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Class of 1991

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Picture of Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus smiling. He has light skin, white hair, a short white beard, and wire-rimmed glasses. He is wearing a button up shirt with thin blue and white stripes. He holds a black plastic fork. There are blurred people in the background.Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus (MA '86, PhD '91) is a Professor of Religion at Wheaton College (MA) and was awarded the Henrietta Jennings Faculty Chair for Outstanding Teaching there in 2020. In 2017, he received an honorary D.Div. from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to recognize his 25 years of service as a rabbi. He has taught “The Rituals of Dinner” First Year Seminar at Wheaton for over twenty years, as well as courses such as: Gender and Violence in the Bible, Intro. to Comparison of Religions, Smells and Bells: The Sensual Dimension of Religions, and Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Well-Being from a Comparative Religious Perspective. 
He is the author of Gastronomic Judaism as Culinary Midrash (Lexington Press, Dec. 2018) and has published numerous articles on food rituals and Jewish food in the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and CookeryStudies in Jewish Civilization, and other journals, and has translated Rabbenu Bahya ben Asher’s fourteenth-century Hebrew mystical manual on food, Shulhan Shel Arba (Table of Four) into English which is available online. He regularly stages meal rituals at home and at Wheaton and other places, even virtually. He’s currently working on a book on the myths and meal rituals of American Thanksgiving. He lives, cooks, eats, and gardens with his wife Maia, an elementary school teacher in Providence, RI. Posted 11.12.2021