Monthly Archives: September 2014

Stories of Jews in the Hare Krishna Movement

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Though the Hare Krishna Movement does not attract the same level of attention as it did in the 1960s and 70s, it remains a living and dynamic worldwide religious movement. Many of founding teacher Srila Prabhupada’s original disciples came from Jewish families, and other Jews have joined the movement more recently, including several hundred Israelis. I want to hear stories of devotees in the Hare Krishna movement, both within and outside the institutional structures of ISKCON, who identify as Jewish. Among other things, I am interested in understanding how people combine being Jews and devotees of Krishna. The focus of the research is on stories because the pastimes of Krishna are so important to devotees, because most devotees have lived interesting lives, and because I am very involved with storytelling as a listener, scholar and storyteller. I intend to share this research publicly and hope that this work will help the world to understand more about what it is to be Jewish and what it is to be a devotee, and perhaps build bridges between the Jewish community and the Hare Krishna movement. Please contact me if you might be interested in being interviewed for this project.