Lecture: Feeling Jewish: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia

Thursday, June 15, 2017
06:45 PM - 08:00 PM


Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco
Department of Jewish Studies, Contemporary Jewish Museum
Contemporary Jewish Museum
(415) 655-7800


Rachel B. Gross delivers her inaugural lecture as the John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies. Nostalgia, a sentimental longing a for past that cannot be recovered, is a powerful theme in 21st-century American Jewish culture that is communicated through what American Jews make, buy and sell. This talk examines how American Jews represent eastern European Jewish immigration history and connect to it emotionally through Jewish genealogy, visiting historic synagogues, buying children's books and dolls and eating out at restaurants reimagining Ashkenazi cuisine. Reception: 6 p.m.


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