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Rachel Gross, The Jewish Deli Revival: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia
November 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Humanities 1, Room 520
In recent years, there has been a nostalgic resurgence of interest in the Jewish deli menu. Restaurateurs and purveyors of Jewish food are deliberately making 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.
Prof. Rachel B. Gross is the John and Marcia Goldman Professor of American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is currently working on a book entitled Feeling Jewish: Nostalgia and American Jewish Religion. She received her PhD from Princeton University.