Prof. Gershon Bacon

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    קורות חיים



    Date of birth:       December 17, 1948

    Birthplace:           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Marital Status:     Married, four children




             Columbia University, New York

                    Major Specialization area - Jewish History

                    Minor Specialization area - Polish and

                                                                Russian History

                    Degrees awarded - Master of Philosophy, 1978; Doctor of Philosophy, 1979

                     Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

                    Degree awarded - Master of Hebrew Literature and

                                                  rabbinical ordination, 1972

                                                 Honorary doctorate, 1998

             University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

                    Degree awarded - Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude), 1968

                     Gratz College, Philadelphia

                    Degree awarded - Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, 1968


    Research Languages


             Hebrew, Yiddish, French, German, Polish, Russian


     Full-time Employment


             Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

             Associate Professor in Jewish History - tenured,

             full-time, employed 1981-present

             Chairman, Dept. of Jewish History, 1998-2001

             Lecturer (= assistant professor in USA), 1981-1985

             Senior Lecturer (tenured, = associate professor in USA), 1985-1997

             Associate Professor (= full professor in USA), 1997- present


             Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

             Instructor and Assistant Professor of Jewish History, 1974-1981



    Public and Communal Positions


             Incumbent, Marcell and Maria Roth Chair for the History and Culture of Polish

             Jewry, Bar-Ilan University, 2012-present


             Member of supervisory control committee, Central Archives for the History of the  

             Jewish People, 2012-present 


             Member of executive board, Keller Foundation, 2012-present


             Member of executive board, Historical Society of Israel, 2011- 2015


             Member of supervisory control committee, World Union of Jewish Studies,

             2009- present


             Member of international editorial advisory board, Scripta Judaica Cracoviensa,



             Section Editor: Poland 1795-1939 and member of editorial board, Jews in Eastern    

             Europe: The Yivo Encyclopedia, 2001-2008


             Member of executive board, World Union for Jewish Studies, 2004-2009


              Member of board of directors, Central Archives for the History of the Jewish

              People, 2004-2009


             Director, Klein Chair on the History of the Rabbinate in Europe, Bar-Ilan

             University, 2000-2012; member of advisory board, 1996-2000


             Council member, Historical Society of Israel, 2000-2003


             Director, Institute for Research on Religious Zionism, Bar-Ilan University,



             Coordinator, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch chair,

             Jewish History Department, Bar-Ilan University,



             Member of Editorial Board, Bi'Shevilei Ha'Tehiya,



             Director of Kotlar Institute for Judaism and

             Contemporary Thought, 1990-1995


             Member of Academic Advisory Board, Institute of

             Traditional Judaism, Teaneck, NJ, 1990-present        


             Member of Editorial Board, Yivo Annual, 1989-2000


             Israel Association of Slavic and East  European Studies,

             secretary, 1982-1983; vice- president, 1983-1984; treasurer, 1984-1985;

             secretary, 1985-1986; treasurer, 1986-1987, 1988-present



    Scholarships and Fellowships


             Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania

             Fellow, beginning of spring semester 2012 (research group on Jews and travel)


             Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor

             Fellow, fall semester 2011 (research group on Jews and Politics)


             Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University -

             Fellow, spring semester 2008 (research group on Hasidism); Fellow, academic year

             1997-1998 (research group on orthodoxy); fellow, academic year 1993-1994

             (research group on East European Jewry)


              Israel Science Foundation (ISF) – research grant for years 2007-2010 (with Dr.

              Mirjam Rajner)       


              History department and Judaic Studies Program, Yale University – Jacob Blaustein

              Visiting Professor, fall semester 2007


              Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania -

              Fellow, January-February 2003 (research group on East European Jewry)


             American Council of Learned Societies -

             research fellowship, 1995-1996


             Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture - research

             fellowship, 1985-1986; post-doctoral fellowship,

             1980-1981; doctoral fellowship, 1977-1978


             International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) -

               grant for research in Poland, 1973


             National Foundation for Jewish Culture - doctoral

               research grant, 1973-1974


             Kościuszko Foundation - grant for study in Poland,



             New York State Herbert Lehman Fellowship, 1969-1973


             Philadelphia Board of Education Full Tuition

               Scholarship, 1965-1968


             Pennsylvania State Scholarship, 1965-1968


    Graduate student advising


    Completed MA - 1.   Esther Segel-Eitan

    2.Haim Sperber

    3.Allon Raichlin

    4.Maia Matania (Gender Studies)

    5.Akiva Bigman


    Completed PhD    1. Shlomo Leibovici

                                  2. Adam Ferziger

                                  3. Haim Shalem

                                  4.  Asaf Kaniel

                                  5.  Haya Galinski Meller

                                  6.  Haim Sperber

                                  7.  Adva Selzer

                                  8. Daphna Ben-Yosef (Contemporary Jewry)

                                  9. Adah Gebel (history, Ben-Gurion University)

                                  10. Moshe Uriel


    Present graduate students:


    PhD – 1. Yohanan Ben-Yaakov

               2. Moshe Tarshansky

               3. Uri Oholy           


    Main research interests

    1. Political, social and intellectual/religious history of Jews of Poland and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries, with special emphasis on interwar period;
    2. History of Orthodox Jewry in Europe;
    3. History of the rabbinate in Europe and the United States;
    4. History of Jewish women in Poland;
    5. Political and ideological movements in European Jewry in the 19th and 20th centuries

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    Last Updated Date : 19/10/2023