Carole B. Balin - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Carole B. Balin, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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(212) 824-2281
Professor Emerita of History

HUC-JIR/New York

Rabbinical Program, New York; Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York; New York School of Education, New York; Master of Arts in Religious Education, New York; Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Research Interests: 
Modern Jewish History (Eastern European and American); Interests in gender; Material Culture; Social History

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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.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

"The Jewish People: A Story of Survival" - PBS Documentary

 Shown regularly on PBS stations nationwide.

Co-curator, "Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age" - National Traveling Exhibit

Current venue: Jewish Museum of Florida, Miami Beach, Florida (April 9 - September 15, 2013)

Scheduled venues:

Oregon Jewish Museum, Portland, Oregon (October 9, 2013 - January 26, 2014)

Temple Emanuel, Newton, Massachusetts (February - March, 2014)

Past venues:

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)

Current and Future Courses
At the Intersection of Jewish History and the Arts
Exploding Jewish Cultural Myths: An Exploration of Jewish Identity
Reform Jewish History: A Biographical Approach
Ess Ess Mein Kind: Food and Jewish Identity
Public Lecture Topics
From Moses to Maxwell House: Learning History from the Passover Haggadah
Neither Balebuste nor Revolutionary: The Other Jewish Women in Tsarist Russia
Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age
Sisterhood: A Century of Women of Reform Judaism