H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing, after a long battle with cancer, of Professor Eli Faber (1943-2020), longtime professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Prof. Faber studied with Prof. Richard B. Morris at Columbia, and wrote a dissertation on crime in colonial Massachusetts. He then worked on the John Jay Papers. Prof. Faber moved into the study of Jews in early America when he wrote A TIME FOR PLANTING: THE FIRST MIGRATION (1992), part of a five-volume history of the Jewish People in America, edited by Henry Feingold. Six years later, he published the much-discussed JEWS, SLAVES AND THE SLAVE TRADE: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, a volume that provided factual data on slaveholding by Jews in the New World. Prof. Faber also served a term as editor of AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY. We extend deepest condolences to his family.
Many thanks to Prof. David Ruderman for bringing this sad news to our attention.
Jonathan D. Sarna