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Jenna Weissman Joselit

Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History at George Washington University. She is currently at work on a biography of Mordecai M. Kaplan for the Jewish Lives series of Yale University Press.

 

The Jewish Review of Books gratefully acknowledges permission to quote unpublished material from the Mordecai M. Kaplan collections in the archives of the libraries of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) as well as from the Ira Eisenstein Papers in the archives of the RRC.

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Jenna Weissman Joselit

Textiles can tell the story of how modernity, for all its many blessings, often erases the practices and values of the collective, celebrating the individual at the expense of community and novelty or fashion at the expense of tradition.