“Referendum on the Deli Menu: American Jewish Nostalgia and the Deli Revival”

Monday, February 26, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
VCAM VCAM 001 Screening Room
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Rachel Gross, John & Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies, Department of Jewish Studies, San Francisco State University

Nostalgia, a sentimental longing a for past that cannot be recovered, is a powerful theme in twenty-first-century American Jewish culture that is communicated through what American Jews make, buy, sell, and eat. In recent years, restaurateurs have been making American Jewish food fit for the the current moment, emphasizing sustainability, reliance on local goods, and the slow food movement. Through a playful, edible nostalgia for the Jewish deli, contemporary American Jews express their longing for authentic Jewish pasts, build community in the present, and pass on their values to future generations.

Rachel B. Gross is the John and Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is currently working on a manuscript, Feeling Jewish: Longing for the Immigrant Past and American Jewish Religion, which examines the religious nature of contemporary American Jewish nostalgia, including studies of Jewish genealogy, historic synagogues, children’s books and dolls, and the Jewish deli revival. She received her PhD from Princeton University.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Religion in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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