Fieldwork Project 2
Name: Jack Kiiskila
TA Name: Joseph Anderson
Discussion Section Number: 326
Semester and Year: Spring 2020
Welcome to your journal assignments for Fieldwork Project 2!
Please add your information to this template (above),
rename and save it in Microsoft Word
Make sure the filename includes
name of the assignment
FWP2F Wendy Liu.docx
The project journal will be completed in several steps. You will be submitting this same journal file multiple
times in different stages of writing, in response to each journal assignment below.
If you do not submit the file to Canvas
by the deadline you will not be awarded points for that journal assignment.
For example, for the first assignment you are
only expected to complete Journal 2.1 (the others will still be blank).
By the end of the project, all the assignments in
your journal will be filled in.
| Reading Response
Instructions & Expectations
Before you begin this writing assignment, read the excerpt from
Number Our Days
by Barbara Myerhoff (available as a
PDF on Canvas).
Write 2-4 sentences in response to each of the question below. The first question has been completed as an example.
This assignment needs to be completed by
11:59pm the day BEFORE your Discussion Section in Week 5
Why was the Aliyah Center important to the elderly Jews that Myerhoff worked with for her
During the time of Myerhoff’s research, the Jewish community in the neighborhood around the Center was
growing smaller and many people were facing economic difficulties due to urban development. The Center
provided hundreds of elderly Jews with a meaningful place to go each day. The Center gave out hot meals and
offered a wide variety of activities for people to participate in. Going to the Center thus allowed people to be part
of a supportive community and live a full life despite the difficulties they faced in their old age.
What were Myerhoff’s main research questions when she started her research with the Center?
She wanted to figure out and explore the day to day life of these elderly Jews that lived in this small town.
What was their day to day life like? What were their values? What did it mean to be a Jew?
Why did Myerhoff think the Center would be a good place for her to conduct research?
Anthropology 104 | Field Work Project 2