Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture: Kaddish for Lincoln

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Date(s) - Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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The Jewish Museum of maryland

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Sadie B. Feldman Family Lecture: Kaddish for Lincoln

Sunday February 23rd at 1:00pm

Speaker: Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Entrance included with Museum Admission

By tradition, Abraham Lincoln was the first American gentile for whom Jews said Kaddish–the Hebrew prayer for the dead. The story may approach the realm of legend, but reverence for Lincoln among many Jews of his time was real, and the mass national mourning after his assassination reached not only the church but the synagogue. In this discussion of Jewish attitudes toward Lincoln–and Lincoln’s evolving attitude toward Jews, Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer explores the 16th president’s legal decisions and personal attitudes on Jews and Jewish issues during the Civil War, and assesses whether the Great Emancipator deserved the name many contemporaries gave to him in the 19th Century: American Moses.

Harold Holzer is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, official successor organization of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years, appointed by President Bill Clinton.  Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 46 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, most recently Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America (2012), the official young-adult companion book for the Steven Spielberg film, for which he served as script consultant. In his full-time professional career, Holzer serves as Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has spent the last 21 years.

This program takes place at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Contact Trillion Attwood 410-732-6400 x215/tattwood@jewishmuseummd.org for more information or visit www.jewishmuseummd.org.