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2021 MELINDA ROSENBLATT LECTURE | Jews and American Politics: Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities, by Jonathan Sarna
Jewish leaders used to insist that there was no such thing as “Jewish politics” in the United States: it does not exist and should not exist. The historical record going all the way back to Abraham Lincoln belies that picture. By focusing on presidential elections from the Civil War to the present, we will see that “Jewish politics” has a long and significant history that has shaped both Jews and American politics for over 150 years.

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May 16, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jonathan D. Sarna
University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he directs its Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He also is the past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Author or editor of more than thirty books on American Jewish history and life, his "American Judaism: A History"—recently published in a second edition—won six awards, including the 2004 “Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award” from the Jewish Book Council. Sarna is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Jewish Research. His most recent books are "When General Grant Expelled the Jews," "Lincoln and the Jews: A History" (with Benjamin Shapell), and, as editor, an edition of "Cosella Wayne," by Cora Wilburn, the first (and hitherto unknown) novel written and published in English by an American Jewish woman.