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Gabrielle A. Berlinger

Gabrielle A. Berlinger

Gabrielle A. Berlinger is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore, and Tanenbaum Fellow in Jewish History and Culture, at UNC-Chapel Hill. As a folklorist, she studies the nature and significance of vernacular architecture and ritual practice, particularly in contemporary Jewish communities. She is author of Framing Sukkot: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Vernacular Architecture (2017), based on 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork in a multiethnic, working-class neighborhood of South Tel Aviv, Israel. There, she studied the construction and use of temporary ritual dwellings built in observance of Sukkot to learn about distinct notions of community, home, homelessness, and belonging.