American Jewry and the Presidency

by | Sep 30, 2013 | What’s Happening

Sundays, 2 pm

Sunday, Oct. 20, Rabbi David Dalin will speak about the political views of Jews in America before the Civil War. Rabbi Dalin, professor of history and politics at Ave Maria University in Florida is the writer, co-author and editor of 10 books on American Jewish history and politics.

Sunday, Nov. 17, Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College will address the issues of Lincoln’s relationship with the American Jewish community and examine the evolving influence Lincoln had on American Jewry during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sunday, Feb. 16, Dr. Adam Mendelsohn, assistant professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston, will discuss the factors during the Civil War that changed the thinking of most Jews who had voted against Lincoln in the 1860 election, forcing them to reevaluate their thinking.

Sunday, March 30, Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel, Norfolk, will talk about the story of Simon Wolf, a Jew born in Bavaria in 1836 who emigrated to America in 1848. In 1862, he moved to Washington D.C. and began his influential relationships with many U.S. presidents. Rabbi Panitz will base his talk on the book Simon Wolf: Private Conscience, Public Image, written by his mother Esther L. Panitz an independent scholar, lecturere and accomplished author of books and articles on American Jewish History.

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