kaplan

Uncertain Travelers
Conversations with Jewish Women Immigrants to America
An evocative exploration of Jewish women's immigration to America.
Agosín, Marjorie

Wedding Song
Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman
An unflinching personal story of family, religion, and community that shows the horror of growing up in the shadow of religious fundamentalism.
Goldin, Farideh

What Makes Women Sick?
Maternity, Modesty, and Militarism in Israeli Society
An eye-opening look at Israeli women's life expectancy and health.
Sered, Susan.

Women and American Judaism
Historical Perspectives
New portrayals of the religious lives of American Jewish women from colonial times to the present.
Nadell, Pamela S. and Jonathan D. Sarna, eds

Women and Water
Menstruation in Jewish Life and Law
Provocative essays address the question of women’s menstrual rituals in Jewish law, history, and culture.
Wasserfall, Rahel, ed.

The Women Who Reconstructed American Jewish Education, 1910-1965

The first volume to examine the contributions of women who brought the forces of American progressivism and Jewish nationalism to formal and informal Jewish education
Ingall, Carol K., ed.

Women, Birth, and Death in Jewish Law and Practice

A sensitive exploration of the development of pivotal life cycle rituals as they touch Jewish women’s lives.
Millen, Rochelle L.