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First Name
Rachel B.
Last Name
San Francisco State University
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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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About Me
I am Assistant Professor and John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. I am a religious studies scholar whose work focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first-century American Jews. My book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice (New York University Press, 2021) traces American Jews’ involvement in a broad array of ostensibly nonreligious activities, including conducting Jewish genealogical research, visiting Jewish historic sites, purchasing books and toys that teach Jewish nostalgia to children, and seeking out traditional Jewish foods. I argue that these practices illuminate how many American Jews are finding and making meaning within American Judaism today.
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Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Food History, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Religion