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Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Professor Adam S. Ferziger

February 10 @ 6:30 PM - February 11 @ 1:00 PM

We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Professor Adam S. Ferziger for a Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat at ASBI, February 10 – 11! Join us for the following opportunities to hear Rabbi Ferziger speak:

Friday Night Dinner at Milt’s BBQ
“Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism”
(registration required – learn more about pricing and sign up at asbi.org/event/adam-ferziger)


Shabbat Morning Drasha
“From Yitro to Christian Humanism: The Impact of Outside Culture on Internal Jewish Relations”


Post-Kiddush Shiur
“Female Clergy in Male Space: The Sacralization of the Orthodox Rabbinate”

RABBI PROFESSOR ADAM S. FERZIGER is professor in the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University and holds the Rabbi S.R. Hirsch Chair for Research on the Torah and Derekh Erez Movement. He is a senior associate at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford and co-convener of the annual Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism.

His research focuses on the history of religious responses to modern and contemporary life in Western Europe, North American, and Israel. A past of recipient of Bar-Ilan’s “Outstanding Lecturer” prize, Ferziger has been as a visiting professor and scholar in universities throughout the world, including University of Oxford, Rutgers University, College of Charleston, University of Sydney, Australia, and Shandong University, China. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Exclusion and Hierarchy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), Jewish Denominations (Melton Institute – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2012), and his monograph, Beyond Sectarianism (Wayne State University Press, 2015), was the winner of the National Jewish Book Award.

Raised in Riverdale, New York, he is a graduate of SAR, Ramaz, YU (BA, MA, Semihah) and Bar-Ilan (Ph. D). He and his wife Dr. Naomi Ferziger have lived in Israel since 1987, where they brought up their children and are now proud grandparents. In parallel to his academic career, Adam Ferziger was a congregational rabbi in Kfar-Sava, and has dedicated over thirty years to performing weddings and providing religious services to a wide spectrum of Israeli Jews in a meaningful and nonjudgmental manner. In June 2022, he and his wife returned to Jerusalem.



February 10 @ 6:30 PM
February 11 @ 1:00 PM
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