Know Your Nosh: Food, Jewishness, and Identity

This exhibit explores the significance of food for Jewish religious, cultural, national, and political identities, focusing on the United States and Israel/Palestine. Food has been used to create, maintain, and reimagine boundaries in Jewish communities. The borrowing and appropriation of foods from other cultures have helped shape new Jewish identities. Different groups of Jews have navigated diverse majority cultures, using food both to solidify ethnic identities and to challenge—or reinforce—narratives of tolerance and inclusion. Jewish farmers are growing food with ecologically sensitive methods and educating their communities in response to the climate crisis. 

We center the Jewish Renewal community, highlighting the strength of the Innovations in Jewish Life Collections, a collaboration between the University Libraries Rare and Distinctive Collections and CU Boulder’s Program in Jewish Studies.


2022 Embodied Judaism: Know Your Nosh: Food, Jewishness, and Identity symposium and exhibit organized and curated by Gregg Drinkwater, Hilary Falb Kalisman, and Samira Mehta. The 2022 symposium is part of our ongoing Embodied Judaism and Israel-Palestine Studies series and is supported by the David Shneer Fund for Community Programming, Public Scholarship, and the Arts. The 2023-24 exhibit is hosted by the Program in Jewish Studies and the University Libraries' Rare and Distinctive Collection.