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Name  Jonathan Sarna
Role  Professor
Parents  Nahum M. Sarna

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Education  Brandeis University, Yale University
Awards  Jewish Book of the Year Award
Books  A time to every purpose, When General Grant Exp, American Judaism: A History, The History of the Jewish P, Jacksonian Jew
Similar People  Nahum M Sarna, Marshall Sklare, Daniel J Elazar

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Jonathan D. Sarna (born 10 January 1955) is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.


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Early life and education

He is the son of Hebrew College librarian Helen Horowitz Sarna, and biblical scholar Nahum Sarna. Born in Philadelphia, and raised in New York City and Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Sarna attended Brandeis University, Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Mercaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, Israel and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he obtained his doctorate in 1979.


Sarna is regarded by Forward newspaper as one of the most prominent historians of American Judaism. Sarna's book, American Judaism: A History, won a number of awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for 2004 and the Publishers Weekly Best Religion Book 2004 award.

Sarna is a contributor on religion to the joint project On Faith.

He is the author of Lincoln and the Jews: A History, forthcoming from St. Martin's Press (2015).

He is a member of The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute's Academic Advisory Board.

General Ulysses S. Grant in December 1862 issued an order expelling Jewish traders from his military command; it was a blatant display of anti-Semitism and president Lincoln forced Grant to rescind it. In his book on When General Grant Expelled the Jews (2012) Sarna argues that Grant became one of the greatest friends of Jews in American history. When he was president, he appointed more Jews than any previous president. He condemned atrocities against Jews in Europe, putting human rights on the American diplomatic agenda.

Honors and awards

Sarna received the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry's Marshall Sklare Award in 2002.

Personal life

Sarna is married to Boston College theology professor Ruth Langer, with two children, Aaron and Leah.


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