Dr. Judith Thissen


Alumna (Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien)


Max-Weber-Kolleg (Steinplatz 2) / Raum 506d (4. OG)

Visiting address

Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Steinplatz 2
99085 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Max-Weber-Kolleg für kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Studien
Postfach 90 02 21
99105 Erfurt

Dr. Judith Thissen


Kol Nidre on Broadway, Jazz Singers in the Shul: Cinema and the Transformation of the High Holidays in New York City

My project explores how the engagement with the cinema and other forms of urban entertainment transformed religious practices among immigrant Jews in New York City. The central focus is on the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and the ways in which the upwardly mobile second generation experimented with innovative modes of mediated religiosity to reunite the increasingly dispersed immigrant community around familiar stories and sounds during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur.