The Jewish Mother

Yahil Zaban, Hebrew University, Diller Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 4:00am to 5:00am
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

“The Jewish Mother” has become an icon in film, fiction and popular culture. On one hand, her image reflects the yearning for lost childhood, family and traditional community. On the other hand, this sense of enchantment and nostalgia is accompanied by a perception of the mother as an intimidating, somewhat demonic figure, who forces her children to grow up and thus banishes them from their childhood. In this talk we will explore few aspects of this emblematic image and try to explain how the mythification of the Jewish mother shaped the Jewish modern sense of community.


Jewish Studies, UC Berkeley

Program Information