2018 Community Collaboration Grant Recipient Announced
April 12, 2018
Marilyn Preston received the 2018-2019 Community Collaboration Grant to support her project, L’dor v’dor: Oral Histories of the B’nai Israel Congregation.” This project involves the collection of oral histories from members of the B’nai Israel Synagogue in Muskegon, Michigan. B’nai Israel has been in operation for nearly 130 years, and the congregation has been shrinking in the last three decades. This project’s goal is to capture a record of the temple, the congregation, and Jewish life in Muskegon. Many of the current temple members have been a part of the B’nai Israel congregation for their entire lives, thus they have rich memories of growing up Jewish in Muskegon, the rise of Jewish community, and the ongoing disappearance of Jewish life on the lakeshore.
Preston is an assistant professor of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. Her work explores narrative identity, queer and critical pedagogy, sexuality education, autoethnography, and the interplay between institutional and personal identity development.