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Professor Sergio DellaPergola, the world’s leading Jewish demographer, has joined JPR's Board as Senior Academic Adviser, to help guide the research programme and chair our European Jewish Demography Unit.
DellaPergola is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Hebrew University’s Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. Born in Italy in 1942, he has lived in Israel since 1966, and he holds an MA in Political Sciences from the University of Pavía, and a PhD in Social Sciences and Contemporary Jewry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A specialist in the demography of world Jewry, he has published or edited sixty books and monographs including Jewish Demographic Policies: Population Trends and Options (2011) and Jewish Population and Identity: Concept and Reality (with Uzi Rebhun, 2018), and over 300 papers on historical demography, the family, international migration, Jewish identification, antisemitism, and projections in the Diaspora and in Israel. He has lectured at over 100 universities and research centres all over the world and was senior policy consultant to the President of Israel, the Israeli Government, the Jerusalem Municipality, and major national and international organisations. A winner of the Marshall Sklare Award for distinguished achievement in the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (1999), and the Michael Landau Prize for Demography and Migration (2013), he is chief editor of Hagira – Israel Journal of Migration and a member of Yad Vashem’s Committee for the Righteous of the Nations.