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Scholar-in-Residence

Sundays, February 21 & 28 at 6:45pm on Zoom

Rachel B. Gross, an OT alumna and now an Assistant Professor and the John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University, will be our 2021 Zoom Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Gross' talks will be based on her new book, Beyond the Synagogue, Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, which you can order from the New York University Press. Use discount code GROSS30-FM to get 30% off plus free shipping.
 
February 21
Ghosts in the Gallery: Historic Synagogues and American Jewish Nostalgia
Historic synagogues are places where Jews find meaning by connecting to the past through standing in the footsteps of previous congregants. At historic synagogues in the United States, staff members engage Jewish and non-Jewish visitors in feeling nostalgia for Eastern European immigration histories, creating religious communities that include Jews, non-Jews, and ghostly ancestors.
 
February 28
True Stories: Teaching Nostalgia to American Jewish Children
Through children’s books and dolls, American Jews teach their children—and other people’s children—nostalgic longing for Eastern European Jewish immigration history. Building on the intimacy of family relationships, American Jews use feelings for the past and to make meaning in the present and to shape values for the future.

Register below to receive the Zoom link. If you need help completing your registration, email Erin Dreyfuss.
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Fri, February 26 2021 14 Adar 5781