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The 350th Anniversary of American Jewish Life

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Publication Date: October 2004

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Jonathan D. Sarna

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall/Winter 2004, pp.22-24.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Museums, memorials, and monuments)

Keywords: Academic Research; History; Communal Memory

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author states that historical markers like the 350th anniversary of American Jewish life can serve as “teachable moments”—all-too-rare opportunities to reach beyond the academy and excite a larger public about what it is that we do. Most importantly, they help us to advance our fields by stimulating scholarship and making possible a wide range of conferences that (at their best) promote creative ideas and lively academic interactions.