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Dr. Ariel Burger on Being a Witness

Episode Summary

Ariel Burger is the author of Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom, which was an Indie Next List Pick, A Publishers Lunch Buzz Book, and which won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award in Biography. He is also an artist and teacher whose work integrates education, spirituality, the arts, and strategies for social change. An Orthodox rabbi, Ariel received his PhD in Jewish Studies and Conflict Resolution under Elie Wiesel. A lifelong student of Professor Wiesel, Ariel served as his Teaching Fellow from 2003-2008, after which he directed education initiatives at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. A Covenant Foundation grantee, Ariel develops cutting-edge arts and educational programming for adults, facilitates workshops for educators, consults to non-profits, and serves as scholar/artist-in-residence for institutions around the U.S. When Ariel's not learning or teaching, he is creating music, art, and poetry. He lives outside of Boston with his family.

Episode Notes

If you are in New York (or close by) we hope you will join Ariel at our Jewish Futures Conference on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at NYU. Click to Learn more and Register.

More about Ariel Burger on his website , where you'll find info and links for ordering his book, Witness: Lessons from Elie Wiesel's Classroom - Winner of the Jewish National Book Award in Biography.

You'll also find a special Q&A section that explains how Ariel came to write this book, with pictures of Ariel and Professor Wiesel (as Ariel refers to his mentor) together.

Be sure to also download the the Book Club and Educator's Guide which examines several key sections with both discussion and workshop questions.