Paint­ed Pome­gran­ates and Needle­point Rab­bis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Cre­ate Community

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September 1, 2020
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.

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