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The World of Jewish Community Farming

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 3 Sh'vat 5779

7:00 PM - 8:30 PMLevin Social Hall

Adrienne Krone will offer insights from her research into how Jewish community farms have become a site for North American Jews to enact their values, express their Jewish identities, and reconnect with agricultural aspects of Jewish tradition long marginalized through centuries of Jewish life in the Diaspora. Driven by concerns about environmental degradation, industrial agriculture, animal welfare, and food insecurity, Jews in North American have created alternative spaces and innovative Jewish practices. In these spaces, Jews rethink what it means to be Jewish and find new ways to enact Judaism that are meaningful for Jews and beneficial for the plants, animals, and other humans that live alongside them. Adrienne Krone is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Jewish Life at Allegheny College. She has a PhD in American Religion from Duke University. During her time in Durham, she was a member of Judea Reform and also taught in the religious school and served as Interim Executive Director for Community Midrasha. Her current research project is an ethnographic and historical study of the Jewish community farming movement in North America funded by a grant from Farm Forward and the Leichtag Foundation. When she's not teaching or writing about food and farming she enjoys gardening, cooking, and canning.

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