2016 Press Releases

The National Archives Hosts Special Program on Lincoln and the Jews May 31
Press Release · Thursday, May 5, 2016

Washington, DC

On Tuesday, May 31, at 7 p.m., the National Archives welcomes Rabbi Gary Zola to discuss his new book: We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History. Erin Carlson Mast, executive director of President Lincoln’s Cottage, will join Zola for this conversation. Presented in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month in partnership with The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington and President Lincoln’s Cottage.

This program is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Register online to attend in person, or watch a live stream on the National Archives YouTube channel.

A book signing will follow the event. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

Gary Zola is a scholar of the American Jewish experience and an ordained rabbi. Using newspaper clippings, letters, poems, and sermons—many never published before—Zola shows why Lincoln was given the affectionate title "Rabbi" by America’s small, but growing Jewish population.

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