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Jonathan D. Sarna <email@example.com>
|Address:||1215 Commonwealth Avenue
West Newton, Massachusetts 02465
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Chair for H-Judaic
Advisory Board Member for H-Judaic
List Editor for H-Judaic
Reviewer for H-Ethnic
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Religious Studies and Theology
JONATHAN DANIEL SARNA
1215 Commonwealth Avenue Department of Near Eastern
West Newton, MA 02465 & Judaic Studies
(617) 969-6530 Brandeis University
Mail Slot 054
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-2977; Fx (781) 736-2070
Dr. Jonathan Sarna is one of America's foremost commentators on American Jewish history, religion and life. Born in Philadelphia, and raised in New York and Boston, he attended Brandeis University, the Boston Hebrew College, Merkaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, and Yale University, where he obtained his doctorate in 1979.
From 1979-1990, Dr. Sarna taught at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where he rose to become Professor of American Jewish history and Director of the Center for the Study of the American Jewish Experience. He has also taught at Yale University, the University of Cincinnati, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Dr. Sarna came back to Brandeis in 1990 to assume the new Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professorship in American Jewish history in the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. He served two terms as chair of that department, and now chairs the Academic Advisory and Editorial Board of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, where he also serves as consulting scholar. He also serves as consulting historian to the National Museum of American Jewish history in Philadelphia and as the chief historian to Celebrate 350, the national celebration of the 350th anniversary of American Jewish life. In addition, he directs the Gralla Program for Journalists at Brandeis, and edits two series in American Jewish history, one with Brandeis University Press, and the other with Wayne State University Press.
Dr. Sarna has written, edited or co-edited twenty books, including The American Jewish Experience, a reader; People Walk On Their Heads, a volume dealing with Jewish immigrant life in New York, Jacksonian Jew, a biography of Mordecai Noah; JPS, a cultural history of the Jewish Publication Society; and, with Ellen Smith, The Jews of Boston, an illustrated scholarly history of that community. His most recent book, AMERICAN JUDAISM; A HISTORY, won the Jewish "Book of the Year" award in 2004 and has been praised as being “the single best description of American Judaism during its 350 years on American soil.”
Articles, reviews, and commentaries by Dr. Sarna appear regularly in scholarly and popular journals, as well as Jewish newspapers across North America. In addition, he sits on half-a-dozen editorial committees and reviews Jewish books for the Boston Globe.
Dr. Sarna is married to Professor Ruth Langer, and they have two children, Aaron and Leah.