Jonathan D. Sarna

Jonathan D. Sarna is University Professor and the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He is also past president of the Association for Jewish Studies and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Author or editor of more than 30 books, his American Judaism: A History won six awards. His most recent book is the award-winning Lincoln & the Jews: A History (with Benjamin Shapell).

Is Judaism Still a World Religion?

Jonathan D. Sarna
February 20, 2018

In a dramatic shift, the Jewish people has gone from being a worldwide people to being a first-world people.

How American Independence Democratized Judaism, Too

Jonathan D. Sarna
July 4, 2017

The values of the American Revolution – liberty, freedom, and especially democracy – profoundly affected the small colonial Jewish community and laid the groundwork for Reform Judaism.

The Redemption of Ulysses S. Grant

Jonathan D. Sarna
As a Union general, Grant expelled Jews from his war zone; as president of the United States of America, he set a new national tone that helped usher in a brief "golden age" in the history of the American Jewish community.