Religions and Spirituality

Lincoln Historian Sarna, Unique Female Scribe Coppleson Featured at COS-SJCC Events Oct. 25 and 27

Dr. Jonathan Sarna
Linda Coppleson

]SUMMIT, NJ - Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center (COS - SJCC) will host two unique events, October 25 and 27, the first featuring a renown Lincoln Scholar and the latter featuring one of its own members who writes sacred Hebrew texts.

Dr. Jonathan Sarna - October 25, 7 p.m.

Dr. Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. and Bell R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, will lecture about ‘Lincoln and the Jews” at COS - SJCC.  

His lecture is based on his most recent book of the same title which has received wide acclaim for its scholarship and fascinating insights. The topic is timely, since this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. A recent exhibit by the New York Historical Society featured Sarna who spoke on this topic.

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Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than 30 books, including "When General Grant Expelled the Jews." He is also known for the acclaimed "American Judaism: A History." He is winner of the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Book of the Year Award in 2004.

The lecture is open to the community. Admission is $18 per person, with RSVPs requested by October 18 by sending a check, payable to COS-SJCC, to the synagogue at 67 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit, NJ 07901.
Linda Coppleson, soferet - October 27, 8 p.m.
Congregation Ohr Shalom – Summit Jewish Community Center member Linda Coppleson will teach a class entitled “Bringing the Torah Up Close and Personal.” Coppleson is one of a handful of women in the world who is a trained and certified soferet - a female scribe who writes sacred Hebrew texts, traditionally an all-male activity. 
She was one of the scribes for the first Women’s Torah project. To learn how to write sacred Hebrew texts, a person must be a knowledgeable and observant Jew, and must undergo rigorous and lengthy training. Attendees will learn about the beautiful, sacred process, and the very specifically-prepared materials including parchment, ink, and quills that are required to write a Torah and other sacred documents. The program is open to the public.
Congregation Ohr Shalom - Summit Jewish Community Center is located at 67 Kent Place Boulevard. For further information about either program, contact 908-273-8130, or visit

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