Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Scholar-in-Residence

January 15, 2016 - January 17, 2016, All Day
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

Beth El is delighted to welcome Jonathan Sarna as our Scholar-in-Residence, January 15-17, focusing on this year’s theme, “American Jewish Creativity.” Dr. Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish history and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University, as well as chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. In 2004, he was dubbed by the Forward newspaper as one of the 50 most influential American Jews. Dr. Sarna studied at Brandeis University, Boston Hebrew College, Merkaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, and Yale University, where he obtained his doctorate. Before returning to Brandeis, he taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Yale University, University of Cincinnati, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than 30 books, including the recently published When General Grant Expelled the Jews. He is best known for American Judaism: A History, which has been praised as the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil.

Scholar-in-Residence Schedule

Friday evening, January 15

  • 6:30 pm Kol Haneshama Service (includes musical instruments)
  • 7:30 pm Congregational Shabbat Dinner
  • 8:30 pm Dr. Sarna will speak on “An Old Faith in the New World: The History of American Judaism.”

Shabbat morning, January 16

  • 9:30 am Shabbat Service. Dr. Sarna will offer the d’var Torah on “Looking Ahead: American Judaism in the 21st Century.”
  • 12:45 pm Following kiddush, Dr. Sarna will continue with his sermon topic, including a Q&A.

Sunday morning, January 17

  • 10:00 am Dr. Sarna will speak at Men’s Club on “That Obnoxious Order: Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews.”

Shabbat Dinner Registration

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