Presentation Title

To Be a Jew

Presenter Information

Ariel O'DonnellFollow

Advisor Information

Jeannette Gabriel

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

26-3-2021 12:00 AM

End Date

26-3-2021 12:00 AM

Abstract

Humanity has transmitted our histories through oral tradition since the beginning of our existence, it is the crux of the human condition - to speak our essence. Judaism is a history rich with oral tradition, as it is fundamental to its culture. Oral history of personhood, allows for an intimate and academic lens to exist simultaneously. Judaism is a religious tradition, a culture, and a peoplehood. Judaism is a plethora of distinct realities that intersect with the identity - Jew. “Jews by Choice”, is a broad descriptor predominantly given to Jews who are Jews by conversion to Judaism.

To Be a Jew is an intimate lens into the experiences of Judaism and Jewishness for people who have converted to the faith. Structured as an oral history, this study focuses on the lived experiences of interviewees, as impacted by the intersections of Judaism and other identities. The project asks fundamental questions regarding the power of identity, choice, and worldview.

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To Be a Jew

Humanity has transmitted our histories through oral tradition since the beginning of our existence, it is the crux of the human condition - to speak our essence. Judaism is a history rich with oral tradition, as it is fundamental to its culture. Oral history of personhood, allows for an intimate and academic lens to exist simultaneously. Judaism is a religious tradition, a culture, and a peoplehood. Judaism is a plethora of distinct realities that intersect with the identity - Jew. “Jews by Choice”, is a broad descriptor predominantly given to Jews who are Jews by conversion to Judaism.

To Be a Jew is an intimate lens into the experiences of Judaism and Jewishness for people who have converted to the faith. Structured as an oral history, this study focuses on the lived experiences of interviewees, as impacted by the intersections of Judaism and other identities. The project asks fundamental questions regarding the power of identity, choice, and worldview.