New center on Israeli and Diaspora Judaism aims to mind — and bridge — the gap

(from left to right) Prof. Adam Ferziger; Prof. Elie Assis, dean of Bar-Ilan’s Faculty of Jewish Studies; outgoing head of the Conference of Presidents Malcolm Hoenlein; Prof. Arie Zaban, Bar-Ilan University president. (Itai Schremer)

The Times of Israel – By Amanda Borschel-Dan – 8 May 2018

Led by Prof. Adam Ferziger, Bar-Ilan’s think tank for Research on Judaism in Israel and North America to inaugurate new MA program for ‘specialists’ on both sides of the pond.

When it comes to infighting, Jews are repeat offenders. And as the gulf widens between today’s Israeli and Diaspora Jewish communities, history seems poised to repeat itself. So maybe the best person to stop the madness is indeed a historian.

On Monday, Bar-Ilan University inaugurated the new Impact Center for Research on Judaism in Israel and North America (RJIN), to be headed by Prof. Adam Ferziger.

Over the past 20 years in the field, the Jewish historian (also an Orthodox rabbi, ordained