Jonathan B. Krasner, Ph.D.

Contact Information

(212) 824-2207
Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience

HUC-JIR/New York

New York School of Education, New York; Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education; Rabbinical Program, New York
Academic Field: 
Jewish History; Education
Research Interests: 
American Jewish History; American Jewish Culture; History of Education; American Jewish Sociology; Gender and Sexuality

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Dr. Jonathan B. Krasner serves as Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. His 2011 book, The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press) was the winner of the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies. Krasner was named as a 2012 finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. His articles have appeared in a variety of academic journals and edited collections. Krasner is also the co-writer, with Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna of the two volume award winning  Jewish history textbook for young people, The History of the Jewish People: A Story of Tradition and Change (Behrman House, 2006, 2007). He lives with his family in Andover, Massachusetts.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

 The Benderly Boys and American Jewish Education (Brandeis University Press, 2011)

"The Limits of Cultural Zionism in America: The Case of Hebrew in the New York Public Schools, 1930-1960," American Jewish History 95 (2012) 349-372

“‘Are You There God?’ Judaism and Jewishness in Judy Blume’s Adolescent Fiction” (with Prof. Joellyn Zollman), Shofar (September 2010).

“The Interwar Family and American Jewish Identity in Clifford Odets’s ‘Awake and Sing!,’ Jewish Social Studies 13:1 (2006), 2-30

 “Without Standing Down: The First Queer Jewish Street Protest,” in Queer Jews, edited by David Shneer and Caryn Aviv(New York: Routledge Press, 2002), 119-134.

Current and Future Courses
Modern Jewish History
History of Jewish Education
American Jewish Sociology
Film and American Jewish Life
American Jewish Adolescents and Emerging Adults
Teaching the Jewish Calendar
Teaching the Shoah
Why Israel Matters
American Jewry Since 1945
Jews, Gender and Sexuality
American Jewish History Seminar
Public Lecture Topics
The Never Ending Road to Reform Judaism
The Road to Gay and Lesbian Ordination in the Conservative and Reform Movements
The Gay Jewish Family: A Contemporary Portrait
"If I am Not For Myself": American Jews Turn Inward
"Reel Jews"
Overnight Camp: An American Jewish Love Affair
Educating America's Jews
The Revolution in American Jewish Education: Then and Now