Dr. Gary P. Zola, Executive Director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and Associate Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, was interviewed on the nationally syndicated program “Interfaith Voices”. As the yearlong celebration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln begins on February 12, Zola was asked to provide historical background and context regarding Lincoln and the Jews. The interview, with host Maureen Fiedler, aired Friday, February 6th and Thursday, February 12th on 60 stations nationwide. The broadcast is available online at www.interfaithradio.org.
Dr. Zola, the only rabbi to receive an appointment to the Advisory Council of the Congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, is currently writing a major treatment of the history of American Jewry’s relationship with Abraham Lincoln. Publication of He was Like One of Us: American Jewry and Abraham Lincoln (working title) is forthcoming. “In this year of the Abraham Lincoln bicentennial, we will celebrate the myriad reasons why Abraham Lincoln remains such a compelling figure,” said Zola. “American Jews related to Abraham Lincoln as an iconic presence during his lifetime—and this view endures yet today. The greatness of his abiding moral leadership created a notion that our 16th president was, in fact, peerless; a leader—a presence—the likes of which might never rise again. It is this and more that has captivated American Jewry for generations.”
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