Fall 2021 – Feeling Jewish: Nostalgia and American Jewish Religion

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 | 6:30–8 p.m. | Online

Over the last half-century, American Jews have increasingly told nostalgic stories about Eastern European Jewish immigration to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. Based on her book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, Religious Studies Professor Rachel B. Gross will speak about American Jewish longing for the past as expressed through artisanal delis, picture books, historic synagogues, and Jewish genealogy. Asserting that these nostalgic activities are forms of religious practices, Gross illuminates how many American Jews are finding and making meaning within American Judaism today.