7 2024

CSP: Artifacts of Identity: Exploring Jewish Material Culture through Time

4:00PM - 5:00PM  

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Contact Arie Katz
(949) 682-4040

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When we think about archaeology, we think, of course, about antiquity. But Jews in all times in places lived in communities surrounded by the material culture – the architecture, the furnishings, the clothing, and the artifacts– of their time. Join Professor Marc Michael Epstein for a deep dive into Jewish spaces places, clothing, and the material remains of daily and synagogue life— of Jewish “stuff“ throughout the ages. How should we go about digging for clues in this vast array of material? And how can we use what we discover about how Jewish “stuff” in times gone by to understand Jewish “stuff” and Jewish lives today?

April 2, 2024
SESSION 1: The Lost Ark
Is it in Ethiopia? Hidden under the Vatican? In your Uncle Morris’ attic? A look at the facts and fictions surrounding the fate of this legendary artifact.

April 9, 2024
SESSION 2: Fragments of the Temple
Do we know what the destroyed Jerusalem Temples looked like? How? What archaeological evidence is there that they ever existed, and what are the politics around the promotion or suppression of such evidence?

April 16, 2024
SESSION 3: Clothes Make the Person
What remains of historical Jewish costume in history? How were Jews distinguished from others and how did, (and does) Jewish clothing “mark” Jews?

May 7, 2024
SESSION 4: At Home in the Jewish World
What can we learn about Jewish life from the Jewish home, as depicted in art? Where can we find the “lost treasures” of historical Jewish civilizations now gone?

May 14, 2024
SESSION 5: Erased Synagogues
So many synagogues that were, in former times, the hubs of vibrant communities are no longer extant, for a myriad of reasons. Can we reconstruct these beautiful, vanished buildings?

Sponsor: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)