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“Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce,” Theme for Symposium

“Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce,” will explore the role of fashion in Jewish life and tradition at the 24th Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium. Oct. 23-24, at the Jewish Community Center of Omaha and Creighton University. All events are free and open to the public.

Adam Mendelsohn Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address “Shmattas in the North, Shmattas in the South: The Civil War and the Birth of the American Jewish Clothing Industry,” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center.

Mendelsohn teaches Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, S.C., where he also directs the “Jews, Slavery and the Civil War” Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project. Mendelsohn has written on many topics related to American, especially Southern, history. Among his publications are: “From Moses to Moses: Jews, Clothing and Colonial Commerce” in Purchasing Power: The Economics of Jewish History; “Tongue Ties: the Emergence of the English-language Diaspora in the mid-19th century” in American Jewish History and "Two Far South: Rabbinical Responses to Apartheid and Segregation in South Africa and the American South" in Southern Jewish History.

The symposium continues on Monday, Oct. 24, at the Skutt Student Center on the Creighton University campus from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Brian Amkraut of the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies in Cleveland, Ohio, will present the luncheon keynote address, “Fashioning Jews on the Screen: The Impact of Dress on Crafting the Jewish Image in Film and Television,” at 12:15 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center.

For a full schedule of Sunday’s and Monday’s presentations visit

The symposium is co-hosted by the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University and the Harris Center for Judaic Studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with Creighton’s Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.