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Artifacts of Identity: Exploring Jewish Material Culture Through Time with Prof. Marc Michael Epstein (Part 3/5 – Clothes Make the Person)

Hosted By: Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

This session, led by Professor Marc Michael Epstein, explores the material culture of Jewish communities through history, including architecture, furnishings, clothing, and artifacts. Titled “Clothes Make the Person,” it examines historical Jewish costumes, focusing on how Jewish clothing distinguished and marked Jews in society. Participants will learn about the significance of these items in understanding Jewish identity and history.

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Marc Michael Epstein

Marc Michael Epstein is the product of a mixed marriage between the scions of Slonimer and Lubavitcher Hassidim and Romanian socialists, and grew up, rather confused, but happy, in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently Professor of Religion at Vassar College, where he has been teaching since 1992, and was the first Director of Jewish Studies. At Vassar, he teaches courses on medieval Christianity, religion, arts and politics, and Jewish texts and sources. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written numerous articles and three books on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews.
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