Nora Katz

Global Day ON AIR 2018: Nora Katz

Travelers, Tourists, Pilgrims:
Identity and Place in Journeys to the Jewish South

LIVE on October 18 at 1pm CDT

What does it mean to travel? What is pilgrimage? How does visiting historic sites of struggle and resistance change our Jewish communities for the better? Join Nora Katz for this uniquely Jewish journey to the American South. Nora works with congregations, Hillels, and community groups to plan trips to hubs like Memphis, Houston, New Orleans, and Atlanta; to historic synagogues in cities like Charleston and Savannah; and to Civil Rights sites in Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Jackson. In this session, explore Jewish travel experiences through the lens of pilgrimage, using ideas from the fields of public history and memory studies.

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Nora Katz is the Director of Heritage and Interpretation at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). Based in Jackson, Mississippi, the ISJL is a trans-denominational organization committed to bringing educational, historical, and cultural programming to Jewish communities across the American South. In her role at the ISJL, Nora interprets and shares the rich legacy of Jews in the South through public programs, shared experiences, and more. She runs the ISJL’s Southern Jewish Heritage Tour program, through which she plans trips for congregations, Hillels, and community groups to experience Jewish life and history in the South. Nora has a Master’s degree in Public History and Cultural Heritage from Trinity College Dublin and is passionate about the intersection between history, memory, and theatre.