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HE WAS LIKE ONE OF US: AMERICAN JEWRY AND THE IDEALIZATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN - LECTURE AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM APRIL 22Share

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HE WAS LIKE ONE OF US: AMERICAN JEWRY
AND THE IDEALIZATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

LECTURE AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM APRIL 22
BY DR. GARY P. ZOLA


New York, NY –The Jewish Museum will present He Was Like One of Us: American Jewry and the Idealization of Abraham Lincoln, on Thursday, April 22 at 6:30 pm. In this lecture, Dr. Gary P. Zola, member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission’s Advisory Council and Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of American Jewish Archives, explores the personal and professional characteristics that have persistently inspired American Jews to embrace the 16th President as a man with a “Jewish soul.”

Tickets for this program are $15 for the general public; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for Jewish Museum members. For further information regarding programs at The Jewish Museum, the public may call 212.423.3337. Tickets for lectures, film screenings and concerts at The Jewish Museum can be purchased online at the Museum’s Web site, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Dr. Gary P. Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the world’s largest freestanding research center dedicated solely to the study of the American Jewish experience. Dr. Zola also serves as Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. In 2006, Dr. Zola became the first American Jewish historian and the first American rabbi to receive appointment to the Academic Advisory Council of the congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He is the author of The Americanization of the Jewish Prayer Book (2008), The Dynamics of American Jewish History: Jacob Rader Marcus’s Essays on American Jewry (2004), Women Rabbis: Exploration and Celebration (1996), and Isaac Harby of Charleston (1994).

An infrared assistive listening system for the hearing impaired is available for programs in the Museum's S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Auditorium.

Public Programs at The Jewish Museum are supported, in part, by public funds from by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency. The audio-visual system has been funded by The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.



About The Jewish Museum

Widely admired for its exhibitions and educational programs that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is the preeminent United States institution exploring the intersection of 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains an important collection of 26,000 objects—paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media.


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