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Sunday, February 15 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Jewhooing the Sixties

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Based on the book of the same title, this session will describe the phenomenon of "Jewhooing"—that is, Jewish celebrity consciousness. Everyone knows Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," but rarely do we think more seriously about "people who are Jewish, just like you and me." Using four case studies of Jewish celebrity—Sandy Koufax, Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, and Barbra Streisand—we will further explore the dynamics of Jewish identity, expressed by our persistent desire to identify famous Jews.


David Kaufman

David Kaufman is a lifelong Jewish educator, with an MA in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a PhD in American Jewish history from Brandeis. He has taught at the Hebrew Union College and Hofstra University and is the author of Shul with a Pool: The Synagogue-Center in American Jewish History and Jewhooing the Sixties: American Celebrity and Jewish Identity. He is currently at work on a new book, to be titled MESHUGA: A... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am

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