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Historian Discusses 'Lincoln And The Jews' At Westport Synagogue

Historian Jonathan D. Sarna will share the research and insights presented in his book "Lincoln and the Jews" on Sunday at 4 p.m. at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport.
Historian Jonathan D. Sarna will share the research and insights presented in his book "Lincoln and the Jews" on Sunday at 4 p.m. at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport. Photo Credit: Eric Sultan

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Historian Jonathan D. Sarna will share the research and insights presented in his book "Lincoln and the Jews" on Sunday at 4 p.m. at The Conservative Synagogue in Westport.

The program is free and open to the public.

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln's death, the full story of his extraordinary relationship with Jews provides readers both with a narrative of the president’s interactions with Jews and a look at rare manuscripts and images (many from the Shapell Lincoln Collection) that show Lincoln in a way he has never been seen before.

“Nothing brings history to life more vividly than handwritten letters, maps and photographs. This book is a spectacular collection of primary documents that cast new light on Lincoln ... it is a treasure,” said biographer and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Sarna is a historian and leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life. He is the author of hundreds of scholarly articles. He wrote "American Judaism: A History," which was the winner of the Jewish Book Council's Jewish Book of the Year Award.

Dubbed by the "Forward" newspaper in 2004 as one of America's fifty most influential American Jews, Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and the 18th president of the Association for Jewish Studies.

A community partner for the program is The Conservative Synagogue.

Registration is suggested by clicking here.

The Conservative Synagogue in Westport is at 30 Hillspoint Road.

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