Tag Archives: Program on Early America and the Jews

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish?

Was Alexander Hamilton Jewish? Incoming Resident Scholar Argues Yes Archival evidence indicates that American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (1745-1804) was born and raised as a Jew, argued Oklahoma University Assistant Professor of Law Andrew Porwancher on November 21, at an invitation-only event marking the inauguration of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and…
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Populism and the Presidential Election of 1828

On Monday, November 14, nearly a week after the 2016 presidential election results--viewed by many as an unprecedented triumph for populism--nearly 300 people gathered at Congregation Shearith Israel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to hear Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik deliver a lecture titled "Electoral Earthquakes in American History: Lessons from the Age…
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An Election to Remember

On November 7, the eve of one of the most contentious presidential elections in United States history, over 250 people gathered at Manhattan’s Congregation Shearith Israel to hear Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik deliver a special American history lecture, titled “The Election of 1800: Negative Campaigning, Politics, and the Jews.” Audience members received…
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Fall 2016 Judaism and Democracy YC and SC Parallel Courses

This fall 2016 the Straus Center’s Director, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is teaching Judaism and Democracy to Yeshiva College Honors students.The Straus Center’s Resident Scholar Dr. Mathew Holbreich is teaching a parallel course on the Beren campus to Stern College Honors students. The Judaism and Democracy course brings classic Jewish Texts about government into conversation…
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