Rabbi Carole B. Balin is Professor Emerita of History at the New York campus of HUC-JIR. She writes and lectures on topics as diverse as Jewish women in Tsarist Russia and the Maxwell House Haggadah.
Balin is currently at work, with Wendy I. Zierler, on a volume of writings by Hava Shapiro (1878-1943), which will be published by Wayne State University Press this year. Shapiro was the most prolific female Hebrew author of the early twentieth century -- veritable "Jewish Virginia Woolf," who left her husband and only son to pursue a Ph.D. and career as a Hebrew writer and journalist.
Dr. Balin can be seen nationally on the PBS documentary "The Jewish People: A Story of Survival." She made her "Broadway debut" on West 4th Street in a student production of "The Vagina Monologues."
Balin's first book, To Reveal Our Hearts: Jewish Women Writers of Tsarist Russia (HUC Press, 2000), won a Koret Award for publication and her second book with Wendy Zierler, Behikansi atah [In my entering now, Selected Works by Hava Shapiro] (Resling Press, Tel Aviv, 2008) was published with funds awarded by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Balin is a board member of Moving Traditions - the organization that created and oversees the successful teen programs, "Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!" and "Shevet Achim: The Brotherhood." She has taught for the Wexner Heritage Foundation and lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
Co-curator, "Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age" - National Traveling Exhibit
Current venue: Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, Florida (April 9 - September 15, 2013)
Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, Oregon (October 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014)
Temple Emanuel, Newton, Massachusetts (February - March, 2014)
Janice Charach Gallerty at the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit
Larchmont Temple, Larchmont, New York
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the JCC in Manhattan
'To Tread on New Ground': From the Hebrew Writings of Hava Shapiro (1878-1943) - co-edited with Wendy I. Zierler
Wayne State University Press (forthcoming)