Jodi Ruth Eichler-Levine presents and illustrated talk about Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community
Thursday, January 6 at 2pm on Zoom and Falmouth FCTV Public Channel 13
“Eichler-Levine’s compelling account of how to experience religion outside the traditional spaces of focus illuminates how American Jews create and craft a Judaism as a form of resilience, a material encounter with memory, and a physical desire for continuity. This book is testimony and witness to these lives and to these practices.” — Ken Koltun-Fromm, author of Imagining the Jewish God
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Falmouth Jewish Congregation and the Worcester JCC co-host this Jewish Book Council author talk, another in a series that occurs roughly monthly.
Exploring a contemporary Judaism rich with the textures of family, memory, and fellowship, Jodi Eichler-Levine takes readers 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.
Jodi Eichler-Levine is the Her academic home is Lehigh University, where she is the Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization and an Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Lehigh University, where shes 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), Ms. 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.
Learn more about the author at her website: https://jodieichlerlevine.com/