This program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library.

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Presented by Professor Rachel B. Gross, in conversation with journalist Deena Prichep, and moderated by Professor Marc Dollinger

In Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice (New York University Press, January 2021), Rachel B. Gross argues that nostalgic activities should be understood as religious practices, illuminating how many American Jews are finding and making meaning within American Judaism today.

Come for the artisanal delis, picture books, historic synagogues, and genealogy—and stay for the argument about American Jews and religion.

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.

Deena Prichep is a freelance print and radio journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Her stories on topics ranging from urban agriculture to gefilte fish have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered, as well as in The Splendid Table, Bon Appetit, Marketplace, Vegetarian Times,, and The Oregonian. She is the author of Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking (Flatiron Books, 2017).

Marc Dollinger is professor and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of four scholarly books in American Jewish history, most recently Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s (Brandeis University Press, 2018).

The SFSU Department of Jewish Studies welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like accommodations for this event, such as real-time captioning, please contact Rachel Gross at as much in advance of this program  as possible.