Performing the Idealized Judaism: Processes of Jewish Missionary Work at Franklin and Marshall College
This paper is an ethnographic inquiry into Jewish life at Franklin and Marshall College. More specifically, it interrogates the processes of Jewish missionary work undertaken by two organizations, Chabad and Hillel, who engage in distinct projects of performing the idealized Judaism they wish to perpetuate. The thesis examines the ways in which these organizations function as liminal spaces within the larger liminal spaces of college, and how liminality and performativity work together in expressions of gender, time, and space. Ultimately, it answers the question of why these organizations are successful and choose to invest so heavily in campus outreach.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2017
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