Jodi Ruth Eichler-Levine presents an illustrated Jewish Book Council author talk about her study, “Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community.”
Join as we explore a contemporary Judaism rich with the textures of family, memory and fellowship. Eichler-Levine will take us inside a flourishing American Jewish crafting movement. As she traveled across the country to homes, craft conventions, synagogue knitting circles and craftivist actions, she joined in the making, asked questions and contemplated her own family stories. Jewish Americans, many of them women, are creating ritual challah covers and prayer shawls, ink, clay or wood pieces and other articles for family, friends or Jewish charities. But they are doing much more: armed with perhaps only a needle and thread, they are reckoning with Jewish identity in a fragile and dangerous world.
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Jodi Eichler-Levine is the Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization and an associate professor of religion studies at Lehigh University, where she teaches courses in Jewish studies, North American religions and gender studies, among other fields. Her work on the intersections of religion, popular culture, politics, race and gender has appeared in The Washington Post, Salon, The Revealer, Killing the Buddha, Kveller and Religion Dispatches, among other venues. In addition to “Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis” (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), Eichler-Levine has published “Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature” (NYU Press, 2013). She is currently writing a book on religion and the vast world of Disney—the parks, the company, the films, the fans and more.+ More... - Less...
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