Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley:

ONLINEAmerican Antisemitism in Historical Perspective

Top Pick March 24, 2022 Free
Jonathan Sarna has “done it all” at Brandeis, the university’s president says. (Uriel Heilman)
Dr. Jonathan Sarna (Courtesy photo: Uriel Heilman)

Antisemitism, while one of the oldest and intractable examples of humankind’s irrational hate toward others, is, at the same time, one of the least understood. With the recent rise in antisemitism in this country and across the world, Congregation Beth Israel invites you to attend a four-part series, via Zoom, addressing these important issues:

  • American antisemitism in historical perspective
  • The role of the church and Christian writings in the creation and perpetuation of antisemitism over the past two millennia
  • The causes and impact of antisemitism today on college campuses
  • What actions can we, individually, and as a community, take to fight antisemitism in our respective communities and beyond?

This session is with Jonathan D. Sarna, university professor and Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he directs the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. He also chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati and serves as chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

Author or editor of more than 30 books on American Jewish history and life, his “American Judaism: A History” (Yale 2004), recently published in a second edition, won six awards, including the 2004 Everett Jewish Book of the Year Award from the Jewish Book Council. His most recent books are “Coming to Terms with America” (JPS, 2021); with Benjamin Shapell, “Lincoln and the Jews: A History” (St. Martin’s, 2015), and “When General Grant Expelled the Jews” (Schocken/Nextbook, 2012). His annotated edition of Cora Wilburn’s previously unknown 1860 novel, “Cosella Wayne” (University of Alabama Press), has also recently appeared.

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