A panel discussion about Eli Lederhendler’s new book “American Jewry A New History”

You are cordially invited to a panel discussionabout Eli Lederhendler’s new book,

American Jewry A New History

Published by

 Cambridge University Press


Chair: Prof. Uzi Rebhun, Head of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Yael Sternhell, Tel-Aviv University

Prof. Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University

Prof. Menahem Blondheim, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the “Da’at Hamakom” Center

Response: Prof. Eli Lederhendler, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the “Da’at Hamkom” Center

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Reception at 16:00

Opening remarks at 16:30

Beit Maiersdorff, Room 502, Mt. Scopus Campus


The book surveys over 350 years of Jewish existence on American soil, as it developed across different eras. It presents these developments as a series of “many new beginnings,” rather than as an organic narrative of direct evolution from early beginnings to today. The book considers the world Jewish historical context in which these events took place, in order to situate American Jewish history within global Jewish trends. This is the first history of American Jewry to be written outside the United States.

Cover credit: The Pens at Ellis Island, Photograph by Edwin Levick, New York Public Library Digital Collections. Edwin Levick (1869-1929).