Jewish Food through Song and Film
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Food Studies
Course Number: NFDS 2952
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Food Studies
  • Cultural Studies
This course offers students a taste of Eastern European and American Jewish culture through songs, films and personal narratives of food. We explore the Jewish experience and cultural and religious identity through foods that came to the United States by way of Jewish immigrants from Poland, Romania, and the Russian Pale of Settlement. Traditional foods and their modern-day incarnations guide our exploration of Ashkenazi Jewish identity, culture, and peoplehood. We translate and interpret Yiddish and Hebrew, decoding words and phrases that we encounter as we go from the Old World to the New, from the Pale to the sidewalks of the Lower East Side and the suburbs of middle America.
Course Open to: Degree Students