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Have a bagel with Jonathan Sarna

Bagels are a staple in many Americans’ diets, and the chewy, doughy concoctions have been in the spotlight in recent weeks.

A rogue bagel order may partially be to blame for Cynthia Nixon’s loss in the New York gubernatorial primary, though to be fair, Nixon was distantly trailing Gov. Andrew Cuomo before she was caught on video ordering a cinnamon-raisin bagel with cream cheese and lox.

Meanwhile, at Brandeis, where bagels are available for purchase at three locations, community members are getting set to devour an assortment of foods – including the doughy, ring-shaped delights – at the annual Break the Fast feast on Wednesday to mark the end of Yom Kippur.

The truth about bagels’ Jewish roots is not as clear-cut as you might expect. BrandeisNOW caught up with University Professor Jonathan Sarna, an expert on American Jewish history, to better understand how the bagel rose from an ethnic nosh consumed by the few into a mass-produced behemoth enjoyed by the many.

Read BrandeisNOW's interview with University Professor Jonathan Sarna here.

Categories: Faculty
Date: September 25, 2018