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Sunday, March 19 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Sew...Who Knew Jews Quilted? A History Lesson and a Hands-on Workshop

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Quilts are often held up as a way women who lacked education or leisure time stitched stories to pass along to the next generation. While some scholars have argued that the paucity of quilts among Eastern European Jewish immigrants in the 1880-1920s indicates Jews didn’t quilt, quilts were important to Jewish American life in the 1840s-1880s. Throughout this era, American Jewish women used the album and crazy quilts to repair relationships torn by war, travel, and distance. Moreover, the rise of Jewish sewing circles meant sewing was often a community-building rite. In this hands-on workshop we will look at how one particular Jewish album quilt from the 1850s can help us understand the lives and aesthetic experiences of early Jewish women who didn’t leave written records.

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Laura Arnold Leibman

Laura Arnold Leibman is Professor of English and Humanities at Reed College, VP of Program (Association of Jewish Studies), and the author of The Art of the Jewish Family: A History of Women in Early New York in Five Objects (Bard Graduate Center, 2020) which won three National Jewish... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2023 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
JCC Older Adult Lounge