Sarah Bunin Benor - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Sarah Bunin Benor, Ph.D

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Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, Los Angeles; Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management; Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles
Academic Field: 
Language and Literature; Sociology
Research Interests: 
American Jewish Language and Identity; Sociology and Anthropology of American Jews; Jewish Languages; Yiddish; Orthodox Jews; Sociolinguistic Variation; Language Socialization; Ethnography

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Dr. Benor is Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, where she teaches masters students in the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management and undergraduates at the University of Southern California. She has lectured widely about the social science of American Jews, sociolinguistics, Jewish languages, and Orthodox Jews. She is the author of Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism (Rutgers University Press, 2012, winner of the Sami Rohr Choice Award for Jewish Literature), as well as several articles in Jewish studies and linguistics. She is founding co-editor of the Journal of Jewish Languages and founder and editor of the Jewish Language Research Website and the Jewish English Lexicon.

Current and Future Courses
Jewish Social Research: Trends and Analysis
Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture
American Jewish Language and Identity in Historical Context
Research Methods in American Jewish Life
History of Jewish Languages
Language, Race, and Identity in the United States Today (formerly Language and Identity Among 'Hyphenated' Americans) (USC)
Public Lecture Topics
Mensch, Bentsh, and Balagan: Language as a Marker of Jewish Identity
Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism
Judaism (and mikvah imagery) in Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” (Amazon series)
Chutzpah to Chidush: A Century of Yiddish-Influenced English in America
Yiddish, Ladino, and Jewish English: Do American Jews Speak a Jewish Language?
What’s on your jPad? Trends in American Jewish Identity and Community
Jewish Languages Around the World
Frum Unity, Frum Diversity: The Orthodox Continuum in Popular Culture
Mameloshn (Mother-Tongue): An Introduction to Yiddish Language and Culture
Di Goyim, Loz Vedres, and The Gentiles: Referring to Non-Jews in Yiddish, Ladino, and English
The 2013 Pew Study of American Jews: The Results and What They Mean for Your Synagogue/JCC/Organization.