June 28, 2015
Bonna Devora Haberman, an initiator of the Women of the Wall movement and a well-known professor at Harvard, Brandeis and Hebrew University, died on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.
A National Jewish Book Award finalist, the Canadian-born Haberman was the author of Israeli Feminism Liberating Judaism: Blood and Ink and ReReading Israel: The Spirit of the Matter.
Her work in and out of academy fuses critical interpretation of texts and culture with passion for social betterment.
She made aliya in 1988, but returned to the US to teach until 2004. At Brandeis, Haberman founded and directed the Mistabra Institute for Jewish Textual Activism – addressing difficult texts and social problems using performance arts.
The latest Woman of the Wall prayer gathering at the Western Wall last week was dedicated to Haberman.
Haberman is survived by her husband Shmuel Browns and five children.
This appeared in The Jerusalem Post
January 31, 2013
We are proud to announce that Rereading Israel: The Spirit of the Matter by Dr. Bonna Devora Haberman was a finalist winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience!
Praise for the Book
“Bonna Devora Haberman’s highly original book examines modern Israel – its achievements and its travails – through the prism of the religious texts and traditions that sustained the Jewish nation in exile. At once brisk and spiritual, Rereading Israel finds inspiration in those sources for the construction of a mature, fulfilled Jewish nation state.”
“Rereading Israel: The Spirit of the Matter is a deeply learned, fluent case for a Zionism that is passionate, faithful and innovative all at once. Neither stuffy nor superficial, this is a book to ignite those who will carry the Zionist dream into the future.”
-Rabbi David J. Wolpe
About the Author
Dr. Bonna Devora Haberman has taught at the Hebrew University, Harvard University and Brandeis University, where she founded and directed the Mistabra Institute for Textual Activism, addressing difficult social problems with creative strategies and performance arts.