Littman Library of Jewish Civilization

Jewish Cultural Studies

Edited by Simon J. Bronner

The Jewish Cultural Studies series offers a contemporary view of Jewish culture as it has been constructed, symbolized, produced, communicated, and consumed around the globe. More than a series on Jewish ideas, it uncovers ideas of being Jewish.

In documenting and interpreting the diverse ways in which Jews express themselves as Jews--in custom, festival, narrative, art, architecture, music, dance, dress, performance, language, and food--the series contributes to a greater understanding of the dimensions of Jewish identity as perceived by Jews and non-Jews. It comments on the societies in which Jews live, and the tapestry of life formed from cultural exchange, conflict, and integration. It explores the cultural dimensions of homeland and diaspora, assimilation and separation, in Jewish experience and belief. As an inquiry into cultural identities and expressions, it also considers the range of institutions that represent and respond to Jewishness, including museums, the media, agencies, synagogues, and schools.

With its wide-ranging, interdisciplinary focus, the Jewish Cultural Studies series offers an innovative forum in Jewish studies. It covers the cultural practices of secular Jews as well as of religious Jews of all persuasions, and from historical as well as contemporary perspectives. While drawing especially on perspectives from folklore, anthropology, history, the humanities, and sociology, contributions from other disciplines are welcome so long as they are cutting edge and widely accessible.

Each volume also includes the winners of the Raphael Patai Prize for articles on Jewish culture.

Published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization for the Jewish Section of the American Folklore Society.

Author/Editor Title
Bronner, Simon J. Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 1:
Jewishness: Expression, Identity, and Representation
Bronner, Simon J. Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 2:
Jews at Home: The Domestication of Identity
Bronner, Simon J. Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 3:
Revisioning Ritual: Jewish Traditions in Transition
Bronner, Simon J. Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 4:
Framing Jewish Culture: Boundaries and Representations
Lehman, Marjorie; Kanarek, Jane; and Bronner, Simon J. Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 5:
Mothers in the Jewish Cultural Imagination
Bronner, Simon J.; Battegay, Caspar; Lieber, Andrea Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume 6:
Connected Jews: Expressions of Community in Analogue and Digital Culture


About the editor

Simon J. Bronner is Distinguished University Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, where he is lead scholar of the campus's Holocaust and Jewish Studies Center. He has also taught at Harvard, Leiden, and Osaka universities. He is the author and editor of over thirty books, including Greater Harrisburg's Jewish Community (2011), Explaining Traditions: Folk Behaviour in Modern Culture (2011) and Encyclopedia of American Folklife (2006). He edits the Material Worlds series for the University Press of Kentucky and has published in Jewish cultural studies in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Jewish History, Yiddish, Markers, and Chuliyot: Journal of Yiddish Literature. As well as editing the Littman Library's Jewish Cultural Studies series, he leads the Jewish Folklore and Ethnology section of the American Folklore Society and is President of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society. He has received the Mary Turpie Prize from the American Studies Association and the Wayland D. Hand Prize and the Peter and Iona Opie Prize from the American Folklore Society for his scholarship and educational leadership.


Advisory board

Haya Bar-Itzhak, Haifa University, Israel
Dan Ben-Amos, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Matti Bunzl, University of Illinois, USA
Mikhail Chlenov, State Jewish Maimonides Academy, Russia
Sander Gilman, Emory University, USA
Harvey E. Goldberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Karl Grözinger, University of Potsdam, Germany
Ruth Ellen Gruber, independent scholar, Italy
Felicitas Heimann-Jellinek, Jewish Museum, Vienna, Austria
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York University, USA
András Kovács, Central European University, Hungary
Mikel J. Koven, University of Worcester, UK
Suzanne D. Rutland, University of Sydney, Australia
Joachim Schlör, University of Southampton, UK
Laurence Sigal, Museum of Jewish Art and History, France
Steve Siporin, Utah State University, USA
Edward van Voolen, Jewish Historical Museum, The Netherlands
Jonathan Webber, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Jenna Weissman Joselit, George Washington University, USA
Marcin Wodziński, University of Wrocław, Poland


Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology
Call for submissions

Awarded for best unpublished essay on Jewish folklore and ethnology
completed by a student between June 2013 - June 2014.

Format, Deadline, and Guidelines: 8-12,000 words, in English, prepared
electronically in Word (with in-text citations and reference list).
: July 1, 2014

Contact: Professor Simon J. Bronner, School of Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057-4898, USA,

The Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section of the American Folklore Society and the Committee on the Anthropology of Jews and Judaism of the American Anthropological Association invite submissions for its Raphael Patai Prize in Jewish Folklore and Ethnology awarded for the best unpublished student paper on Jewish folklore and ethnology completed between June 2013 and June 2014.
Submissions are reviewed by an international committee and notifications are made by October 2014. Papers sent for the Prize are considered submissions to the book series Jewish Cultural Studies (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Oxford, UK, and should not be under review with any other publication. The winner of the prize receives $200 and a citation from the American Folklore Society.

The criteria for submissions are:

1. Papers will be written in English. Approaches to the subject cover Jewish material and apply folkloristic and ethnological perspectives.

2. The length of papers is of publishable essay length–usually 8 to 12,000 words. The citation style uses in-text citations and a reference list.

3. Submitted unpublished paper was written by a student between June 2013 and June 2014, and not submitted for publication.

4. Papers should be submitted electronically in Word on or before July 1, 2014 to

5. Submitters give their contact information, including postal and email
address; submitters should identify the university and department (give course and professor's name if appropriate) where the paper was prepared.

The prize honours the late Raphael Patai (1910–1996), the renowned Hungarian-Jewish folklorist and ethnologist who taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Princeton University, and Ohio State University.

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