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Ariella Werden-Greenfield

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Carly Zimmerman

The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History

The biggest thing I need right now is... "donors who believe in the Feinstein Center's mission to engage with and explore Jewish culture and who want to support our annual Sounds Jewish concerts and conversations"

The Feinstein Center for American Jewish History supports innovative approaches to understanding American Jewish life. Its mission is simple: Inspiring Inquiry. In collaboration with institutions in Philadelphia and beyond, the Feinstein Center bridges the gap between scholarship and public conversation on Jewish culture, history, and identity.

About the Founder: 

Ariella Werden-Greenfield is the Graduate Fellow at the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Religion at Temple University. Ariella’s passion for the study of American Jewish culture inspired her to pursue her doctorate. But, it was as an instructor at Temple University that she recognized her love for teaching college students and for curating programming that provides opportunities for lifelong learning. In her work at the Feinstein Center, Ariella plans and promotes exciting and intellectually rigorous events for Philadelphia's vibrant Jewish community. Her research interests include Jewish history in the Caribbean, Afro-Caribbean religion, and Jewish food culture. She is currently working on her dissertation, an effort that interrogates the role of the Hebrew Bible in the lives of Rastafari. From 2009 through 2013, Ariella served as coordinator for Temple University's Center for Afro-Jewish Studies.