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Public lecture Oct. 30 explores American Jewish life

October 18, 2013

Dubbed as one of the nation’s most influential American Jews, Jonathan Sarna, Ph.D., will headline a free, public lecture Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Loyola University New Orleans examining key trends that will affect American Jewish life in the 21st century and beyond. The event is held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans.

The talk is set for 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus. A reception before the event is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

Sarna, the chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program at Brandeis University as well as chief historian of the new National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, will illustrate how the past can both inform and inspire during the “American Jewish History Backwards and Forwards” lecture. Recounting the dynamic story of people struggling to be Americans and Jews during the colonial era, he will show how each generation has had to wrestle anew with the question of whether its own children and grandchildren will remain Jewish.

The free event is sponsored by Loyola’s Department of Religious Studies and is made possible through gifts from The Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana, Lester and Beverly Wainer, The Luther and Zita Templeman Foundation, The Steeg Family, The Goldring Family Foundation and the The Woldenberg Foundation.

More information about programs and lectures in Loyola’s Department of Religious Studies is available online.

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