Having previously discussed kiddush clubs on the 45th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show, there is a lot more to explore, especially considering that only a half-year ago, the first ever academic paper to be published on the topic came out. “Kiddush Club: Fraternity, Authority, Class and Gender Challenges in the Modern Orthodox Synagogue,” was published in Contemporary Jewry (August 2022) by Dr. Michal Shaul is a fascinating first foray into this topic, and shares about it on the 124th episode of The Jewish Drinking Show.
Biography of Guest
Dr. Shaul is the chair and a senior lecturer in the Department of History at Herzog College. She won the Shazar prize for research in Jewish History (2016). Her book Holocaust Memory in Ultraorthodox Society in Israel was published in Hebrew (Yad Ben-Zvi and Yad Vashem, 2014) and English (Indiana University Press, 2020). Her work about different aspects of the religious commemoration of the Holocaust has been published in various journals, e.g., Yad Vashem Studies, Jewish Culture and History, Journal of Israeli History, and many more. During 2016-2018, she was a scholar-in-residence at The Melbourne Holocaust Center. While living in Melbourne, Dr. Shaul was exposed to the central role of the communal kiddush in shul and started to study it, yielding the first chapter of her Kiddush study project on kiddush clubs.