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American Jewry scholar to give public lecture

Jan 10, 2019

On Jan. 27 at the Lewis Auditorium on Flagler College’s campus, Gary P. Zola, Rabbi, Ph.D., and Executive Director at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center, will present as part of the Cecile and Gene Usdin, Judeo-Christian Lecture Series. The title of his lecture is “Great Voices, Civil Rights, and American Jews.” The event is free and open to the public.

Gary P. Zola is the Executive Director at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and The Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience and Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. He is only the second director to serve at the center, succeeding his mentor and the center’s namesake. During his leadership, the center has seen tremendous growth in both physical footprint and outreach.

He has served three terms on the president-appointed Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. He was also the first American Jewish historian to be appointed to the Academic Advisory Council of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Zola’s published work is specialized in the area of American Reform Judaism and includes works such as “A Place of Our Own: The Rise of Reform Jewish Camping in America,” co-edited with Michael M. Lorge and published by the University of Alabama Press, 2006, and “Women Rabbis: Exploration and Celebration,” HUC-JIR Alumni Press, 1996.

In addition to being nationally active within his area of expertise, Zola has been recognized locally in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio as well. One of his many recognitions includes the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission’s “Bishop Herbert Thompson, Jr. Outstanding Humanitarian Award” for his service to the people of the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.

USDIN lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Phil Pownall at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.

Call (904) 826-8617 or visit here for more information.

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