The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender  worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects.
The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.
Principal StaffShulamit Reinharz, Co-Director
Sylvia Barack Fishman, Co-Director
Lindsey Fieldman, Director of Communications and Marketing
Debby Olins, Program Manager
Lindsay Harris, Communications Coordinator
Sarah Twichell, Office Coordinator
Beth Tishler, Director of Development
Michelle Cove, Editor-in-Chief of 614: THE HBI EZINE
Lisa Fishbayn, Director of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law
Joanna Michlic, Director of the HBI Project on Families, Children, and the Holocaust
Areas of Expertise:Culture & Identity , Women in History , Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies 
Projects & Campaigns
The Bat Mitzvah Project (BMP) aims to revolutionize the experience of becoming a bat mitzvah. HBI, in collaborative partnership with Moving Traditions, is designing a program to make the bat mitzvah a more meaningful experience, while fostering self-confidence and a strong Jewish identity.
In 1999, HBI began producing a 12-month, Hebrew/English calendar featuring Jewish women around the world. Our overarching goal is to bring a fresh look at Jewish women’s experiences, achievements, and work into the daily lives of calendar users. To date, calendar themes have focused on actvist artists, athletes, scientists, leaders, rabbis, writers, and most recently, craft artisans.
Esther’s Legacy is a collection of 140 men’s and women’s personal thoughts, observations, memories, and descriptions on the holiday of Purim. Written by people from nearly 100 Jewish communities, the collection strives to represent the diversity of worldwide Jewry while exploring the commonalities of celebrating Jewish life—and Purim in particular.
Please contact the HBI  for additional information about the project and the publication that led to its culmination.
The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law was initiated by a grant from The Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel Philanthropic Fund. The project was launched in February 2007 as part of the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
Launched in February 2009, the mission of the HBI Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust is to introduce a new dimension to Holocaust studies - interdisciplinary research on the histories and representations of East European Jewish families and children from 1933 to the present. In particular the project aims to explore the experience of childhood, motherhood and fatherhood in specific geographical locations and in a transnational context. The Project also encourages methodological research and artistic expressions pertaining to adult and child survivors' accounts of their prewar, wartime and postwar lives.
Reports & Resources