Religion and Rites of Passage in Jewish Ritual, Liturgy, Culture, and Tradition

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Roberta Sabbath, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
contact email: 

Date of Conference: March 13-15, 2020

Location: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

The Jewish Studies unit fully embraces this year's overall American Academy of Religion-Western Region conference theme of Religion and Rites of Passage. We look forward to submissions related to rites of passage in the context of Jewish tradition as pertains to Jewish rituals and ceremonies related to birth, death, coming of age, marriage, divorce, miscarriage, death of a pet, environmental passages, menstruation, semen discharge, and so forth. Other transitions are not so ritualistically noted but nevertheless worthy of focus. Micro-transitions happen daily. Rituals can be ad hoc. Fresh ways to note even these micro-metamorphoses, both internal and external, are welcome. Also worthy of note is the experience of identity intersectionality as Jews and our other identities. Of particular interest are contributions from the arts that express these transitions in creative ways.
Please submit a participant form and abstract (250 words) by October 1, 2019 to our co-chairs: Roberta Sabbath at