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  • Contributors

Hannah Altman is a Jewish-American artist from New Jersey. She holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Through photographic based media, her work interprets relationships between gestures, the body, lineage, and interior space.

Judy Chen is a Buddhist practitioner trained in various schools and has worked to promote cooperation among the different Buddhist organizations in the New York tristate area while serving as the vice president in the umbrella organization, the Buddhist Council of New York, and also among the Chinese Buddhist groups in the American Buddhist Confederation in Chinatown.

S.J. Crasnow is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Their research interests include queer and transgender Jewish life in contemporary North America, religious innovation, material religion, politics and religion, and white Jewish power and powerlessness under white supremacy.

Gwen Dilworth is a writer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is originally from Durham, North Carolina.

Jodi Eichler-Levine is an associate professor of religion studies and Berman Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization at Lehigh University. She is the author of Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: How Jews Craft Resilience and Create Community (2020) and Suffer the Little Children: Uses of the Past in Jewish and African American Children’s Literature (2013). Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Kveller, and Religion Dispatches, among other venues.

Rachel B. Gross is Assistant Professor and John and Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies in the Department of Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Beyond the Synagogue: Jewish Nostalgia as Religious Practice (New York University Press, 2021).

Laura Levitt is Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender at Temple University. She is the author The Objects that Remain (2020); American Jewish Loss after the Holocaust (2007); and Jews and Feminism: The Ambivalent Search for Home (1997) and a co-editor of Impossible Images: Contemporary Art After the Holocaust (2003) and Judaism Since Gender (1997). Levitt edits NYU Press’s North American Religions Series with Tracy Fessenden (Arizona State University) and David Harrington Watt (Haverford College)

Owulusi Lucky Oluwabumni is a Nigerian poet, his poems are upcoming at Decolonial passage, and Noctivagant press. He writes poetry to explore Africanism, philosophy and Human experiences. You can read more at Or connect via twitter @Mighty_scribe

S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate is a writer, editor, and college professor. His books include A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects (Beacon) and Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World (Columbia University Press), while his essays have appeared in The Christian Century, The Islamic Monthly, America,, and Salon. He is Executive Director of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, the editor of CrossCurrents, and professor at Hamilton College.

Heather G. Stoltz creates quilted wall hangings and fabric sculptures inspired by social justice issues, Jewish texts, and life experiences. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has been featured in Quilts and Human Rights, Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis, and several other publications. Stoltz, named as one of The Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” for 2012, received a 2011 Manhattan Community Art Funds grant for Temporary Shelter, her installation piece about homeless New Yorkers. Visit to see more of her artwork and follow @sewingstories on Instagram and Facebook to see her latest art and work-in-progress.

Dr. Elizabeth Ursic is a religious studies professor specializing in religion and art. She co-chairs the Women’s Caucus at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.



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