Jews and American Politics:
Historical Ideals and Contemporary Realities

, September 28, 2016

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.

About Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna

Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna is spending this year as a fellow of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University. Ordinarily, he serves as University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, where he chairs its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. 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.