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February 11

Meet Visiting Professor Gregg Drinkwater


Gregg DrinkwaterWe are delighted to introduce Dr. Gregg Drinkwater, the Norman and Syril Reitman Visiting Professor for spring 2021, whose research focuses on sexuality, gender, and Judaism in the modern United States. Drinkwater, who earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Colorado Boulder, is coeditor of Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible (NYU Press, 2009). His research has also appeared in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Drinkwater is currently writing a book about the history of gay and lesbian synagogues and their role in making space in the Jewish community for Jews who identify as queer. He is also engaged in new research on the history of Jewish American LGBTQ engagements with Zionism and Israel from the 1950s through the mid-1990s and the emergence of a uniquely Jewish diasporic homonationalism.

At Rutgers, Dr. Drinkwater is teaching “Love and Sex in American Judaism,” an undergraduate course through the Department of Jewish Studies. In April, he will present “Larry Kramer’s Holocaust: AIDS, Hannah Arendt, and the Moral Imperative of Political Action," a seminar for faculty and graduate students. Registration has begun for his mini-course, “Jewish Countercultures: Remaking American Judaism, 1967–1990,” which is open to the public.


Register for Dr. Drinkwater's Mini-Course

Jewish Countercultures:
Remaking American Judaism, 1967-1990

Tuesdays: March 2, 9, 16; 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Zoom

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In the late 1960s, many young American Jews decried what they perceived as a stagnant, suburban Judaism that was out of touch with their generation’s culture and politics. In response, they created Jewish communities and organizations that reflected their new, radical worldviews. The Jewish “counterculture” reinvigorated American Judaism and came to redefine many central tenets and practices of American Jewish life. Dr. Drinkwater will explore the Havurah Movement and Jewish Renewal; the Jewish identity politics of the 1960s and 1970s, the Free Soviet Jewry Movement, and Jewish feminism; and gay and lesbian synagogues.

Registration here


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