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The Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup

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The Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup

Expressions of Jewish Culture — Part 3

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Took place at the
Evanston Art Center

1717 Central Street, Evanston

Spertus Institute brought three renowned Jewish art experts to Evanston to share fascinating examples of the ways Judaism and Jewish culture has been expressed through the arts.

Session 3 — The Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup

A survey in the 1920s looked at the kinds of ritual objects American Jews had in their homes (or didn’t). Taking her cue from that survey, Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit explored the cultural implications of things, all with an eye towards understanding why the presence of a Kiddush cup, a seder plate, or a souvenir from Israel mattered years ago and continues to matter today.

Dr. Jenna Weissman JoselitDr. Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she directs two pioneering graduate programs in Jewish culture and the arts. Her books include The Wonders of America, which received the National Jewish Book Award in History, as well as a forthcoming book on America's fascination with the Ten Commandments. Dr. Weissman Joselit is a writer for The Forward, where her monthly column on American Jewish culture is in its 16th consecutive year of publication.

Session Information

Jewish Manuscript Illumination
Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 to 8 pm
With Dr. Marc Michael Epstein

Former Director of Hebrew Books
and Manuscripts Division, Sotheby’s

American Synagogues and Jewish Identity
Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 8 pm
With Dr. Samuel Gruber

Architectural Preservationist, President of the
International Survey of Jewish Monuments

The Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup
Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8 pm
With Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit

(See bio below left)