Sarah Bunin Benor Lecture IThursday, March 18, 2010 - 3:30pm
"Mamish keeping it real: Language socialization among newly Orthodox Jews"
Sarah Bunin Benor
Contemporary Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College
Jews who choose to become Orthodox as adults (known as BTs) are positioned in a cultural borderlands between the non-Orthodox communities they have left and the lifelong Orthodox Jews they can never become. Based on ethnographic and sociolinguistic fieldwork in a strictly Orthodox community in Philadelphia, this paper examines cultural strategies BTs use to negotiate their liminal state as they progress through stages of socialization into Orthodox communities. Language plays a major role in their integration process, as they selectively deploy elements of the ethno-religious linguistic repertoire available to Orthodox Jews: English with influences from Yiddish and Hebrew.
Place: Gambrell Hall 250
[Sponsored by College of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology, Jewish Studies, and Linguistics]