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Acknowl­edgments I have always been a communal learner, and so more ­people than I can possibly thank have helped develop this proj­ ect. I alone am responsible for the shortcomings in Beyond Chrismukkah, but its contributions to our field and to the study of interfaith ­ family life in the United States ­ were created in collaboration with the colleagues, friends, and in­ for­ mants who have given of their time and expertise throughout my writing and research. Most importantly , I must offer my most profound thanks to the ­people who opened their lives to me. Most of them remain unnamed in this monograph, but I am beyond grateful for their trust. Gary Laderman has believed in me and my work since the beginning, even at the moments when I did not believe in myself. I am grateful for his mentorship , his generosity, the pride that he shows in me, and his incisive and constructive criticism. Elizabeth Bounds and Eric Goldstein have always been available for critical feedback and wise counsel. Don Seeman answered phone calls from the field to brainstorm and troubleshoot ethnographic encounters. Tisa Wenger has read more than one complete draft of this proj­ ect, and her feedback has sharpened both my thinking and my language. Dianne Stewart, Judith Weisenfeld, Rebecca Davis, and Laura Levitt have been unstinting with their friendship and their mentorship. Wallace Best was my advisor early on, and he has never truly given up the role. Julie Byrne, Amy DeRogotis, Sylvester Johnson, Pamela Klassen, and Kathryn Lofton have been very generous with their support. I am the scholar that I am ­ because of the teaching, mentorship, and scholarship of Bob Orsi, David Hall, Ann Braude, Mark Wallace, Ellen Ross, and Yvonne Chireau. I have received feedback on drafts and chapters of this proj­ ect at seminars and workshops of the Sloan Foundation’s Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL), the Tam Center for Jewish Studies, and the program in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, all at Emory University. I thank Courtney Bender and the Religion in Amer­ i­ ca Seminar at Columbia University for the opportunity to pres­ ent an early draft of chapter 4. An earlier version of chapter 5 appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the journal Religion and American Culture. I thank Phil Goff, the editorial board, and the anonymous reviewers for their contributions to that chapter. The Religion, x Acknowl­edgments Food, and Eating Seminar of the American Acad­emy of Religion; the Unitarian Universalist Scholars and Friends; and the Donner Institute’s Symposium on Religion and Food have all offered impor­ tant space for honing ideas. I have received valuable feedback on my work at many conferences including the American Acad­ emy of Religion, the Association for Jewish Studies, and the Scholars Conference of the American Jewish Historical Society. My work would not be pos­ si­ ble without archives and the ­ people who maintain them. I am grateful to the staffs of the American Jewish Archives, the University of Notre Dame, the Catholic University of Amer­ i­ ca archives and the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive, and Rare Books Library at Emory University. I firmly believe that ­ behind ­ every scholar stands an army of reference librarians. In par­ tic­ u­ lar, I would like to thank Erica Bruchko, of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at Emory University; and Gloria Korsman and Renata Kalnins, both of the Andover Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School. At the University of North Carolina Press, Elaine Maisner not only saw the potential in my work, but also has been a patient editor who has guided me to more careful and accurate uses of language and, therefore, more precise thought. Becki Reibman has answered my endless questions about pro­ cess. ThankyoualsotoStephenBarichko,DinoBattista,andtheirrespectiveteams. Ibenefitedfromthefinancialgenerosityofanumberoforgan­izations.Emory University funded large portions of this work and attendance at conferences to share it. The Tam Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University and the Bernard Radar Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives provided me with funding for summer research. The University Seminars of Columbia University provided subvention funds to create an index. The Northeastern Consortium for Faculty Diversity gave me the opportunity to spend a year at Allegheny College, developing as a teacher and a scholar. The MARIAL Center granted both a year of funding and a generous research bud­get, and I completed the book while on fellowship at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center. Throughout the pro­ cess...


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