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Saturday, February 16 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Matisyahu's Beard and Miriam's Skirts: The Self-Presentation of Newly Orthodox Jews

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Based on Sarah Benor’s book, Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism. Ba’alei Teshuva (newly Orthodox Jews) have various strategies for adopting Orthodox culture. Some take on as much as they can as fast as they can. Others avoid certain practices or come up with hybrid self-presentations, like a black hat with trendy sunglasses, gefilte fish with Indian spices, or Yiddishisms combined with American slang.

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Sarah Bunin Benor

Vice Provost, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Linguistics, WGF/DS 11
Sarah Bunin Benor is Vice Provost and Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Los Angeles campus) and Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California Linguistics Department. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm EST
Trenton concourse level