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May 23, 2014  RSS feed

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From golems to bubbemiesers, expert to delve into Jewish lore

An illustrated presentation on “The Joys of Jewish Folklore” will be made by Dr. Eleanor Wachs of Sarasota during the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay on Sunday, June 8 at 2 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, 14041 Icot Blvd., Clearwater. A pre-session social with refreshments and library access begins at 1:30 p.m.

“Jewish family folklore is not just old wives tales and recipes. It is how we express our family culture through personal narratives, proverbs, riddles, folk songs, and more. It includes the tales, legends, and superstitions that exist among our Jewish ethnic population – the oral history of Jewish culture. Dybbuks, golems, bubbemiesers and mystics are part of Jewish traditional culture,” says Wachs.

In her presentation, she will talk about what comprises Jewish family folklore and how folks can collect their own family folklore.

Wachs is a Sarasota-based folklorist-ethnographer who has conducted field research in more than 20 ethnic communities, worked collaboratively on major national and state folklife festivals, published in the field and taught folklore and oral history courses at Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, Tufts University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since moving to Florida more than 10 years ago, she has been associated with Folklife Cultural Resources (FCR), a non-profit organization devoted to bringing folk arts to the general public in the form of festivals, exhibits, publications, and public presentations.

Guests are welcome at this meeting and there is no charge to attend. For information about the Jewish Genealogical Society of Tampa Bay, call Bruce Hadburg at (727) 796-7981.

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