Participant Info

First Name
Rachel B.
Last Name
San Francisco State University
Website URL
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

About Me
I am the John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State. I am a scholar of religious studies specializing in American religious history and American Jewish history. I study the lives, practices, and communities of twentieth-century and contemporary American Jews. I received my PhD in Religion from Princeton University.

I am currently working on a manuscript about American Jewish nostalgia in the twenty-first century, including studies of Jewish genealogists, the use of historic synagogues as heritage sites, children’s books and dolls, and American Jewish food history, particularly the culinary revival of the new Jewish food scene. I have also written about the informal education of Jewish children in the mid-twentieth century and in the twenty-first century, including the first published academic study of the international Jewish organization PJ Library.

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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