American Jewish Archives
Participates in 2 items
Gary Phillip Zola is the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, as well as the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA). Zola serves as editor of The Marcus Center’s award-winning biannual publication, The American Jewish Archives Journal. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Zola on three separate occasions (2011, 2014, and 2017) to serve as a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, an independent agency of the Federal government. Established by Public Law in 1985, the Commission exists to foster the preservation and protection of the cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings associated with the foreign heritage of United States citizens. Although HUC-JIR presidents have received appointments to U.S. Commissions, Professor Zola is the first regular member of the College-Institute’s faculty to receive such a Presidential appointment. His own published volumes include We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014) and American Jewish History: A Primary Source Reader (co-edited by Marc Dollinger and published by Brandeis University Press, 2014). Prior to joining the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Dr. Zola served as the organizer and chair of the congressionally recognized Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History, a consortium of leading research institutions established to promote the study of American Jewish history during the 350th anniversary Jewish life in America (2004-2005). In 2006, Dr. Zola became the first American Jewish historian to receive appointment to the Academic Advisory Council of the congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
Sessions in which Gary Zola participates
- “Golden Threads” Linking the Generations: American Jews and Their Ethical Wills Hotel Irvine - Trabuco A & B
- 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM | 1 hour 30 minutes
- For generations, Jews have left their moral legacies in written form often called an ethical will. From their earliest days on this continent, Ame...