ONLINEJews and Crafting: Building Resilience and Community

January 6, 2022 Free
(Photo: zeevveez/Flickr)
(Photo: zeevveez/Flickr)

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.

Register for the Zoom program by clicking “Register” or watch on FCTV Falmouth Public TV Channel 13 here.

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.

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