An acclaimed scholar of American Jewish history will speak at the College of Charleston at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss critical changes facing the country's Jewish community.

Jonathan Sarna will examine key trends, including demographic, religious and economics changes, that will affect the future of Jewish life. He also will discuss ways of addressing the challenges they present.

Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and chief historian of the new National Museum of American Jewish History.

He has written, edited or coedited more than 30 books, including the new "When General Grant Expelled the Jews." He is best known for "American Judaism: A History."

The lecture will be in the Stern Center Ballroom, 71 George St. It is free and open to the public.

Sarna's visit is part of the College of Charleston Jewish studies program lecture series, the Milton and Freddie Kronsberg Memorial Lecture.

For more, call Mark Swick at 953-4930.

Jennifer Berry Hawes