Participant Info

First Name
Rachel B.
Last Name
Gross
Affiliation
San Francisco State University
Website URL
https://jewish.sfsu.edu/rachel-b-gross
Keywords
American Jewish history, American religious history, childhood studies, delis, Jewish food history, genealogy, material culture, memory studies, museums, nostalgia, public history, synagogues
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Personal Info

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About Me
Rachel B. Gross is Assistant Professor and John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is a religious studies scholar who studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American Jews. Her book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, is a 2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist in American Jewish Studies and received an Honorable Mention for the 2021 Saul Viener Book Prize, given by the American Jewish Historical Society. She is currently working on a religious biography of the twentieth-century immigration writer Mary Antin.
Recent Publications

Book

  • Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice. New York: New York University Press, 2021. Finalist, 2021 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies, awarded by the Jewish Book Council. Honorable mention, 2021 Saul Viener Book Prize, awarded by the American Jewish Historical Society.

Articles and Book Chapters

Online Contributions

Media Coverage
NPR, JTA, The Forward, The Jewish Week (New York), J. The Jewish Week of Northern California, The Takeout
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Food History, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Religion