Adventures in Jewish Studies is a podcast produced by the Association for Jewish Studies, the largest learned society and professional organization representing Jewish Studies scholars worldwide. Created to fulfill the AJS mission of fostering greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public, podcast episodes are designed take listeners on exciting journeys while exploring a wide range of topics, from the contemporary to the ancient, in ways that are informative, engaging, and fun. Launched in 2018, the Adventures in Jewish Studies series produces five episodes annually.
Each episode features the voices of AJS members as they share their expertise and research with listeners. Upcoming episodes include the origins of Jews themselves, Jews and art, and the 50th anniversary of Portnoy's Complaint. Funding for the series is provided by an anonymous foundation.
In the inaugural episode of Adventures in Jewish Studies, host Jeremy Shere explores the New York Jewish food tradition of “appetizing” with guests culinary ethnographer Eve Jochnowitz, NYU history professor Hasia Diner, former 3rd generation owner of the appetizing store Russ & Daughters Mark Russ Federman, and Concordia University professor of religions and cultures Norma Joseph.
Appetizing is a distinctly American, distinctly New York, distinctly Jewish, food tradition. Introduced as a counterpart to the meat-selling deli, and carrying fish, dairy, and related foods, appetizing stores have been around since the early 1900s. Appetizing played an important role in the history of Jewish foods and is an integral part of the story of Jewish New Yorkers – how they lived, how they ate, and how they evolved.
Executive Producer: Warren Hoffman, PhD
Producer: Jeremy Shere, PhD