Feeling Jewish: Nostalgia and American Jewish Religion


Please join the Jewish Studies Program at Kalamazoo College for a presentation by Rachel B. Gross.

Feeling Jewish: Nostalgia and American Jewish Religion

Nostalgia represents a powerful force in American culture. Professor Gross’s talk delves into the impact of nostalgia on American Jewish material culture, foodways, education, and naming practices. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with the audience.

Wednesday, May 4
7:30 p.m.
Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall
Kalamazoo College

This event is free and open to the public!

Non-campus attendees must preregister and provide proof of vaccination including booster(s), if eligible, at hr.kzoo.edu/visitor. Proof of vaccination is required at the door.

For directions or questions, please contact Jeffrey Haus, Director of Jewish Studies, at jhaus@kzoo.edu or 269.337.5789.


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 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.