Boston Book Launch of “Lincoln and the Jews”

Top Pick April 6, 2016 Boston Free

Join us for the Boston book launch of Lincoln and the Jews and a special conversation between historian Jonathan D. Sarna and Barry Shrage, President of CJP, about the remarkable relationship between Abraham Lincoln and the Jews.

Reception at 6:00; presentation at 6:30. Book signing to follow.

Event Sponsors

Justin and Genevieve Wyner

Lionel and Vivian Spiro

Eric and Teddy Roiter

“Nothing brings history to life more vividly than handwritten letters, maps, and photographs. This book is a spectacular collection of primary documents that cast new light on Lincoln . . . it is a treasure.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln’s death, the full story of his extraordinary relationship with Jews is told for the first time. Lincoln and the Jews: A History provides readers both with a captivating narrative of his interactions with Jews. Rare manuscripts and images, many from the Shapell Lincoln Collection, show Lincoln in a way he has never been seen before. In this groundbreaking work, the product of meticulous research, historian Jonathan D. Sarna and collector Benjamin Shapell reveal how Lincoln’s remarkable relationship with American Jews impacted both his path to the presidency and his policy decisions as president. Join Jonathan Sarna and Barry Shrage to learn more about this previously unknown feature of Abraham Lincoln’s life—one that broadened him, and, as a result, broadened America.

About the speakers: 

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

Barry Shrage has served as president of CJP–Greater Boston’s Jewish Federation–since 1987. Under his leadership, CJP is focused on three priorities: Jewish education and engag-ing future generations, strengthening our connection to Israel through community-to-community and people-to-people part-nerships, and caring for the most vulnerable in Greater Boston. He champions true partnerships between CJP, donors and recip-ient organizations–inspiring the Jewish community to contribute more than $55 million to CJP’s 2015 Annual Campaign.

About the Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society:

The Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society is a resource for exploring and preserving the histories of Jewish families and institutions in New England and beyond.

In 2010, American Jewish Historical Society and New England Historic Genealogical Society launched a collaboration designed to enhance Jewish historical and genealogical research and the continued collection and preservation of Jewish history. In 2015, the collaboration was further strengthened when the New England Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society were permanently deposited at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

The Jewish Heritage Center, with the American Jewish Historical Society – New England Archives as its cornerstone, engages historians, genealogists, youth, and the general public in programming and research to advance the study of the history, culture, and institutional legacies of Jewish families in New England and beyond by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through scholarship, collections, and expertise while serving as an archival and educational resource for other Jewish organizations and institutions.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
New England Historic Genealogical Society
99-101 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

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