JGS Cleveland presents "Give Us Our Name: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion" with Rachel B. Gross, June 1st, 7 pm ET #education #jgs-iajgs #announcements


Join the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland for our next Zoom program on Wednesday, June , 7-8:30 pm ET - Give Us Our Name: Genealogy and American Jewish Religion with Rachel B. Gross.


Program: In researching their family histories, many American Jewish genealogists engage in an emotional experience that intimately connects them to specific stories of immigration from Eastern Europe to the United States. In her book Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice, Rachel B. Gross finds that, for some Jewish genealogists, pursuing this family history can become a form of religious practice. Through their research and commemorative activities, Jewish genealogists ask and answer powerful questions about who they are and about their place in the world—the very work of religion.  Join us to explore the powerful connection between genealogy and religious practice.


Speaker: 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. She is currently working on a religious biography of the twentieth-century immigration writer Mary Antin.


Registration: Required and free - Send an email to rsvp@... by 12 Noon EDT on June 1st to receive a Zoom link.  If you are NOT a JGS Cleveland member, please include your name, email, and complete mailing address.



Go to jgscleveland.org for more program, speaker, and membership information.




Contact: Deborah A. Katz, JD, PhD

Vice President, Programming

JGS Cleveland