Bar-Ilan University
Robert Carraday Fellow

Research Topic

Cremation, Burial, and the Jewish Body in a Secular Age


Adam S. Ferziger holds the Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch Chair in the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University. He is coconvener of the Oxford Summer Institute on Modern and Contemporary Judaism, University of Oxford. Ferziger is a leading scholar of Orthodox Jewish culture in the U.S. and Israel. His research focuses on the history of Jewish religious responses to modern and contemporary life, and his current project examines Jewish responses to the advent and evolution of mechanized cremation.

Ferziger received his B.A., M.A., and rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, and, after moving to Israel in 1987, his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan.

Selected publications

  • Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism (Wayne State University Press, 2015). 
  • Exclusion and Hierarchy: Orthodoxy, Non-Observance and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Identity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005).



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