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We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History
  • Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - Wednesday, June 01, 2016
  • Time: 11:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

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. Erin Carlson Mast, executive director of President Lincoln’s Cottage, will join Zola for this conversation. A book signing follows the program.

This program is presented by the National Archives in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Washington, DC, and President Lincoln’s Cottage.

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.