I. Academic Education
2001 Ph. D. [Summa Cum Laude], Modern Jewish History, Bar Ilan University
Dissertation Advisor: Professor Gershon C. Bacon
1990 M.A., Modern Jewish History, Bernard Revel Graduate School,
Yeshiva University Thesis Advisor: Professor Jacob Katz z”l
1990 B.A. [Cum Laude] - Political Science/Jewish History, Yeshiva College,
II. Advanced Religious Education
1990 Rabbinical Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary,
1987-90 Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University
(New York and Jerusalem)
1984-6 Yeshiva Program, Yeshiva University
1983-4 Yeshivat Har-Etzion (Gush), Alon Shevut
1982-3 Beit Medrash le-Torah (BMT), Jerusalem
II. Academic Appointments
2013-present Professor Haver, Department of Jewish History
and Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University
2008-13 Senior Lecturer with tenure and Vice Chairman
Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry, Bar Ilan University
2003-08 Lecturer and Gwendolyn & Joseph Straus Teaching Fellow
in Jewish Studies, Graduate Program in Contemporary Jewry,
Bar Ilan University
1993-2003 Instructor, Foreign Students Program and Dept. of Jewish
History, Bar-Ilan University
III. Previous Employment
2001-2011 Senior Fellow, Rappaport Center for Assimilation Research
1991-1997 Director, Bar-Ilan University Mechina (Pre-Academic Program)
for New Immigrants
1997-2005 Senior Historian, Heritage Seminars for University Students in Eastern Europe
IV. Prizes, Fellowships, Grants, and Honors:
2014 Memorial Foundation for Jewish Cutlture - Research Grant
2013 Visiting Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
2012 Shkopf Prize for Research on the History of the Modern Rabbinate
2012 Pogatsch Prize for his Research on Jewish law and Modernity
2012 Mandelbaum Scholar, University of Sydney
2012 Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism – Research Grant
2011 Outstanding Lecturer, Bar-Ilan University
2010-present Editorial Board Member, Contemporary Judaism
2010 Lookstein Center for Jewish Education in the Diaspora – Research Grant
2006 Finalist, American Association of Religion (AAR), First Book in History of Religion
2006 Finalist, Salo Baron Prize for Best First Book in Jewish History
2003 Gwendolyn & Joseph Straus Teaching Fellow in Jewish Studies
2002 Jacob Katz Memorial Post-Doctoral Grant, Leo Baeck Institute
2002 Ihel Foundation Research Grant
2001 Rappaport Center for the Study of Assimilation Research Grant
2001 Braun Chair in the History of Prussian Jewry Research Grant
2000 “Shupf” Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Students
1999 Mendel and Hannah Horowitz Fellowship
1998 R. S.R. Hirsch Chair Fellowship
1998 Program in Conflict Resolution Fellowship
1996 Klein Chair in the History of the Modern Rabbinate Fellowship
1996 Leo Baeck Institute Doctoral Fellowship
1995 Braun Chair in the History of Prussian Jewry Fellowship
1994 Ihel Foundation Research Grant
Born November 10, 1964 in New York City. Grew up in Riverdale, N.Y. and attended the S.A.R. Academy and the Ramaz High School. Married to Dr. Naomi (Weiss) Ferziger, with children: Ben-Zion (25), Yoel (23), Aviad (22), Dovie (20), Avital (17), and Adi (14). Living in Israel since September 1987, first in Jerusalem and since 1989 in Kfar-Sava.
VI. Organization of International Academic Conferences
Co-Convener, Oxford Summer Institute for Modern and Contemporary Judaism, Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, June-July 2014.
Conference Committee, “Chief Rabbis: Between Religious and Political Leadership,” Bar-Ilan University, June 2014.
Co-Convener, Oxford Seminar on Orthodox Judaism in the 20th Century, Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, January-June 2013
Conference Co-Chairman, “Orthodox Judaism in the Twentieth Century,” Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, January 2013.
Conference Committee, “Gender and Jewish Identity,” Bar-Ilan Univeristy, June 2010.
Conference Co-Chairman, "Schism, Sectarianism, and Denominationalism: Hungarian Jewry in a Comparative Perspective," Central European University, Budapest, October 2009.
Conference Co-Chairman, "200 Years Since the Birth of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch," Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, June 2008.
Conference Chairman, "The Role of Rabbis in Confronting Assimilation: Historical and Contemporary Models," Bar-Ilan University, June 2003.
Conference Coordinator, "Brooklyn and Beyond," Bar-Ilan University and The Hebrew University, Ramat-Gan and Jerusalem, November 1998.