Dr. Gary Zola

How - And Why - Jewish Academia Went Mainstream

May 7, 2018
american jewish history
Academic Studies Press

How did the study of the Jews and Judaism in America rise from being considered an amateurish enterprise, unworthy of serious consideration in the world of ideas, to its current position as a respected field in communication with all humanities scholars?

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA), located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, was established in 1947 to collect, preserve, and make available for research, materials on the history of Jews and Jewish communities in the Western Hemisphere. Today, the AJA is the worldÂ’'s largest free-standing research center dedicated solely to the study of the American Jewish experience.

Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion here in Cincinnati, joins our Anne Arenstein to discuss the new book he edited, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History.