Jews and American Politics: Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities
27 Jul 2016 - 15:15
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 paints a different picture. Focusing on presidential elections, this lecture will survey Jewish politics in the United States from the Civil War to the present.
Dr. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America’s fifty most influential American Jews, he is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life.