November 7, 2008 "Jews and Shoes" is Subject of Dec. 11 Lecture

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Shoes are an integral part of Jewish material culture according to Edna Nahshon, author of a new book titled “Jews and Shoes” (Berg Publishers, 2008). Nahshon will discuss her book at the Library of Congress at noon on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the African and Middle Eastern Division Conference Room, located in room 220 of the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. “Jews and Shoes” takes a fresh look at the makings and meanings of shoes, cobblers and barefootedness in Jewish experience. The book shows how shoes convey theological, social and economic concepts, and as such are intriguing subjects for inquiry within a wide range of cultural, artistic and historic contexts. A graduate of Tel Aviv University and New York University, Nahshon is a professor of Hebrew at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and senior associate at the Center of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its Web site at and via interactive exhibitions on a new, personalized Web site at The Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division ( is the center for the study of some 78 countries and regions from Southern Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The division’s Hebraic Section is one of the world’s foremost centers for the study of Hebrew and Yiddish materials.


PR 08-211
ISSN 0731-3527