Feeling Jewish: A Launch Event for Beyond the Synagogue by Rachel B. Gross

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Rachel B. Gross giving a lecture in front of a projected screen
Rachel B. Gross. Photo by Roger Habon.

Come for the artisanal delis, picture books, historic synagogues, and genealogy — and stay for the argument about American Jews and religion. In “Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice” (New York University Press, January 2021), Rachel B. Gross argues that nostalgic activities should be understood as religious practices, illuminating how many American Jews are finding and making meaning within American Judaism today. In conversation with Deena Prichep. Moderated by Marc Dollinger. Free.

Rachel B. Gross

Rachel B. Gross is 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.

Deena Prichep

Deena Prichep is a freelance print and radio journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Her stories have appeared on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” Weekend Edition” and “All Things Considered” as well as in The Splendid Table, Bon Appetit, Marketplace, Vegetarian Times, Salon and The Oregonian. She is the author of “Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking ” (Flatiron Books, 2017).

Marc Dollinger

Marc Dollinger is a professor and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University. He is the author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history, most recently “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s” (Brandeis University Press, 2018).


Online (Zoom)
Department of Jewish Studies, Jewish Community Library
Department of Jewish Studies