Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.
Early life and education
He is the son of Hebrew College librarian Helen Horowitz Sarna, and biblical scholar Nahum Sarna. Born in Philadelphia, and raised in New York and Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Sarna attended Brandeis University, Hebrew College in Newton Centre, Massachusetts, Mercaz HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, Israel and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he obtained his doctorate in 1979.
Sarna is regarded[by whom?] as one of the most prominent historians of American Judaism. Sarna authored American Judaism: A History. The book won a number of awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for 2004 and the Publishers Weekly Best Religion Book 2004 award.
Honors and awards
Sarna received the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry's Marshall Sklare Award in 2002.
- Brandeis University, Hornstein faculty
- Brandeis University, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies faculty
- H-Net Editors Directory - Jonathan Sarna
- Sarna, Jonathan D. (2004). American Judaism: A History. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. pp. back cover. ISBN 0-300-10976-8.
- Jonathan D. Sarna Archives, On Faith, Newsweek-WashingtonPost.com
- Marshall Sklare Award Recipients, Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry