J Talks: A Pickle Problem- American Jewish Nostalgia and the Deli Revival

J Talks: A Pickle Problem- American Jewish Nostalgia and the Deli Revival

January 26, 2023
5:00 PM

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J Talks: A Pickle Problem- American Jewish Nostalgia and the Deli RevivalThursday, January 26 | 5:00 PM | $10 | Via Zoom | $15 add-on Deli BoxIn recent years, there has been a nostalgic resurgence of interest in the Jewish deli menu. As Prof. Rachel B. Gross explores in her new book, Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, restaurateurs have deliberately made American Jewish food fit for the twenty-first century, emphasizing sustainability, local produce, and a nostalgic longing for family and communal histories. By selling and consuming a revitalized deli cuisine, American Jews express their longing for authentic Jewish pasts, build community in the present, and pass on their values to future generations. Engaging in the deli revival provides an alternative, under-appreciated way of practicing American Jewish religion.Bonus! Order a Kosher, To-Go Deli Box to enjoy during the lecture. Pickup at either the Bender JCC or Leisure World Clubhouse II. $15Rachel B. Gross is Associate 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.Use code GROSS30 for 30% off of Beyond the Synagogue directly from NYU Press: https://nyupress.org/9781479803385/beyond-the-synagogue/Questions? Please contact CoA at 301-348-3832What is CoA? A Bender JCC adult program, welcoming all, engaging the community, offering trips, lectures, films, concerts, and more…