Dr. Gary Zola's New Book a Finalist in 2015 Ohioana Book Awards

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, A  Documentary History,” written by Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus  Center  of  the  American  Jewish  Archives  and  the  Edward  M. Ackerman  Family  Distinguished  Professor  of  the  American  Jewish Experience  at  Hebrew  Union  College-Jewish  Institute  of  Religion, Cincinnati,   has  been  named  a  finalist  for  the  prestigious  2015  Ohioana Book Awards.

Zola’s book is one of 5 finalists in the category of nonfiction announced by the  organization.  The  winners  will  be  announced  in  July,  and  the awards will be presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Friday, October 9, 2015.

The Ohioana Book Awards, established in 1942, honors Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Juvenile Literature. The  mission  of  the  Ohioana  Library,  established  in  1929  by  First  Lady Martha  Kinney  Cooper,  is  to  collect,  preserve,  and  celebrate  Ohio literature and other creative endeavors.


The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, founded in 1947 by its namesake on the historic campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry. The Marcus Center contains over 15,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and videotapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu