Rachel Gross Named John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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SF STATE NEWS -- The visiting assistant professor of Judaic studies at Virginia Tech will join SF State in August. Gross’ scholarly interests in American Jewish studies are varied, ranging from Jewish food and children’s books to American Jewish experiences of genealogy, nostalgia and Jewish heritage sites.

She is working on a book manuscript, “Objects of Affection: The Material Religion of American Jewish Nostalgia.”

“With the hire of Rachel Gross as the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies, the department counts its third Goldman family chair,” said Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility. “This is an impressive testament to a family that has established and now solidified Jewish studies scholarship, education and community engagement in perpetuity at San Francisco State.”

Eran Kaplan, associate professor, holds the endowed Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Israel Studies.