The Huppah as Object and Symbol in Contemporary American Culture

Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Being married under a huppah in the twenty-first century has become a statement of Jewish continuity because of the rise of interfaith marriages. A way that couples have heightened the significance of two Jewish partners is to decorate and personalize the covering. This presentation documents the decorative trends in huppa construction and what couples say they mean. The paper also speculates on the social-psychological meanings outside of their awareness.

Part of 05-12 Contemporary Jewish Folklore: Re-Thinking Community Practices and Identity, Friday, October 14, 10:30 am–12:30 pm