Carole B. Balin
Rabbi Carole B. Balin is a Professor of Jewish 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. Dr. Balin is currently working on an updated version of the 1984-edition of Liberal Judaism with Eugene Borowitz and Francie Schwartz, tentatively titled Lib Jew Anew.
Seen nationally on the PBS documentary The Jewish People: A Story of Survival, Balin made her "Broadway debut" on West 4th Street in the student production of The Vagina Monologues, which benefitted the women of New Orleans.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Balin is a board member of Moving Traditions - the organization that created and oversees the successful program Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! and recently launched The Campaign for Jewish Boys - and has taught locally and nationally for the Wexner Heritage Foundation. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.
- Ph.D., Columbia University
- Rabbinical Ordination, HUC-JIR
- B.A., Wellesley College
- Behikansi atah [In my entering now, Selected Words by Hava Shapiro] with Wendy Zierler, Tel Aviv: Resling Press, 2008
- Contemporary Reflection on parashat shemot, The Torah: A Woman's Commentary, URJ Press, 2008.
- Modern Commentary, My People's Haggadah, Jewish Lights, 2008.
- Entries in Encyclopedia Judaica, 2nd edition.
- "The Call to Serve: Jewish Women Medical Students in Russia, 1872-1887," Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry XVIII: Jewish Women in Eastern Europe, edited by Chaeran Freeze, Paula Hyman and Antony Polonsky, Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2005.
- To Reveal Our Hearts: Jewish Women Writers in Tsarist Russia (re-issued in paperback, 2002).