Jody Myers

Jody Myers, Ph.D.

Professor, Religious Studies
Program Director, Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program


Professor Jody Myers

Religious Studies Department

  • Santa Susana Hall 224
  • office phone: 818-677-3392

Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Program
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Sierra Tower 805
  • office phone: 818-677-6762
  • fax: 818-677-3605

Research Interest

Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch KalischerKabbalah and the Spiritual QuestJody Myers’s research has focused on the transformation of traditional Judaism in the modern era. She has written extensively on the messianic idea and religious Zionism, including the book Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch Kalischer (2003). Her other area of research is on contemporary religious expression during the last third of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. This includes studies of women’s writings on the mikveh, midrash, and ritual innovations; and contemporary Kabbalah, and on this theme she wrote the volume Kabbalah and the Spiritual Quest: The Kabbalah Centre in America (2007). She has written numerous articles in academic journals and collective volumes. A complete list of publications is in her CV. She is currently co-editing a volume, From the Garden of Eden to the Industrialized Farm: Food in Jewish Traditions (forthcoming, NYU Press).

Current Research

She is working on a book, Eating at God's Table: Purity, Charity, and Community in an Orthodox Jewish Neighborhood. This is an exploration of foodways and community among American Orthodox Jews, using the diverse communities in the western L.A. neighborhood of Pico-Robertson as a case study.

Current teaching, Spring 2019:

Hist/JS 427, Israel's History and Peoples


Organizer and Co-director, CSUN student summer trips to Eastern Europe

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