MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 7 PM – RACHEL GROSS
Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies – University of Hartford
Referendum on the Deli Menu:
American Jewish Religion and the Deli Revival
DR. RACHEL B. GROSS
John and Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University
In recent years, there has been a nostalgic resurgence of interest in the Jewish deli menu. As Prof. Rachel B. Gross explores in her new book. Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, restaurateurs and purveyors of Jewish food are deliberately making American Jewish food fit for the twenty-first century, emphasizing sustainability, local produce, and a nostalgic longing for family and communal histories. By selling and consuming a revitalized deli cuisine, American Jews express their longing for authentic Jewish pasts, build community in the present, and pass on their values to future generations. Engaging in the deli revival provides an alternative, under-appreciated way of practicing American Jewish religion. Rachel will be in conversation with Amy Weiss, Maurice Greenberg Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford.
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