Laura Yares

Jewish Learning Through the Cultural Arts Project Leader

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Laura Yares is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching center on Jewish experiences in modernity, with a particular interest in Jewish education. She is the author of Jewish Sunday Schools: Teaching Religion in Nineteenth Century America, published by NYU Press in 2023. With Sharon Avni, she is currently working on Jewish Learning Through the Cultural Arts, a contemporary ethnographic project sponsored by the MCSJE that explores what people learn about Judaism from seeing Jewish themes and characters represented in Jewish cultural arts.